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FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ROD FORREST

Water

news

IS Life!

RESTORING HOPE — ONE CHILD AT A TIME... Earlier this year I received a report that the new school building in Vion, located in a remote area of NW Haiti, could not be completed. Due to severe drought, there was not enough water to mix the concrete. Children were having to walk over a mile and a half just to get to the nearest contaminated water source. Our Haitian team was very discouraged. Two weeks later, I visited the project and saw all of the materials needed to complete the school were safely stored in the local church. All that was needed was water; it had not rained in over two months. While there, I felt led to gather the teachers and children to ask God to bring rain to Vion. Not wanting to create a wrong impression of God’s favour, I chose a very young, shy little girl to lead our prayer. She began slowly and nervously, and then with tears streaming down her face she cried out to God in Creole, asking God to bring rain to Vion. Just a few days after returning home to Canada, I received an email saying that God had answered the prayers of the little girl, it had rained in Vion! The email went on to say that the school building would soon be completed and it would be open for the children to start attending classes within the week. This story does not end there. This year, funding has been provided for the construction of a 25,000 gallon cistern that will provide enough safe drinking water, gathered during the rainy season, to last through an extended dry season. As well, more than 100 children have been registered at the Vion School and God willing, they will soon be sponsored. The children in Vion now receive what should be the right of all children – that is healthcare, safe drinking water, nutritious meals and an education. God bless, Rod Forrest, Executive Director

CCI WELCOMES OUR NEWEST TEAM MEMBER CCI is pleased to announce that Clement Wee has joined our CCI team as Sponsorship Development Manager. Clement provides leadership to a dedicated team of individuals who are committed to transforming the lives of children through Child Sponsorship. You can reach Clement at CWee@childcareinternational.ca or call him toll free at 1-866-856-1656

To write to your child, email your letter to info@childcareinternational.ca 204 - 5460 152nd Street, Surrey BC V3S 5J9

Toll free 1-866-856-1656 (604) 575-7902

facebook.com/ChildCareInternational info@childcareinternational.ca

childcareinternational.ca

FOLLOW US! www.pinterest.com/childcareintl 130902

How do you begin the restoration of a society that has just come out of a 23 year long struggle to survive a devastating civil war? Not just famine or disease, not just poverty and civil unrest, but a situation so horrific it would take volumes to recount the devastation. While the over-two-decade long insurgency of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Northern Uganda is well documented in print and in film, what is not discussed is the way of life and the emergence of a resilient people in the wake of such horror. Almost immediately after the end of the insurgency, organizations poured into the region to help these once terrorized people begin recovery. Coming alongside Faith Alive Ministries, ChildCare INTERNATIONAL was determined to reach out to the next generation, the children of those affected by the war. Without a different perspective, these children and youth would be subject to the same worldview as their parents. There was little help available during the civil war to give them a chance at a better future and new way of thinking. In 1997, Clayton Odhiambo and his family had to run for their lives to flee an ambush by LRA rebels. Over 600km from their home, Clayton and his family found safety. However, many people in their extended family had been abducted and killed. Others disappeared and were never seen again. Clayton knew it was by God’s grace that he and his family were safe. The impact of this devastating time created a deep burden in Clayton’s heart. While serving God in two local churches and an orphanage, the Lord planted a burning desire & vision for Clayton to reach out and share the saving truth of God’s word with his people. After a cease-fire in 2007, Clayton and his wife Monica moved to Gulu in Northern Uganda. Along with other missionaries, they worked to develop a Christian primary school. The Faith Alive Foundation was registered in 2009 and the next year, with courage that could only come from God, Clayton and Monica moved even

farther north, back to their home district of Kitgum, Uganda where they started Faith Alive Church. Clayton and Monica found the situation in Kitgum very sad. Many people were living in indescribable, miserable conditions in internally displaced people’s camps and they lacked the word of God. The children were the most affected by this children are conflict, with many left excelling orphaned, neglected in their studies & are and infected with HIV-AIDS. Knowing they had to do something, Clayton and spiritually & socially Monica began Faith Academy in 2011. Due to the great need for more classrooms, land has been acquired and a temporary bamboo structure has been built. This bamboo structure holds four classrooms and has a canvas tarp on one half of the roof. Whenever the rains come, the whole place gets very wet, making it very difficult for the teachers to teach & for the students to learn. Faith Alive is key to the growth and health of the community

growing

in Kitgum, Uganda. Not only are the children excelling in school, but others in the community, youth and adults are engaging in various activities such as games, sports, music and bible study — turning away from idleness, gambling and alcoholism. Children attending the Faith Alive Academy are excelling in their studies and are growing spiritually and socially. The surrounding community and the district at large are noticing the difference these Christ-loving, self-disciplined students and teachers are making in their community. Partnering with Faith Alive, our plan is to build sturdy, dependable classrooms for these children. Please help us raise the funds to ensure that Christ will be reflected through education at Faith Academy for generations to come. Help us to make sure that children in Kitgum, Uganda will grow up knowing Christ!


