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  1. Special Opportunity to Help Children with their Education in Romania, 3-7 April!

    We are so grateful that CHW’s supporters have made it possible to keep Refugiu’s tutoring and mentoring programme going in Romania, allowing disadvantaged children to get support with their education. We are also very thankful to each person who has helped CHW get to where it is today – in April CHW will be 10 years old!

    To celebrate CHW’s 10th Anniversary, we will be joining in with GlobalGiving’s Little By Little Campaign, from April 3-7. During that time, donations of up to 50 USD (around £40) will be matched by 50%, whilst matching funds last. The matching funds will be made available from 2pm (UK time) on 3 April.

    You Plus Two? The top organisations taking part in the campaign will win bonus funds. One of the conditions to be eligible to win, is for a project to have at least 30 supporters during the campaign week. That is the same as having three supporters for each year that CHW has been running! If you are able to make a contribution, and find two more people who could also donate, you would make up a group of three supporters!

    If you cannot make a donation, but want to help, we would really appreciate it if you could share the link to the project page via email and social media during the campaign!


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  2. Urgent Help Needed Before New Semester Starts in China!

    Stepping Stones is based in Shanghai and its projects focus on the educational, health and welfare needs of migrant children in China.

    Stepping Stones

    Since the beginning of 2015, CHW’s wonderful supporters have been sponsoring teaching materials Stepping Stones’ educational programmes for migrant children. This has been greatly helping the children with their education. Stepping Stones has asked us for help with the teaching materials for this school year too. They have expanded their programmes, meaning that they are now reaching more children and also that they need more help than before. Stepping Stones’ staff and trained volunteers go to migrant schools and centres to give lessons and extra support. Whilst the total needed for the whole year is now £2,390, we would like to raise the amount needed for the second semester as soon as possible which begins in February. We need to raise the funds by January so there is time to buy all the items. The total needed for the second semester is £797. A further breakdown of the items is below.

    If you would like to make a donation to help with teaching materials for the children, you can make a donation via Paypal here:

       
     
     

    Needs:

    Textbooks – £275.47

    Stationery – £153.12

    Paper - £153.12

    Memory sticks – £92.82

    Printing – £76.56

    Folders – £45.91

    A huge thank you to Lisa’s Restautant for running a stall to support this project during Pitshanger Lane’s Christmas event, “Light Up the Lane”. They raised £312.19. Thank you also to the Rotary Club of Ealing, which donated £100. Both donations are helping to get us towards our goal! If you are able to help, either by sharing this project with others, or by making a contribution, that would be wonderful!

    Please email catherine@ chworldwide.org if you would like further information.

    Children having a lesson

    Thank you to CHW’s supporters for sponsoring stationery and teaching materials last semester!

    With thanks to Wang Cui at Stepping Stones for the above photos.


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  3. Thank You for Supporting the Children through Gardening

    We are very grateful to Alex who has been helping children at lots of different projects! Alex does gardening in her free time and donates the funds she raises through this to CHW. You can see some earlier projects Alex supported here. We want to thank Alex for her continuing help. She is touching the lives of a lot of children!

    Alex

    Alex, who does gardening to support the children at CHW’s projects.

    Some of the funds Alex raised through gardening have previously supported teaching materials for migrant children at Stepping Stones’ programmes in China. Alex’s most recent donations will go towards helping with the teaching materials for the next semester and will also support CHW’s newest project – horse therapy in Argentina. This will allow a child with disabilities, from a poor background, to attend therapy sessions. Below are some photos from these projects and from other projects which Alex has helped.

    These photos are from the projects which Alex is currently supporting:

    Stepping Stones

    Sponsoring teaching materials for the migrant children at Stepping Stones’ educational programmes in China.

    Horse Therapy

    Project to assist a child with disabilities to receive equine-assisted therapy at Fundación Cordobesa de Equinoterapia in Argentina.

    These photos are from projects which Alex has previously supported, with the funds she raised through gardening:

    Baby Brian

    Supporting a medical procedure for baby Brian, at the Baobei Foundation in China, to help remove fluid from his brain. Baby Brian has made a good recovery!

    ORT SA CAPE

    Sponsoring places for disadvantaged children in Cape Town to attend science and robotics workshops run by ORT SA CAPE.

