Charles - Sponsorship
April 25, 2019
Hi, my name is Charles. I live in Uganda with my parents and my 10 siblings. My father and mother are peasant farmers and could not afford to send us to school.
Thankfully, I received sponsorship through International Needs’ Child Sponsorship Program. I have now completed my studies with a Diploma in Tourism and Hotel Management. I have been equipped with skills that help me make wise choices in life.
I came to know the Lord Jesus while attending school, and now I minister His Word in Sunday school at my local Church. I owe my success to Him, and to International Needs and my kind supporters in Canada. May God bless you abundantly!
Sydney and Ruby
April 11, 2019
Sydney and Ruby are very special sisters from Tecumseh, Ontario, who have taken on the challenge of raising $500 to help provide clean water for families in Kebenu, Ghana. Their mom Valerie came home from a Women Making A Difference (WMAD) meeting, and shared with the girls their goal of raising $5000 in the next month, so the Kebenu Water Project can be finished earlier than planned.
Valerie shares, “I asked the girls if there was anything they thought we could do as a family to help make this happen. We brainstormed and they came up with the idea of cleaning up people's yard this spring. The idea came easily for them since over the last few years, they have learned to help our elderly neighbour. When they were outside shoveling snow in our driveway, they would come in and ask if they could shovel our neighbour’s driveway too, in case an emergency happened, and help would not be able to get to her. If they saw her picking weeds in her garden, they would run over and ask if they could help. She would try to give them money, but they would refuse. However, homemade cookies were always accepted.”
Sydney and Ruby are home schooled, and very active in the Girl Guides program. Sydney is involved in theatrical dance, and Ruby plays girls hockey. Their parents, Marc and Valerie, are very proud of them, and we are too!
Well done girls. We hope that your actions will inspire others to follow your lead, and show compassion and care for people in need, here and around the world.
World Health Day
April 7, 2019
One of International Needs’ main goals is to ensure that the poor and marginalized have access to the care they need, when they need it, right at the heart of the community.
Angel, a 21 year old Congolese woman, gave birth to her 3rd child, a boy. Angel also has a 4 year old daughter, and a 2 year old son at home. When asked what impact Clinique Papillon has had on her community Angel smiles broadly and says, “Women are finally getting the quality care they need.”
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the health and welfare of women has not always been a high priority. At Clinique Papillon, the staff work tirelessly to provide the best healthcare possible for thousands of Congolese women and babies. As they work to continually improve the quality of care provided to their patients, it is imperative that the various kits used in the delivery room, and the operating theatre be renewed.
To help purchase new kits for Clinique Papillon, please donate here: http://bit.ly/INCA_CliniquePapillon
Because of your generous support, women like Angel can have peace of mind when the time comes to deliver their babies. Thank you!
Radio Interview with Kaplana Tamang
April 4, 2019
For an exciting look at the work of the Lydia Vocational Training Centre in Nepal, listen to the Centre’s Coordinator, Kalpana Tamang, as she shares how Nepali women are changing their futures, and impacting their communities in the process.
Kalpana is speaking on radio SHEMA in New Zealand, where she is visiting International Needs supporters.
Listen Here: http://bit.ly/Nepal_KalpanaInterview
Equipped for Life – Murshida’s Story
March 28, 2019
Murshida lives in a small village outside Jessore, Bangladesh. She has two brothers and four sisters. Her father is a farmer, and yet there never seems to be enough to eat.
One of Murshida’s brothers is disabled and her father can’t bear the expenses of their education and her brother’s treatments. As the eldest in the family, Murshida felt very keenly her responsibility to take care of her brothers and sisters.
After passing her secondary school exams, she went to Jashore to find work. Murshida shares, “I knocked on many doors but it was in vain as I did not have any training or higher education. I wanted to get training but could not afford the fees.
Then I came to know about International Needs’ Jashore Project that provides computer training for girls like me, without any cost. So I enrolled and received a Certificate as an Office Assistant. When I finished my course, I was able to get a job at the Passport Office. I do all my work on a computer. I like my job, and I am very happy that I can help my father support our family. I am so thankful to International Needs for the help and training I received. In the future, I hope to serve my community, and help those who are helpless like I was.”
Learn more about the Jessore Computer Skills Training Program.
World Water Day
March 22, 2019
On World Water Day,
you can impact an entire school community, by giving the gift of clean water. The Togbe Aho Memorial School has 400 students from kindergarten to grade nine who do not have access to safe water.
The students drink from contaminated streams that make them sick. It’s hard to learn when you’re not feeling well.
