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WINTER 2010

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A day in the life GIFTS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS SEASON

Personal accounts from Ethiopia


A Note from the CEO

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very time I visit a child, a parent, or a community member in one of our program countries, I receive words of sincere “thanks”. Sometimes the gratitude is displayed through special dance performances, songs from children, or even written on a sign in their native language like Amharic “enamesegnalen”, Hindi “shukriya”, or Spanish “gracias”. It is a truly humbling experience – not only because I know the appreciation is really directed towards supporters like you and our country office staff – but because the most important part of the equation Mark visits families outside the CCFC-supported Kundhi is the people and their willingness to Health Post; (below) Wogene. help themselves. For example, on a recent visit to Ethiopia, I met a young man named Wogene who participated in our youth-headed household program. As you’ll read in the feature section, many children in Ethiopia have had to grow up without their parents due to HIV/AIDS or other illnesses. Wogene is 21 years old and has struggled to provide for his two brothers, aged seven and 10. However, through our program, Wogene received moral support from elders, training, and a loan to build up a shop where he makes wheelbarrows. Wogene’s wheelbarrows are used by shopkeepers to easily transport grain and other goods. Through the sale of his products, he is now able to pay for his brothers’ education, food, and other necessities. Wogene even developed an ingenious marketing strategy; he paints all his wheelbarrows blue so they are easily recognizable in the community. Imagine the talent and skill that would have gone untapped if not for your support to this enterprising young man. As you celebrate with your loved ones this Christmas season, I hope you will take to heart how much we value your support. And I pass on to you the “thanks” that I have received on your behalf – enamesegnalen, shukriya, and muchas gracias! CV Mark Lukowski, CEO Christian Children’s Fund of Canada

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Director, Communications Philip Maher Managing Editor Melissa Yue DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Janice Van Eck CONTRIBUTORS Bartolomé Ibarra Mejía Devini Tissaaratchy Lipi C. Jobson Marie-Henriette Salembere Semereta Sewasew Yessehak Wondwossen ChildVoice is a publication of:

WHO WE ARE We strive as a worldwide team to create a future of hope for children, individuals, and families of all faiths and cultural backgrounds and are inspired by Christ’s example of personal, caring love. INTEGRITY - OUR VALUED ASSET Christian Children’s Fund of Canada upholds a strong record of 50 years of results, integrity and accountability. Project evaluations and independent audits ensure quality and accountability. Our audited financial statements are available at www.ccfcanada.ca. OUR VALUES We embrace and practice these values: Results, Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence.

what’s new

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If so, you’ll be glad to hear that giving to CCFC just got a whole lot easier.

Now you can take pride in helping others by donating through your cell phone – whether you’re on the bus, in a store, or at the park. Here’s how it works  First, a donor will text the word “CCFC” to 45678. The donor will then receive a confirmation message and must reply with the word “YES” to confirm their donation. The $10 donation charge will appear on their next wireless phone bill. 2

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PHOTOS: (TOP) YESSEHAK WONDWOSSEN; (bottom) Tomasz Pietryszek

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PHOTOS: (COVER) CAROL FROOM; (THIS PAGE) Lipi C. Jobson

“The water supply to the village has been our greatest blessing,” says a woman in Kallumadam after CCFC built a rainwater harvesting tank.

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features

departments

6 A day in the life…

2 A note from the CEO What’s new 4 Your letters

5 CCFC in action Improving lives, one step at a time 11 Lasting legacy A former sponsored child gives back to her community 14 Supporter focus Students help children in Ghana Supporter FAQs 15 Face of success

A daily snapshot from four individuals in Ethiopia. Learn from their thoughts, joys, concerns, and struggles.

GIFT CATALOGUE

Purchasing a gift from our catalogue is a meaningful way to show love and care this season. Read about how your gifts have made a difference to recipients.

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YOUR LETTERS

here are a few of the letters we received at home and in the field: “years ago, when our children were young, we started sponsoring a child through CCFC. After many letters back and forth, we arranged to meet him. It was a wonderful experience and the following year, 1976, we returned for another visit, but this time we brought our own children. What a difference a year had made! There was now a cold water tap inside his family’s house so they no longer had to carry all their water several blocks. They also had a sewing machine for making or altering clothes. In 2005, we received a phone call from the man whom we had sponsored as a child. He and his wife owned their own business and had a son and daughter. He still calls us madrina and padrino (godmother and godfather). We thought you would like to hear how a little help can change a child’s life.

