This is not a goat

Have you ever bought a goat, chicken, or a medical kit from a charity’s gift catalog? I have… But I didn’t realize at the time the intricacies of goat purchasing. For many charities, the goat or chicken is simply a symbol of a donation amount, and in the fine print it reads that charity will use your dollars as they see fit. Other charities actually send out 300 goats one year, and 3000 the next, depending on what donors would like to spend their money on. In other words, goats are either inspirational pictures, or fluctuating, donor-driven programs.

At Vulnerable Children Society, we don’t have a gift catalog, and we don’t sell goats. Or chickens either.

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And this is why… Our programs are created by Ethiopian/Liberian organizations, to address the most pressing needs in those countries. The indigenous organizations, run by locals, create holistic programs to powerfully impact the lives of children and families. Our job as the fundraising partner is not to tell our African partners how many of anything they should have that year, or how to do their work. Our job is to connect you with them, so that children can be educated, families can be preserved, and communities can be transformed.

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We are transparent about our fundraising: you know that when you donate to VulnerAble Children Society, we send the funds to the program you have designated your dollars to help. And if that program is fully funded, or for some reason needs to be discontinued, we roll the dollars into our general program fund. Lastly, we publish our financial statements on our website, so that you can see, to the dollar, exactly how much money each program received.

For your holiday gifts this year, please consider donating to Vulnerable Children Society. We have three programs that need your help… Home tutoring and Ebola disease prevention in Liberia, afterschool tutoring at our Love and Hope Centre in Ethiopia, and retraining for teens who have worked in the sex trade in Ethiopia. Even stocking stuffer amounts are highly appreciated! and go along way to do good work in these countries.

Hope for Children in Ethiopia, Vulnerable Children Society

We won’t send you a picture of a goat, but if you donate and then send us an email, we will send you back a personalized card with a picture of the children you are actually helping, and information about the program. Your loved ones will love learning about the positive impact of your donation.

Many thanks! And warmest holiday wishes from all of us in Canada, Ethiopia, and Liberia.

Arnica Rowan, President
Vulnerable Children Society
http://www.VulnerableChildren.ca

A surprise gift for the girls in our Teen Sex Trade Worker Retraining Program

My daughters and I had fun shopping for some very special teen girls on Saturday. Tawnya is leaving for Ethiopia next week to check in on our projects, and is visiting the ten girls in our Teenage Sex Trade Worker Retraining Program in Addis Ababa.

The girls in Addis are currently getting training in hair dressing, and we thought they could use some tool! But also, we just wanted to let the girls know how much we care for them. Many of these girls have been rejected by their families, and have very low self esteem. It’s important that they know we are sending love, as well as money for their program.

I’m sure Tawnya will have a blast sharing these gift bags with the girls. If you would like to light up the lives of 10 more girls next year, we are currently fundraising to support another cohort of girls that would like to escape the sex trade. Please consider donating 🙂

 

Holiday Donations – Ecards on Dec 23!

Want to give a meaningful gift for Christmas? Make a donation to Vulnerable Children Society in someone’s name!

We will send out ecards for you to print and slip into stockings on Sunday December 23rd. You can also forward your ecard in an email, if your gift recipient lives far away.

Simple make a donation HERE and then send us en email info@vulnerablechildren.ca with who the gift is for, and if you want us to send the ecard to you or to the recipient. Then, on December 23, we will send out all the ecards!

Thanks so much for your kindness. Peace and joy to your families!

Last minute gifts – no problem! Give some LOVE!

We can send e-greetings and printable donation cards (the perfect stocking stuffers!) to you right up until Christmas Eve! It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Genna, a December gift of love for a vulnerable child is sure to delight and warm the heart.

Show your loved one that you care about them, and about the children in Ethiopia at the same time. Donate to Vulnerable Children Society, or sponsor a Family, or Community Child through our House 2 House program in your friend or family member’s name.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Click the link below
    Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!
    Complete your monthly donation. You will receive your tax receipts directly from CanadaHelps.
    Please click the button that shares your name, address and email with the charity, as we really want to know who you are and be able to send you updates on the child and newsletters!
    Thanks so much!
  2. Send us an email info(at)vulnerablechildren.ca [replace the (at) with @]. Include your name, and the gift recipient’s name, full address and email, as well as any special instructions.
  3. If we receive your donation email before December 15th, we will send out a paper postcard informing the recipient of your kind gift. If we receive your donation after December 15th, we will send out an e-card to their email address on December 25th (unless you instruct otherwise.)

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanzaa! Melkam Genna!

Add a “Gift of Love” badge to your blog! Help us fundraise for Vulnerable Children!

Holiday gifts are a very important source of revenue for Vulnerable Children Society. Did you know, $100 can feed 10 children injera (the staple bread in Ethiopia) for a month? What Canadians spent on eating lunch out for a week can provide the basic food and shelter necessities for a deserving child for a month. Every bit counts! Plus, people really appreciate a gift that they can connect with and know changes a child’s life.

You can help us fundraise for Vulnerable Children Society by putting a badge promoting our holiday gift giving on your website or blog.
We appreciate it so much! Here are the simple instructions:

  1. Download a holiday gift or sponsorship badge (slightly larger than shown):
      
       
  2. IMPORTANT: Link the badge to : https://vulnerablechildren.ca/donate/holiday-gifts

ALTERNATIVELY, you can paste this html code into a widget or onto a page in the html area:

<span style="color: #ff0000;"><em><a href="https://vulnerablechildren.ca/donate/holiday-gifts" target="_blank"><img title="VCS Holiday Giving Small Icon" src="https://vulnerablechildrenethiopia.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/vcs-holiday-giving-small-icon.jpg" alt="" width="172" height="130" /></a></em></span>

And if you still have a little shopping left to do yourself, please sponsor a child or make a donation in your loved one’s name!

Thank you so much for your help!!!!

NOTE: All one-time donations to Vulnerable Children Society are put into our project account, and used for our current projects. Over the last year, these projects have included the administration of the House 2 House program, and drought relief food aid. In the coming year we will be helping furnish an educational centre in rural Ethiopia and fill it with books. We are 100% volunteer-run.Our membership fees, and $1 of each monthly sponsorships payment, cover Vulnerable Children Society administrative costs.

Give a Gift of LOVE: Make a donation to Vulnerable Children in your loved one’s name!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Genna, a December gift of love for a vulnerable child is sure to delight and warm the heart.

Show your loved one that you care about them, and about the children in Ethiopia at the same time. Donate to Vulnerable Children Society, or sponsor a Family, or Community Child through our House 2 House program in your friend or family member’s name.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Simply click on the appropriate icon below, and complete your gift with Paypal, debit or credit card.

    to donate one-time
    to sponsor a child to sponsor a family
  2. Send us an email info(at)vulnerablechildren.ca [replace the (at) with @]. Include your name, and the gift recipient’s name, full address and email, as well as any special instructions.
  3. If we receive your donation email before December 15th, we will send out a paper postcard informing the recipient of your kind gift. If we receive your donation after December 15th, we will send out an e-card to their email address on December 25th (unless you instruct otherwise.)

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanzaa! Melkam Genna!