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  1. 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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  2. 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:



    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@ 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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  3. 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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  4. 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 @

    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 @

    Children with their artwork!

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

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  5. 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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  6. A Chance to Help Disadvantaged Children with Science, in Cape Town


    We are pleased to announce our first project for ORT SA CAPE, in Cape Town. One of ORT SA CAPE’s programmes is running holiday workshops for disadvantaged children. The children will gain exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (the STEM subjects) through doing robotics and visiting the Science Museum, Science Centre or Planetarium, as well as doing activities to help with literacy, such as reading programmes on iPads. The children would never usually have the opportunity to do such things and this may spark an interest in science and open their minds to the possibility of careers in STEM.

    This is CHW’s first project focussing on helping children with the STEM subjects! We would be delighted if you wanted to help give disadvantaged children the opportunity to attend a workshop!

    It costs £26 to fund the place for one child to attend a workshop. We are aiming to raise £780 in total, to fund 30 places.

    Getting Involved

    There are a few ways to get involved with this project, and we are excited to be working in partnership with GlobalGiving UK and Elbi!

    1. Donate £5-£50 during GlobalGiving UK’s Little By Little Campaign – 26 October to 2 November

    Our project is featured on GlobalGiving Uk’s site here. From 2pm on 26 October until 2pm on 2 November 2015, donations up to the value of £50 will be matched by 50% (so, for example, if you give, £30, GlobalGiving UK will match this by giving another £15). Projects raising £500 from at least 30 different people during the campaign will be eligible for further cash prizes from GlobalGiving UK and the organisations with the most donors will win £500, £300 and £150. To be counted, your donation must be £50 or less, and must be given through our project page on GlobalGiving UK during the Campaign week.

    2. Become a Project Ambassador during the Little By Little Campaign

    Many organisations will take part in this campaign. The organisations with the most donors will win further funding. This would mean we could fund more places for disadvantaged children in Cape Town to attend one of ORT SA CAPE’s holiday workshops! We really need your help with reaching more people. As an Ambassador, you would help to share our campaign on GlobalGiving UK during the campaign, via email, social media and in person, and could reach out to your friends, family and colleagues. We will give you extra support to become a champion for the children in Cape Town during the campaign. Please email catherine @ if you would like to become an Ambassador.

    3. Make a Donation outside the Little By Little Campaign

    If you would like to make a donation under £5, or over £50, please feel free to do this at any time, either through our GlobalGiving UK page or via paypal here.

    4. Join us on Elbi on 7 October!

    Our first ever campaign will be run on the new app, Elbi on 7 October, and it will be to support the children at ORT SA CAPE’s projects! Elbi is free to download from the App Store. It features three charities each day and allows you to do simple actions, in less than three minutes, that can help. Please make sure to download it by the 7th to take part in CHW’s first campaign!

    We are grateful to Sally and Kieran for giving a birthday donation to Darrell at Ronco Cayman, to support this project!

    If you want any further information, please email catherine @

    Robotics Workshop

    Robotics Workshop

    With thanks to Debbie at ORT SA CAPE for the photos and to Elmer for introducing CHW to Elbi.

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  7. New School Term in Romania

    A huge thank you to CHW’s supporters who made it possible for the children and teenagers at Refugiu’s programmes in Romania, to have new school supplies and warm clothes for the start of the new school year!

    A family receiving new clothes

    A family receiving new clothes.

    New warm clothes at the start of the school year!

    New warm clothes at the start of the school year!

    The children all live in very poor conditions in the village of Tarlungeni. Robert, the social worker in Romania who coordinates this programme, wrote “Shopping bought much joy to the children. They were very happy because they had no hope for new clothes, shoes, bags and some supplies… Even the journey to Brasov [the nearest city] was so joyful… Romi and Remus [two siblings] felt so special that they had received new clothes… The widow with three children [another family helped by Refugiu] told me they would not have had any chance to buy something for school. She was praying for help. I was very happy that WE can help them.”

    New items for school!

    New items for school!

    New Clothes

    Some of the children with the new school items and clothes.
    Thanks to Robert for these photos.

    Thank you for helping these children at the start of the new school year!

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  8. Thank You for Supporting Migrant Children in China with their Education

    A huge thank you to everyone who supported our appeal for Stepping Stones. In just over a month, our amazing supporters raised £537.05! This was the amount needed by Stepping Stones to fund educational materials to be able to teach migrant children in over 31 sites (schools and community centres).

