Tagged: “Community”

Let’s get  Andrea back on his feet

Andrea is the guy who got seriously hurt during The Grid ending up with severe injuries in his neck – https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/man-seriously-injured-obstacle-race.986312.
He was immediately operated upon, followed by another operation on Thursday 10th November to stabilize his neck further.  The injury is so severe that we do not know whether he will regain mobility in his hands and legs. He is still in ITU as he is still weaning from mechanical ventilation. He would need to go through an extensive and intensive rehabilitation programme with the hope that he can get back to a relatively normal life.

Watch the video above from Andrea’s family.

What will the campaign achieve?
I am Andrea Calleja’s aunt and have launched this campaign as we have been advised by Andrea’s medical team that Andrea needs to go to to specialised rehab centres abroad. Andrea is a damn fighter and is adamant that he receives this treatment.
The treatment and rehab clinics that will give Andrea the chance to walk again don’t come cheap, so we are appealing to the generosity of the public to help us raise the necessary funds to have our Batman walking again.

Why do we call him Batman?

Something about Andrea’s nickname: BATMAN!  Since he was a kid he was always a fan of Batman, and would collect all the toys and figurines of Batman.  Growing up as a fine young lad and purchasing his car, his number plate could not be otherwise, but: BATMAN!

Malta for Madagascar Christmas Campaign

General Info:

The Arnaud Guesry Foundation is a Maltese registered charity active in Northern Madagascar to help the region’s most vulnerable children. Our amazing team runs a desperately needed orphanage for children, La Maison d’Arnaud, as well as several valuable community projects in the area including a prison support project, malnutrition rehabilitation, local hot meal project and much more… Due to the current crisis impacting the world we are in desperate need of support, otherwise we’ll be forced to close. Any little bit helps…

Our primary operation is the running of our residential facility, which currently houses 30 children full time from the ages of 3 months to 12 years old. Within this program we offer the children all the support of a family home including, but not exclusive to, education, nutrition, health services and psycho-social support. Our children benefit from the care of 20 full-time members of staff at our home including nannies, cooks, security guards, teachers, volunteers, social workers and administrators. The house has a garden and keeps hens, it has access to fresh ground water and serves as a centre for the local community.

Summer School Program:

In addition to our residential program, we run a summer school to support the local curriculum in summer months, June-September, with professional teachers in both academic and extracurricular subjects. This summer program is open to our own children and up to 100 the most vulnerable children from surrounding villages (referred by the mayor and community leaders) for free. The children here are offered our regular psycho-social support, the benefits of the education, a safe place to stay while their parents are at work, medical checks and are also given a meal a day.

Prison Project:

We also work in the local prison where we provide education, healthcare and legal advocacy, wherever possible, to the inmates of the women’s section and under-18s section. We take particular responsibility for prenatal, maternal and neonatal care in the prison as well as supervision of births and child development. We offer a space in our home to any mother wishing to give temporary custody of a child currently living with her in the prison to La Maison d’Arnaud until such time as she is released and finds her feet, with the help of our social worker and administrative team.

Malnutrition Re-feeding and Specialist Surgeries:

In addition to the prison, we work closely with local hospital pediatric wards. We liaise with doctors when cases with social underpinnings are presented, we run a specialist malnutrition program including feeding training, support with milk and medication and, where needed, residential care in the most delicate periods of rehabilitation. We act as intermediaries between hospital services and state/judicial services and are often called upon to make recommendations or submit reports. We also take on children who need specialist surgeries and recovery care, such as cleft palate surgery, to coordinate and pay for their care and treatment.

Crisis Relief:

We also hold several spaces (beds) in our home on reserve for crisis cases. These cases come under our local state partnerships and provide social services, police and the children’s courts with residential spaces for children with the need for specialist care and adequate security in urgent need. Examples include abandoned infants, children removed from exploitation (labor/sex work), cases of severe abuse (including neglect) or abandoned children.

We value very highly our ties to the local community and the support we provide families in their darkest moments. We try our best to provide a local, stable base for children which facilitates family visits, rehabilitation and reunification. Our operations are, at times, limited by funds and we know we could do so much more if we have the means.

