2015 Quarter 1 Report

education

Education

Approximately 1800+ individuals had access to quality education this quarter

healthcare

Healthcare

Meals
157,000+ meals were served this quarter

Clean Water Approx.
700+ individuals received regular access to clean water this quarter

Medical Care
Approx. 750+ individuals had access to medical care this quarter

 

jobcreation

Job Creation

90+ individuals working and receiving a fair wage this quarter.

spiritualdevelopment

Spiritual Development

Approx. 1400+ children received physical, emotional and spiritual care in the context of the Gospel of Christ and the local church this quarter.

Haiti – Drouin, Spirit of Truth School

An orphan prevention initiative focused on education, proper nutrition, and family empowerment with a goal of alleviating the pressure of poverty, keeping families together, and building stability and opportunity for the future.

General Overview

The small town of Drouin is located in the middle of the Artibonite Valley, where over 90% of Haitian rice is farmed and 75% of the population are farmers. Over the past several years, imported subsidized rice has lowered the value of local rice crops, making it nearly impossible for families to survive in the region. The area was further devastated by being near the epicenter of the cholera outbreak; tens of thousands were affected.
The Spirit of Truth school in Drouin acts as a community hub, where children can come to both receive an education and a hot meal every day. This empowers families and prevents parents from feeling the need to give up their children in hopes that they (the children) receive better care. The school is thriving, and Help One Now local leader Jean Alix Paul is working to create other sustainable solutions for the local families.

Impact Story

Despite the challenges posed by 2010’s earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak, there is a light and hope in Drouin. Jean-Alix Paul’s Spirit of Truth Ministries has helped to provide jobs and affordable education to the families in the community. Children are being fed a hot meal every day, and dignity is being restored to the hardworking rice farmers.

Impact Data

Sponsorship Update

95 total children
80 with sponsorships
93% (178/190) sponsorships filled
12 sponsorships available
8 new sponsors in Q1 – thank you!
Healthcare/Nutrition
2,010 meals served each week
24,120 meals served this quarter
373 students and 30 staff members served
Education
300 students enrolled in an AM K-5 program
72 students enrolled in PM Grade 6 program
Needs/Priorities
Playground for the school
Construction of a preschool that will serve the entire community
Solar power for the school

HAITI – Aclaprotech Academy

An education and community development initiative in Delmas, providing quality education for up to 160 students.

General Overview

Under the leadership of HON local leaders Jean St Cyr & Junior St Cyr, Aclaprotech (The Academy for Classical, Professional and Technical Studies) is continuing to grow and thrive. Enrollment and tuition is increasing as the school seeks to become self-sustainable while still being able to provide scholarships for those in need. Now that the primary education piece is in place, the St Cyrs are looking to broaden their reach by investing in the community around them. They are working hard on plans to provide an adult technical school, secondary school, and a clean water system for the community.

Impact Stories

Over the last school year, Aclaprotech has been able to provide scholarships to bring education to children from 40 families that could not previously afford to go to school. Help One Now brought some stability to this situation by ensuring fair teacher salaries for the entire school year. By hiring top-quality teachers and staff, the level of education has risen and the school has been able to achieve certification. As a result, Aclaprotech will attract students of wealthier families who are able to pay full tuition and offset the cost of scholarships. Over time, as the school continues to improve and expand, the institution will become self-sustaining and even profitable, paving the way for a secondary school as well as a trade school in the future.

Impact Data

Education
61 students currently enrolled
58% of families paying full tuition
Job Creation
7 full-time teachers and staff members
Project Updates
The percentage of families paying tuition increased from 28% to 54%. The goal for next year is to reach 70% while increasing enrollment
Full certification is held for upcoming school year, which means that the school is now an an accredited institution
Needs/Priorities
Creation of a clean water system for the community. This will meet an immediate need in the community and serve as a source of revenue as well
Building a technical/trade school
Starting a upper level/secondary school

HAITI – Ferrier Village

An anti-trafficking initiative in the border town of Ferrier in northeast Haiti where children are restored to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. It is a refuge for orphaned children who have been rescued from traffickers, or are at a high risk of being trafficked.

General Overview

Ferrier Village is thriving. There are 35 children running around with smiles on their faces despite the fact that many of them were living lives bound by the grips of slavery just one year ago. The House Moms work tirelessly every day to ensure that each child is given the utmost care and love. The children feel safe and have a deep sense of belonging.
Under the leadership of Jean-Alix Paul and Rosena Joseph, the work has progressed long enough to really see the long-term effects of that daily care. The looks on the children’s faces have changed from fear and uncertainty to hope and joy.
Soon, there will be 3 new homes that will house 15 more rescued children. There will be a new pre-school and community garden that will serve to bring about lasting change for the community of Ferrier.