P.S. We are happy to send money for your clean water project. We do have something in common with CCFC; we have just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary.” —Don and Betty Lindsay, Simcoe, Ontario “i have just recently sponsored a child and this is the first issue I received of ChildVoice. My reason for sponsoring a child is to provide that child with an opportunity to have a better life. When I read ChildVoice, I realized that I could make a difference in the life of a young child. I could also see the progress being made in various countries around the world.” —Marcel Couture, Winnipeg, Manitoba “i wanted to say that I am happy to be a sponsor with CCFC. It is great to be able to have such a resource as this. So thank you for trying and making a difference. Keep up the hope; keep up the witness.” —Luke LeClair, Quebec “i very much appreciate the human and personal tone of ChildVoice and love reading the stories and experiences of sponsors and the children receiving sponsor support. I have been a sponsor for over 10 years and feel blessed to be able to share in the life of another so far away and make some minimal impact on their lives in Christ’s name. Keep up the great work!” —Wynne de Jong, Kelowna, B.C. Cynthia Eguez, CCFC Country Director, Paraguay, was able to join us in Canada for our 50th anniversary gala attended by donors, sponsors, staff, local businesses, and other supporters. She wrote this letter on her return home.

Don and Betty Lindsay celebrating 50 years.

“i am writing this letter to let you know how happy and thankful I am to have been able to share some moments with some of

Cynthia Eguez with children at the San Miguel school in Paraguay.

you during the gala. I met a very sweet couple who were supporting a child in Paraguay. I was not just happy to meet them, but really encouraged and emotionally touched by their commitment and their sensitiveness of our reality. They were just wonderful! They understood all of our work and were very proud to see how the community was changing for the benefit of the children. I was so happy to see the love and commitment of these sponsors and I know there are many others like them. Sponsors are part of our CCFC family. These are people who really want to give a part of what God has given to them; people who want to see in our little ones a better present and future. Meeting this couple brought me joy and reinforced my commitment to the organization and the children, families, and communities where we work. This is not just a thankful note; this is a special recognition to all of you who make it possible. And a special thank you to those who contribute in many ways with our cause and our vision. Without you this would never be real. With love and thanks, Cynthia”

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PHOTOS, FROM TOP: Rosanna Menchaca; COURTESY OF DON AND BETTY LINDSAY; MELISSA YUE

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CCFC IN ACTION

DHANUSHKA

ISSUE Five-year old Dhanushka was born deaf and mute. Her father wanted to help her, but his income as a blacksmith barely provided for the entire family. ACTION

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CCFC, together with other like-minded organizations and donors, provided Dhanushka with a new hearing aid unit. “Dhanushka welcomed us and laughed with us the last time we visited the family,” say Sri Lanka program staff. “She is very happy as she can hear the world now.”

INDIA BENCHES

ISSUE Grade 11 students at Government Higher Secondary School in a small Indian fishing village found it difficult to focus on their studies due to a lack of classroom furniture. The 100 students found it painful to sit and do their work on the floor for long periods of time.

ACTION CCFC provided 25 desks and benches for the three grade 11 classes, with four students sharing a bench. This simple convenience has created a better learning environment for the students. They are now happy and comfortable with the new addition. www.ccfcanada.ca

SRI LANKA FLOODS

ISSUE Torrential rains and flash floods killed more than 20 people and displaced thousands in the south, west, and central parts of Sri Lanka in mid-May. ACTION CCFC distributed relief materials including cooked food, dry rations, toiletries, water purification tablets, and tents to flood victims in its three affected program districts (Nugegoda, Kalutara, and Kolonnawa), totalling 19,057 individuals. CCFC also provided counseling and medical aid. Displaced residents were able to return home at the end of the month. HEALTH CLINIC FIX

