As always, December was a blur of festivities and now we are ready to get back into the swing of things and look ahead for the upcoming year. But first, let's take a glance at all CHILD accomplished with the help of their sponsors this year! Enjoy some of the most recent updates we received from our Partner Organizations.
RIDE FOR REFUGE
We were thrilled with the turnout at Ride for Refuge on Oct 1, even though it poured. We had 4 teams and 31 riders and reached our goal of $10 000.
POWER OF PROTEIN On October 16, we hosted our Power of Protein,at Narayannis Restaurant. Therestaurant was filled to the brim and we enjoyed some deliciously spicy South African-Indian cuisine, with people as passionate as we are about improving conditions in struggling communities around the world!
The program included presentations, slides, and videos featuring what Community Health International does and updates on current projects. Sadly, due to weather conditions, and a canceled flight, our guest speaker Carolyn Burns from the Ukulapha Project in South Africa was unable to join us. She was much missed but thankfully able to send us videos with updates on her projects
Ukulapha Community Outreach Project's
NEW YEAR'S NOTE
"We wish all our generous supporters the very best for this New Year of 2017 and hope that yours has commenced gently and will unfold kindly with your dreams evolving in a nourishing way that pleases your soul! We thank you with deep gratitude for your interest in the work of Ukulapha Community Outreach and for being on our team and helping us make the work possible."
The brand new Ukulapha Community Outreach board meets soon to discuss their activities and chart a way forward.
As part of Ukulapha Community Outreach's Academic Scholarship Program, they provide scholarships for the top achieving students at Slangspruit Primary School to attend a good academic institution, in the area, Alexandra High School.
In 2017, four generous sponsors came forward, meaning they were able to provide scholarships to four deserving girls to receive a higher quality education! Three of these student receive full or part sponsorships through Community Health International!
Receiving a quality high school education is imperative for a chance at upward social mobility. This gives these girls the opportunity for success beyond limits.
Plans for This Year
As a result of both fundraisers and other contributions through the year, CHILD is able to contribute to the following projects in the upcoming year:
IN SOUTH AFRICA • Provide funding for two and a half full scholarships to the top academic students at Slangspruit Elementary School,enabling them to attend a better quality high school for 2017-2021
• Continue Milk Program for 300 Kindergarten and Gr. 1 students
• Continue to supplement 1,050 basic government lunches with protein, for impoverished children at Slangspruit Elementary School, four times per week.
IN INDIA • Continue to assist with the purchase of locally grown rice for 250 kids living in the Children's Home
• Continue to provide regular nutritious protein supplementation to meals including lentils, eggs, and chicken for special occasions
• Begin a partnership with a program providing high protein peanut butter bars to severely malnourished children
Metropolitan Mission, India A NOTE OF THANKFULNESS
"We praise God for his protection of children from sickness and other environmental problems."
Rice for year 2017 INDIACHILDREN'S HOME
Children are very excited as again there will be enough rice to eat for the year. The rice was a result of the generous donations from sponsors of the Ride for Refuge and Power of Protein fundraiser in October that CHILD organized.
The boys and girls enjoyed a very special dinner of chicken biryani and sweets for Christmas It was a special time as they celebrated at the rural campus, filling the five-acre property with echoes of advent songs.
Haiti NUTRITION PROJECT
Stay tuned for more information on the work we are looking at getting involved with in Haiti! It's going to be very exciting!
We have recently heard from our partners in South India that, because of the drought again this year, they have 10 communities that are in urgent need of wells deep enough to access water even during dry spells. We would love to be able to help them with the funds to build 5 of these wells. At a cost of $1000 for each well, we believe it's a reachable goal! Would you consider partnering with us this World Water Day to meet this need?