Creation of Hope


May-June 2017

May-June 2017 Update

General

Penguin/Random House donates $1.30 for each copy of Walking Home that is sold and makes an additional donation from copies sold of Today is the Day.  They have just made an additional donation of $2292.44.  This money was applied to days of support and placed in our general education fund.  Education remains our largest ‘line’ item in our budget and donations are always needed for this category to help our over 70 students in high school, college and university.

Employment Project

At times there is no choice but for some people – especially those most disadvantaged – to receive ongoing support.  The ideal is that ultimately people are given the means – through training or education, providing tools and seeds, or by building water projects – by which they are able to provide for themselves on an ongoing basis.

Through Hope Story we were given the funds to create employment opportunities in the region. With this funding and mandate, Ruth has initiated two very specific projects.

One project involves a workshop for ‘grannies’ in the community to be paid to produce crafts which are then sold into the Kenyan tourist markets.

The second project has just been started and involves creation of a number of small scale businesses that provide services for public and private events around the district.

Each group of individuals is set up as a company.  They are provided chairs and tents which they in turn rent out, and set up, for public and private events around the district.  The income from these rentals is then used to pay for the employees and to pay back the initial costs of the tents and chairs.

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School Donations

We received incredible donations from schools across the country to support our orphans and the impoverished children of the Mbooni District.  Many of the thank you signs have already been sent and the pictures are shown in this update.

Credit View P.S. made a donation of $100.00.  This money was used to provide a day of support for August 3.

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Holland Landing Public School made a donation of $300.00 which is being directed to two days of support – September 3 and 4 – and for the July food distribution.
Our Lady of the Snows in Alberta made a donation of $2705.55!  This money is directed to support the residence from September 18 – October 2 and for food distributions in July, August and September.  So many orphans and impoverished children in the region will benefit from the generosity of the children of this school.

Macgregor School in Manitoba made a donation of $150.00.  This donation was used for a day of support – July 25 – and for the July food distribution.

Glendale Public School – under the ongoing support of teacher and sponsor Melanie Noordhuis – made a donation that will provide days of support for the period of June 22 – 28 as well as to help pay for the July food distribution.

Nicholson Catholic College in Belleville made a donation of $350.00 which will be used for three days of support – September 15, 16, 17 – and for the July food distribution.

Helen Wilson Public School made a donation that provides for three days of support for July 22, 23 and 24.

Ecole Secondaire Catholique Saint-Frere-Andre made a donation of $520.00 This money was used for days of support – May 5 to 9 – and for the May food distribution.

Claremont Public School donated $173.35 which was used for the June food distribution.

Chris Hadfield Public School in Mississauga, under the direction of Lorin, made an incredible donation of $4611.59!  This amazing amount – the largest we received this year – is being used in the following ways:

Days of support July 3 – 21

Days of support September 5 – 14

20 mattresses being purchased or repaired for our residents.

Allocation of $500.00 toward ongoing educational costs.

The remaining $300.00 will be specifically directed – and thank you signs sent to show exactly where – for other items such as goats and chickens.

St. Faustina Catholic School in Mississauga made a donation of $449.80 which provides the following days of support – May 20, 21, 22 and 23 – and for the the June food distribution.

Ms. Rich and Ms. Stano’s grade 8 graduates from St. Peter Catholic School made a donation that provided a day of support for May 19 and for the May food distribution.

St. Cecilia Catholic School donated $700.00.  These funds were used in the following way:

Thank you St Cecilia parents Maria and Louie for supporting us May 14

Thank you St Cecilia room L03 for supporting us May 15, 16 and 17

Thank you St Cecilia room L03 for buying us 6 mattresses

A class, Ms. Rizzi’s Grade 7 class at Beckett Farm Public School made a donation to provide a day of support on May 18.

Dr. Emily Stowe Public School donated $464.03.  These funds were used to provide days of support May 10 – 13 and for the May food distribution.  This is the second year they have made a donation.

Vancouver College in British Columbia made a donation of $349.45.  This money was used to purchase 7 new mattresses for our children of the Rolling Hills Residence.

Goodfellow Public School made a donation of $85.05 which will go toward the July food distribution.

St. Mary Catholic School made a donation of $154.65 which is used to support June 30 and for the July food distribution.

Charles R. Beaudoin Public School made a donation of $200.00 which will be used for supporting our residence on October 3 and 4

Individual Donations

One of our successful young people, Teddy, is continuing in his college education.  He required a computer to fulfill his education.  His sponsor Mary Ann Watson paid for this computer.

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Mrs. Hoover purchased a goat for her students in response to their outstanding positive behaviour.  Way to go class!