Impact Stories

Every child that comes to Ferrier Village struggles. The traumatic experiences they endure, whether due to abandonment, trafficking, or extreme poverty, can make them feel terrified and untrusting.
This makes the work that the house mothers are doing so incredible. They take in and love every kid as if they were their own, and this love breaks down the fear and trauma in the children. Without fail, the children grow comfortable at Ferrier. They come to realize that they are safe and loved, and that they have a family–brothers or sisters in their home and a house mother that loves them.

Impact Data

Sponsorship Update
35 total children
35 with sponsors
96% (169/175) sponsorships filled
6 available sponsorships
16 new sponsorships in Q1 – thank you!
Healthcare/Nutrition
945 meals served each week to 35 children and 10 staff members
11,340 meals served this quarter
35 children receiving medical care as needed
Clean Water
35 children and 10 staff receiving clean water
Education
35 children currently enrolled in school
Preschool for local children nearing completion
Job Creation
1 Director, 7 House Moms, 1 cook employed full-time
1 Substitute House Mom, 1 cook employed part-time
Community garden being constructed, which will allow up to 30 families to grow and sell produce
Construction has begun on 3 additional homes, providing jobs for local laborers
Project Updates
Construction of a new preschool is nearly complete; preschool will open in Fall, 2015
New vehicle has been purchased for Ferrier Village to assist in transporting rescued children, obtaining medical and daily supplies, and providing opportunities for recreational activities for the children
Needs/Priorities
A deeper well must be constructed for better access to clean water, as well as to irrigate the community garden
Solar power system for the Village, to give more consistent access to electricity
The dormitories of Spirit of Truth Girl’s Home need to be renovated

HAITI – Pestel Village

A community development initiative in the mountains of Haiti’s southern peninsula. Pestel Village serves as a home for orphaned and vulnerable children. It will also serve as a community hub, investing in future generations through education and development.

General Overview

Pestel Village is situated high in the mountains and is cut off from access to many daily needs. Many residents were once coffee and fruit farmers, but the dropout of the international market has left them without jobs for many years. The goal of our work in Pestel is to meet some of the most immediate needs of the community, while also working to create long-term solutions towards sustainability. So far, Help One Now’s local leader Gaétan Alcégaire has started 3 churches, 2 schools, and a children’s home in the area to care for those in need.

Impact Stories

A few months ago, two brothers came to Pestel Village. Almost immediately, Josue, the younger brother, became very sick. Gaetan was able to take Josue to Port-au-Prince for treatment, and he has been recovering from his illness at Yahve Shamma. Soon, he will be able to be taken back to Pestel and be reunited with his brother Davidson. Had he not been a part of Pestel Village, the illness probably would have taken his life.

Impact Data

Sponsorship Update
13 children
10 children are sponsored
46% (30/65) sponsorships filled
35 available sponsorships
5 new sponsors this quarter – thank you!
Meals
315 meals served every week
3,780 meals served this quarter
15 people total (13 children and 2 staff members)
Education
112 students are currently enrolled in 2 tent schools
Needs/Priorities
Pestel Village needs a dormitory to house the kids living there, both presently and in the future
Pestel needs a clean water system for the Village and the surrounding community
Salary for 2 teachers

HAITI – Yahve Shamma Village

A community development initiative in Petionville, Haiti, that serves as a home for 32 orphaned children and a community hub investing in future generations through education and development.

General Overview

Yahve Shamma Village has been thriving over the last few months under the leadership of Gaetan Alcegaire. There are 29 children receiving 24/7 care, and over 240 children are attending Williamson Adrien Academy every day–most of whom had not been able to afford school previously. The impacts made by Yahve Shamma Village are both immediate and lasting.

Impact Stories

Williamson Adrien Academy has continued to have a tremendous impact on the children of Petionville. 240 students are receiving an education, and they now have HOPE for their future. The new computer lab will be open soon, giving these students access to the tools that will help them succeed and thrive in modern society. Furthermore, after their latest round of standardized test, Williamson Adrien Academy students had a 100% passing rate!

Impact Data

Sponsorship Update
29 children in the community
29 children sponsored
83% (121/145) sponsorships filled
24 available
7 new sponsors in this quarter – thank you!
Meals
798 meals served every week
9,576 meals served this quarter
Clean Water
40 people with regular access to clean water
Education
240 students enrolled in school
Job Creation
20 staff/teachers employed full-time
Project Updates
The drainage canal was covered, bringing the community into compliance with local regulations
Computer lab is finished
Plans created for new dormitories
Needs/Priorities
New dormitories for children
New classrooms
Means and resources to provide a hot meal to every student at Williamson Adrien Academy each school day

SOUTH AFRICA – Maubane & Reagoboka

An orphan prevention & family empowerment initiative in partnership with Take Action Ministries focused on education, health care, economic opportunity, and spiritual development in order to transform communities and keep vulnerable children with their families.

