CHILD has been in existence since 2004 and operated under the name of Haiti Children's Benefit Foundation (HCBF). As it expanded its outreach more internationally, HCBF changed its name to Community Health International Learning & Development Foundation (CHILD) in 2011.
NOVEMBER I Reading Rice and Rickshaw
On 2 November we had a very successful annual CHILD fundraiser thanks to all the wonderful supporters. .This year the proceeds will go to India to buy rice and other nutritious foods for the children at the home, as well as support education, purchase of a new set of clothes for Christmas and a rickshaw to be used for transportation and emergencies.
MARCH | Pies for Palto on Pi Day
This past March, there were 8 different Pi Day fundraisers held to raise funds for protein and vitamin-rich foods for severely malnourished children in Palto, Haiti. There were 34 whole pies sold, in addition to many pieces of pie, and over $5000 was raised for this life-giving project!
MARCH 22 | Wells for India
For World Water Day CHILD raised $10,000 for 5 wells that are currently being drilled! The State of Andhra Pradesh in India has had another severe drought this year, so every well drilled by CHILD has brought much needed water to the respective communities.
Board member Tyler and Nils, previous volunteer at Metropolitan Mission, visit the mission to see all that has been happening and to report back to the baord and the sponsors.
For updates on their trip, please see the facebook posts.
HARVESTING HOPE FUNDRAISER
We tried a new venue this year at Counrty Side Golf Club. The facility was very suitable and we had a very successfull evening with Mr Msomi , the principal from the public school that we are supporting in South Africa as guet speaker.We raised $38 000 which will be divided between our projects in South Africa, buying milk for Kindergarten and Grade 1 children in Slangspruit Primary School and continuing to support 3 scholarship children attending Alexandra High.
The other half will be used to buy rice and other nutritious food for the children in Metropolitan Mission's Children's home in India.
APRIL |A NEW SCHOOL BUS FOR INDIAN CHILDREN
The CHILD team were ecstatic when they could send a cheque of $36 000 to Metropolitan Mission in April to purchase a whole school bus to pick up disadvantaged children in the villages to come to school. The school has expanded and now also has an English teaching stream, so the bus came just in time to manage the expansion. It was put to use immediately.
MARCH 22 | Wells for India
Enough donations came in to drill 6 wells in villages in desperate need of clean water during the drought in Andhra Pradesh, India. 2 needed wells were also drilled at the children's home. This year's donors of a whole well could request to donate in memory of a loved one. The name of the loved one is inscribed on the well and a photo will be presented to the donor.
MARCH 14, 2018 | Pies for Palto on Pi Day
This year 3 hosts opened their homes for Pi Day and many pies were enjoyed and donations flowed in. Avalon School also contributed their funds through their Pi day pi sale. About $5 000 was donated and immedialtely put to use buying protein rich peanut butter bars for severely malnourished children in Palto Haiti.
NOVEMBER 4, 2017 | Annual Fundraiser
Again this year we had lots of supporters join us at the Annual Fundraiser at Narayanni's to raise funds for India.
We raised funds for food (mainly rice) for the children in Metropolitan's children home in India as well as for a much needed school bus to transport poor village kids to the Metropolitan Mission School.
Fundraising for the bus is continuing and we are hoping to have all the funds together for the new school year, which starts in April of 2018. For information about the bus go here
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 I RIDE FOR REFUGE
CHILD had 9 teams riding their bike and walking to raise funds for nutrition support in India and Haiti. It was a huge success thanks to dedicated riders, walkers and sponsors.
Over $10 000 was raised. For results see rideforrefuge.org/charity/childfoundation
For photos of teams see ride-for-refuge-huge-success-due-to-riders-and-sponsors-love-to-help-the-poor.html
JULY 2017 I SITE VISIT, SOUTH AFRICA
Gerhard and Estelle Reuter make self funded site visit to Slangsruit Primary School and Alexandra High school in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa to visit with Carolyn Burns, the director of Ukulapha. They get to visit the nutrition projects and the children that CHILD is sponsoring. For more info visit
MARCH 22, 2017 I WORLD WATER DAY
CHILD raises funds for 5 wells in drought stricken Andhra Pradesh India, thanks to some very generus supporters.
for info see hope-2-others-health-2-others.html
MARCH 14, 2017 I NEW PROJECT STARTED IN PALTO HAITI
CHILD fundraises to supply high protein nutrition to malnourished children in Palto, Haiti. On Pi Day pies for Haiti are baked, sold and people are pied in the face all to raise funds for Medical Mumba bars and Manna Packs for Haiti.
For more information see Blog
For information and photos about the Pi day event, see
OCTOBER, 2016 l POWER OF PROTEIN FUNDRAISER
A great crowd of supporters came out to Narayanni's Restaurant to feast on Indian-South African food to raise funds for impoverished children in India and South Africa.