Janice O’Neil donated $50.00 to purchase a goat in honor of her nephew Owen.

Ms. Cooper made a donation that was applied to our June food distribution.

Lynne Wilson made a donation for a goat for Louise.

Ricky and Frankie sold angels and raised $126.00!

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This money was applied to provide support for May 25 and for the June food distribution day.

After a presentation at St. Jerome Catholic School the following students came forward and made donations.  This money was used for food distribution and signs were sent to the students through their teachers.

Michael $5.00

Leonardo $5.00

Sophia $10.00

Sam and Irene $9.25

Stjepan $2.00

Cameron $30.00

Thank you signs

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Food distribution

Days of Support

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University student Ruth, with items purchased with money donated by her educational sponsor, Dr. Lisa Bentley.  In July Ruth will be graduating from university!  Dr. Bentley has indicated that she will then provide ongoing support for another orphan in need of educational support.  Ruth has also experienced ongoing support and has received gifts from her sponsor of many years Beth McLaughlin.  Thank you to both of Ruth’s sponsors!

While we have had 4 graduates from college – all of whom are now employed full time in their trades – Ruth is our first university graduate.  We will continue to assist and support her as she works in our residence until we help her in securing a full-time job in her profession.  We are very proud of this young lady!

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One of most diligent students Faith recently graduated from teacher’s college and spent four months being employed working at our orphanage.  Faith had requested the opportunity to continue her education and was just accepted into the prestigious Kenyatta University.  She is being funded by the Kettle family for her ongoing educational needs.  Great thanks to Barb and her extended family for their ongoing support.

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Purity has also been admitted to university and will be starting in the September semester. Our thanks to the Cochrane family and Christina Whelan Chabot for their support of Purity.

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A present for Alex from his sponsors Michelle and Mya

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Randy Oduor Syombua is our newest sponsored child.  His future is now secure.

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Mueni Kalekye is one of our longstanding sponsored child.  Her extended family is now in a position to provide ongoing care and she has returned to her grandmother’s home – where she is still supported on an ongoing basis.  Here she is with her new backpack.

We have a new educational sponsor.  Andy and his wife Hilary will be the new educational sponsor of Charles.  Charles is the twin brother of Boniface, and they are featured in my book Hope Springs.  Andy got to know Charles when he spent two months as a volunteer in Kikima.  It is always wonderful when our orphans know their sponsors and in this case they know each other well!


March-April 2017

March/April 2017 Update

School Donations

Ecole Secondaire Catholique Saint-Frere-Andre raised $520.00 which is being used to help fund the May food distribution and days of supporting for May 5 – 9.  Thank you Marc for organizing my time at your school

Claremont P.S. raised $173.50 which is being used to help fund the May food distribution and supporting the residence on May 3.

Tosorontio Central School raised $376.50 by hosting an Easter bake sale.  The funds are being used for a variety of things including chickens, goats, and school uniforms.  Great thanks to Jessica for her leadership.

The students at Robert Bateman High School raised $850.  They organized a Culture Fusion Festival and the proceeds will be donated to your organization.  This was used for 8 days of support – April 7 to 14 – and to help fund the April food distribution.

River Heights School donated $500.00 that was used for five days of support – April 15 to 19th.

Ms. Murphy-Smith’s class at Glenview P.S. raised money to purchase goats, support the March food distribution and to provide days of support on March 8 and 9.

Mrs. Cheema and Ingleborough Public School class 6E2 donated $45.00 that was put toward our April food distribution.

Individual Donations
Patrick made a donation to purchase a blanket.

Gurshaan made a donation of $4.00 which was put toward the April food distribution.

Carrie made a donation for one day of support – May 4th.

A student at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, Bruno made a donation of $8.00 which was put toward the April food distribution.

Marot and Peter have made a donation that will support the residence for one day every month for a year!

In addition their company, M.E. Industrial Sheet Metal Ltd is also supporting the residence for one day a month for a year!

So every 1st and 2nd day of every month our orphans are cared for by these amazing people!

Charlie, a student at Coldstream Elementary school made a donation that was put toward the March food distribution.

Two students at BX Elementary School – Nathan and Kate – made donations that were placed toward the March food distribution.

We received an incredibly generous donation from Annette which provided for five days of support – March 15 to 19.

Bennett – a young man who was in a presentation of mine over a year ago – just made another donation for a day of support.  March 22 he is the ‘parent’ of our orphanage.

Three students, Charlotte, Indiana and Ronin made donations that were put toward the April food distribution.

