Sending a card or “special money” to your sponsor child or elder

Writing to your sponsored child creates a tangible connection between you and your sponsored child or elder, and they are so excited when they receive your letter directly. This also encourages them to write you back. In addition, some of our Chalice sponsors like to give extra donations for Christmas, birthdays or other special occasions. …

Sasmita Makes a New House Home

At Chalice’s Orissa site in India, many have scant access to educational and medical resources. For women, girls and migrant workers, it’s even more challenging. Illiteracy is high in the area. Living nearby is Sasmita, a young woman from a hard-working family that’s been through some tough times. Sasmita grew up with two sisters, and …

Photo Friday: our top 5 “Mary our Muse” photos!

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world. May is the special month devoted the Blessed Virgin Mary. She has many titles, and a special one for Chalice is “Mother of Our Church,” celebrated this year on May 24. It’s dear to …

Photo Friday: Our top 5 “kitchen party” photos!

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world. Food and cuisine is an essential part of every culture around the world. At our sites, rising food prices from disasters, pandemics, inflation, and underemployment can make it difficult for families and schools to …

Photo Friday: Our top 5 “food sharing” photos!

Welcome to Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world. It’s currently mid-summer, the season of BBQ’s, potlucks, and picnics! (albeit, with a little social distancing this year.) All around the world, families and communities love sharing food and experiences with one another to …

Support for parents builds family bonds in Tondo

Children imitate the environment they live in. They are little sponges, soaking up information at an impressive rate. When parents support their children emotionally, spiritually, and economically, they flourish into confident, community-minded adults who can support themselves. But sometimes, parents need help, especially those raised in poverty. To break the barriers to poverty, we need …

Photo Friday: Our top 5 peaceful photos

Welcome to our fourth Photo Friday! Each Friday, we share photo collections of our absolute favourite shots from our sponsor sites around the world. Even during the most busy and stressful times, it’s important to practice mindfulness, prayer, and relaxation. This week, we’re sharing our top 5 peaceful photos that we’ve gathered from our sites. …

“If love is in your heart, you are in the palms of God”

Katya, a young woman from our Ternopil site in Ukraine, has a favourite quote that she often reflects on: “If love is in your heart, you are in the palms of God.” Katya’s been sponsored for the past 11 years, and tries her best to spread the love of God with others. “The main calling …

Scolastica’s sponsor encourages her to shine

  When Scolastica’s mother passed away, she and her sister’s life changed forever. The two sisters from Nanyuki, Kenya, had to leave their lives behind and move in with their uncle, who offered to adopt the girls into his family. Scolastica’s uncle has a wife and children of his own, and works as a casual …

Overflowing joy: The gift of well water

Twin brothers Valentyn and Mykhaylo live in a small, rural village near our Ternopil site in Ukraine. Natalya, their mom, suffers from multiple sclerosis. She’s unable to work, and must receive regular treatments for her illness. Her husband, Andriy, commutes 40 kms to work daily, while Natalya stays home and cares for the family. “I …