2022

Over the years we’ve made great strides in overcoming numerous barriers and hurdles to help the nurturing of the children at the Foundation. We’ve tried to introduce sustainable practices such as investing in chickens to sell eggs, and our home garden. With all the children home to help with the harvest and tend the animals and the land – it’s a sustainability project we’re really proud of – we’ve managed to produce; 80 different varieties of salads, 9K aubergines, 66K papaya, 100 k of bananas, 12 packets parsley, 72K tomatoes, 1.5 K green beans, 1k peppers, 14 packets of water cress. Our chickens are producing 83 eggs per day. However, all of this small success doesn’t make up for the losses we’ve faced this year.

Two years ago a Zaar campaign and the generosity of the Maltese people saved our project from closure. We are so incredibly grateful for all the support we were given in those critical weeks. Now we’re hoping to regain some of our strength and recommit to those children we’ve been keeping on hold for so long as we hunt for the funds to return to full working capacity. The money you donate will make a huge difference to children in desperate need of protection, medical care, education and love.

We still rely on that belief that each person can contribute to the reduction of inequality and the irradiation of global poverty.

There are so many ways you can help us and each one makes a difference. You can sponsor a child, or a nanny or a program. You can volunteer for us. You can donate to us. You can fundraise for us. We need € 5,000 to commit to crisis relief cases for next year. Every single donation makes a difference. Please give what you can and we guarantee that every cent goes directly to Madagascar and the children.

We are a very small charity. Even following us on social media and sharing our posts can bring us to the attention of a wider audience. That can be all it takes to let the right person see what we can do.

NB- Funds will be received by the charity whether the target is reached or not. Every donation will make a difference to La Maison d’Arnaud and the community we support. Please give whatever you can today.

LifeCycle Challenge Crowdfunds for Kidney Research

The Zaar campaign hopes to raise €7000 for renal patients, via LifeCycle’s 10-day, 2000km cycling challenge from Buenos Aires to Santiago de Chile A cyclist joining the next long-distance LifeCycle challenge is crowdfunding on local platform Zaar, with all donations going towards kidney research – and the campaign has already raised more than half its funding goal. As part ofread more

New Campaign Crowdfunds Camino Walk for Sports Charity

Christine Gingell will walk the final stage of the famous Camino de Santiago to raise funds for The Jonathan Chetcuti Program A new crowdfunding campaign sponsors a trek on the Camino de Santiago, to raise funds for young athletes as part of The Jonathan Chetcuti Program. From September 7 – the day after the close of the online campaign onread more

Camino de Santiago – Walk for The Jonathan Chetcuti Program

I have decided to walk the 100km final stage of the Camino de Santiago – from Sarria to Santiago. This is an adventure that I have always dreamt of taking on and I would like to dedicate it to a special friend who energised everyone who crossed paths with him.

Please support this initiative by clicking on Support my Steps to the right-hand side of this page and entering the amount that you wish to donate. Together we can achieve the goal of €3,000 for a great cause!

Any donations made through this crowdfunding campaign will be contributed to The Jonathan Chetcuti Program. More information on the Program can be found here: https://www.conceptstadium.com/the-jonathan-chetcuti-program/. I encourage you to donate to help this worthy cause and I thank you in advance for your support.

New Campaign Crowdfunds to Help Vulnerable Children in Uganda

The YOOTE CARES Africa project supports the health and education needs of orphans and vulnerable children in poverty-stricken areas of Uganda A new crowdfunding campaign on local platform Zaar hopes to raise funds to support children in Uganda. YOOTE CARES Africa started in January 2019, with the mission to address the health and education needs of disadvantaged children and youthsread more

Hugely Successful Zaar Campaign Funds Outdoor Playground in Ethiopia

The campaign fundraised via a trek on the Camino De Santiago, in a bid to build an outdoor sports facility commemorating Jonathan Chetcuti. A crowdfunding campaign on local platform Zaar has raised nearly five times its funding goal to build a new outdoor sports court in Ethiopia named after the late Jonathan Chetcuti. Led by Jonathan Dalli, Mr Chetcuti’s closeread more

Hand in Hand for YOOTECARES Africa

The proposal project, YOOTE CARES Africa started in January 2019.

The project is especially intended to address the problems of children in Kimbale village in Bugiri district, Uganda especially in terms of health and education needs.

Due to Covid 19 the scourge in this villages has increased the number of orphans and disadvantaged children and/or worsening their condition of living.

However, the major GOAL of the project is to help these children and youths get an opportunity to study for self sustenance and NOT depend on the community they live in.

These children and youths, apart from failure to raise school fees (tuition) are also unable to meet their basic needs for food, shelter, medical care and sanitary towels for mature girls.