Thank you Signs

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Food Distribution

Each month we give out up to 2.2 tons of food and supplies to the orphans and impoverished children of the region.  While most of this is funded through our regular sponsors we always have a short fall in funds because we also give out to others who are not sponsored.  If we receive more donations we give out more!

 

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Days of Support

A donation of $100.00 provides for our residence for 1 day.  This is food for all the children, the salaries of the driver, the night watchman, matron, caretaker, tutor and cook, as well as the electricity, sanitation and water for the entire building.

 

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Sponsors

Below are a series of thank you signs from our children for their sponsors and educational sponsors.  These are some of many that have all been sent off to the people who are changing their lives!

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From Christine and Emily

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November 21 – December 31 2016 Update

General

We are nearing the end of another wonderful year. Highlights include:

  • We have increased the number of orphans we are providing for with younger children entering the program.
  • Some of our oldest children are now graduating from college and university
  • One of those young people – Faith – has graduated from teachers college and will be joining the staff of Creation of Hope. Ultimately we are hoping that our graduates will come back to help run or support the program.
  • We have increased the number of Kenyan sponsors, supporters, and donors including a new group of ten new children being sponsored.
  • We have received funding to create a workshop for our grandmothers. They will be trained to make crafts. They will be paid a living wage – well above what they were earning – and extra profits will be used to support the program.
  • We had a very successful banquet which raised funds for the program.
  • We received more donations than in any previous year and we now have a larger ‘cushion’ of funds available.
  • The documentary film has helped to generate attention and to raise additional funds.https://vimeo.com/190733564

We thank Kids Alive for their partnership in supporting the project and accomplishing these activities.

Christmas party

Every year we have a combination Christmas celebration and food distribution gathering. The children/young people receive Christmas presents either sent by or paid for by their sponsors. A large meal is served to all. Additional presents are given to other children within their homesteads. In addition the food distribution takes place and arrangements are made for the children to spend time over the holidays with their extended families (where those situations are possible). This gathering is for over 300 people and along with food distribution, livestock, tools, uniforms, and the Christmas presents which include clothing, school supplies, books and some small gift items, go home with the orphans. This gathering is one of the highlights of the year.

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We also take this opportunity to take greeting pictures to be sent to each sponsor. Below are two examples of the pictures which are being sent.

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Here are Boniface, the principal character in the book Hope Springs, and Eric.

This gathering also marks the year end break for elementary and high school students in Kenya. Each student will be starting in a new grade in the coming year including our five new students entering high school. We will soon be assigning specific educational sponsors to these children where needed.

While college students may start their school at different times in the year, the university year is the same as our school year running from September – May.

Penguin/Random House

The kind people at Penguin/Random House and Tundra have been supporting our program in many ways. The donations from Walking Home – $1.30 per book – are mainly used for high school and post-secondary education. Here are some of the recipients of their generosity.

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Craft Sales

Our good friend – and sponsor – Barb Kettle continues to sell crafts made by our grannies. She raised an additional $350.

School donations

Hillside in Mississauga made a donation which supported our program on December 27, 28, 29, 30. Lisa Rumble is an educational sponsor in our program who organized this fundraising activity at her school.

Ardis Ann Middle School in Arkansas raised money to provide for both a contribution to our December food distribution but to support the program December 17, 18 and 19. Great thanks to Jill and the students.

St. Mark High School in Ottawa made a donation to support the program on December 9, 10, and 11th. Great thanks to Janice for organizing this.

Individual Donations

Mary made a donation to support the orphanage for 3 days – December 12, 13, and 14 – and this is dedicated to Sarah, Nick, Tom and Treah.

Josh made a donation that is being used to operate the orphanage for 1 day, and to purchase a chicken, a blanket, a solar light and tree saplings.

Rebekah made a donation of $206.00 which is being used for two days of support for January.

Jaime made a donation which is being used to support our Christmas efforts and is dedicated to her son Weston – you can see the thank you sign below. Jaime has also been a long term supporter through her efforts at McKinnon P.S.

Dr. Bentley is a generous ongoing educational supporter of our program. The staff of her office have come together to raise money for goats. You can see all of the goats – and grateful orphans – in the thank you section below.

Marilyn made a donation which supported our entire program for December 31 and January 1, 2, and 3 and for the January food distribution.

Wendy and Larry donated funds for a day of support – January 6

Thank you Signs

While all the thank you signs were sent to the donor I have not put all of them in this update. We were so blessed with so many donations that I simply couldn’t put them all in – this is a first! Great thanks to all.

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Food distribution

Every month we give out up to 2.2 tons of food and supplies to the orphans and impoverished children who live in the community. This is partly funded by our sponsors but additional donations allow us not only to provide for non-sponsored children in the family compounds as well but to help make up for the food distribution deficit we run every month.

