Category Archives: Photo Fridays

Photo Friday: Our Top 5 “Beauty Of Nature” Photos!

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world. 

Temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and it’s a great time to get outside and appreciate the natural beauty God has created. Our Top 5 “Beauty Of Nature” photos show off some of the beautiful landscapes where many of our sponsored children live, and remind us beauty is present in all corners of creation.  

#5: Splashing Around 

Most years at our Kawambwa site, schools host a celebration and meal before children go home for the holidays. 

One year, many children couldn’t go home. So the Sisters rounded up the kids onto a bus for an adventure.  

They took them to this beautiful Zambian waterfall and park, where they could splash around and get in a few selfies. 

“It has been a wonderful venture, as most of the children have never been to such places in their lives,” said site director Sr. Agnes.  

Even in tough situations, it’s still possible for nature to put a smile on our faces.  

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Our Top 5 “Sharing Your Heart” Photos!

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world. 

June is a special month for the Church, with many celebrations of God’s love for us. In gratitude for His love, we show that same love to others. As we all know, showing love can take many forms, from friendship to food. This week, our Top 5 “Sharing Our Hearts” photos show what love in action looks like! 

#5: Sharing Our Hearts With Our Friends

Friends are the people who bring joy and laughter into the everyday. We share our love when we support and encourage them. With friends like that, how can you not jump for joy? 

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Photo Friday: our top 5 “Mary our Muse” photos!

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world.

May is the special month devoted the Blessed Virgin Mary. She has many titles, and a special one for Chalice is “Mother of Our Church,” celebrated this year on May 24. It’s dear to us because we are consecrated to her under that title. But Mary has some titles that you may never have heard of! This week our top 5 “Mary our Muse” photos celebrate how Mary’s intercession and inspiration leads our work around the world.

#5: Health of the Sick 

Improving access to quality healthcare has been one of Chalice’s key priorities since our inception. Sponsorship helps parents, children and elders afford check-ups and medications, and access to specialized therapies for disabilities. Our site partners have led the founding of hospitals, dispensaries and clinics. And of course, the number of sponsored children who have gone on to become doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are too many to count!

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Photo Friday: Our top 5 “flowers and showers” photos!

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world.

It’s the May long weekend! In Canada, temperatures are rising and flower gardens across the country are blooming into vivid floral works of art. We, however, must remember all of the rainy days we needed to make these spectacles possible. Our top 5 “flowers and showers” photos remind us that even drizzle can turn into beauty – and light can shine through the clouds after even the darkest of moments in our lives.

#5: Ready for the rainy season 

It looks sunny in this festive photo, but don’t be fooled. In the southern regions of Tanzania where our sponsor sites operate, the rainy season starts in October and can run through until the spring. These umbrellas are the perfect Christmas gift, as they help children keep their school uniforms and backpacks dry when they walk to school in the wet months.

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Photo Friday: Our top 5 “sharing our gifts” photos!

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world.

This week, we’re marking National Week for Life and Family, an annual event in Canadian Catholic churches. The family is a place of sharing. When each member shares their gifts, their faith, their good works, their joys, and their hard-earned wisdom, the family grows into a little “church.” Our top 5 “sharing our gifts” photos celebrate how the families in our sites constantly demonstrate how to grow together into resilient, loving little churches.

#5: Sharing our time, talents, and gifts 

Abinash, from India, was born with a development disability, and was unable to attend his local school. He required full-time care, preventing his parents from earning daily incomes.

With the support of sponsorship, Abinash is now able to attend a school for children with disabilities, and lives on campus with caregivers. He’s made a lot of progress, and is now able to perform daily tasks such as washing and dressing without any assistance.

Abinash is lively, curious, and friendly. His parents are both skilled potters, and with Abinash’s needs being met at school, they’re able to pursue their work full-time. They believe that he will be able to take up pottery and help them with their business when he graduates!

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Photo Friday: Our top 5 “mom moment” photos!

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world.

Moms are extraordinary! They seem to have eyes in the backs of their heads, more hands than just two, and hearts so big that the outpouring of love encompasses everyone around them. This weekend in Canada, we honour moms by celebrating Mother’s Day. In anticipation of this special day, we’re sharing our top 5 “mom moment” photos, celebrating mothers doing what they do best.

#5: Landing the airplane in the hangar

At our CMAVIL site in Paraguay, mothers of sponsored children volunteer at the Open Centre each day, a community center for children. They cook and serve healthy, free meals, help with schoolwork, brush hair, and everything else the 70 or so children need to be happy, healthy, and ready for school. This mom is helping the little ones clean off their plates!

