In his years living near our Ternopil site, Yaroslav and his wife have always had their hands full.
Not only do they have a daughter and granddaughter, but he also worked for years as an assistant to the mayor, while his wife is still a Chalice field worker. In her on-time, she looks after sponsored children, and in her off time, she takes care of homeless animals.
Ah, September. The time when parents frantically gather the components of school lunches, children beg for the coolest new backpack, and teachers frantically search for the right books for their classrooms.
With all the business that comes with going back to school, sponsoring a child might not be the first thing on your mind. But we’re here today with a few reasons why incorporating giving into your school year is a good idea.
Barikisu is no stranger to being strong. As a cancer survivor who lost her father at a young age, resilience is all she knows.
She and her siblings were raised by her mother near our Wa site in Ghana. After her father passed away, she was blessed by the support of a wonderful Chalice sponsor.
But soon, tragedy struck.
As a young teenager, Barikisu was diagnosed with cancer. Her only option was to head to Accra, Ghana’s capital, for treatment – 700 kilometres away.
“This was the most difficult moment for her family,” writes Abraham, Wa’s site director, “because the cost of travelling coupled with the treatment, feeding and accommodation was beyond the strength of her mother.”
But where God has a will, God gives a way.
Barikisu and her mother applied for support through Chalice’s critical needs fund. And when we say Chalice supporters showed up, we mean they really showed up.
With the support of our donors, the cost of treatment was completely covered. To top it all off, her sponsor personally covered the travel expenses, cost of food, and some of the medical bills.
Thanks to this incredible generosity, Barikisu has recovered from cancer, and is back where she belongs: the classroom.
From there, she plans to channel her experience in hospital into her new goal: becoming a nurse and helping people like her.
On top of costly health treatments and trouble finding work, Natalya faced a problem familiar to many parents: a broken gas stove.
Her family had a wood stove to spare, but it wasn’t good enough.
In comparison to a gas stove, a wood stove is much slower, taking longer to start a fire. Natalya was forced to get up earlier, and didn’t even have enough time to cook breakfast before her children woke up.
Taking a leaf out of St. Therese’s Little Way, Kristin McCarthy has launched a small fundraiser with big heart.
The owner of Kristin McCarthy Designs in Rockwood, Ontario, Kristin has begun making small, woollen Ukrainian flags. She’s selling them and donating the money to a special cause: Chalice’s sites in Ukraine.
Noemi is a woman with big plans: becoming a doctor.
She’s studying integral beauty at school, but her sights are set on medicine. Once she’s accepted to university, she’ll work as a stylist to cover her expenses.
But her success is the result of many years of struggle.
Her single mother raised her and her four siblings near our Yapacani site in Bolivia. Times were tough. Her mother oversaw their education, but with the whole family living in just a rented room, there wasn’t much room to grow.
The Sisters of St Joseph Mombasa run Chalice’s Mombasa sponsor site, working in the low-income neighborhoods of this coastal city in Kenya. They run three homes for children: the Grandsons of Abraham Rescue Centre, Bakitah Girls Rescue Centre, and the Shanzu Orphanage.
The Grandsons of Abraham Centre rescues, rehabilitates and educates boys who have lived in dangerous and precarious situations on the streets of Mombasa.
The Centre desperately needed qualified case workers to support the boys, but the money to pay salaries wasn’t there.