General Overview

The partnership with Take Action and Help One Now officially started in January, 2015. The two communities, Maubane Rivoningo Transformation Centre, under the leadership of Pastor Norman Lamola and Reagoboka Drop-In Centre, under the leadership of Elizabeth Ndimande, were adopted for support and sponsorship drives through Help One Now. The first of these was the pioneering of the #TenDollarTribe, where individuals give $10 every month towards the support of these two communities.

Impact Story

Obed is a valued member of the Maubane team. He is their caretaker, providing upkeep to the facilities, the garden, and the children’s play area. He also lives on the property to provide an additional measure of security. His original hut was a windowless shack on the corner of the property, but thanks to the #TenDollarTribe, we were able to construct cozy quarters for Obed, complete with windows, a small porch, and a gas stove.

Impact -Maubane

#TenDollarTribe Update
151 members
$2,183 donated every month
600 lives impacted
Meals
563 meals served each week to 120 children
Job Creation
Two new jobs created
Community vegetable garden has been established. Families are taught how to farm, which can give them a source of food and surplus crops to sell at market

Impact – Reagoboka

Meals
1,827 meals served each week
174 children served
The Reagoboka Centre also supports 5 of the neediest families in the community with monthly food parcels
Education
40 children attending early childhood development classes
134 students receive tutoring and homework assistance as part of an after-school program
Job Creation
The Reagoboka Centre employs 21 staff members, and through government grants, are able to pay stipends to all of them
Project Updates
New living quarters for Obed, the security guard and caretaker, were constructed using funds from the #TenDollarTribe
Needs/Priorities
Maubane needs a paved surface. Currently, the children sit in the dust both for church services on Sunday and when they are eating their meals
Reagoboka needs a two-classroom building so they have enough space for a morning preschool and to help the primary school children with their homework after school

ETHIOPIA – Gunchire

An orphan prevention, family empowerment, and community development initiative in partnership with the Kidmia Foundation. These projects focus on education, health care, economic opportunity, and spiritual development in order to keep vulnerable children with their families.

General Overview

Help One Now, under the leadership of Help One Now local leader Aschalew Abebe, is keeping families together in Gunchire, Ethiopia. In this quarter, 181 children and their families were served, resourced, trained, and empowered.

Impact Story

The government schools in Gunchire did not have access to a microscope for science class, lab tests, and experiments. This forced the students to learn only the theory of their lessons without the benefit of practical investigation. Help One Now was able to provide a high-quality, compound microscope to the Woreda Education Office so that all the schools in Gunchire would have access to a more complete education. As one principal said, “There’s nothing better than seeing students’ faces light up as they explore the world of microorganisms for the first time!”

Impact Data

Sponsorship Update
182 children currently in the program
182 children sponsored
85% (310/364) sponsorships filled
54 sponsorships available
12 new sponsors in this quarter – thank you!
Note: 50 additional children will be joining the program in the next quarter
Meals
Each child received 55 lbs of rice and 5 litres of food oil
Over 1,000 pounds of rice and 900 litres of oil distributed–approximately enough for 46,000 meals!
Medical Care
Every child received a general checkup
Every child trained in preventing harmful practices and communicable diseases
50 children received medical treatment and/or medicine
35 children received counseling services
Education
Every child in the program received 6 lesson books, 2 erasers, 1 compass, and 1 drawing book
Tutoring classes were available
3 elementary schools were upgraded to include high school levels (Grades 9 and 10), and 3 high schools were able to incorporate prep school levels (Grades 11 and 12). These 6 schools were given the appropriate textbooks
Job Creation
6 of the most vulnerable families were given a milk cow and training in Modern Dairy Farming Production and Management as part of the Family Empowerment Program
Needs/Priorities
The need and demand for the Family Empowerment Program is increasing; the program must be expanded
We need to install another one-pipe water distribution point and wash basin in Gunchire
The schools that were upgraded with higher grades need additional classroom furniture like desks and chairs

Zimbabwe – Musha Wevana Village, Marondera

An orphan care initiative, providing a home and holistic care for 89 orphaned and abandoned children. Musha Wevana strives to provide the resources for children to thrive physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

General Overview

During this quarter, Help One Now local leader John Chinyowa reunited three children with their extended families, and Social Welfare brought three more children into the home–twin baby girls and their 4 year old brother. As the economy of Zimbabwe continues to spiral downward, unemployment and poverty will increase, and families will continue to be broken apart by the pressure. At Musha Wevana, the children are attending local schools, and they have a warm bed, enough food, and a loving community.