is a program of CCI that links school children from Canada with school children in the developing world. Canadian children come to realize that although God has blessed them in so many ways, children in the developing world have also been blessed, just not with the same material possessions. Children in the developing world come to realize they are made in the image of God and they have so much to offer. They are taught they are equal in God’s eyes & that He has a plan for their lives. Carissa Weme and Marissa Duursma, two young ladies from northern BC, care very deeply about the orphaned and destitute children in Northern Uganda. Together they wanted to do something in a practical way to alleviate their suffering. This year, for a school research project, Carissa and Marissa were learning about the injustice due to the lack of safe drinking water in many developing countries around the world. They realized that in North America the gift of safe BECAUSE GOD ONLY CREATED drinking water is often taken for granted. They became more aware ONE WORLD than ever that safe drinking water should be a basic right for all children. Carissa had visited Northern Uganda with her family in March 2012 where she saw this need first hand. She knew she wanted to do something to help. Carissa and Marissa shared their idea with ChildCare. They wanted to supply and install a solar powered water pump on the well at the Sanctuary of Grace Christian Academy School in Gulu, Uganda. Through a heartfelt appeal, Carissa and Marissa have raised over $ 6000.00! They are so pleased & very grateful that many people were also inspired and gave generously to make the solar powered pump a reality! Carissa and Marissa’s passion to do something to provide safe drinking water is a blessing that will live on in the lives of the children & families living near the Sanctuary of Grace in Gulu, Uganda.

transforming lives SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN ACTION! Maluta lives in Kenya and he has been sponsored by Barry and Valerie of Lacombe, Alberta, since 2004. Maluta has worked hard each year to achieve good grades and has often been at the top of his class. He is described as a very friendly, highly motivated individual who has been part of the Youth Empowerment Program and he volunteers at his church to keep the grounds clean. These characteristics along with the dedication to his studies has helped Maluta earn a CCI Scholarship for a The ChildCare INTERNATIONAL Scholarship Fund Diploma Nursing focuses on a number of ChildCare assisted Program! Congratsecondary school graduates who want to pursue ulations Maluta! a program of post-secondary education. ChildCare awards an annual scholarship to those students who demonstrate academic and extracurricular excellence, and who successfully meet the selection criteria established by the CCI partners in the student’s country of origin. Each Scholarship candidate must have recommendations from his or her Pastor, a teacher and a community leader. The student must have consistently shown exceptional promise in three areas: Christian Character, Church and Community Service and Academics. Upon graduation from their field of study, students return home and transform their churches, communities & nations from the inside out.

...I now apply for scholarship to pursue the four year Diploma Nursing Program. This is to enhance my knowledge to be able to help other people and treat sick patients. I would also like to help others, just like I have been sponsored; I will sponsor others so they can receive an education like I have received. I thank you for your sponsorship from primary to secondary level, I have never been sent home for lack of school fees. I appreciate your help and great care for me. May God bless you and your family...

Your loving son, Maluta

FAITH ALIVE ACADEMY • HOPE FOR THE NATION Children’s lives are being transformed by the Christcentered education that is offered at Faith Academy in Kitgum, Uganda. Teaching students a biblical world view, is the only way to truly help children move forward and break through the walls of suffering. Through this curriculum, children are taught not to focus on past fears and suffering but on the greatness of God and the power of salvation. Due to overwhelming need, another group of 50 children have just been registered to attend the Faith Alive Academy. Will you help be part of the solution for these children? They are longing for a sponsor from Canada to come alongside them and offer them love and support so that they too can have a future filled with hope.

