COVID-19 disaster relief funds distributed to Chalice sites
Through the generosity of our Canadian supporters, we have been able to send $1,078,517 CAD to help families and communities deal with the hardships faced because of the pandemic. Two major disbursements were made: $951,104 in cash transfers through our Family Funding model plus $127,413 for individual initiatives. This amount does not include the COVID support that was provided through Special Money, Grants, Gift Catalogue, and Critical Needs.
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Our Family Circles have many benefits. Since peer members hold each other to a high standard, there's an increased level of accountability. The members get to know each other on a personal level, building a sense of friendship and community. An experienced and engaged circle group member can also provide knowledge, skills, and confidence to new families so that they can lift themselves out of extreme poverty. In addition to the knowledge and skills that group members acquire from each other, formal training is also delivered by professionals and site staff on a range of topics, including financial literacy. Some Chalice sites also have programming for elders. There are modifications to the focus of the programming to meet their specific needs. In many cases, the sponsored elders are cared for by Family Circles in their proximity.
A few examples of the ways Christmas funds were shared:
At the Guadalupe site in La Paz, Bolivia
In a typical year at our Kawambwa site in Zambia, theboarding schools hold a festive celebration and meal before the children go home to their own communities to celebrate the holiday with their families. This year, however, some students could not go home, and so the Sisters who run the site needed to find a way to help them make happy memories from this difficult year. The Sisters decided to gather them into the bus and take them on an adventure. The children were thrilled to go to a nearby waterfall and river park. They could splash around, take selfies, and enjoy this beautiful space. “It has been a wonderful venture as most of the children have never been to such places in their lives,” says Sr Agnes, site director.
Read the full Christmas Fund Impact Report for 2020.
Charitable donations in the form of grant funding can be directed to one of our Chalice sponsor sites, an individual sponsored child or sponsor child's family. This type of charitable gift can be directed without a specific purpose as a general grant or a purpose driven grant. In the past fiscal year Chalice sent $784,821 in funding to our sites.
A general grant can be gifted to a sponsor site, sponsored child, or sponsored child's family to be used as deemed best by the recipient in order to supplement their income, operating or programming expenses. An example of a general grant could be a grant directed to a sponsor site who uses it to enhance an after-school program or offset transportation costs incurred when transporting special needs children to appointments or off-site events.
A purpose driven grant can be gifted to a sponsor site, sponsor child or sponsored child's family to be used for a previously agreed upon purpose. In most cases a purpose driven grant is a direct result of a previously prepared budget.
An example of this is a grant directed to the sponsor site for the sole purpose of purchasing a braille printer to be used by blind children at the site. A purpose driven grant directed to a specific child may be to fulfill an opportunity for post-secondary education and a purpose driven grant to a sponsor child's family may be directed in response to a budget prepared to replace the dilapidated roof of their family home.
Grant donations ensure the success of school gardens
With grant donations totalling $5,621 our Baraka site in Kenya Muthaiga Primary School was able to build a water well and irrigation kits for school gardens.
Located on a 10-acre piece of land outside of Nanyuki Township, near the sprawling slum settlement is Muthaiga School - a public primary school. With over 500 students (52 sponsored) mainly from the slum area; many of the children come from poor families where hunger is common. Hunger negatively impacts children’s performance and behavior while at school. Our site networked with the teachers and parents to establish a school garden for growing food crops to feed the children. Grant funds were used to outfit a water dam in the school to harvest and conserve rain runoff to water the gardens when the rains are inadequate. The irrigated open ground was used to grow cereals, while tomatoes and vegetables were grown in a greenhouse.
Many sites are participating in the Chalice Children Nutrition Programs. Examples of programs include support to soup kitchens, school feeding programs, distribution of food baskets, community and school gardens, provision of nutritional supplements, deworming, and training of children, parents, and elders on topics related to nutritional health. This year our sponsor sites have encouraged us to expand this successful program & we are hoping to raise a total of $500,000 to continue rolling this out to more schools.
1) Grave conditions for which urgent action is required and which, if not urgently addressed, will endanger the life of the individual(s) concerned (e.g. hospitalization and treatment for serious injuries sustained in an accident).
2) Chronic, serious, and/or congenital medical conditions that negatively impact an individual's health and/or quality of life (e.g. corrective surgery required for a child born with cleft palate).
3) Extreme emergency situations that threaten the well-being of a family (e.g. rebuilding a family home that was destroyed in a fire).
In the 2018-2019 fiscal year Chalice sent $185,964 in funding to our sites. In 2019-2020 we supported 51 critical needs with total funding of $199,254 provided.
In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the total disaster funding provided was $862,962.
Eligibility is based on site capacity and performance in financial and operational requirements. Sites are given a list of items they may use to guide their requests. This program benefits both sponsored and non-sponsored children. There is a broad range of categories in the catalogue and sites use this funding opportunity to supplement activities and reach out beyond the sponsorship program. Some examples are: animals (goats, rabbits, and chickens), educational items (books, classroom furniture, and uniforms), health and hygiene (vaccines, toiletries, diapers, and specific medical needs), skills development, small business support, and community infrastructure like water systems and agricultural support.
Read the Christmas Gift Catalogue Impact Report for 2020.
A few examples of recent Capital Projects/Human Development Programs (HDPs) are:
Educational & Vocational Training Support for Vulnerable girls and teenage mothers, Mikinduri, Kenya - The project objective, which was to support 30 sponsored and 70 non-sponsored young women to pursue vocational training in various crafts to earn money to support them and their children/siblings, was successfully realized. After the training, the women received starter kits of equipment, handbooks, and seed capital to help them gain employment or start their own business. The young women were also provided with information on life skills and awareness of various issues affecting teenage mothers and youth.
Funding provided: $79,296.00
Zero cavities, Tondo, Philippines - Building on the success of Phase One in 2018, a second human development project was approved in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. In 2018, the first phase of the project provided funding of $25,863.58, and helped 2600 beneficiaries, including 600 sponsored children, receive dental care to reduce or eliminate cavities. Two years into the program, there was a remarkable change in the condition of children's teeth. 70.61% (1200) of sponsored children received complete oral rehabilitation and 29.10% (500) were receiving ongoing dental treatments. A total of 103 siblings of sponsored children received complete oral rehabilitation, while 53 are receiving ongoing treatments. The second phase continued the great work from phase 1 and the goal was to achieve zero cavities for all sponsored children and their siblings - about 3200 beneficiaries, including 1700 sponsored children.
Funding provided: $36,190.00
One of our most requested capital projects is housing contruction or repairs. When natural disasters such as flooding, earthquakes, and hurricans strike our sponsor site families often find their homes destroyed & their possessions gone. In many of our sites houses have been cobbled together with whatever materials that families can find in the garbage dumps.
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