For details see -smashing-and-spicy-power-of-protein-fundraiser.html
OCTOBER 1, 2016 l RIDE FOR REFUGE
Four teams and 31 riders or walkers participated in the Ride for Refuge to raise funds for nutritious food for impoverished children in India and Haiti. We were grateful to supporters who together raised $10 398 on that day.
Please see October 2016 blog for photos.
MARCH/APRIL 2016 l WORLD WATER DAY
We raised enough funds to install 8 wells in drought stricken Andhra Pradesh, India. Thousands of people were migrating away from the drought to areas with more water, taking their cattle along. See blog for update.
OCTOBER 25, 2015 l POWER OF PROTEIN FUNDRAISER
We were very happy to have Carolyn Burns from Ukulapha join us for a fundraising evening of delicious food at the Tiramisu Restaurant. She filled us in first hand about all the positive changes happening at Slangspruit Elementary School in South Africa. Money raised is being used to buy daily milk for Kindergarten children and protein enhancement for the lunches for the 1000 students at the school.
Slangspruit also partnered with an Edmonton School. Several classes are exchanging letters and videos and the reciprocal learning is exciting for all.
OCTOBER 3, 2015 l RIDE FOR REFUGE
On 3 October, 33 participants in 8 teams rode in the Ride for Refuge. We were able to provide all the needed nutritious food for Metropolitan Mission's two children's homes for a year. Thanks to all!
MARCH 22, 2015 l WORLD WATER DAY.
The severe drought in Andhra Pradesh and the water shortage prompted CHILD to ask for donations to build wells. We were grateful to be able to sponsor 5 wells in areas in desperate need.
MARCH 2015 | SITE VISIT
Two board members visited Slangspruit Elementary School to experience firsthand the difference the power of protein money has made for the children living in the impoverished township in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
OCTOBER 2014 l RIDE FOR REFUGE
We had riders in 4 locations consisting of 10 teams and 42 riders. We were grateful to raise $14 665 which will be used to buy rice for the 2015 year for the two children's homes in India.
JUNE 2014 | POWER OF PROTEIN FUNDRAISER
CHILD STARTED NEW PROJECT IN SOUTH AFRICA
Enough money was raised to support two projects.
1) To buy a cup of milk each school day for the impoverished Kindergarten children in Slangspruit school in South Africa .
2)To buy protein rich food for the two children's homes of Metropolitan Mission in India .
APRIL 2014 | SITE VISIT
A team of 6 people from different walks of life visited the children's homes at their own expense. They stayed at the MV Gudem home with 200 children and experienced what life is like for a resident in the home. It was good to see that the children are happy, healthy, very studious and well behaved. They enjoyed eating big portions of the rice donated. The director, Dr. Ebenezer, and the rest of the staff made sure that the team was well looked after.
JANUARY 2014 | RIDE FOR REFUGE
The rice bought with the Ride for Refuge fundraising money was delivered at Metropolitan Mission children's home. The joy was great. There will be enough rice for 2014. Thanks to all the riders and sponsors.
For photos see the blog page www.childsociety.org/blog/archives/01-2014
OCTOBER 2013 | RIDE FOR REFUGE
Forty riders participated in the Ride for Refuge bike ride to raise funds for rice for 200 children in the Metropolitan Mission children's homes for 2014. The riders were successful in getting enough sponsors to be able to buy rice for most of the year.
Thanks for all who worked so hard.
Through very generous donations, CHILD could buy rice for the 200 children in 2 children's homes of Metropolitan Mission in India, which should last from February until October 2013.
In May, 2013 generous donations made it possible to fund 13 wells in villages in Andhra Pradesh, India, where the water has been scarce. Drought, electricity shortage and extreme temperatures of up to 48 degrees are causing a crisis situation.
See blog for updates.
FEBRUARY 2012 | SITE VISIT
A group of ten including 3 CHILD directors visited Metropolitan Mission in India in February at their own expense. The team was privileged to enjoy the hospitality of the joyful staff and the children. The team got a first hand experience to observe how the generous donations raised in 2011 were spent on the various projects as directed (see below). Donations from 2012 were spent on: rice purchases for 2013; bathroom renovations; repairs of sewer system leakage, water tank, and mold problems in the children's home to improve the health of the children.
A scholarship was provided for a nurse graduate from Metropolitan Mission for her studies.
See blog for update.
CHILD was instrumental in placing two volunteers at Metropolitan Mission. Their presence helped to bridge the gap between the Canadian and Indian communities and made the cultural exchange more meaningful for all.
CHILD expanded its outreach to India. It has partnered with Metropolitan Mission to help the materially poor. Regular communication took place by email and Skype to bridge the gap. CHILD hosted a fundraising dinner to introduce the objectives of CHILD. CHILD gratefully accepted enough donations to pay for:
View a video clip of our fundraiser in 2011.
Here is more information about Metropolitan Mission.
Funds collected in 2010 were donated to the Olive Tree Project.