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Photo Friday: Our top 5 “family entrepreneur” photos!

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world.

Even though we celebrate Labour Day in September here in Canada, many other countries celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1, including many of the countries where we work! May 1 also marks the Catholic feast day of St. Joseph the Worker. In honour of these two upcoming occasions, this week, we’re shining a spotlight on workers.

Working during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a monumental challenge all over the world, especially for families at our sites who face barriers on the best of days. Every day, we’re inspired by the brave and creative individuals we work with who are innovating and adapting their livelihoods to provide for their families. Our top 5 “family entrepreneur” photos highlight just a few ways that families have started new businesses or persevered in their ventures this past year.

#5: A convenient container 

Thanks to kind donors through our gift catalogue, The Njiru Stars group of entrepreneurs from our Nairobi site in Kenya received a shipping container for their business hub. They have kitted out the space to be a convenience store, produce stand, barber shop, snack bar, welding shop and vegetable garden!

The young entrepreneurs are thrilled to be business owners. Their enterprises have meant steady work during widespread unemployment due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Owning the container has protected them from the stress of unpaid rents, and they are able to continue supporting their families!

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Photo Friday: Our top 5 “volunteers on mission” photos!

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world.

It’s National Volunteer Week! We’d like to celebrate, thank, and pray for all of our volunteers who have worked with us at Chalice. Every person has been a blessing, bringing their unique gifts to help us carry out our mission here in and Canada and overseas.

Volunteers help us in our office, in their own communities and parishes across Canada, and at  our sponsor sites when they travel with us on mission. When gathering restrictions came in place in Canada, the move to volunteering from their homes did not phase our local volunteers. They still stuffed more 100,000 envelopes of child correspondence at Christmastime!

Today we’re sharing our top 5 “volunteers on mission” photos – highlighting all of the ways our volunteers share their expertise, passion and, above all, love with the children and families at our sites.

#5: Sojin’s new pals

Sojin volunteered her time and talents on a mission trip to Paraguay. She loved playing with the children at the Open Centre in our CMAVIL site. Sponsored children come to the Open Centre before or after school, where they receive help with their homework, a hot meal, healthy snacks and of course, lots of outdoor play time. So it was extra fun to have buddies from Canada for a whole week to push them on the swings, skip their jump ropes, and play soccer!

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Photo Friday: Our top 5 “gardening” photos!

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world.

In Canada, warmer weather is slowly but surely arriving across our provinces. Many of us are getting our gardens, pots and yards ready for planting all sorts of fruits, flowers, and veggies. Watching things grow is one of the most enriching and exciting parts of spring!

At our sponsor sites, gardening is an integral part of life for so many of our families and communities. Growing food is a cost-effective way for families to access a balanced diet, and extra produce can be sold for an income! This week, we’re sharing our top 5 “gardening” photos to get you into the spring spirit, and share some of the amazing gardening initiatives from our sites around the world.

#5: Overcome and prosper 

Many areas around our Mikinduri site in Kenya have been affected by droughts over the past few years, leading to a food shortage. Local children were hungry and malnourished, and their health suffered, as did school attendance rates.

With the support of many loving donors, Miurine Elementary School was able to start a school feeding program with a small garden! The excited students took it upon themselves to plant lots of vegetables and fruit trees. Fresh fruit makes a great snack, and the vegetables are added to school meals to make the food more nutritious!
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Photo Friday: Our top 5 “Grow Families” photos!

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world.

When a child enters the sponsorship program, the whole family benefits from the support. Families can grow together when they can all access nutritious food, health supplies, and send the sponsored child and their siblings to school. Knowing there is a regular source of support gives the family stability, confidence, and the ability to plan for future needs.

This week, our top 5 “Grow Families” photos celebrate God’s great gifts to us: our parents, siblings, grandparents and even our ‘families’ that aren’t related by blood. Through sponsorship, everyone can thrive.

#4: Building strong families 

Ethel is the president of her Family Circle at our Samar site in the Philippines. She lives with her husband and five precious children, three who are sponsored through Chalice! Thanks to the support of sponsorship, her children Liberato, Hazel, Erica, and Ella Jean are all able to attend school, while baby Aiden will have the support needed to grow up happy and healthy. Wanting to give back to the community, Ethel and her group-mates planted a garden at her children’s local school!
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