YOOTE CARES Africa was therefore founded as a response to these problems faced by our orphans.  In 2021 the Constitution for YOOTE CARES Africa received approval and licence under BGR 504/350 from the Government Department of Community Development.

The non-profit organisation was set up to give hope to the life of these orphans, to give them relevance in Life, feed them and also to find for them some shelters where possible to give them a sense of belonging.  Responding to their ailments/sickness through medical care and counseling.

Despite the government’s effort to enable access to education through introducing Universal Primary Education (UPE), some children in the Kimbale village failed to continue with their education.  The project is therefore initiated to target the orphans and the vulnerable children and to empower them by providing tailoring skills which will help them in their future.

Therefore we seek your support to raise money for buying sewing machines, material and to rent a bigger space for the tailoring project.   

Funds raised may also be needed for urgent basic needs of food and education.

As a sponsor, you will receive updates and news on the project.   The project is backed by https://www.facebook.com/YOOTEstore.

VISIONS AND MISSIONS

VISION

“Happy healthy children looking with hope for prosperity and better future”

MISSION

“Providing quality education and welfare support to all categories of needy children and building up models of activity to be replicated else where across the country and beyond borders in a collaborative manner;”

PROJECT BACK GROUND

The Yoote Cares Africa – Uganda was started by a young man know as Olwenyi Emmanuel Jassa who has passion for children and started a few years ago in the East of Uganda.

This young man, grew up total orphan. He lost both of his parents at a teenage age, leaving him with his siblings. Being the first born in the family, he had to take care of his siblings. After a period of time, he desided to join one of the technical school where he acquired tailoring skill. He then started up a tailoring business in Jinja city, where he raise money to support orphans and the vulnerable children in Eastern Uganda.

The Yoote Cares Africa-Uganda aims at giving holistic services to the needy children and hope through various means including Formal and Non Formal education as well as welfare and legal support. Population of the children in Uganda also reflected as percent of the Total Ugandan population- 19,566,430  children based on UBOS population projection of 2012, the HIV/AIDs and other epidemic have continued to ravage the country hence depriving children of their parents and their immediate care takers, 11% of the children were orphans either of both parents or one parent by 2011,

Children generally are most affected during times of hardships especially in poverty stricken areas, over 30% of the children lives under economic poverty but 28% of the children were deprived of safe water.

The combination of poverty, HIV/AIDs, covid-19 and other disease have continued to affect mainly orphans, child headed households and children living with single mothers and elderly.

SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT

The Yoote Cares Africa-Uganda is striving to better the lives of orphans and vulnerable children across Eastern Uganda. Most of the children are made up of children whose parents died leaving them with grandparents who are unable to take care of themselves talk less of the orphans. Some are results of divorce where the father is irresponsible and the women are forced to take their children back to their families thus increasing the burden on her mother who is a widow and has no source of income. These orphans are usually malnourished, dropouts and start roaming the streets at tender age because they don’t have anybody to directly assist them.

The Yoote Cares Africa-Uganda has been supporting 30 orphans in Eastern Uganda, in particular Bugiri District through paying their school fees, buying books, school bags, and uniform in order for to them to acquire basic education. This is just a tenth of those who effectively need support. Therefore this project is intended to scale up the support and has a target of 50 directly supported orphans and vulnerable children and 100indirectly supported.

ACTIVITY TO BE TAKEN BY THE PROJECT

The aim is to raise funds to enable the realisation of a project to teach the youths tailoring skills so that they may become more independent and sustain themselves.

The project requires :

  1. Infrastructure: a location on which to open the school of tailoring.  This could be rented or purchased.
  2. Equipment such as sewing machines and cloth.
  3. Tuition

OBJECTIVE OF THE ORGANIZATION                                       

  1. To provide education and nutritional assistance to the orphans.       
  2. To support orphans and vulnerable children with clothing, bedding
  3. To improve on general health of the orphans.
  4. To realise a project in the apprenticeship of tailoring

Urgent Crowdfunding Appeal Launched for Kenyan Children

The Zaar crowdfunding campaign by Sponsor My Future supports the lives and education of vulnerable children living in extreme poverty in Kenya A crowdfunding campaign on Zaar hopes to raise sponsorship fees for children in desperate need of help in Kenya. Launched by Sponsor My Future, the urgent appeal will help four orphans – who have no known relatives orread more