ISSUE A clinic in the Las Torres neighbourhood in Nicaragua was in desperate need of repair. It had been in operation since 1991, but did not have water, hydro, or proper medical equipment. It also opened at infrequent hours, so the 5,500 neighbourhood residents would either diagnose and medicate themselves or walk the 1.5 km to the nearest health centre, which was often overcrowded. ACTION CCFC provided $10,000 to fix the clinic’s roof; install sinks, toilets, and washstands; provide medical equipment and a proper stretcher; expand the clinic’s walls; paint and repair doors and windows; and install an electrical system. CCFC also partnered with the Ministry of Health to provide medical staff and medicine. Around 90 people a day are now enjoying better health through this clinic. WI N T E R 2 010

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ETHIOPIA

Since 1960, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada has helped hundreds of communities in need around the world. But what is life really like for the people who live, work, and play in these developing countries? To answer this question, we talked to four individuals from one of the communities where we work in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read on for a glimpse into their daily lives. INTERVIEWS * BY Semereta Sewasew PHOTOS BY ERMIAS BERNHANU *All personal accounts were translated from Amharic to English. 6

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Berhanu Ambaw, CCFC Country Director, Ethiopia, ensures progress is being made in the communities where we work.


A day in the life of… a girl in Ethiopia Background Bezawit** lives with her mother and brother in a small rented house constructed from a corrugated iron sheet and covered in plastic to prevent rain from coming in. Bezawit’s father passed away a few years ago and Bezawit’s mother has since struggled with rising costs.

Bezawit’s story

“My name is Bezawit. I will be turning seven in November. I go to a nearby primary school and am in first grade. I wake up early, at about 7:00 a.m., to go out to feed the chickens before I eat my breakfast. After breakfast, I help my mother with washing my plates and making the bed before I go to school. I walk to school with my neighbour’s children for about 30 minutes. I like going to school and I stay until 3:30 p.m. My favorite subject is math. When I come home, I first change my school uniform before I do anything else. This is because I do not want to make my clothes dirty from all the dust found in front of my house. My mother is the one who washes my clothes every week. Since there is a shortage of water in our area, we have to store water in large containers for cooking, bathing, and washing clothes. I try to keep my clothes clean so we do not waste a lot of water. After coming home, I also help my mother with cooking dinner. My mother always says I have to watch her so that I can learn and become a good cook when I grow up. I am often eager to go out and play with other children in the neighbourhood. Late in the afternoon, my mother prepares coffee. When the coffee is ready, my mother asks me to invite her friends over to our house. While the women are having coffee, I go out to play but it soon gets dark and I have to go back inside for dinner. I go to bed at about 9:00 p.m. I often hear my mother talking about the increase in the price of our house rent. She is worried that soon we may no longer be able to afford the price and that we might have to look for another house somewhere else. I worry very much about this. I love my neighbourhood. I also do not want to be forced to change schools. I am really thankful for what my mother is doing for me.”

Bezawit feeding the chickens outside her home in a suburb of Addis Adaba.

FACT 

An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 per cent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 per cent. Source: George Psacharopoulos and Harry Anthony Patrinos, “Returns to Investment in Education: A Further Update,” Policy Research Working Paper 2881 [Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 2002].

To sponsor a child like Bezawit, call 1-800-263-5437 or 905-754-1001 ext. 610.

**Names have been changed for protection purposes. www.ccfcanada.ca

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ETHIOPIA

A day in the life of… a teen in Ethiopia Background Tsega,** 15, had a difficult start to her life. At the age of five, she was told that both of her parents passed away due to an “unknown illness”. Tsega’s aunt took her under her care. Life with Tsega’s aunt was tough because Tsega was overburdened with household chores. This affected her performance at school and she started to receive low grades. Her aunt became angry at Tsega’s low grades and she refused to let Tsega live with her anymore. Tsega was forced to live on the streets and beg for food for two years. It was then that the CCFC-funded ACSO found her and assisted her in finding a guardian and a safe place to live (for more on ACSO, see page 10).

Tsega’s story

Thanks to CCFC, Tsega is no longer living on the streets.

FACT 

There are between 150,000 to 200,000 street children in Ethiopia, with a further one million vulnerable or at risk of ending up on the streets. Girls who work and live in the streets face sexual abuse, rape, unwanted pregnancy and early motherhood – sometimes as young as 12. Source: “Ethiopia – Adolescence.” www.unicef.org. UNICEF. Sept. 2, 2010.

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FACT 

Over half of new HIV/AIDS infections worldwide are occurring between the ages of 15 and 24 and more than 60 per cent of HIV-positive youth in this age bracket are female. Source: “Unite to end violence against women.” www.un.org. March 1, 2010. United Nations. Sept. 2, 2010.