    Supporting the dental hygiene project run by the Atelier Sacelean Assocation in Romania, funding dental procedures for children from poor families and supplying children with toothbrushes and toothpaste.

    Casa Mea

    Helping to sponsor an educator, Felicia, to work with the children at the home, Casa Mea, in Romania. Felicia is pictured with some of the children at the home.

    Morning Tears

    Alex’s contributions helped to fund outdoor tables and benches, as well as a staff tricycle to make it easier to go shopping for supplies, at Morning Tears’ residential centre in China. The centre provides a home for the children of convicts.

    Alex has received some lovely feedback from the people she does the gardening for, including the following:

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    “…it’s so nice to see that so much is being done for those needy children. The people behind the charity work so hard (like you [Alex]) to raise the funds required and are to be congratulated for all that they do.” – Keith and Ruth

    A huge thank you, Alex, for all your time and support for the children!

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    With thanks to the following people for the photos from the projects: Wang Cui (Stepping Stones); Veronica (Fundación Cordobesa de Equinoterapia); Earl (Baobei Foundation); Debbie (who worked at ORT SA CAPE); Oana (Atelier Sacelean Association); Felicia (Casa Mea); and Sofie (Morning Tears).


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  4. Join Us on #GivingTuesday 2016 and Support Children with Disabilities in Argentina

    #GivingTuesday is a global day of doing good! This year, it will take place on 29 November 2016. You can join in!

    Horse Therapy Session

    Children receiving horse therapy at Fundación Cordobesa de Equinoterapia
    With thanks to Veronica for permission to use this photo.

    Collecting your small change can make a big change!

    Have you emptied your purse of all its coppers, or do you put aside your small coins? Annoying small change… but it can be put to really good use! Imagine if you saved those small coins until #GivingTuesday and asked friends, family and colleagues to do the same. It would all add up and could make a huge difference to a child with disabilities in Argentina.

    CHW has recently partnered with a horse therapy project in Cordoba, Argentina. Horse therapy has many benefits, but is out of the reach of poorer families, costing around £110 per month. All the coins, added together, would help a child to attend horse therapy sessions. You will be making a real difference.

    You can bank your coins and donate them to CHW on or after #GivingTuesday, or attend our London event to donate your coins or volunteer and help count the donated coins. This will be taking place at 6pm near Tottenham Court Road. You can join our event on Facebook here.

    If you would like to make a donation towards this project, you can make a contribution via Paypal, using the button below. Please email catherine @ chworldwide.org if you would like to contribute in a another way. Thank you for wanting to be a part of this project!


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  5. Join the Little By Little By Little Campaign to Help Disadvantaged Children in Romania!

    We are so grateful to each of you who has been supporting very disadvantaged children in the village of Tarlungeni in Romania, by getting involved with Refugiu’s tutoring and mentoring programme. We are delighted to be able to offer another chance to help these children, and keep the programme going, through GlobalGiving UK’s Little by Little by Little campaign!

    Tutoring Programme

    Little and not-so-little! Some of the youngest and oldest children at tutoring sessions.

    GlobalGiving UK’s campaign starts at 2pm on 25 October and ends at 2pm on 1 November (UK time). There is match funding available for your donations and GlobalGiving UK will match donations of up to £50 by 50%, whilst funds last. In addition, there is up to £500 available in bonus prize funds for the three organisations with the highest numbers of individual supporters. To be eligible for a prize, at least 15 people must support the project during the campaign and at least £1000 must be raised. This means every single person who decides to support this project during the campaign week has the potential to make a big difference!

    At tutoring session

    Get Involved!

    There are a couple of ways to get involved:

    1. Become an Ambassador

    A campaign like this can only be successful if a lot of people know about it! We would really appreciate your help with spreading the word and sharing the link to our project page. This could involve telling friends, family and colleagues about the campaign and asking if they will also share the project during the challenge.

    If you are able to help with promoting the project online, we are looking for social media volunteers who will be happy to share the project on Facebook, Twitter and any other network!  

