Request for Hygene Donations

With an emphasis on personal hygiene, the goal is for each of the 70 children at the Love and Hope Centre in Kality to have at least three sets of underwear: shorts, panties, socks and undershirts (100% cotton). The center also needs toothbrushes and toothpaste.

If you would like to donate these items to the Vulnerable Children Society’s Love and Hope Center in Kality, please send them to Communications Director Nicole, who will be travelling to Ethiopia in the near future. The address is below.

Or, if you are traveling to Ethiopia soon, please consider bringing these items to the centre. You can contact Nicole for details on how to get to the centre, and for their current needs: info@vulnerablechildren.ca

Nicole Bellefleur – Please send before February 1st
6 Gay Avenue
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
C1A-2N3
CANADA

Report from Hope for Children – Teenage Sex Trade Workers Retraining Project

We received an official sponsor report from our partner, Hope for Children in Ethiopia, that operates the Teenage Sex Trade Workers Retraining Project in Addis Ababa. It’s a very comprehensive report, but I’ll include a couple of excerpts! It’s so nice to have good reporting form our partners!

“Dear partners,

The social challenges Ethiopians face are complex but at Hope for Children of Ethiopia Relief and Development Association (HCE), we continually strive to increase our understanding of these challenges. We have made significant strides in our understanding and interaction with the culture around us. We have learned more about Streetism — a danger that undermines the potential and development of children — and its major impact on society. HCE’s focus is to understand and provide relief and assistance to our community to fight Streetism, child labor, prostitution, and crime. All of these are inter-related and HCE has realized significant success in our efforts.

HCE relies heavily on the support of our partners and donors to continue our work reaching the destitute and most helpless individuals in our society.

Our partnerships are vital to our continued success. Thank you for your continued support and assistance as we relentlessly pursue our mission to provide education, medical care, school supplies, counseling, and life-skills training to thousands of Ethiopians every year.

Warmly,

Yonas Tesfaye, Managing Director

…..

The Teenage Sex Trade Workers Retraining Project in Addis Ababa…aspires to facilitate a healthy environment for working children to allow them self-reliant by economically, socially, and spiritually. In order to achieve the planned project activities, the project designed a strategy that includes renting houses, providing working materials, and providing operation and living expenses for students for one year while the Boy or Girl attends training. A variety of training is provided to the children in order to increase their confidence throughout the training period.

Most of the children have been subjected to child labor and child abuse. Child Labor is a significant problem in Ethiopia. Children are often abused and neglected by their employers. The children suffer post-traumatic stress disorder and have trust issues.

HCE works to address each child’s individual issues to help him/her overcome obstacle he/she faced with a view to heal the scar in him/her. Most of the children in our Boys and Girls Projects are able to recover from the pain that resulted from the injustice by their previous employers and they, after time, training, and healing. They become productive citizen who can help themselves and others.

The ultimate goal of our program is to equip the children to become self-reliant.

During their stay in the project, each child received life-skills and vocational training. After one year, at program completion, these children know how to manage their time, resources, and individual freedom. They are equipped to begin their own life in their own and become the major decision makers in their lives. These children also learn to make and save money become socially active with their respective community.”

More in future blog posts!

Field Report: Humbled and Inspired

From Communication Director Nicole, December 2013, from the Love and Hope Centre in Addis Ababa:

The kids who are participating in this program are among the most at-risk in Kality, meaning they have lost one of both parents, are touched by HIV (either they and/or their parents are HIV+), and/or are very poor. They range in age from 5 to 13 years.

One might think that with so many challenges before them, they’d be down-in-the-dumps, but nothing could be farther from the truth. I was greeted with unbridled excitement and enthusiasm – these kids know how to make a gal feel welcome! They were eager to play games with me and show me around, and they just loved watching videos of themselves on my iPhone.

As someone who spent three years teaching English in Japan, I was impressed by how well the kids could speak English. They were all eager to introduce themselves to me, tell me their ages and shake my hand.

Before I left, they sang a joyful song. As I watched them, I couldn’t help but marvel at their resilience. These kids have experienced more hardship than most of us will ever know, but they aren’t dwelling on it. Instead, they are meeting life’s challenges head on, smiling all the way. It was both humbling, and inspiring.

Major Announcement from Vulnerable Children Society

This week we have two MAJOR announcements to make to our donors and sponsors. Please watch the video below to hear the news directly from 5 of the 6 directors of Vulnerable Children Society. (Pam is in Swaziland, so she didn’t get in the video!)

Click here: To learn more about our new Love and Hope Centre in Kality!

Back to School in Ethiopia

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Every child, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances, has the right to be educated. Unfortunately, more than 7.8 million Ethiopian children do not attend school on a regular basis (source: UNICEF).

Public school in Ethiopia is free, but parents/guardians must pay a registration fee of 100-120 birr ($5-$6) per child at the start of the school year; they must also buy uniforms, which cost approximately 300-350 birr ($15-$16) per child. The most common reason parents/guardians don’t send their kids to school is that they cannot afford to pay the registration fees and/or buy uniforms. This is especially true for many of the kids enrolled in our House 2 House program: many of them and their parents live with HIV; some are orphaned and live with extended family members or neighbours. Their care-givers struggle to provide basic necessities for the members of their households; school is a luxury they simply cannot afford.

Believing that education is the single most effective way to break the poverty cycle, Vulnerable Children Society has committed to paying the registration fees and buying uniforms for all 76 children currently enrolled in our House 2 House program, for the upcoming school year.

This is the second time Vulnerable Children Society has paid for school fees for our House 2 House children; however we have doubled the number of children in our program since last year.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!This initiative will cost of approximately $1760. If you would like to help us send 76 deserving kids back to school, please click “Donate Now”. Any amount, large or small, will be greatly appreciated (you will receive a tax receipt directly from CanadaHelps).

Little Girl Looking for You to Help her Grow!

CM069

It only costs $35 a month to make a world of difference to one child.

This sweet little girl is from the small town of Guder, in Ethiopia. She is waiting for a House 2 House sponsor so that her family can care for her and provide the proper nutrition that she needs to thrive.

All of the children in the House 2 House program are HIV+, physically or mentally disabled, or otherwise extremely vulnerable. Many of the children live with extended family or neighbours; often their guardians are sick or unable to work as well. They are all affected by extreme poverty.

To sponsor this deserving child:

  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. Please include their file number CM069 in your email. 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.

Your tax receipts are always available on www.CanadaHelps.org.