“While living on the streets, I felt so desperate and hopeless about my life. But when ACSO found me a guardian, I was so grateful. On a typical day I wake up at 7:00 a.m. and wash my face, eat my breakfast, and go to school. I am a grade eight student and am in school for most of the day. My favourite subject is science. My friends and I are involved in an after-school club that teaches other students about HIV/AIDS and how we should take care not to be infected. I return home at 4:00 p.m. I often prepare injera (local bread) for dinner and clean rooms. Afterwards, I go to church. I get back home and do my homework until 8:00 p.m. Then I eat dinner with my guardian and study until 10:00 p.m. before I go to bed. This is very different from what my life on the streets used to look like. I have awful memories of begging and being out on cold nights. I am grateful that I am able to continue my education. In my free time I love reading books. My guardian always encourages me to read and is very kindhearted. When I grow up, I would like to be a lawyer. I am very thankful to ACSO for finding me a new home and giving me hope about life.” www.ccfcanada.ca


A day in the life of… a mother in Ethiopia Background Meseret** is a 36-year old mother who lives with her husband, 12-year old son, and nine-year old daughter. Both children go to school. Meseret works as a cleaner and her husband is a daily labourer.

Meseret’s story

“On a typical day, I wake up at around 5:00 a.m. I prepare breakfast for my family and then go to work at 6:00 a.m. I am employed as a house cleaner in one of the big houses in the city. I have to walk for more than an hour to reach my workplace. I do not want to be late. I have to reach my workplace before my employer wakes up. I am really scared of losing my job. In my workplace, I do a lot of handwashing of clothes, bed sheets, carpets and household utensils. I also clean the house and iron a lot of clothes. By the time I reach my home, which is about 6:00 p.m., I am usually very exhausted. But then I have to start preparing dinner. Although my husband works very hard, he does not have a regular income. He works only when he can find some work. This makes it very difficult for my family to have proper meals, so I try to make the most I can out of what we have. There are times when we can only afford to feed the children. After serving dinner between 8:30 to 9 p.m., I wash the dishes and prepare lunch for the next day. I go to bed around 11 p.m. I have many struggles in my life. Costs for renting our house frequently increase. Meanwhile, my husband’s income and my own only have minimal growth. High inflation makes life very difficult for me and my family. Also, I have a sickness that keeps on recurring. I am not sure what the health problem is, but I often have severe headaches. However, I can’t afford medical treatment. I am worried about my future life and the lives of my children. CCFC sponsorship provides children with educa-

tional materials, school uniforms, fees, and constructs public toilets in our area. This support has changed our lives greatly. In the compound where I live, there used to be only one toilet shared among a lot of residents, which was not sufficient for all of us. This forced us to use the outdoors. As a result, there used to be a sanitation problem in our area. My children were highly exposed to diseases. Now I can see a great improvement in the sanitation situation in my neighborhood. This is all due to this immense work. I thank the Lord that my children are very kindhearted and they listen to what we tell them. Both of my children go to school, for which I am very grateful. I hope and pray that they will be able to continue going to school so that when they grow up, they will at least be able to live a life better than my own.” After a long day, Meseret prepares the evening meal for her family.

FACT 

When a woman in a developing country gets a job, she can expect to earn up to 27 per cent less than men for the same job – regardless of experience or education. Source: “Youthink – Gender.” www.youthink. worldbank.org. World Bank. Sept. 2, 2010.

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ETHIOPIA

A day in the life of… a CCFC partner in Ethiopia  CCFC partners with 46 local organizations in our program countries. These partnerships enable us to: design relevant programs and monitor progress, effectively address issues that need to be improved in the community, and ensure there will be a lasting benefit and support after the work is done or the program has graduated and CCFC is able to leave the community. Here is an example of one partner that is truly making a difference.

Background CCFC has partnered with the Alem Children Support Organization (ACSO) for nine years. It is led by executive director and founder Alemenesh Mogessie.