 

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Days of Support

The entire Rolling Hills Residence can be supported with a donation of $100.00. This provides food for all the children, the salaries of the residence staff and the utilities for the building. Here are the ‘parents’ of our program.

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You’ll notice there are two pictures – for the same supporter – for December 16. We temporarily ‘lost’ the picture in transmitting it to our donor so took a second one . . . and then found the first one!

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Sponsors

Our generous sponsors often send birthday presents over to their sponsored child. We try to make sure we can send them a picture of the child holding the items.

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Thank you for reading our update – and for all of the generous people who make contributions that keep the program running and these children moving forward on their life journey. We wish you all a wonderful start to the new year!


August/September Update

General

Happy Birthday!

One of the best, most amazing days of the year in Kikima happens every summer when we have our annual birthday party.  There is cake, balloons, loot bags, and a meal for all of the children and their guardians and extended family.

However the most significant ‘present’ for the new children is that we register them and they receive a birth certificate.

Many of the children who enter our program do not know their date of birth as they were abandoned so young.  Without a birth date you can’t get a birth certificate and without a birth certificate the government can pretend you don’t exist.

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There is a sense of excitement, joy and gratitude that makes this a special occasion for everybody.  This party is told in my picture book Today Is The Day and every time somebody purchases the book Tundra Books makes a donation to support next year’s party.

Banquet

On October 28th at 6:30 PM at Calvary Baptist Church in Guelph we will be holding an event.  It will feature a Kenyan meal, silent action, a Kenyan market, and we will be screening a documentary that has been made about our program.  The evening is entitled Sustain the Journey and we are planning on using the funds raised to support the educational costs associated with the children going onward in high school and post-secondary education.  Anybody interested in attending – or making a donation – can make contact at anitaawalters@gmail.com

School donations

Waldorf Academy in Toronto made a donation of $288.00 which was used for 3 days of support – October 18, 19 and 20.

St. John Paul II Collegiate in OkotoksAlberta held a bake sale and raised $574.25.  This money is being used for five days of support – October 21 – 25 and for the October food distribution.

Individual Donations

After a presentation at Westglen school in Alberta students came forward and made donations.  You can see many of the thank you signs below as the money has already been spent and the items given out!

Elizabeth ($5)

Tyler ($5)

William ($25)

Sadie ($5)

Leia ($20)

Brooklyn ($20)

Cavendish Youth Group made a donation to purchase 2 goats and 10 chickens.

The Botting Family – their sons are Triston and Gideon – made a donation to purchase two chickens and additional funds were used for the October food distribution.  

Zoey, who lives in Milton, had a birthday and asked her guests to make a donation to the program.  They raised $150.00 which is being used for a day of support and for the October food distribution.  Great thanks to Zoey and her mother Sarah.

Pauline Brunet made a donation, including a birthday wish for her sister that provided for two days of support.

Sydney Fernandez made a donation that was used for the October food distribution.

Norah and Herman made a donation that provided for 5 days of support.

Steve Hilb mad another generous donation that will be directed to education costs for many students.

Matthew, Adrienne and their son Selby made a donation to purchase a goat, blankets and to contribute to the food distribution day.

One of our sponsors, Brigitte Geisler, held a dinner gathering.  She asked her guests to make a donation to the education of our orphans.  We wish to offer our thanks to Brigitte and her guests, Nancy, J.A., Mary, and Tamara for helping our children along their journey.

Thank You Signs

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What an incredible donation of water containers that changes the daily lives of these orphans and their children.

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Food Distribution

Every month we give out up to 2.2 tons of food and supplies to the orphans and the impoverished children in the community.  We have a set amount that is provided by our sponsors but this is supplemented by additional donations to both cover our deficit and to add additional supplies to the total

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It’s not just food but also beds, uniforms and tools that go out during our monthly distribution.

Days of Support

A donation of $100.00 provides food for all of the children in the residence, the salaries of the driver, night watchman, matron, caretaker and cook, as well as the electricity, sanitation and water for the building.

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Sponsors

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Letter and presents for Alex from his educational sponsors Michelle and Mya.

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Anastacia is sponsored by Nick and Jack.  She has begun her college training in tourism.  She is an amazing young lady who will go far!

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And just to show how far she has come – here is the first picture taken when Nick and Jack told her that they were her sponsor – that she could go back to school again and she could become anything she wanted!  That promise is being kept right now.

