Food and Shelter
KIVA provides people in need of financial assistance with a hand up rather than a hand out. Gifts to Grandmothers has sponsored hundreds of women through micro-loans to start or expand small businesses. Once these women repay that money, it is reinvested in another woman's project.
MUTUAL BENEFITS SOCIETIES
Gifts to Grandmothers has partnered with ACTS (African Community Technical Services) by providing funds for leased land, seeds and tools for Mutual Benefit Societies. These Societies consist of approximately 20 widows, their children and grandchildren. They clear the land and plant crops to sustain themselves and their families. Additional crops are sold. This money is used to improve living conditions and to educate the children. In a case where the terrain was too difficult to cultivate, goats were distributed to the widows.
After a presentation in 2013 from ISEE Solutions (investing in Sustainability, Education anjd Empowerment Solutions), members of Gifts to Grandmothers took on the making of reusable sanitary napkins for women and girls in Uganda. Many girls leave school when they start menstrating as they have no way of keeping clean. Several hundreds of kits were made which included a drawstring bag containing 2 shields, 8 washable liners, 2 pairs of underwear, a wash cloth and two resealable bags for storing and washing pads.
In 2015, Gifts to Grandmothers assisted financially with the Mama Nguvu, Empowering the Mother project. This donation will empower women to make their dream and vision come true by having the ability to earn a living. Sewing machines, fabric, and notions were purchased for seven women who will now be able to send their kids to school.
CAMEROON BAPTIST CONVENTION, CAMEROON
A request came through from Felix Fimba for manual sewing machines. One of our members, Carol McDougall took this on by collecting several machines, fabric and sewing notions. These items were distributed to Cameroonian women who would be taught to sew. Once this was completed they would have the ability to make a living wage and provide for their families. Gifts to Grandmothers paid $2,000 towards the cost of the container to ship them over.
PARTNERS IN THE HORN OF AFRICA
Partners in the Horn of Africa works in Ethiopia focusing in remote areas where others do not reach. Their projects respond to community requests, addressing needs of education, basic infrastructure, gender equality, food security and sustainable livlihoods. Partners in the Horn of Africa is non profit with100% of all donations going to their projects. Gifts to Grandmothers funded $12,500 to this very worthwhile, B. C. based organization.
Gifts to Grandmothers had the opportunity to hear Carolyn Philpott speak about her school "Living Waters" in Tanzania. She operates this school close to the area where we had sponsored children in the "Mwanza Project". "Living Waters" successfully prepares each child with a quality education and the opportunity to learn English. Gifts to Grandmothers has provided funds for several children to attend as well as the purchase of new desks and chairs for the classrooms. We have also made a contribution towards the purchase of land for a new residence for the orphans.
MWANZA PROJECT, TANZANIA
Our group has sponsored up to 10 children in this project. Each orphan came from a deplorable situation including one little boy found in a plastic bag at a garbage dump. For $40 per month per child, they are placed in a home headed by a grandmothers or 'auntie', attend school, and are provided with enough food for themselves and the family caring for them.
EDUCATING GLADYS'S EIGHT GRANDCHILDREN, UGANDA
David Moore of African Community Technical Society alerted us to a Grandmother raising eight grandchildren. She was able to send them to elementary school but when they reached high school, the costs increased dramatically. Gifts to Grandmothers stepped in and supported all eight children through to the equivalent of grade twelve as well as two through post secondary school.
ADAM SOSTENES, TANZANIA
Adam Sostenes was born in 1994. He and his brothers have been orphans since 2006 when his mother passed away from lung cancer. Adam was placed in the "Mwanza Project" where he was able to attend school. Being an excellant student, Adam wanted to become a Doctor but university was far beyond his financial reach. Gifts to Grandmothers was pleased to be able to partner with other donors so that Adam could pursue his dream.
ALPHONCE KARONGO, TANZANIA
Alphonce Karongo is a young man who was studying to become a pharmacist. He felt that he could better serve his fellow Tanzanians because so many can not affort a medical doctor. Alphonce's heart is as big as his ambition and continually gives back to his community. With Gifts to Grandmothers funding Alphonce graduated in December 2015. He is now working in the local hospital and remains very involved in his ministry. Recently he has started a project where piglets are purchased and distributed amongst those in dire need. Once the animal has piglets of it's own, one is given away to another person in need.
Over the 2016 Chistmas season, Alphonce helped provide a lunch program for 90 orphans at Tumaini and Owuchi Centres. He writes that they sang, danced and ate. Alphonce was so happy to be able to contribute to the needs in his home village. We are so proud of him!