you transform can

the life of a child

today

Denish

Emmanuel

John `

Harmony

Ivan

Bazilio

To view the complete list of children in need of support, please visit

childcareinternational.ca


is a program of CCI that links school children from Canada with school children in the developing world. Canadian children come to realize that although God has blessed them in so many ways, children in the developing world have also been blessed, just not with the same material possessions. Children in the developing world come to realize they are made in the image of God and they have so much to offer. They are taught they are equal in God’s eyes & that He has a plan for their lives. Carissa Weme and Marissa Duursma, two young ladies from northern BC, care very deeply about the orphaned and destitute children in Northern Uganda. Together they wanted to do something in a practical way to alleviate their suffering. This year, for a school research project, Carissa and Marissa were learning about the injustice due to the lack of safe drinking water in many developing countries around the world. They realized that in North America the gift of safe BECAUSE GOD ONLY CREATED drinking water is often taken for granted. They became more aware ONE WORLD than ever that safe drinking water should be a basic right for all children. Carissa had visited Northern Uganda with her family in March 2012 where she saw this need first hand. She knew she wanted to do something to help. Carissa and Marissa shared their idea with ChildCare. They wanted to supply and install a solar powered water pump on the well at the Sanctuary of Grace Christian Academy School in Gulu, Uganda. Through a heartfelt appeal, Carissa and Marissa have raised over $ 6000.00! They are so pleased & very grateful that many people were also inspired and gave generously to make the solar powered pump a reality! Carissa and Marissa’s passion to do something to provide safe drinking water is a blessing that will live on in the lives of the children & families living near the Sanctuary of Grace in Gulu, Uganda.

transforming lives SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN ACTION! Maluta lives in Kenya and he has been sponsored by Barry and Valerie of Lacombe, Alberta, since 2004. Maluta has worked hard each year to achieve good grades and has often been at the top of his class. He is described as a very friendly, highly motivated individual who has been part of the Youth Empowerment Program and he volunteers at his church to keep the grounds clean. These characteristics along with the dedication to his studies has helped Maluta earn a CCI Scholarship for a The ChildCare INTERNATIONAL Scholarship Fund Diploma Nursing focuses on a number of ChildCare assisted Program! Congratsecondary school graduates who want to pursue ulations Maluta! a program of post-secondary education. ChildCare awards an annual scholarship to those students who demonstrate academic and extracurricular excellence, and who successfully meet the selection criteria established by the CCI partners in the student’s country of origin. Each Scholarship candidate must have recommendations from his or her Pastor, a teacher and a community leader. The student must have consistently shown exceptional promise in three areas: Christian Character, Church and Community Service and Academics. Upon graduation from their field of study, students return home and transform their churches, communities & nations from the inside out.

...I now apply for scholarship to pursue the four year Diploma Nursing Program. This is to enhance my knowledge to be able to help other people and treat sick patients. I would also like to help others, just like I have been sponsored; I will sponsor others so they can receive an education like I have received. I thank you for your sponsorship from primary to secondary level, I have never been sent home for lack of school fees. I appreciate your help and great care for me. May God bless you and your family...

Your loving son, Maluta

FAITH ALIVE ACADEMY • HOPE FOR THE NATION Children’s lives are being transformed by the Christcentered education that is offered at Faith Academy in Kitgum, Uganda. Teaching students a biblical world view, is the only way to truly help children move forward and break through the walls of suffering. Through this curriculum, children are taught not to focus on past fears and suffering but on the greatness of God and the power of salvation. Due to overwhelming need, another group of 50 children have just been registered to attend the Faith Alive Academy. Will you help be part of the solution for these children? They are longing for a sponsor from Canada to come alongside them and offer them love and support so that they too can have a future filled with hope.

you transform can

the life of a child

today

Denish

Emmanuel

John `

Harmony

Ivan

Bazilio

To view the complete list of children in need of support, please visit

childcareinternational.ca


FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ROD FORREST

Water

news

IS Life!