Hello all,

I have just received some good news.  Doureen has been accepted into JKUAT (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology) one of our public Universities!!!! Doureen has been accepted into Procurement & Supply Chain Management. We have two other CoH kids there as well and hopefully they will all watch out for each other and encourage one another as they pursue this next step in their lives.

Great work team, this is truly a validation of the program as mom has stated!!!

Kind regards,

Kay

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Cindy who is Gloria’s sponsor, and her friend Libby donated money to purchase a computer for Gloria to go to pro-secondary school

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April Crabb purchased a cow for the grandparents of her sponsored child.  This act of kindness will go a long way to transforming the lives of this entire family.  Along with milk they will breed the cow and either keep the offspring or sell to provide money to purchase other necessities of life.

We have two new sponsors!

Henry and Brenda are sponsoring Kanini

Don and Beverly are sponsoring Philip Mutunga

New sponsors are being administrated directly by Kids Alive.

Great thanks to all our wonderful sponsors and supporters.  This journey is only possible through your generous contributions and caring.


March 2016

General

We are pleased to share that Creation of Hope received a total of $1995.00 in memory of Stephanie McManus.  This is a significant way to acknowledge Stephanie’s caring involvement with Creation of Hope.  The funds will be used to provide days of support to the residence and to support the general operation of the program.  With warm thanks to the contributors.  Stephanie’s legacy lives on in the lives of these deserving orphans. 

School Donations

Agnes Macphail P.S. students in Mrs. Singh’s grade 1/grade 2 class and Ms. Chiu’s grade 1 class donated $308.85.  They raised the money by selling Valentine’s Day Candy grams.  They were going to use some of this money for a field trip but instead decided to donate it to Creation of Hope.  This money was used for days of support.

St. Augustine – Humboldt St. raised money and created this wonderful video – the link is below in their letter

Dear Mr. Walters,

After reading your book “My Name is Blessing” the grade 2s wanted to know how they could help.  As a class we decided to have a face painting booth, an ice tea stand and a garage sale.  Through our fundraising we were able to raise $230.oo for the Creation of Hope.

As a school we were doing an inquiry project about “How Can God Work Through Us?”  Here is the video we made during our project.  Your book inspired us to make this video.

Thank-you!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qsmsoe6jcd61qrv/File%202016-03-22%2C%203%2039%2054%20PM.mov?dl=0

Krystal Fischer
Grade 2 – St.Augustine School
Humboldt, SK

Westview in Hamilton under the direction of Erica Reid donated $125.00

Mckinnon P.S. raised $1100 with a movie buy out!  Thank you Lisa Rumble – who is also a sponsor in our program – for taking the lead.

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Denlow P.S. raised $832.95.  This was used primarily for days of support.

Fairview P.S. donated $299.70 that we’ve put toward education.

Individual Donations
We just got a donation from our sponsor MaryAnne for $30.00 to celebrate the retirement of John Bernie a fellow teacher.

Mark is a teacher at P.L. Robertson and he donated $50.00 to buy a goat!

Erica, a teacher at Westview made a personal donation that is being used for a day of support.

All of these students donated money after a presentation.

Kyle gave a donation of $15.00 which was used for the March food distribution.

Jared donated $4.75 to be used for a blanket

Brienna gave $1.45

Madeline donated $4.35

Mikayla, Kennedy, Morgan and Izzy donated $6.40.

Emma – $5.00

Cassius $1.00

Paul $4.50

Katie $2.25

Natasja Israels donated money to be used for a day of support.

Anne Keddie donated money for a day of support

Linda Blom donated money for a day of support

Lianne Purinton – $30.00 to be used for monthly food distribution

Thank you signs

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Monthly Food distribution

Each month we give out up to 2.2. tons of food and supplies to the orphans and impoverished children in the community.  While much of this is funded by our sponsors we always have a deficit and additional donations allow us to provide more for more people.  Having been out on these distribution days I can personally tell you that the level of gratitude is amazing and these items of food and other materials are literally changing and saving lives.

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Days of Support

$100.00 provides for one day of support.  This provides the food for all the children of the Rolling Hills Residence, the salaries of the staff and the utilities of the building.

Listed below are the specific days – including one that I made a mistake on.  McKinnnon Public School was given credit for April 16 – 23 but forgot I had promised – well in advance that Breslau P.S. could have that date!  So we are getting a sign to designate the 23rd for Breslau and giving McKinnon the 24th of April as the alternate date.

My apologies for the mistake.  We make them and we try to fix them!

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Educational Sponsors, Sponsors and Support

We have both sponsors and educational sponsors who work in conjunction to support our children as well as funding their high school and postsecondary education.  These are some thank you signs that are taken and sent in gratitude. We appreciate the loyal support of so many.

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