    We have a lot of people to thank! Thank you to each person who made a contribution – Christian, Diana, Erin, Lisa, Ottilia, Sarah, Sian and to some anonymous donors.

    Thank You Photo

    Thank you to Darrell and his company, Ronco Cayman, for donating £103.28 to sponsor all the stationery needed by Stepping Stones.

    Thank You Darrell and Ronco Cayman

    Thank you to volunteers Jana, Elsie and Catherine for running a stall to fundraise during August. A special thank you to Jana for arranging the stall.


    Elsie, Catherine and Jana, volunteering at the stall.

    The donations came from people based in Australia, the Cayman Islands, England, Germany, Scotland and the USA! Thank you to everyone who supported this appeal – you are making it possible for the migrant children at Stepping Stones’ projects to get the quality education they need and deserve.

    If you would like to help these children further, we will be trying to raise the same amount again, £537.05, for teaching materials for the semester starting in February. It is possible to donate through the page we made for the September appeal.

    With thanks to Wang Cui at Stepping Stones for the photos of the children!

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  9. Thank You for Supporting our Challenge and Helping Children in Romania!

    A huge thank you to everyone who supported the fundraising challenge run by GlobalGiving UK. The Challenge was to raise £2,500 from at least 50 different people in five weeks. This was the first crowdfunding challenge we have ever done. At times we were unsure if we would be able to make the targets, but in the end, we raised a total of £6,615 from 61 different people. This was truly amazing and we cannot thank you enough for making this possible!

    This will fund Refugiu’s tutoring and mentoring scheme for nineteen disadvantaged children and teenagers in Tarlungeni, Romania for over two years! Robert, the Head of Refugiu, is very grateful for all your help and support.

    Tutoring programme

    In addition, out of the the 45 organisations taking part in the challenge, CHW won second place and will be awarded another £1000 from GlobalGiving UK! A last-minute, very generous, donation, by a supporter who prefers to remain anonymous, helped us to reach second place and win the extra funding.

    As we completed the challenge successfully, we will now be given a permanent place on GlobalGiving UK’s website, which will help all of the children we work with.

    A special thank you to one of our Patrons, Ottilia, who helped to spread the word about the challenge. 

    Most of the fundraising took place online, and we are very grateful to Jana and Elsie who did a sponsored 5k run to fundraise too.

    Elsie and Jana

    Elsie and Jana, after running 5k!

    We are so grateful to everyone who made a donation and who shared our project page. Some supporters chose to remain anonymous, but others shared their information and they either come from, or are based in, these countries: Australia, Canada, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Taiwan, Uruguay, the USA and Wales! We are touched that people from all over the world came together to help these children. Thank you. You have given these children a brighter future!

    You can see our project reports on GlobalGiving UK here and read more about this campaign in an e-newsletter, here. We also posted a video interview with Robert, the Head of Refugiu, during the challenge, where he talks about some of the children being helped, and you can watch this here.

    Certificate from GlobalGiving UK

    Trustees Emma and Catherine with our certificate from GlobalGiving UK. Thanks to all of our supporters for making it possible to help the children at Refugiu’s programmes during the challenge!

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  10. Birthday Greetings to Darrell!

    Darrell Hines and his company, Ronco Cayman, have supported children at many of CHW’s projects around the world. We are delighted that Sally and Kieran have given a donation to CHW, in Darrell’s name, as a birthday gift.  This was such a kind and thoughtful thing to do!

    Children at a workshop

    Children at ORT SA CAPE’s projects in South Africa will benefit from this donation in Darrell’s name.
    Thanks to Debbie for this photo.

    We will soon be launching our first project for ORT SA CAPE, an organisation in Cape Town, which assists children from impoverished communities with literacy, science, technology and maths. CHW will be fundraising to cover the costs of one of their holiday workshops, where thirty disadvantaged children will do various activities, including robotics, reading exercises on tablets and visiting the Science Museum and the Planetarium. The children would never usually have the chance to do such things, and this may inspire an interest in science, which they will carry on with at school, and beyond.

    Sally and Kieran’s £50 donation, in Darrell’s name, will go towards this project. Thank you for this first contribution towards our appeal for ORT SA CAPE!  This is a lovely gift for Darrell and for the children in Cape Town.

    Darrell, all of us at CHW wish you a very happy birthday!


    We will be posting more information about ORT SA CAPE’s holiday workshops on our site next week, as we launch this campaign. For now, if you would like to contribute towards running a workshop, you can do so via Paypal here.

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