    2. Be one of the First Fifteen Champions!

    There is a lot to think about during this campaign, to make sure we really do our best for the children. To be eligible for the bonus prize funds, at least 15 people must support the project; we must raise £1000; and we must try to have more supporters than the other participating organisations! To make this all a bit easier, it would be wonderful if 15 people were willing to commit in advance to making a donation during the campaign. So far, four people have committed to do this. If you would be able to do this, please let us know by emailing catherine@chworldwide.org. Then, we will know for certain that, together, we will complete the first requirement and can focus on trying to raise more funds to reach the £1000 mark and continuing to spread the word to reach more people during the campaign.

    Not such a little problem

    Since June, the pound’s value has not been stable. It has cost £200 per month to keep the tutoring programme going. If the current situation continues, we will have to raise £212.46 each month, to ensure that Refugiu receives the same amount of Romanian lei to run the project. As a small charity, this is a large challenge, but children are benefitting so greatly from this project. Your support during the Little By Little By Little campaign will be very much appreciated, during these difficult times.

    GlobalGiving UK’s full terms and conditions for the campaign can be found here

    Tutoring session.

    Siblings Gabriela and Ciprian at a tutoring session. Sessions are held each weekday.


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  6. Thank You for Helping Migrant Children in China with Educational Materials

    Teaching migrant children

    Stepping Stones, an organisation helping migrant children in China, asked for help with teaching materials for their educational programmes and needed £797 for their supplies for the new semester. A huge thank you to each of you who helped us to reach this target! You are ensuring that these children receive a good quality education.

    We received a donation of £100 from the Rotary Club of Ealing towards the teaching materials.

    Alex volunteers her time to do gardening and donates the funds raised to CHW. She raised £233 to help the children at Stepping Stones.

    The rest of the donations came from wonderful people in different countries across Europe and Asia! Your contributions ranged from £5 to £200. We want to sincerely thank each of you. You made it possible to reach the target of £797 and provide teaching materials for the children!

    If you still want to help, it is not too late. We will need to raise a further £797 before the next semester, which starts in February. If you want to continue to help the children with their education, you can make a contribution via the Paypal button below.

     

    Thank you for your help and support!

    New educational supplies


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  7. Urgent Help Needed Before School Starts in China

    Stepping Stones is based in Shanghai and its projects focus on the educational, health and welfare needs of migrant children in China.

    Child at Stepping Stones

    Since the beginning of 2015, CHW’s wonderful supporters have been sponsoring teaching materials for one of Stepping Stones’ educational programmes. This has been greatly helping the children with their education. Stepping Stones has asked us for help with the teaching materials this coming school year too. They have expanded their programmes, meaning that they are now reaching more children and also that they need more help than before. Stepping Stones’ staff and trained volunteers go to migrant schools and centres to give lessons and extra support. Whilst the total needed for the whole year is now £2,390, we would like to raise the amount needed for the first semester as soon as possible (September to February), as this semester begins in less than a month! The total needed for this first semester is £797. A further breakdown of the items is below.

    If you would like to make a donation to help with teaching materials for the children, you can make a donation via Paypal here:

     

    Needs:

    Textbooks – £275.47

    Stationery – £153.12

    Paper - £153.12

    Memory sticks – £92.82

    Printing – £76.56

    Folders – £45.91

    A huge thank you to the Rotary Club of Ealing for donating the first £100 towards this project and to Alex and Paola for further donations. If you are able to help, either by sharing this project with others, or by making a contribution, that would be wonderful!

    Please email catherine@ chworldwide.org if you would like further information.

    Children at Stepping Stones with stationery

    Thank you to CHW’s supporters for sponsoring stationery and teaching materials last year!

    With thanks to Wang Cui at Stepping Stones for the above photos.


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  8. Be Part of GlobalGiving’s June Bonus Day and Help Children in Cape Town!

    On 15 June 2016, GlobalGiving will be holding a Bonus Day, starting at 2pm UK time (3pm South African time) and ending on 16 June at 4.59 am UK time (5.59 am South African time).

    We are grateful for all you have already done to sponsor places for disadvantaged children to attend science and robotics workshops run by ORT SA CAPE in South Africa. We would like to take this opportunity to raise funds to support further workshops for the children. 

    During the Bonus Day:

    1. GlobalGiving will match funds by up to 50%, whilst their matching funds last. (It is a good idea to make a donation as soon as possible once the Bonus Day starts, to make sure that your contribution is matched!)

