Photo Friday: Our top 5 “most needed” photos

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world.

Most needed gifts given through our gift catalogue and other emergency funds are directed to meet the most urgent needs of families, children, and communities at our sponsor sites. Emergency food supplies, relief from natural disasters and pandemics, and life-saving medicine are some examples of the timely support provided thanks to this incredibly diverse and thoughtful gift.

This week, we’re sharing our top 5 “most needed” photos from our sponsor sites. We’re so happy to share these wonderful life-changing moments where, thanks to your help, we were able to provide support where it was so urgently needed.

#5: Flood relief for families in need

When powerful flooding devastated the community of Munnar, India, hundreds of families were displaced from their homes. Children and parents had nothing but the clothes on their backs, unsure of where to turn. Thanks to an incredible outpouring of generosity from our supporters, our Kerala site was able to provide emergency bundles of blankets, clothing, and food for families in dire need of support. Everyone showed their appreciation with genuine smiles and heartfelt prayers!

#4: Pandemic supplies in Peru

Communities surrounding our Canete site in Peru have been greatly affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Many families who have lost their jobs have no source of income, and are unable to afford essentials such as groceries. Amado and his son are among 11 non-sponsored families in the Canete community that our site was able to provide with food and cleaning supplies. This timely most needed gift will help sustain these families during this difficult and uncertain time.

#3: Essential education

Thirty-five children with disabilities that attend a school near our Nairobi site require learning materials and equipment adapted to their needs, but the school struggled to afford it. Thanks to donations to our most needed item fund in our gift catalogue, our site was able to provide these children with educational materials and games to help them learn math and reading, sensory items for them to touch, handle and hear, and properly sized chairs and mattresses for naptime!

#2: A treasured gift at Christmastime

One year, with the help of our donors, our Wa site in Ghana shared the joy of Christmas with 100 of their more vulnerable community members. First, they gathered their neighbours and shared a meal and a few words of encouragement with them. Then, each guest received a sack of rice, a most needed gift to prevent hunger in each of their homes. All of the treasured guests were so thankful for this incredible gesture of love!

#1: A heartfelt gift

A hospital near our Ternopil site in Ukraine provides essential medical care to over 59,000 patients a year. The hospital’s electrocardiography machine, an essential piece of medical equipment used to detect heart problems, was outdated and could no longer be relied on. It was owing to support from Chalice donors that the hospital received a new electrocardiograph. This equipment was a truly precious gift for the hospital, who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford such an important device.

This Christmas, your most needed gift will be given to vulnerable children and families who are in dire need of support, comfort, and relief. Give a gift in honour of a loved one, and we’ll send them a beautiful card, telling them of the impactful gift that has been given.