Help us name our new education center!

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We are having signs made up 2 days from now, for our new education center in Guder, to take with us to Ethiopia. So now is your chance… In the next 24 hours, let’s name our new center something uplifting! Canadian Humanitarian’s other centers are called Kids Hope. We want something equally as positive and uplifting, but distinct from the other centers. Something short and sweet. What are your ideas?

The best idea will get a special prize from Ethiopia. Plus, naming credit! Which is about as cool of a prize as you can get.

So lay it on us… What should we call our new center in Guder?
Please post your suggestions as comments on our Facebook page post.

This fantastic educational centre will provide hot meals for the children each day, school registration fees and uniforms, a safe place for the kids to go after school and a support network for the guardians of the children. As we expand our sponsor base, we also will be offering programming such as a community health worker, HIV educational workshops for guardians and children, a community garden, and after school tutoring. This centre is modeled after other very successful programs we have visited in Ethiopia, and we know that it will effect deep transformational change in these children’s lives.

Girls rock! Celebrate the International Day of the Girl!

Today at Vulnerable Children Society, let’s celebrate girls! Today is the very first International Day of the Girl!

“To help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”

Girls are the future and the backbone of Canada, Ethiopia, and all corners of the world. They are often the most vulnerable to discrimination and have the least access to opportunities; yet, girls have the potential to shape their communities, start enterprises, uphold families and inspire their own children. (Download a toolkit to read more about girls’ issues.)

On a personal note, I’d like to share a story from Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend that speaks to girls rights around the world.

We were sharing around the table about what we were thankful for, and my daughters shared that they were thankful for their families, the food they had to eat, the farmers and gardeners that grew the food, that kids in Ethiopia were going to school (through Vulnerable Children) and that they were able to help build a library for those kids.

As a mom, I was pleased by their personal and social reflections and gratitude. Afterwards, we talked about how not all girls in all countries were as lucky as my Canadian girls are. We talked about how in Ethiopia the policy is equality for girls, but often girls are not given the same access to education or food when times are tough. Grandpa, who impressed upon the girls that they can do anything they want to, also shared that there are countries in the world where girls are routinely discriminated against and are not supported to equal opportunity.  this was a shock to my Canadian 6 years olds, and one of my daughters said the idea of discrimination made her “feel small, even in Canada.”

Let’s not pretend that there discrimination against girls does not still exist across the globe. It does. But when we empower our girls with information and tools to succeed and be leaders, we can fight together for future global equality. Girls and grandfathers, moms and dads, brothers and grandmothers… we all have a responsiblity and opportunity to unleash the power of girls!

To sponsor a girl to grow and go to school, please consider sponsoring a girl child through our House to House child sponsorship program!

  1. Click on the “donate now” button and set up a repeating donation for $35 a month. Choose the “House 2 House Community Sponsorship” as the fund.
  2. Send us an email at info@vulnerablechildren.ca to indicate which child you would like to sponsor, if you have a preference. There is a photo list on the homepage. That’s it!

Note that as a sponsor, you are automatically a member of our society, and are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting online, which usually happens in December.

CapitalOne will add $10 to your donation to Vulnerable Children!

Thanks so much to a donor who sent us this news. Until the end of the month, CapitalOne will donate $10 ON TOP OF YOUR DONATION! to a registered charity through CanadaHelps!

We have a lot of amazing projects on the go, and would really appreciate you making a small donation and help us take advantage of this fab offer from CapitalOne. All you have to do is take a small quiz and they will contribute $10 to Vulnerable Children Society!

  • Take the Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz!!!
  • Make a donation  to VULNERABLE CHILDREN SOCIETY at the end of the quiz, via the link to CanadaHelps.org.
  • Capital One Canada will add $10 to your donation!

Why is CapitalOne doing this? From the CanadaHelps website:

To educate the public about charity fraud, Capital One Canada and CanadaHelps are teaming up during Fraud Prevention Month for the third annual Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz. This quiz will help participants identify the signs of charity fraud to hopefully avoid these malicious schemes. During the month of March, Capital One will also be topping up individual donations made through CanadaHelps.org by $10, up to a total of $25,000 for Canadian charities.

The online Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz is designed to inform Canadians about the risk of charity fraud and how to prevent it. Accessible at http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityFraud/LandingPage.aspx, every participant who completes the quiz will be eligible to have their personal donation made via Canadahelps topped up by $10, thanks to Capital One Canada.

Capital One and CanadaHelps offer the following charity fraud prevention tips:

  • Make sure the charity is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and provides you with their charitable registration number. CanadaHelps.org only lists charities registered with the CRA
  • Ask to see a charity’s financial statements. These should be readily available to anyone who asks and give you a sense of how the charity spends their money
  • Understand the impact the charity has and what difference they make in the community. Charities should be able to give you clear outcomes of the programs or services they provide
  • Research the causes you want to support and how much of your budget you want to donate to charity. You will feel less pressured to give when solicited if you have already planned your giving
  • Avoid any charity that pressures you into making a donation or isn’t open to sharing more information about their organization

Our Semi-Annual Newsletter!

Please downlaod, read and pass on our semi-annual newletter.

It’s chock full of moving stories from visitors to Ethiopia, wonderful pictures of the children, exciting news on our latest projects and so much more!

Download it and pass it on!!

VCS November 2011 Newsletter

Our First Newsletter!

Well, Vulnerable Children Society is seven months old and doing amazingly well. We’d love to share with you some pictures and highlights from the first whirlwind half-year.

Please download our newsletter and share it with your friends! VCS April 2011 Newsletter!

Excerpt from the president’s report:

In the summer of 2010, three women were sitting outside in the sunshine drinking hot cups of Ethiopia coffee. We shared friendship and connections to Ethiopia: two of us (Arnica and Tawnya) had adopted children from that country, and one of us (Menbere) originally hailed from there. For several months, we had been contemplating how we could get more involved and contribute to the country that had given us so much. We talked about how Faya Orphanage had an opening for a new partner, and we decided – now is the time. With commitments made over buna, Vulnerable Children Society was born.

Thanks to your strong commitments, we have met and exceeded each of our goals!  Two highlights: We have complete sustainable funding through sponsorship for the orphanage, and have applied for charitable status.

I can’t wait to see what the next six months bring!

Help us with Social Media

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Please Like us on Facebook!

Facebook has proved to be an invaluable tool for Vulnerable Children Society! There is NO denying that it’s been a huge help spreading the word about the awesome stuff Vulnerable Children Society, and our partner Faya Orphanage, do!

So a small ask today: Can you help us? No, I’m not asking for money! Just a simple click or two.

Will you help spread the word about helping kids in Ethiopia?

  1. Please like us on Facebook!
  2. “Like”, and then pass on any interesting posts to your friends and family by posting to their walls. We usually have new content and pictures out each Monday and Wednesday.
  3. Post this badge (above) on your blog after liking us. You just go to and make a “Page Badge” and select Vulnerable Children Society. Then grab the code and post it to the widgets on your blog!

THANKS very very much!!!!