The Kebenu Water Project
will extend the community’s underground water pipe to reach the School and provide access to clean water for drinking, handwashing, and cooking purposes. Your gift will help keep children healthy and in school. Please give generously today.
Donate to the Kebenu Water Project
March 19, 2019
Thank you to all of our supporters who made Sports Day in Kawangware, Kenya a very special day.
The children had an amazing day with lots of fun activities. Thank you for making a difference!
RHCYO Sports Day is TODAY!
March 13, 2019
Ready... Set… Go! Our Sports day fundraiser with RHYCO in the Kawangware slum in Kenya, has started with warm ups and some balloon games!
Today the RHYCO children will be taking part in lots of exciting activities to have fun and raise funds for the centre. Will you sponsor their sports today?
>> Make a donation at
So far we have raised over $700 for the RHYCO centre- will you help us reach our $3,500 target today?
Follow the activities of the day on our Facebook Page!
Real Hope for Kawangware's Street Children
March 8, 2019
A blog by Liz Turnbull - READ HERE
Meet our Volunteers - Claire Forster
March 7, 2019
"Hi, my name is Claire Forster, and I live in Oakville. I lived in Hong Kong for 5 years and worked in the corporate world. While I was there, I was exposed to a level of poverty I had not seen before, leading to a shift in my values and a greater appreciation for those living in challenging circumstances.
When I visited a friend in the UK, she introduced me to the work of International Needs. I visited the office in Burlington, and signed up for a Discovery Tour to Bangladesh, Nepal, and India. I had the privilege of cutting the ribbon to signal the beginning of the expansion of the Naogoan Free School.
Naogoan is in northwest Bangladesh where the people are mostly poor farmers or fishermen. This project will almost double the number of local children who will be able to go to school. The volunteer work that I enjoy is motivating others to support life-changing projects like this one."
World Day of Social Justice
February 20, 2019
The International Labour Organization estimates that currently about 2 billion people live in fragile and conflict-affected situations. Job creation, better quality jobs, and better access to jobs have the potential to increase incomes and contribute to more equitable societies. This is an important step to preventing violent conflicts and addressing post-conflict challenges.
Your support enables communities to change as the poor are empowered through education, development programs, and job creation.
Happy Family Day!
February 18, 2019
On Family Day
, many people take part in activities that include the whole family, like playing board games, watching movies, or doing fun outdoor activities. As the weather is usually cold in February, hot chocolate and baking cookies are fun after an afternoon of skating, sliding, or hiking.
Whatever you decide to do as a family, cherish the moments, and thank God for the wonderful gift of family.
International Needs Nepal
February 15, 2019
Donna, our Sponsorship Advocate, visited International Needs Nepal today. Seen here with the Executive Director and Lydia Vocational Training Centre Coordinator.
Happy Valentines Day!
February 14, 2019
A great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to give a Basket of Love
to someone in need. With four baskets to choose from, letting someone know that they are loved has never been easier.
Did you know that Valentine’s Day
has its roots in ancient Rome? Saint Valentine was a priest who served in third century Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages in secret. To remind the young men to be true to their vows, Saint Valentine is said to have cut hearts from parchment to give to them.
Give a Basket of Love Today!
International Development Week
February 8, 2019
Betty is a single mother who lives with her youngest son and two orphaned grandchildren. For years Betty struggled to make ends meet on less than $3 a day. The best her family could hope for was eating one scanty meal a day usually made up of maize and beans. School was not an option as she could not afford to pay the school fees.
Then life took a turn for the better. Betty received the gift of two piglets through International Needs’ Livelihood Project in Uganda.
The piglets grew and produced three litters, with a total of 64 piglets. Most of the piglets were sold, providing Betty with a much needed income. Now her family eats 3 nutritious meals a day and she is able to buy clothes, pay for medical care, and send her son and grandchildren to school! What a blessing!
With the income she receives from her piggery, Betty recently bought a cow, and 25 chicks. She hopes to sell milk and eggs to increase her earnings. She dreams of expanding her business by raising dairy animals. Her major ambition is to support her son and grandchildren through school and university.
Thank you for empowering single mothers like Betty to thrive!
Learn more about our work in Uganda
International Development Week
February 7, 2019
Phiona is a young girl from Uganda living with HIV/AIDS. Because the virus weakens her immune system, it is important that she eats a healthy diet.
The food supplements Phiona receives from International Needs’ CHAP program
helps her fight off infections, boosts her energy, and keeps her strong. She is regularly monitored through blood testing to check on the effectiveness of her antiretroviral treatments. Phiona hopes that the influence of the disease on her life will be minimal.
