Who We Are
Chalice is a Catholic international aid charity focused on child, family, and community development. We work closely with lay people, religious missionaries, and local communities to provide care for the many children and families caught in the dehumanizing grip of poverty.
Since its inception, Chalice has been restoring hope and dignity to people in developing countries through our sponsorship program. Children and elders are selected for sponsorship based on need and family circumstances, regardless of race, age, ability, gender, or religion.
Each of our 57 sponsor sites, spanning across 15 developing countries, is under local direction. By working closely with those who live and experience the difficulties of poverty, we gain knowledge and insight on how to best respond to challenges.
Chalice commits 90.3 percent of its spending in support of programs. In fiscal year 2017-2018, $27,001,000 million was spent directly towards supporting those in need.
Join us as we strengthen communities- one child at a time.
Our Sponsorship Model
As we continue to grow and improve our delivery of sponsorship benefits, we’ve learned that families are empowered when they can make financial decisions on how to best provide for their children. Under our old model, the decision-making process for how sponsorship funds were spent was decided upon by our Sponsor Site Staff.
Each family is unique, and so are their needs. We’ve recently launched our Family Funding model to better suit each family’s individual requirements. Guardians of sponsored children now receive financial training to budget for expenses. It’s a requirement that educational fees must be top priority. Families now have their own bank account where sponsorship funds and “special money” donations from sponsors are deposited. Each month, the guardian meets with their Chalice Family Circle (small community group,) comprised of other guardians and a Chalice Field Worker. Each member discloses their budget for the upcoming month and reports back to the group on their expenditures for the previous month.
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.
Many of our guardians are day labourers. Their income varies greatly based on labour demand, and is affected by seasons, health, weather, crop production, etc. In your child’s “thank you” letter, they may refer to “saving” their special money. Families, now skilled with financial training, understand that they can put money aside for emergency needs or for an upcoming expense. This is most likely to occur if they’ve had a period of continued employment.