RESTORING HOPE — ONE CHILD AT A TIME... Earlier this year I received a report that the new school building in Vion, located in a remote area of NW Haiti, could not be completed. Due to severe drought, there was not enough water to mix the concrete. Children were having to walk over a mile and a half just to get to the nearest contaminated water source. Our Haitian team was very discouraged. Two weeks later, I visited the project and saw all of the materials needed to complete the school were safely stored in the local church. All that was needed was water; it had not rained in over two months. While there, I felt led to gather the teachers and children to ask God to bring rain to Vion. Not wanting to create a wrong impression of God’s favour, I chose a very young, shy little girl to lead our prayer. She began slowly and nervously, and then with tears streaming down her face she cried out to God in Creole, asking God to bring rain to Vion. Just a few days after returning home to Canada, I received an email saying that God had answered the prayers of the little girl, it had rained in Vion! The email went on to say that the school building would soon be completed and it would be open for the children to start attending classes within the week. This story does not end there. This year, funding has been provided for the construction of a 25,000 gallon cistern that will provide enough safe drinking water, gathered during the rainy season, to last through an extended dry season. As well, more than 100 children have been registered at the Vion School and God willing, they will soon be sponsored. The children in Vion now receive what should be the right of all children – that is healthcare, safe drinking water, nutritious meals and an education. God bless, Rod Forrest, Executive Director

CCI WELCOMES OUR NEWEST TEAM MEMBER CCI is pleased to announce that Clement Wee has joined our CCI team as Sponsorship Development Manager. Clement provides leadership to a dedicated team of individuals who are committed to transforming the lives of children through Child Sponsorship. You can reach Clement at CWee@childcareinternational.ca or call him toll free at 1-866-856-1656

To write to your child, email your letter to info@childcareinternational.ca 204 - 5460 152nd Street, Surrey BC V3S 5J9

Toll free 1-866-856-1656 (604) 575-7902

facebook.com/ChildCareInternational info@childcareinternational.ca

childcareinternational.ca

FOLLOW US! www.pinterest.com/childcareintl 130902

How do you begin the restoration of a society that has just come out of a 23 year long struggle to survive a devastating civil war? Not just famine or disease, not just poverty and civil unrest, but a situation so horrific it would take volumes to recount the devastation. While the over-two-decade long insurgency of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Northern Uganda is well documented in print and in film, what is not discussed is the way of life and the emergence of a resilient people in the wake of such horror. Almost immediately after the end of the insurgency, organizations poured into the region to help these once terrorized people begin recovery. Coming alongside Faith Alive Ministries, ChildCare INTERNATIONAL was determined to reach out to the next generation, the children of those affected by the war. Without a different perspective, these children and youth would be subject to the same worldview as their parents. There was little help available during the civil war to give them a chance at a better future and new way of thinking. In 1997, Clayton Odhiambo and his family had to run for their lives to flee an ambush by LRA rebels. Over 600km from their home, Clayton and his family found safety. However, many people in their extended family had been abducted and killed. Others disappeared and were never seen again. Clayton knew it was by God’s grace that he and his family were safe. The impact of this devastating time created a deep burden in Clayton’s heart. While serving God in two local churches and an orphanage, the Lord planted a burning desire & vision for Clayton to reach out and share the saving truth of God’s word with his people. After a cease-fire in 2007, Clayton and his wife Monica moved to Gulu in Northern Uganda. Along with other missionaries, they worked to develop a Christian primary school. The Faith Alive Foundation was registered in 2009 and the next year, with courage that could only come from God, Clayton and Monica moved even

farther north, back to their home district of Kitgum, Uganda where they started Faith Alive Church. Clayton and Monica found the situation in Kitgum very sad. Many people were living in indescribable, miserable conditions in internally displaced people’s camps and they lacked the word of God. The children were the most affected by this children are conflict, with many left excelling orphaned, neglected in their studies & are and infected with HIV-AIDS. Knowing they had to do something, Clayton and spiritually & socially Monica began Faith Academy in 2011. Due to the great need for more classrooms, land has been acquired and a temporary bamboo structure has been built. This bamboo structure holds four classrooms and has a canvas tarp on one half of the roof. Whenever the rains come, the whole place gets very wet, making it very difficult for the teachers to teach & for the students to learn. Faith Alive is key to the growth and health of the community

growing

in Kitgum, Uganda. Not only are the children excelling in school, but others in the community, youth and adults are engaging in various activities such as games, sports, music and bible study — turning away from idleness, gambling and alcoholism. Children attending the Faith Alive Academy are excelling in their studies and are growing spiritually and socially. The surrounding community and the district at large are noticing the difference these Christ-loving, self-disciplined students and teachers are making in their community. Partnering with Faith Alive, our plan is to build sturdy, dependable classrooms for these children. Please help us raise the funds to ensure that Christ will be reflected through education at Faith Academy for generations to come. Help us to make sure that children in Kitgum, Uganda will grow up knowing Christ!

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