Gifts to Grandmothers has financially supported Alphonce in the building of a waters system for his village in March 2017. This will enable the women access to clean water locally rather than trekking miles. This convenience will open up opportunities for girls to go to school and reduce the danger of rape.
CHOSEN CHILDREN, CAMEROON
Chosen Children is one of the latest projects that 'Gifts to Grandmothers' has begun to support. In June 2016. G to G donated $10,000.00 to help this dedicated group continue their work as they support over 3,000 orphaned children and their grandmothers or caregivers. These children are assisted in all areas of their lives (physical, social, educational, and spiritual) and are enabled to remain in their home villages as a result of this program. Caregivers are supported and instructed in ways to nurture these young ones who have experienced much loss in their short lives.
VIDA YAKONG AND PROJECT G.R.O.W., GHANA
Vida Yakong was born and raised in Ghana and grew up experiencing first hand the oppression of women and their health issues. Infant mortality is also a huge concern. Fluent in the local languages and cultural understanding, Vida is determined to make a difference in her native country. She graduated from UBCO completing her PHD in nursing and returned to Ghana to work administering health education. This includes her community based development project G.R.O.W. (Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women). The project`s aim is to provide resources for building the economy, developing health care and improving education for women and children in deprived rural areas in Northern Ghana. Recently Vida opened the Okanagan Clinic providing medical assistance to the villagers including ambulance services.
Gifts to Grandmothers has supported Vida in reaching her goal as well as funding for the medical clinic and ambulance service. Our group will continue to partner with Vida on her amazing journey!
THE GEMBU CENTRE FOR HIV/AIDS, MABILLA PLATEAU, NIGERIA
Gifts to Grandmothers assisted by funding $1,500 for AIDS testing kits. In order to identify those affected by HIV/AIDS, these kits are crucial.
PROJECT MERCY, ETHIOPIA
In memory of the grandmother who selflessly cared for the three Ethiopian orphans, Gifts to Grandmothers donated to "Project Mercy". "Project Mercy" is an international not-for-profit relief and development agency providing aid, comfort, and support. Their vision is to renew the heart of a nation and their goal is to alleviate human suffering and overcome poverty in Ethiopia.
GRANDMOTHERS GET NEW HOMES
Our first 'on the ground contact' was with Art and Dorothy Helwig at the Gembu Centre for HIV/AIDS Advocacy. They told us about three grandmothers raising orphans, living in deplorable conditions. Gifts to Grandmothers was happy to help out by funding new homes featuring a separate cooking area, beds, and a tin roof that would last through the rainy season.
MASIBA MBANE ORPHAN FEEDING PROGRAM-SABIE, SOUTH AFRICA
After receiving an urgent request though Rev. Ginny McCormack on December 26th 2009, Gifts to Grandmothers wired $6,200 to continue this program. Run by a former school teacher, this project feeds hundreds of children. This organization is very accountable for the funds it receives.
After a long three year process, the three Ethiopian teens: Tofik, Nardos, and Nebyat arrived in Kelowna October 2011. Their first home in Canada was with their Uncle, his wife, and family who have been praying for this moment for years. Since then, all three, who are now young adults, are living and working independently.
UBUNTU COMMUNITY CARE CENTRE, SABIE, SOUTH AFRICA
Gifts to Grandmothers provided the funding ($20,000) for a Community Centre in Sabie, South Africa. This building includes a large kitchen that is used to cook a daily 'nutritious soup' for the most vulnerable members of the community. Also, the soup is shared with the eldertly and those at home who are suffering from HIV/AIDS.
The hall is used in the mornings for the grandmothers' recreation, public benefit gatherings, literacy classes, youth projects and support group meetings. Toilets and showers are available for people who do not have running water. There is a covered veranda where people can sit, relax, and chat, share their burdens and joys. Also there is a safe play area for the small children that accompany the grandmothers.
CARLI'S KIDS, UGANDA
"Rescuing abandoned children surviving on Kampala's streets". "Carli's Kids" mission is to save as many children as possible from abuse, starvation, abandonment, and a lack of education. Their vision is to give marginalized children a safe haven where they can learn, live and strive in a healthy, loving environment. They have called their centre Abetavu which means "safe haven" in Ugandan.
Gifts to Grandmothers was happy to support Carli and her husband with funding to help build their main home, a home in their compound for a grandmother raising five of her grandchildren, and operating costs.