Cherlinda
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Girl
Haiti
March 15, 2005
18
Cherlinda lives in a cement house with a sheet metal roof in Haiti. She lives with her parents, two brothers, and four sisters. She is currently in grade 12 and her favourite subject is health. Cherlinda enjoys studying and learning new things. She is a happy, curious, and studious girl. She is very interested in law and nursing but her dream is to become a nurse! She loves playing sports like basketball and football. Her favourite animals are cats and dogs. Sponsorship enables children to attend class every day and have the supplies they need to complete their education, grow up healthy, and achieve their dreams.
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If you wish to pay for your sponsorship through automatic withdrawal from your bank account, please indicate this on the form that will be included with the child folder you receive in the mail.
You may also call our toll free number 1.800.776.6855 to make your request for sponsorship.

Haiti

Chalice has been serving children in Haiti since 1999 in two sites in both urban and rural communities.  We have been able to see the long-term impacts of our decades of work, as well as provide immediate disaster relief in the wake of the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

For families who cannot afford private education for their children, access to quality education is nearly impossible. Public schools are under-resourced, and some parents are mistrustful of the role of education for their children. In the communities where Chalice works, there is a severe lack of adequate housing.  Rates of food insecurity are high and malnutrition is endemic among the children. Parents struggle with high rates of unemployment.

Through the support of sponsors and donors, Chalice and our local partners focus on:
  1. Education – Ensuring each child completes their education until high school graduation, at a minimum. We  assist families to afford schools fees, books, uniforms and other necessary materials, and work to instruct parents on the importance of education.
  2. Nutrition – Our partners ensure children have balanced, nutrient –rich diets by implementing school feeding programs through the support of the Chalice Children Nutrition Program.
  3. Livelihood -  providing opportunities for parents to find work or begin their own income-generating projects
Our sites in Haiti:

Haiti North -  Chalice sponsorship began in the communities of Terrier-Rouge and Grand-Bassin in 1999. Chalice is partnered with Haiti Nord under the direction of Edley Gabeau. There are currently over 1,700 sponsored beneficiaries. Children in schools benefit from a feeding program supported by the Challce Nutrition Fund. The site conducts health assessments for the children and monitors their development, and provides workshops for parent groups on the importance of nutrition. The site runs a successful community poultry cooperative program. 


Haiti South – Chalice is partnered with the Missionaries of the Anunciation - Sowers of Hope - in the communities around the city of Jérémie under the direction of Br. Marcelin Henri. The site consists of five sub-sites. Several school canteens receive support through the Chalice Children Nutrition Program. In schools that do not have a canteen, families receive kits of food to prepare at home. Members of the staff work with four nurses who deliver training to families on disease prevention (typhoid, malaria, HIV/AIDS), hygiene and balanced nutrition. In the wake of the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Chalice supported several reconstruction projects throughout the area.

Saint Dominique - Chalice is partnered with Fondation Montesinos in the area of Titanyen near Port au Prince. The site supports an orphanage that houses 85 children and sponsors children who attend Institution Saint Dominique. Our site director is Wendell Jn. Emmannuel Alphonse.


Sponsorship FAQs


What should I know before I become a sponsor?
  • That you are going to make a great difference to a child (or elder) and their family!
  • Sponsorship is $42 per month or $504 annually. There are multiple methods of payment.
  • Children are enrolled for sponsorship based on need and family circumstances, regardless of race, age, ability, gender, or religion. The children are not necessarily Catholic, although many are.
  • Sponsorship does not necessarily end at age 18. If your child pursues further education, you can still sponsor (at the same rate) for as long as s/he is studying.
My charitable giving decisions are based on research and financial trustworthiness. Why choose Chalice?
  • Chalice has an A rating and is ranked in the Charity Intelligence Top 100 charities.
  • For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management, Chalice commits 90.2 percent of its spending in support of programs.
  • Chalice’s sponsorship model pairs one child with one sponsor. Read more about our family funding model, which is unique in Canada.
  • Chalice is in control of distributing funds. The distribution of funds is mandated by Canada Revenue Agency regulations. We are audited by an external auditor and internal auditor. All the funds that are sent to the sites are audited on a quarterly basis.
  • You can read our Annual Reports and financial statements at any time. Check out Annual Report & Financials.
  • Chalice respects our supporters’ privacy. We keep all information on our supporters (and sponsored children) in a very secure system and do not release names or other information to other organizations.
  • Chalice is a registered charity in Canada under the Income Tax Act. Our CRA Registration Number is 13759 1012 RR0001.
There is so much need in the world... how can I choose a child/elder?
  • There are no “wrong choices”- every child or elder is in significant need of sponsorship. If there is a country, age, or gender that speaks to your heart the most, then feel free to let that guide your decision.
  • You can also contact us and we will help you choose.
  • If you are concerned about the duration of your sponsorship, perhaps consider an older teenager who may only need a few more years of support to complete their education.
I’m a sponsor! What does that mean for me?
  • You will receive correspondence from your child every year at Christmastime. This will include a new photo, a letter from your sponsor child and a status report from a Field Worker. You will also receive a Christmas card along with a sponsor site update from the Site Director.
  • If you need to change your mailing address or anything else about your personal information, just contact us.
  • You can write to your child at any time. We highly encourage this! Your sponsored friend would love to know more about you and your family. Many sponsors build strong bonds through their letters. Learn all about how to write to your child. 
  • We do not facilitate email correspondence or encourage social media connections. This protects both you and your friend’s safety and privacy.
  • You will get an official tax receipt for the full amount of your sponsorship. Income tax receipts are issued each February for donations processed in the previous year.
Can I do more?
  • You can send your child/elder extra funds, of any amount, any time you wish. These are called gifts of ‘special money.’ Many sponsors like to send extra amounts around Christmas or their child’s birthday.
  • If you become aware of any special needs for your child or their family, please contact us. We will contact the site on your behalf to get more information on how you can best help.
When does sponsorship end?
  • In a perfect world, either when the young person finishes their studies and enters the workforce, or their family reaches a level of income stability that they no longer need your financial support.
  • However, sometimes they must exit the program because they or their family moves or chooses to withdraw for personal reasons.
  • When your current sponsorship relationship concludes, we will contact you about your decision to sponsor another child or elder.
What if I can no longer sponsor?
  • We understand that personal circumstances change, and you may contact us to cancel your sponsorship at any time.
  • Please be assured that your child/elder will not lose their benefits. Chalice will continue to support them until they are paired with a new sponsor.
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