Alemenesh’s story

“My day starts at 6:30 a.m., when I say my prayers, have breakfast, and come to the office. Here I have a lot to do. My greatest responsibility is to make sure my organization is serving children well and that we are meeting the needs of the community. I often spend the day handling meetings, supervising staff members, and monitoring program activities. When I go back home it is often late in the evenings. I often go to bed after 11:00 p.m. We have a lot of challenges in our work. There are about 200,000 people living in the community. The needs are great. Unemployment is a chronic problem that results in orphans, children, and adults who have no choice but to live on the street. The rest of the people in this community live in very small and congested huts. CCFC greatly assists my organization’s work. Today there are 700 children in our community who are directly sponsored because of CCFC. The children are happy to get clothes, school uniforms, educational materials, food, and other forms of assistance. We have

Alemenesh Mogessie in her office at Alem Child Support Organization (ACSO).

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also established a kindergarten for children who come from the poorest homes in this community. I love seeing the children’s faces when they receive gifts from their sponsors in Canada. Their joy is what keeps me moving. These children have never been given toys before in their lives and it is very rare that someone would remember their birthday. In addition, CCFC has financially supported and assisted us to organize 140 destitute women into a saving and credit association. From the association, these women are able to take loans and start small scale businesses such as selling vegetables, opening a retail shop, and tailoring. I know by opening such doors for them, they are able to generate an income and become self-reliant members in their community. Also through CCFC, we have constructed public toilets and water points for people in the community who do not have their own toilet and water pipeline. This has allowed us to positively impact the lives of a large community. In fact, one day an old woman came out to greet me. She was crying tears of joy because in her 38 years of living in the community, she didn’t have access to clean drinking water until now thanks to the communal water tap we constructed. We’ve also established a small clinic in a rented house with nurses and support staff. At the clinic, besides giving regular health care services, we also teach the community about family planning and HIV/ AIDS prevention. Sadly HIV/AIDS is widely spread in this community, so it is very important that we train community members about home-based care to infected and bedridden people. The best part about my job is seeing firsthand the great improvements we are able to make in the lives of children. I am very happy when a supported family has generated enough income to become self-sufficient. Children in such families are content. Their mothers are also trained on nutritional feeding and childcare, so you can visibly see the health improvement in the children. I am also happy to know children in this community now have access to school and are getting the education they need for a better life. I am truly grateful for the financial support, logistical assistance, and regular advice which CCFC has provided to my organization through the child sponsorship program. The support has enabled the children and mothers in difficult circumstances to have an opportunity to improve their lives.” CV www.ccfcanada.ca


LASTING LEGACY

SPONSORSHIP BRIGHTENS FUTURE FOR HEYSSEL

PHOTOS: Bartolomé Ibarra Mejía

Once sponsored children become adults and graduate from the program, CCFC cannot always keep track of where they go and what they do with their lives. BUT WHEN OUR STAFF DO come across a former sponsored child, it is then that we have the wonderful opportunity to see how life turned out – just as it did for Heyssel Guadalupe Castillo Ramirez in Nicaragua. By Bartolomé Ibarra Mejía Heyssel is an enthusiastic, intelligent 19-year old. She works five days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as a secretary and assistant at a doctor’s clinic in Masaya. “I feel good working here because I help the children who come and support people,” she says. “Many of the patients are poor people from the community.” Heyssel’s daily tasks include taking blood samples, typing results, answering calls, and controlling inventory. Heyssel was enrolled in CCFC’s sponsorship program at the age of six. Her father’s income as a mechanic was barely enough to support his wife and four children. Through sponsorship, Heyssel had the opportunity to receive tutoring, craft, and skills training after school. She found that she enjoyed typing and working with computers. This led to her decision to become a secretary. Heyssel also participated in workshops on www.ccfcanada.ca

(from top) Heyssel working at the clinic; Heyssel in elementary school; Heyssel today. sex education and HIV and AIDS prevention. “I had classmates who did not know about HIV and AIDS or family planning,” she says. “Today,

many of those girls are young, single mothers who cannot study or plan their futures.” Heyssel has fond memories of her sponsor in Nova Scotia. “My sponsor sent us pictures and told us about her family,” says Heyssel. “I wrote about my family, how my dad was doing, what I was studying, and how I was doing in school.” “It was very nice to exchange letters with people who help you.” Heyssel’s income is now helping to support her family as her father awaits cataract surgery. Heyssel has a positive outlook in life and is planning to further her studies to advance her career. In 10 years, she hopes to be a professional in a lab with a stable marriage and two children. “Being a sponsored child opened the doors for me,” she says. “Thank God I could plan my life.” CV WI N T E R 2 010

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GIFT CATALOGUE

PROOF YOUR GIFTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE The perfect gift brings joy to both the giver and recipient. It’s what our field staff experience every time they deliver an item from the gift catalogue to someone in need on your behalf. Here are just a few stories from grateful recipients.

