Follow Vulnerable Children’s President across Ethiopia!

From President Arnica Rowan:

Hi folks –

I thought I’d let you know that I’m heading off to Ethiopia again for a whirlwind trip next month! (See our trip map!)

I’ll be leaving mid April and will be in traveling on a mad schedule for Vulnerable Children Society.

My mom and I (my mom is the volunteer who sends out all your sponsor updates) are going to visit all the 5 communities where we sponsor House 2 House  children and families (Nazret/Adama, Wonji, Mojo, Ambo and Guder), Faya Orphanage in Adama, Canadian Humanitarian’s education project we are helping with in Gindo, and a few other non-profits we’re looking at working with in Addis Ababa.

We’ll share our stories and experiences from all of Vulnerable Children’s current and future projects… please feel free to repost them on your Facebook page.

So if you’d like to follow our travels and see pictures from all around central Ethiopia, please tune in to this blog April 22, 2012! You can also subscribe to our blog posts on the homepage so you don’t miss a thing!

We’d love to take you all along for the ride!

Please help this sweet little man by sponsoring him

What a cutester!  This little boy in Ethiopia was identified by the local Ethiopian authorities as highly at risk and in need of support. He really could use your sponsorship to be happy and healthy, and to recieve the medical treatment he requires.  Please consider sponsoring him through our House 2 House program.

You can make all the difference in the world for this little boy from Ethiopia. With your House 2 House sponsorship, he will receive adequate food, shelter, access to education and medical care. Most of the children in this program are affected by HIV/AIDS, and many have lost their parents to the disease.

UPDATE: This little boy has been sponsored! Thank you! We still have many many more children waiting, if you are interested in helping another child in need 🙂

Make a difference for this deserving child.
#1 Click the link below
Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!
#2 Add the amount of $35
#3 Select “Repeating Donation”
#4 Select “Community Child Sponsorship” in the Fund area, and type CM048 in the Message area.
#5 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!

Waiting in Wonji: a field report from director Chris Ardern

This is T. She lives with her grandmother. Her parents are gone.

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T. lives in Wonji, Ethiopia, a small industrial town hit hard by HIV/AIDS. Almost every child from Wonji in Vulnerable Children Society’s House 2 House program is HIV+. The very few children in the program who are not positive are from families whose lives have been shattered by the virus.

Chris Ardern, a member of Vulnerable Children Society’s Board of Directors, visited Wonji in November. When asked why sponsorship was important for the children and families in Wonji, a local government official said that the better nutrition House 2 House sponsorship provides helps to keep children in Wonji who are HIV+ alive. Quite simply, in many cases sponsorship prolongs the lives of children with HIV; with better nutrition, the anti-retroviral medication the children are on is more effective and the risk of opportunistic infections goes down.

Sponsorship helps children stay healthy. Sponsorship helps children grow. Sponsorship helps children learn. Sponsorship helps take some of the worries away.

Sponsorship through Vulnerable Children Society’s House 2 House program helps kids be kids.

The local government in Wonji has identified T. as being in urgent need of sponsorship. This holiday season, Vulnerable Children Society wants to find a sponsor who will, without a doubt, change this little girl’s life.

Jan 11, 2012: A sponsor has been found for T!

Make a difference for this deserving child.
#1 Click the link below
Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!
#2 Add the amount of $35
#3 Select “Repeating Donation”
#4 Select “Community Child Sponsorship” in the Fund area.
#5 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!

Slight changes to our Mission – our last modification for charitable status

Over the last month, we have been working very hard to answer all the questions from the Charities Directorate, complete our financial statements, create a budget for next year, and renew our partnership agreement with Faya Orphanage.

The great news? We have sent this all off via fax to the Charities Directorate, and hope to hear good news by early 2011!!!

We made a slight modification to our purposes (aka our mission) with a board of directors vote. This was in response to a request from the Charities Directorate. It’s no biggie, but we thought we would let you know. Stay posted for good news on our charitable status and tax receipts!!

The purposes of the Vulnerable Children Society are now:

  • To provide for the welfare of vulnerable children in African nations, by providing access to food, shelter, education and healthcare through local partnership organizations.
  • To enhance the quality of life for vulnerable children in African nations, by providing tools and opportunities for play, enrichment, learning, attachment, social and emotional development.
  • To build capacity in local partnering organizations that care for vulnerable African children, through mentorship, training and support.
  • To support communities and strengthen families with vulnerable children in African nations by addressing community food, water, shelter, education, sanitation and healthcare needs through local partnership organizations.
  • To facilitate donor sponsorship, and to fundraise, apply for grants and conduct revenue-generating activities to sustainably support programs and administration costs.
  • To provide similar and related services as approved by the board of directors.

Visitors Appreciated by Orphanage Director: Letter

There were several families who visited Faya Orphanage in the last month.

Director Meseret Demissie wrote me a note full of appreciation for the visitors and the amazing donations they brought, purchased in Adama and contributed.

We don’t have pictures and notes about all the visitors  – but we thank each and every one of your amazing people who connected with our awesome Ethiopian partner.

If you are interested in visiting Faya Orphanage, please contact Nicole (one of our awesome volunteer directors) via info@vulnerablechildren.ca and we will connect you to the folks in Ethiopia.

“We have got two containers who had cloths and toys last week .we collected  it from wegos guest house .. all the toys and the size of cloths are very nice for our children. Some times we need cloths for very poor children.” (These were containers sent from Arnica Rowan via Laura& Shawn, and Alison and Corrie)

“Shirley and Alicia… Sintayehu contacted them and they asked me what is the most important thing uses for our children. They bought lots of formula milk, diapers, cooking oil, soap body and cloths, corn flakes. baby size shoes, cloth, some medicines and pasta. We really appreciate the donations! Thanks to them so much.” Sintayehu added: “The other important news of th week is about Alicia and Shirley. They did a great job. Even though they have no time to visit Faya, they bough some food staffs from Addis. I hope you will get the details from Meseret.  It is good to send visitors like this whenever you get the chance.”

“We always appreciate any families come and visit Faya Orphanage. They are special guests for me and for the children too. We always talk about how Vulnerable Children Society is doing  hard work to keep Faya sustainable.”