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Sending a card or “special money” to your sponsor child or elder

Writing to your sponsored child creates a tangible connection between you and your sponsored child or elder, and they are so excited when they receive your letter directly. This also encourages them to write you back.

In addition, some of our Chalice sponsors like to give extra donations for Christmas, birthdays or other special occasions. We call this “special money”. There are 5 methods for sending a gift of “special money” and we will explain to you what they are in this post.

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Sasmita Makes a New House Home

At Chalice’s Orissa site in India, many have scant access to educational and medical resources. For women, girls and migrant workers, it’s even more challenging. Illiteracy is high in the area. Living nearby is Sasmita, a young woman from a hard-working family that’s been through some tough times. 

Sasmita grew up with two sisters, and shared a hut with them and her parents. It was small, and definitely not big enough for the growing family. Her parents worked daily wage jobs, which didn’t make for reliable income. 

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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 “kitchen party” photos!

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

Food and cuisine is an essential part of every culture around the world. At our sites, rising food prices from disasters, pandemics, inflation, and underemployment can make it difficult for families and schools to prepare filling, healthy meals. Thanks to donations from supporters like you, families at our sites are able to access essential nutrition, and partake in one of the most basic joys of life- cooking and eating together.

This week, we’re sharing our top 5 “kitchen party” photos from our sites. In these pictures, families, children, site staff and volunteers are having a blast preparing delicious meals. We hope you enjoy this tantalizing collection!

#5: Pizza prep in Paraguay

Many sponsored children attend the Open Center at our CMAVIL site in Paraguay after school for homework help, meals, and supervision. Sr. Miguelina and her young assistant, Brahio, are sifting flour in preparation to make pizza dough, a special treat!
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Photo Friday: Our top 5 “food sharing” photos!

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

It’s currently mid-summer, the season of BBQ’s, potlucks, and picnics! (albeit, with a little social distancing this year.) All around the world, families and communities love sharing food and experiences with one another to express friendship, love, and affection. This week, we’re sharing our top 5 food sharing photos we’ve gathered from our sites. We hope you enjoy this fun food collection!

#5: Bunches of bananas 

In Mkongo, Tanzania, mothers from Chalice family circles were excited to hear that our founder, Fr. Pat, would be their guest for the afternoon. Many mothers offered him samples of goodies from their farms such as nuts, eggs, and of course, bananas!

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Support for parents builds family bonds in Tondo

Children imitate the environment they live in. They are little sponges, soaking up information at an impressive rate. When parents support their children emotionally, spiritually, and economically, they flourish into confident, community-minded adults who can support themselves. But sometimes, parents need help, especially those raised in poverty. To break the barriers to poverty, we need to break the mindsest of defeat.
At our Tondo site in the Philippines, a weekend seminar for couples designed to strengthen relationships is healing bonds, lifting families, and giving children the confidence they need to succeed.

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Photo Friday: Our top 5 peaceful photos

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

Even during the most busy and stressful times, it’s important to practice mindfulness, prayer, and relaxation. This week, we’re sharing our top 5 peaceful photos that we’ve gathered from our sites. Take a deep breath, relax, and let these serene photos fill you with gentle peace.

#5: A boundless blue sky 

This stunning shot is from our Leventate Mujer site in Bolivia. Llamas, alpacas, and other livestock are commonly kept by farming families in Bolivia for their valuable wool, which can be woven into garments. This woman, baby, and her animals all seem to be enjoying the beautiful blue sky and light, airy clouds on this sunny day.

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“If love is in your heart, you are in the palms of God”

Katya, a young woman from our Ternopil site in Ukraine, has a favourite quote that she often reflects on: “If love is in your heart, you are in the palms of God.” Katya’s been sponsored for the past 11 years, and tries her best to spread the love of God with others. “The main calling of each person is to love others and be ready to help them, therefore fulfilling God’s will,” Katya smiles.

Looking at sincere, balanced, and thoughtful Katya, it’s hard to believe that she’s lived through so much tragedy and sadness. When Katya was just two years old, her mother passed away in a car accident. Katya and her siblings were left orphaned and heartbroken. Their loving grandmother adopted the four children, and tried her best to provide for a good life for them.

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Scolastica’s sponsor encourages her to shine

 

When Scolastica’s mother passed away, she and her sister’s life changed forever. The two sisters from Nanyuki, Kenya, had to leave their lives behind and move in with their uncle, who offered to adopt the girls into his family. Scolastica’s uncle has a wife and children of his own, and works as a casual laborer to make ends meet. The family doesn’t own land and lives in a rented house, and the financial burden of two extra children caused them to quickly fall behind.

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Overflowing joy: The gift of well water

Twin brothers Valentyn and Mykhaylo live in a small, rural village near our Ternopil site in Ukraine. Natalya, their mom, suffers from multiple sclerosis. She’s unable to work, and must receive regular treatments for her illness. Her husband, Andriy, commutes 40 kms to work daily, while Natalya stays home and cares for the family.

“I do all the jobs around the house myself,” says Natalya. “My mother, Maria, also lives with us, and she has a severe form of diabetes and also requires care. I am not afraid of work, and when i’m feeling well, I’m not worried. But I often feel weakness in my arms and legs, get headaches, and get tired easily.” she says.

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