Photo Friday: Our top 5 “comforting home” photos

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

Each and every person deserves the comfort of a safe and secure home. For many families living in poverty, however, this basic human right is far out of reach. In communities surrounding our sponsor sites, we see families living in difficult situations. Some houses are unsafe and in disrepair, or lack appliances and furniture. Other times, families struggle to afford the high cost of rental properties.  Some families don’t have homes at all, and are forced to shuffle between neighbors or relatives.

Thankfully, our dedicated donors selflessly support all sorts of incredible initiatives that help many of these families overcome these obstacles and achieve the dream of living in a secure and comfortable home. This week, we’re featuring our top 5 “comforting home” photos from our sites, so you can get a peek at some of these heartwarming stories for yourself!

#5: Mercy’s many home upgrades 

Mercy, from our Serenje site in Zambia, is 13 years old and in grade eight. She lives with her mom, dad, and five siblings! Mercy has been sponsored since pre-school. Without her sponsor’s support, Mercy’s dad explains that they would be unable to afford to send her to school.

Mercy’s sponsor has been very generous with the family by sending gifts of special money, which has allowed them to dramatically improve their previously dire living situation. They’ve been able to get connection to the electrical grid and have since gotten a fridge, a sewing machine, some minor household renovations. Eventually, they plan to build a new small home on the land next to their current home for more space for the large family!

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“Njiru Stars” youth group shines thanks to community support

In many communities surrounding our Nairobi site in Kenya, a lack of employment opportunities has been an ongoing issue, especially for young adults. In these areas, it’s a constant struggle for many individuals to find stable, well-paying work that they can rely on for a steady income.

Our East Africa Coordinator, Martha, walks by a particular corner every day on her way to and from work. Known as the “jobless corner,” young men would wait here to be approached and chosen for daily wage labour jobs. She would see these same young men waiting for work, day in and day out. A naturally social person, Martha would stop and chat, and got to know the young men over many months.

Martha was saddened by their stories. Despite their best efforts, they were chronically unemployed, and their families were suffering. So Martha did what she does best – she educated them! She met with them as a group, listened, connected them to local resources, and gave shape to their dreams. Upon learning about their skills and potential, she arranged for the group to receive entrepreneurship workshops and financial training thanks to kind Chalice donors. Thus, the “Njiru Stars” youth group was born!

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Photo Friday: Our top 5 “autumn” photos!

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

Here in Canada, autumn is in the air! Seasons at our sites look very different depending on which country they’re located in. Our Ukrainian sites have autumns just like ours, while others like our Filipino sites only have two seasons!

This week, we’re sharing our top 5 “autumn” photos from our sites. Whether or not our sites have a traditional “autumn” season, we think these photos filled with harvest goodies, hats, and sweaters just feel like fall!

#5: A hearty harvest 

This farmer from our Mbinga site in Tanzania is enjoying a bumper harvest of corn! Farming is an essential source of livelihood in Mbinga. Many parents of sponsored children earn a living through farming. Nearby schools supported by our nutrition program also do the same to supplement their school lunch programs.

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Photo Friday: Our top 5 “teacher” photos!

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

On October 5, we globally celebrated World Teacher’s Day, a time to recognize all of the incredible teachers that share their knowledge and shape the future of the precious young minds in their care.

This week, we’re sharing our top 5 “teacher” photos from our sites! At each of our sites, we have so many ambitious teachers working diligently to educate sponsored and non-sponsored children alike. Some schools may be in disrepair and supplies may be lacking, but day after day, teachers inspire students to shine in the classroom.

#5: Maisie and her many minis! 

Maisie is a teacher at St Charles Lwanga Nursery School, located in the Muchinga province of Zambia. This is an acutely poverty stricken area; many parents work as farmers and earn less than a dollar a day. The Sisters and teachers who work at the school provide quality education for under privileged children, and ensure they have a meal each day through the school’s feeding program.

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House repairs bring security to Samar families

One of the long-cherished dreams of families at our Samar sponsor site in the Philippines is to build a life where the social, cultural, and economic capabilities of each family member are nurtured and developed. A great starting point for families to start reaching for success together is by owning a safe and secure home. For most low-income earners, including sponsored families at our site, this lifetime dream is often so difficult to achieve due to inadequate space and insufficient finances.

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Photo Friday: Our top 5 “elder” photos!