 Abdoulaye, 10, Burkina Faso  “I received a mosquito net. I sleep inside of it. Before I was always sick from malaria, but now that has stopped and I have received treatment. I can now return to school. Learning makes me happy.”  LAMOUSSA, 11, Burkina Faso  A lack of rain and poor soil concerned Lamoussa’s family. Her father, a farmer, wondered how he could support his family with such a small income. Hope came in the form of chickens from the gift catalogue, which—combined with two chickens the family already owned—produced 55 chicks. Lamoussa’s father sold some of the chickens and used the money to buy food, medicine, and pay for the children’s schooling.

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 Meskerem, 14, Ethiopia  Meskerem’s family received a dairy cow. They sold its milk in the market and used the money to purchase more animals. Today, the family continues to sell milk to their community and has gradually been able to get back on their feet. “I am very much happy and enjoy life and the gift cow,” says Meskerem. “This has changed my family’s life as well as my own. I will have my own personal saving for higher education in the very near future. I am also grateful for those whose heart is always with the poor. Thank you all.”  PALSAMY AND HIS FAMILY HAVE A REASON TO SMILE  There are numerous fisher folk in India’s coastal villages. Most of the fisher families rent boats and nets from owners since they cannot afford

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PHOTOS: (MESKEREM) YESSEHAK WONDWOSSEN; (PALSAMY) LIPI C. JOBSON; (OTHERS) CCFC COUNTRY OFFICE, BURKINA FASO

 POUGUININSELI, 14, Burkina Faso  “I am the eldest of four girls in the family. Three of us are attending school, the fourth is too young. I am happy to be sponsored. My sponsor sends me letters and tells me how she is living. Thanks to her gifts, I am better clothed and I can succeed because of her encouragement. The hygiene kit I received has helped me a lot. Before I received it, having soap was a big issue. Thanks to the kits, I come clean to school. All girls should have hygiene kits and be clean.” equipment. Work is seasonal, usually only six months of the year so fishermen often have to borrow money from moneylenders to tide them over the lean season and cover the cost of net and boat repairs. This led to a boom in exploitation of the fishermen by moneylenders, who would significantly increase the interest rates. Palsamy found himself in this situation. He was a fisherman who owed moneylenders 50,000 rupees (C$1,128). As a result, he and his son were forced to sell their daily catch at unreasonable prices to pay off the debt. The Palsamy household – like other fisher families - found themselves in despair. But life changed for Palsamy when he received a micro-enterprise development (MED) loan from the catalogue. CCFC and its partner, the People’s Action for Development, formed community groups to empower the fisher families with business skills so they could understand the options available to them and learn about savings and bank loans. The fisher families have also been able to market their catches directly to companies so they can earn higher incomes. CCFC’s other partner, FISHERR, paid off Palsamy’s loan so his family would be free from the clutches of the money lenders and could instead pay off the money to an established bank. Palsamy has now paid 20,000 rupees (C$451) of his loan and has saved 3,700 (C$83). He is optimistic about the future and is grateful for CCFC’s involvement. CV www.ccfcanada.ca

 MRS. SABA JUSTINE, BURKINA FASO  Mrs. Saba Justine received a micro-enterprise development (MED) loan for C$60 which she used to purchase three goats. These goats multiplied to 16 after three years. She then sold five goats and used the money to pay her loan back in full. She also had money left over for other necessary items like her children’s clothing and school fees.

 Purchase a gift from our 2010 Gift Catalogue and make a difference with a gift that really matters. Each one of our 31 items comes with a card that you can personalize to honour someone you love. Visit www.ccfcanada.ca/ Gifts.

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FRUIT TREES A fruit tree will grow fresh fruit for children and families in developing countries. This will provide them with the necessary vitamins and nutrients for good health and also a source of income as they sell their product in the marketplace.