“My family and I are very grateful for the help we receive from CHAP. They are teaching me how to live well even though I have AIDS.”
Your support helps Phiona live a healthy life with hope for tomorrow.
Learn more about our work in Uganda
International Development Week
February 5, 2019
Your impact on Women in the DR Congo.
Solange, a mother of two, was pregnant when she was diagnosed HIV positive. The news sent her world crashing. The staff at Clinique Papillon were quick to encourage her to take HIV medication during her pregnancy to help her and protect her unborn child.
“I was surprised how well I felt after taking the medication. It made me hungry and I was so happy that Clinique Papillon provided extra food for me. I continued coming for prenatal care and counselling. My baby was born healthy and I have energy to look after my home and family.”
Learn more about Clinique Papillon
International Development Week
February 4, 2019
This year, International Development Week is focusing on Gender Equality. Thank you for advancing the rights of women and girls all over the world!
At the Lydia Vocational Training Centre in Nepal Rima’s life has been changed…..Rima was accused of the death of her husband 8 years ago. She was 2 months pregnant when she became a widow. After she gave birth to her child, her in-laws rejected her son as their grandchild and abolished them from their home. When she was in desperate need of their love, concern, moral support, and encouragement, they turned away and tortured her instead.
Her community did not stand up for her and advocate for her. When her tolerant spirit was completely broken, she spoke to her parents and they took her back. In Nepalese society it is not considered good for a married woman to stay with her maternal family.
Thinking of the future of her only son, she asked her local church pastor about training. With his help she is now at the Lydia Vocational Training Centre as of 1st February. She is working hard to learn from all the courses and has an interest in tailoring. She tries her best to overcome every challenge, thinking to continue tailoring skills for her living.
Rima has requested that we remember her in our prayers, that the Lord will provide her strength and support and that her dream to run a tailoring shop may come true.
Learn more about the Lydia Vocational Training Centre
Child Rights Clubs
February 1, 2019
Haniah, a young female student, was able to say no to child marriage, and defend her right to education.
International Needs’ Child Rights Clubs operating in schools in Ghana continue to function effectively by empowering students to participate in their own protection and well-being.
Happy Friday Everyone!
January 25, 2019
Just like these girls at an IN School in Bangladesh, this week, over 2,701 children in 10 different countries have spent many hours learning new things at school all thanks to Canadian sponsors!
In 2019 could you give a child the chance for a life-changing education?
Find out more about becoming a sponsor.
Christmas Gift Story
January 24, 2019
Martin is from Buikwe in Uganda. He was excited to receive a financial gift from his sponsor for Christmas.
His grandmother used it to buy a mattress and a goat. A healthy dairy goat can give up to 16 cups of milk a day and also provides cheese and yogurt. The remainder of the gift was used to buy food.
Martin’s grandmother shares, “Christmas was so special this year because we were able to eat the food of our choice. Thank you so much for your thoughtful Christmas gift. Martin is happy for his mattress, and our new goat will multiply and improve our source of food and livelihood.”
Sponsorship Works! Sponsor Now
Meet Our Volunteers - Tracy Mumford
January 17, 2019
Hi, my name is Tracy. I volunteer at International Needs’ office in Hamilton, and help sort out sponsorship letters.
My home church, Forrestview Community Church, sponsors 80 children in Uganda through International Needs’ sponsorship program. My family and I have the privilege of sponsoring 3 children.
I wanted to visit the community where our church is involved, so I went on a Discovery Tour to Uganda .....
Going on a Discovery Tour to Uganda impacted my faith and helped me grow as a Christian.... CLICK HERE
to read more.
Meet Our Volunteers - Emma Kessler
January 10, 2019
'Children hold a special place in my heart, which I believe is a gift from God. In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says, "Let the little children come to me... for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
I believe International Needs helps bring children, families, and communities to Jesus, and I feel blessed to play a small part in this ministry by volunteering in the office. I help with the sponsorship letters and am touched by the impact a simple letter can have on children all over the world. It encourages me to write to my sponsored child more often.
I would like to encourage anyone who has some free time to volunteer with International Needs. They do good work in many parts of the world, where it’s desperately needed. Working together, we can make a difference.'
January 8, 2019
We have recently moved and some of our long-time faithful volunteers cannot commute to help out.
We need YOU! The volunteer opportunities are of a casual nature four times per year, for processing children’s letters going to their sponsors.
If you are interested in this service opportunity and live in the Hamilton, ON area, please contact Joyce Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us: 905.389.1118
December 19, 2018
My name is Isaac and I live in Uganda. My parents separated when I was 3 years old and my father remarried. His new wife did not like me and mistreated me so much that my life became unbearable. As a result, my father sent me to live with my grandfather.