Impact Story

Tadiwanashe Macheke was abandoned as a baby; she has no known family. After coming to Musha Wevana, she is now in Form 3 in high school. She has also received seamstress training and was able to make curtains for the Musha Wevana classrooms. Being at Musha Wevana has truly changed her life.

Impact Data

Sponsorship Update
89 children
27% (123/445) sponsorships filled
322 sponsorships available
5 new sponsors this quarter – thank you!
3 entries and 4 exits from the sponsorship program
Tsitsi, Calistas, and Frenza have been reunited with family!
Vitalis is over 18 and is now working
Nutrition
1,020 meals served every week
89 children, 11 staff members and 20 families receive clean water from Musha Wevana
Medical Care
In the last quarter, 20 children received medical care from a local clinic
85 children received clothing and personal hygiene items
Education
83 children received formal education
25 exam candidates received tutoring
85 children were given lesson books and school supplies from Help One Now
Needs/Priorities
Renovations are needed for Children’s House #1
The play area for the younger children needs to be improved
Pastor John wants to start a vocational training program for the older students, as well as for young men and women in the community

UGANDA – His Mercy Christian School, Mayuge and Jinja

An education and community development initiative, providing quality education to more than 300 children in the Mayuge District of Uganda. It is also a community hub, investing in future generations through education and development.

General Overview

The first term of the new school year began, and over 300 children in the two communities of Mayuge and Jinja are attending either His Mercy School in Mayuge or local schools in Jinja. His Mercy School has been formally registered by the Ugandan government, and the plans for His Mercy Clinic are moving forward through the government regulations and requirements. Also, a school social worker, Doreen, was hired. She has started making monthly home visits to all sponsored children, and she will maintain individualized case management for every student at His Mercy School.

Impact Story

Irene Apedet is a 14 year old girl from Mayuge. She and her siblings were left with her grandmother after her father passed away because her mother could not care for her. Her grandmother could not afford to send her to school, and was barely able to feed all of the children. After Pastor Edward was able to enroll Irene in the Help One Now child sponsorship program, she was able to attend school. Free from the worry of not having enough food, Irene is thriving in her studies. Her education will empower her future and give her hope to break the cycle of poverty. Sponsorship has truly changed her life!

Impact Data

Sponsorship Update
Mayuge
114 children in the sponsorship program
37% (108/288) sponsorship filled
180 sponsorships available
41 new sponsors this quarter (Jinja and Mayuge combined) – thank you!
Jinja
114 total children
25% (46/228) sponsorships filled
182 sponsorships available
41 new sponsors this quarter (Jinja and Mayuge combined) – thank you!
Mayuge
Meals
278 children served
1,390 meals every week
400 people with access to clean water
Medical Care
26 children received medical care for malaria, wounds, and minor ailments
74 children received new clothing
8 children received new mattresses and blankets
Education
266 children receiving formal education
74 children were given school supplies
Job Creation
16 teachers collected salaries from Help One Now
Jinja
Meals
19 children served
190 meals every week
72 people with access to clean water
Medical Care
6 children receiving treatment for malaria or illness
15 children were given personal hygiene supplies
Education
48 children receiving formal education
Project Updates
Mayuge
A new pit-latrine was constructed. This will bring the school into compliance with government requirements and will improve sanitation for the children and staff of His Mercy School
Jinja
Suubi, a widowed mother of 7, was given a new house after a successful Garage Sale for Orphans fundraiser was completed on her family’s behalf. They were able to move from their mud and stick house into a cleaner, more sanitary home
Needs/Priorities
Mayuge
Improvements need to be made to the school facilities, including an additional rainwater collection system, building a stocking a school library, and general improvements to the interior and exterior of the school buildings
A girl’s dormitory needs to be constructed in Mayuge
Jinja
Additional homes need to be constructed for other vulnerable families

PERU – Colegio Kairos, Iquitos

An education and community development initiative, providing quality education to 500 students. It is also a community hub, investing in future generations through education and development.

General Overview

Colegio Kairos currently has 100 students receiving school tuition; 45 receive a hot meal each day. All students are from the poorest areas of Iquitos

Impact Story

Though Iquitos is a city teeming with life and culture, it is not common nor easy to receive a good, high-quality education there. But, through the efforts of the #TenDollarTribe-Peru, the Help One Now child sponsorship program, and our partnership with Colegio Kairos, more and more children and families will be empowered through education to break the cycle of poverty in the region.

Impact Data

Sponsorship Update
49 children currently in program
20 children with sponsors
26% (26/98) sponsorships filled
72 sponsorships available
1 new sponsor this quarter – thank you!
Meals
275 meals served every week
Education
100 students receiving tuition and education through the Help One Now sponsorship program
Needs/Priorities
The San Juan campus needs 2 new classrooms and new bathroom facilities The Grau campus needs bathrooms for staff and preschoolers
50 new child sponsorships