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

Elders are an integral part of our families and communities. They formed and raised each and every family in the world today, pass down and preserve traditions, and continue to share their unique gifts and talents with their loved ones, friends, families, and communities.

This week, we’re sharing our top 5 “elder” photos from our sites! In addition to child sponsorship, some of our sites have a sponsorship program for elders. Elders with little or no family support can rely on sponsorship and their Chalice site for food, medical support, and companionship! We’re so happy to be able to partner with our supporters to help give our elders the opportunity to live safe and dignified lives.

#5: Mario’s support system

Don Mario, a retired farmer, is sponsored through our Don Bosco site in Paraguay. His father was sponsored until his passing ten years ago, at which time Mario began receiving support. Mario’s passion was playing the accordion, but unfortunately he had to sell it to cover living expenses.

Most of his sponsorship funds go towards medicine and food. He has four brothers and four sisters, one of whom lives next door and keeps an eye on him, helping him to arrange his weekly visits to the hospital. He is very grateful to his sponsor for helping him make ends meet and live comfortably!

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Photo Friday: Our top 5 “lunch time” photos!

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

Lunch time is an especially important part of the day for growing minds and bodies. Students at our sites need nutritious, filling meals to help them focus on their studies! Thanks to donations to our nutrition fund, our sites are able to support all sorts of school lunch programs.

This week, we’re sharing our top 5 “lunch time” photos from our sites! Getting meals ready  takes a lot of work, and we’d love to take you through some of the steps that our staff, teachers, families, volunteers, and children take to prepare and enjoy meals together. It’s really a group effort!

#5: First, you have to cook the food! 

Thanks to sponsorship, Liseth, from Cochabamba, Bolivia, was able to attend school. As she grew up, she frequented the after-school support program at her Chalice site, where she received help with her homework and a daily nutritious meal from the soup kitchen.

Liseth grew up watching staff at the kitchen prepare meals and knew in her heart that she wanted to cook for a living. She’s now studying to become a chef, and works at a local soup kitchen to help pay for her studies. She feeds over 100 daycare-aged children every day, and loves giving back to the community!
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Relief for vulnerable families and elders in Chile

So far, Chalice’s COVID-19 disaster fund has distributed nearly $613,000 to families at our sites who have been hit the hardest by the global pandemic. At our Arica site in Chile, $12,453.35 was used to help sponsored children and elders, including non-sponsored elders with chronic medical conditions who were abandoned by their families and are living alone.

In Chile, elders over the age of 75 were prohibited from going outside regularly due to the pandemic, forcing them to make quick outings to higher priced neighborhood convenience stores because they had no one to travel to nearby cheaper supermarkets for them. While elders in Chile do receive a small pension, it is barely enough to survive. Without family support, most seniors live a lonely existence, unable to afford their medications or nutritious food. According to a report by the Ministry of Social Development, the price of a basic food basket rose in October 2019, then again in January, and doubled in April 2020, making it even harder for poor elders and families to make ends meet.

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Photo Friday: Our top 5 “baby” photos!

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

Among the littlest of our beneficiaries (and the cutest) are babies and toddlers. New moms living in poverty stricken areas are often left struggling to find the essentials needed to raise their children. Sponsorship and other projects and programs give families the hand-up they need to give their babies a healthy, happy start to life.

This week, we’re sharing our top 5 “baby” photos from our sites! These precious photos showcase all sorts of adorable babies and their caretakers. We hope you enjoy this sweet collection!

#5: Support from Sisters 

Sr. Amala, the site director for our Madurai site in India visits a mom and her newborn in the maternity unit of a hospital in Batlagandu, which is located right next to the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod convent. Mom and baby seem to be doing wonderful, thanks to the great care they received!
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Khrystyna’s future blossoms with the support of sponsorship

When Khrystyna was growing up, her family lived a humble life. Her father worked part-time as a construction worker while her mother stayed home to care for her and her younger brother, Yuri. The family shared one bedroom in Khrysytna’s grandfather’s house, as they couldn’t afford a home of their own. They didn’t have enough money for even the most basic necessities such as food and clothing.

Sponsorship changed everything for not only Khrystyna, but her entire family. When six-year-old Khrystyna was chosen by a Chalice sponsor, her family received food packages, hygiene products, and other household goods! She and her brother started eating healthier food, wearing warm clothing, and had everything they needed to start school.

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