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WARM BLANKET A blanket is a simple way to keep a child warm at night in chilly temperatures. Blankets also provide a sense of security and show a child that someone cares for them.

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MIRACLE TREE The Moringa tree is often called the “miracle tree” because of its multiple uses. Moringa is rich in calcium, vitamins A and C, potassium, and essential amino acids. Its seeds can be used to purify water or for medicine. Best of all, it is a tree that grows quickly and can survive in poor soil or drought. WI N T E R 2 010

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SUPPORTER FOCUS

STUDENTS WALK FOR CHILDREN IN KUTONG

Approximately 300 students from Missis- only the security to feed their children, but sauga Private School (MPS Etobicoke) in the peace of mind to invest in education and Ontario raised $4,450 in their 4th Annual medical care. Past MPS walkathon proceeds Walkathon – bringing the grand total raised have equipped the Centre with two classby MPS students to almost $30,000 rooms, latrines and two rainwater since 2007. The students, ranging in A student harvesting tanks. age from kindergarten to grade 12, takes a break “The walkathon is something our walked to provide desperately to show her school looks forward to every year,” needed financial support for the Bill school pride says Principal Gabrielle Bush. “The Proctor Children’s Centre in the sense of pride and accomplishment community of Kutung, Ghana. The Centre the students feel in helping the children of was established April 2007 by MPS founder, Kutung is inspiring to everyone here at the Dianne Proctor, in honour of her son who school, in their families and hopefully died of a brain aneurism the year before. throughout the community. I am so proud The money raised will provide essential of them.” CV small business loans and training to parents of children who are involved with the Centre. You can start a project with your school, Small businesses afford parents a long term, church, or business. For information, visit sustainable income, allowing them not www.ccfcanada.ca/GetInvolved.

SUPPORTER FAQs

involvement with CCFC. This makes it easier for our supporter services representatives to assist you with payment inquiries and child updates. This number can be found at the top-right or left-hand side of the letters you receive from our Canadian office. In some cases, this number is also indicated on the payment slip you would use to send in your next donation or gift for your sponsored child. Here are some examples of what a supporter ID might look like: 0T6431687700 0C1011307700 100086976600

Q Where can I send a letter to my sponsored child? A Your sponsored child’s mailing address is provided on his or her child information folder. When sending letters and cards, please remember to write your sponsored child’s name, ID number, and program name on the envelope. This will ensure the letter is recorded, translated and forwarded to your child’s program. CV 14 | ChildVoice

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2010 TAX RECEIPTS

Please note that tax receipts for your 2010 donations will be sent to you by mid-February 2011. If you have moved within the last two years and have not updated your address with us, please contact our Supporter Services Department by calling 1-800-263-5437 ext. 610 or by sending an email to supporter-services@ccfcanada.ca

Puzzled about what to write your sponsored child?

Visit this link for ideas: www.ccfcanada.ca/SponsorNow/ Experience/Writing www.ccfcanada.ca

PHOTOS: PHILIP MAHER

Q What is my supporter/sponsor ID? Where do I find this number? A Your supporter/sponsor ID is a 12-digit number or letter combination used to identify your account information and your


FACE OF SUCCESS

“My name is Sylvie.* I am 12 years old. I was supposed to be married, but I became a CCFC sponsored child. When my parents saw that I was receiving help every month from my sponsor, they renounced my marriage. I am happy because I am free from this marriage. I can now attend school and I am in grade five.”

FACT  Families who live in extreme poverty sometimes marry off their daughters to lessen their economic burden and provide a future for their daughters. In addition to child sponsorship, CCFC is combating child marriages by providing young girls with an education and promoting child rights *Name has been changed for child protection purposes. and gender equality in communities. CV

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Sponsor a child in need for little more than a dollar a day. Give the ultimate gift this year by sponsoring a child through Christian Children’s Fund of Canada. For little more than a dollar a day, you can give a child access to things like nutritious food, healthcare, and an education. Help a child celebrate Christmas this year with a gift of sponsorship. It will not only change a child’s life, it could also change your own. Change a life today by visiting www.ccfcanada.ca and selecting a child to sponsor. You can also call a Supporter Services Representative at 1-800-263-5437 or local 905-754-1010 ext. 610.

Sponsor a child today!

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ChildVoice - Winter 2010  

Christian Children's Fund of Canada's semiannual publication.

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