In 2007, I received sponsorship through International Needs and was able to go to school. Last year, I graduated with a Diploma in Civil Engineering. I am currently working as a surveyor with a road construction company, and am able to support myself, and my family.
Thank you so much for helping me to re-write my story with a much more positive outcome. May the Lord bless you!
Baskets of Love
December 13, 2018
Give a gift that transforms a life!
Give an e-card in honour of your loved ones.
Click HERE to give today!
DO YOU KNOW YOUR RIGHTS?
December 10, 2018
On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It has been translated into more than 350 languages worldwide.
Our human rights include our right to life, freedom, education, an adequate standard of living, work, rest, peace, and freedom of thought and religion. It also includes a ban on discrimination, slavery, torture, and arbitrary detention. Here in Canada we enjoy many rights and freedoms, but for millions of the world’s poor and marginalized, it’s a different story.
That’s why we’re so thankful for you! Through your strong support and partnership, International Needs has been able to free children, their families, and communities from the damage and cruelty of civil strife, poverty, and disease. For an up to date look at the impact you are having on our world, please look through our website.
December 7, 2018
Still looking for that perfect gift? When you give the Four-Fold Basket
you are giving a Basket of Food, a Basket of Hope, a Basket of Education and a Basket of Medical Supplies to children and families.
All of these basic things are readily available in Canada but are beyond the means of families living in poverty. Together, we can give a lasting gift of love!
Join us as we spread the love of Christ, by giving a Basket of Love to children and families in need this Christmas.
Give the Four-Fold Basket of Love!
Basket of Medical Supplies
December 6, 2018
Your gift Basket of Medical Supplies
will enable community workers to care for the medical needs of boys and girls.
The basket will provide medications, antibiotics, vitamins and funding for the necessary immunizations for coping with diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
Share the love of Christ this Christmas by helping a family in need.
Give the gift of Medical Supplies
Basket of Education
December 5, 2018
Your gift Basket of Education
will provide skills training for rural women, school dropouts, and vulnerable widows in the Jessore region of Bangladesh. The Jessore Vocational Training Centre teaches income generating trades, empowering women to become self-supporting.
Give the gift of Education
Basket of Hope
December 4, 2018
When you give a Basket of Hope
you are providing children and families with the opportunity for food and health for tomorrow, and new horizons and income for years to come. Goat milk and meat will provide nourishment and income.
Give the gift of Hope
Basket of Food
December 3, 2018
Your gift of a Basket of Food
provides essential food for one family for a whole month.
Each basket includes local food, including rice, cooking oil, canned fish, assorted drinks and biscuits. Children will be nourished, rejuvenated and given the strength to carry on in the midst of adversity.
Buy a Basket of Food for a family in need today!
November 29, 2018
A big THANK YOU to our supporters who have made a difference in the lives of trafficked children in Bangladesh! #GivingTuesdayCA
#GivingTuesday is Today!
November 27, 2018
Read Bashita’s story and give hope to children being trafficked in Bangladesh.
November 22, 2018
On #GivingTuesday, join thousands of Canadians and give - whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice.
Ramjan, 11, has been on the streets since his parents left 4 years ago. He sleeps in a train station where he says he gets beaten and taunted. He’s afraid of the future and often goes hungry. Ramjan earns money carrying bags.
Join International Needs’ campaign against child trafficking in Bangladesh. At the Drop-in Centre for Street Children in Dhaka, children like Ramjan are given an opportunity to envision a better future for themselves. One that includes education, healthcare, and enough food to fill their hungry bellies.
November 22, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving to our neighbours!
November 21, 2018
"You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving" • Amy Carmichael
November 20, 2018
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." • Charles Dickens
November 19, 2018
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." • Winston S. Churchill
Are you ready for #GivingTuesday?
November 15, 2018
On November 27th, #GivingTuesday will be here! Now’s the time to consider the impact you would like to have.
International Needs’ #GivingTuesday campaign is targeting child trafficking in Bangladesh by supporting the Drop-in Centre for Street Children. Click the link below to read Bashita’s story.
A Quick Reminder!
November 9, 2018
We've been receiving Christmas cards and letters for sponsored children all over the world! Thank you!
If you would like to send your sponsored child a Christmas card this year, don't forget that your card needs to be at our office by the end of November in order to reach your child before Christmas.
If you would like to send a monetary Christmas gift to your sponsored child, please give us a call, fill out this form
and mail it to our office, or email to email@example.com
Christmas Gift Form
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