    2. If CHW can raise 1000 USD (just under £700), the project will receive a further 50 USD, as CHW has been taking part in GlobalGiving’s Online Fundraising Academy.

    3. Bonus prizes are available and the projects with the highest number of donors and the most funds raised, respectively, will be awarded 1000 USD by GlobalGiving.

    Your support will go far on this day! If you are able to share the link to our project page, or make a contribution, during the Bonus Day, this would be wonderful for the children. 

    GlobalGiving’s full terms and conditions for the Bonus Day can be found here


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  9. Give a #HelpingHand on #GivingTuesday!

    We are delighted to announce that our #GivingTuesday project for 2015 will support the migrant children at Stepping Stones’ programmes in China!

    Child at Stepping Stones

    What is #GivingTuesday?

    It is a global day to celebrate giving. It takes place on the first Tuesday in December. This year, it will be on 1 December. It follows the heavily commercial Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is a chance to focus on doing good. There is more information on #GivingTuesday’s website.

    What is the project for the migrant children in China?

    Stepping Stones has asked us to sponsor the teaching materials needed for their educational programmes for migrant children. CHW’s wonderful supporters fundraised over the summer to sponsor these materials for the semester starting in September. We are aiming to raise the same amount again, £537.05, to fund the teaching materials for the semester starting in February. Over the summer, we made a list of all the items needed, and how much they cost – from textbooks to stationery! You can see the list here.

    Why should I support this project on #GivingTuesday?

    With Christmas coming up, it would be a truly wonderful gift to let the staff and volunteers at Stepping Stones know that they will have all the funds the need for teaching materials for the new semester. A quality education is a very great gift for these children, and you can be a part of making this happen.

    How can I help?

    You can help by contributing or by helping us spread the word. On 1 December, a lot of people will be using the hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media and it would be wonderful if you could help CHW to be part of this global conversation!

    If you want to contribute, you can make a donation through this page.

    If you want to help us spread the word, there are various ways to get involved. Firstly, you could share this page with friends, family and colleagues on social media or via email. Secondly you could become a Social Media Volunteer or a Social Media Ambassador for our #HelpingHands campaign.

    How do I get involved with the #HelpingHands Campaign?

    If you are familiar with #GivingTuesday, you might already know about the unselfie. If not, you can see some examples here. Our #HelpingHands Campaign is even easier to join! All you need to do is write your favourite school subject on your hand and take a photo. Then tweet it to us at @CHWChildren including the hashtag #GivingTuesday or post it to our facebook page. It is that simple to get involved!

    If you would like to be a Social Media Ambassador, this would involved spreading the word about the #HelpingHands Campaign to people in your community, workplace or university, etc, and making sure that people post their #HelpingHands photos on #GivingTuesday. If you would like more information about becoming a Social Media Ambassador, please email catherine @ chworldwide.org.

    Whatever your favourite subject was, there will have been resources involved – such as textbooks, paint and art materials, or sports or science equipment. The costs of these resources all add up, and this highlights the importance of funding teaching materials for Stepping Stones.

    Are you in London?

    We will be meeting near Tottenham Court Road station at 6.30pm on 1 December. This will be a chance to meet some of our volunteers, find out more about CHW and assist with our #HelpingHands Campaign. You will be able to take part yourself, if you wish, and can help us decide on the best photo. That photo will then be CHW’s profile photo on Facebook the following day! Please join our event on Facebook, if you would like to come.

    Do you want more information?

    If you would like further details, please email catherine @ chworldwide.org

    Children with their artwork!

    With thanks to Wang Cui at Stepping Stones for the photos.


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  10. Birthday Greetings to Maga!

    Maga and Tony are a wonderful couple who have supported children at so many of CHW’s projects. Maga also volunteers and helps with Spanish translations for our projects in Argentina. Today is Maga’s birthday, and as a lovely surprise, Tony made a donation in her name. This donation will sponsor a month’s worth of food for the children at Sankofa Mbofra Fie’s children’s home in Ghana. This was such a kind thing to do and we are very grateful!

    Maga, all of us at CHW wish you a happy birthday! You are a very special person and you do so much to help the children. We are delighted that we could help Tony with this birthday gift for you.

    Happy birthday!!

    Children at Sankofa


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