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  1. My Box Office gives a generous donation to help the children
    Thank you to My Box Office

    Thank you to My Box Office
    Photo from Stepping Stones, China

    We are very grateful to My Box Office for giving a generous donation of £500! They made this donation at the perfect time, as it was just before the new school year started! We had almost raised enough to sponsor teaching materials for the migrant children at Stepping Stones’ educational programmes in China, and still needed £180 to be able to provide funding for the whole semester. We were able to use part of My Box Office’s donation to complete this project. The rest of their donation went towards helping two of the young people in Romania and Ghana.

    Ana lives at Casa Mea’s children’s home in Romania. She is 14 and has just started Grade 8. In Romania, the exams taken at the end of Grade 8 determine whether or not a pupil will be able to go to a good high school in Grade 9. Ana is doing well in most of her subjects, but she needs further help with maths. Felicia, the home’s administrator, has arranged for Ana to have extra maths tuition. My Box Office’s donation will help to fund over two months of this tuition.

    Ana

    Ana

    CHW helps young people, as well as children, particularly those who have grown up at, or received assistance from, our partner projects. Isaac grew up at New Life’s Children’s Home in Ghana. He wanted to study Mechanical Engineering at Cape Coast Polytechnic. Working together with New Life, we have been able to assist Isaac and he has just started his second year of studies. As well as proving funding for Isaac’s tuition fees, we also raise funds to be able to provide him with a stipend for food. My Box Office’s donation has helped to provide Isaac with food. Isaac is very grateful for this help.

    Isaac

    Isaac

    Thank you very much to My Box Office for making a difference in these children’s and young people’s lives!

     

    With thanks to Cui at Stepping Stones, Felicia at Casa Mea and James at New Life for these photos.

     

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  2. Children go back to school in China, Ghana and Romania!

    September projects

    In September, the new school year started in three of the countries where CHW supports projects (China, Ghana and Romania), so it has been a busy time for the children and young people in those places! A huge thank you to each of CHW’s supporters who made it possible to run programmes for disadvantaged children this term, and who helped individual children and young people to continue with their education! You are making a big difference in their lives.

    CHW’s supporters made it possible to:

    - Provide teaching materials for Stepping Stones’ educational programmes for migrant children in China for the semester.

    - Sponsor Refugiu’s tutoring programme for disadvantaged Roma children in Romania.

    - Give school supplies, clothes and shoes to the children at Refugiu’s programmes in Romania, in time for the new school year.

    - Provide a scholarship for Isaac, a Ghanaian student, who grew up at New Life’s children’s home, to study Mechanical Engineering. With thanks to the company, Ronco Cayman, for this sponsorship.

    - Provide Isaac, the Ghanaian student, with a stipend for food.

    - Sponsor the school fees for Sophia, a high school student, helped by New Life, Ghana.

    - Provide the fees for extra maths tuition for Ana, who lives at the children’s home, Casa Mea, in Romania.

    You can see more about these projects, and the supporters who made it all possible, in our latest newsletter, here.
    Thank you for helping these children and young people!

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  3. Grant from the Oliver Stanley Charitable Trust supports children in China and Romania
    Thank you to the Oliver Stanley Charitable Trust

    Thank you to the Oliver Stanley Charitable Trust
    Photo from Stepping Stones, China

    We are delighted to have received a grant of £1000 from the Oliver Stanley Charitable Trust! £800 was used to fund educational materials for Stepping Stones’ summer programmes for migrant children in China. 272 migrant children took part in educational activities at 7 centres around Shanghai. The remaining £200 will be helping to sponsor a social worker to work with the children at Casa Mea, a home in Romania. We are very grateful to have received this grant.


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  4. Eurovision-Style Song Contest in Menorca helps children in Romania
    Photo from the event

    Menorca Eurovision Event

    We are very grateful to Hazel and David Martin for supporting CHW with their Eurovision style song contest event in Menorca! They raised an amazing £1000. Hazel and David volunteer regularly in Romania and chose to support one of our Romanian projects, to sponsor a social worker to work with the children at the home, Casa Mea, in Brasov County. It is essential that a social worker assists the children at the home and we are truly grateful for Hazel and David’s support for this project.

    You can see more photos from the event in this album on Facebook.

    Children at Casa Mea, Romania

    Some of the children at Casa Mea, with their social worker Alexandra. The donation from the Eurovision event will help to sponsor Alexandra’s continued work at Casa Mea.


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  5. CHW is 10!
    Celebrating CHW at 10

    Nacho, the son of a family who supports CHW in Argentina, celebrating CHW’s 10th Anniversary!

    We are delighted that CHW is now 10 years old! We are so grateful to each and every person who has made it possible to reach this milestone. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate YOU! Please look out on our Facebook page, for our “10 Years, Many Faces” series of pictures, as we share the photos and stories of people who support CHW and of those from our projects overseas.

    You can see some photos of our 10th Anniversary celebrations here and read a special message from our Founder in our newsletter here.

    CHW at 10

     

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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