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World Food Day

October 17, 2019

Today is World Food Day, join thousands around the world who are taking action against global hunger.

When you support sustainable agriculture, you help increase food security in poor communities. ZACT’s Farm Expansion Project is looking to harvest more profitable produce such as winter maize, okra, red onions, and cabbage.

Your support will bring ZACTS that much closer to their goal of operating their school without external funding. Thank you for your generosity!


Support ZACTS Farm Expansion Project Here






Fridah

October 7, 2019

Fridah is thankful for a chance of a better life. She is 11 years old and receiving a good Christian education at ZACTS School for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

Although both her parents are living, Fridah’s father suffers with mental illness. Her mother does her best to care for them but the family faces many challenges. Fridah recently received a financial gift from her sponsor for her birthday. With this gift, she was able to purchase two blankets.

Fridah shares, “I am so grateful for these bed coverings. They keep us warm at night. Thank you for my birthday gift!”


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Happy World Teachers Day!

October 5, 2019

Today, we celebrate teachers and their contribution to educating the children of the world. Teachers are the heart of public education. They inspire us to reach out and move beyond our horizons.

In Zambia, becoming a teacher is a well-respected career path. It is also one of the few forms of employment that provides financial security. At ZACTS School for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, competent and passionate teachers provide high quality education for their students, and help build strong futures for the surrounding communities.

A special thanks goes out to all teachers everywhere, for their hard work in shaping the next generation of world changers.


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ZACTS School

September 26, 2019

One of the many blessings of living in Canada is that by law, children must go to school. Depending on the province or territory, children start at the age of five or six and continue until they are between 16 and 18. In Zambia, thousands of children are not in school learning their ABC’s. The reasons may vary, but a great disadvantage is done to children who are denied an education.

At International Needs, we believe that every child should be given the opportunity to go to school. Education has the capacity to greatly improve a person’s quality of life and offers underprivileged children a chance to escape from poverty.

Child sponsorship provides a wide range of critical benefits like education, healthcare, nutritious food, clean water, spiritual development, and emotional support. Many sponsored children have shared that they were given a lifeline when a kind hand reached from across the nations and enabled them go to school.



Sponsor a child at ZACTS School Here







ZACTS School

September 24, 2019

What are you grateful for? Family, friends, faith, a roof over our heads and enough food to eat - these are usually at the top of our list.

For Patson, ZACTS School for Orphans and Vulnerable Children is high on his list of things he is grateful for. Patson’s parents divorced when he was very young. His father brought home a meagre income making and selling charcoal, which meant that Patson and his brother had to go hunting and fishing in the bush so the family would have something to eat. School was not an option. Then, in 2016, Patson went to live with his grandfather who shared with him the benefits of having an education [...]

Read Patson's Story Here





Meet Precious

September 19, 2019

Hello, my name is Precious. I am 14 years old and in grade seven at ZACTS School for Orphans and Vulnerable Children. I have three brothers and one sister.

When I was six years old my mother passed away. My father remarried and my stepmother gave me the responsibility of looking after my siblings. I used to admire my friends who were able to go to school.

After some time, I came to live with my aunt in Muzabula. One day I met a man who encouraged me to go to school. I managed to convince my aunt who enrolled me as a student at ZACTS OVC School. It was a very happy moment!

At school, I came to faith in Christ and was taught good morals. I want to say that ZACTS School has had a great impact on my life. I always give thanks for our donors who support the running of the school through International Needs.

I promise to do well at school until I write my grade seven exams. My desire is to finish grade 12 so that I can help my brothers and sisters when I am employed. Thank you!


Support a child going to ZACTS School today!





The Gift of Education

September 17, 2019

In Zambia, over 250,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS and struggle daily to survive. Families, communities, and schools are overstretched in their efforts to care for these vulnerable children.

Halima lost both her parents to HIV/AIDS. She shares, “After the death of my parents, my aunt took me in to live with her family. For some months they kept me, but then they left the area without me. I live with another family now. Many people in the community can see how I am treated by this family - I am a house girl, a servant. If I don’t work, I am not allowed to eat. I am a child and have no choice.”

ZACTS School for Orphans and Vulnerable Children reaches out to children like Halima. The school opened its doors to 60 children in January 2012, and today - thanks to the generosity of Canadians, 490 vulnerable children are attending classes from pre-school to grade eight. The local farming community is deeply grateful for the opportunity given to their children, knowing that education will change the course of their future.


Support a child going to ZACTS School today!





A New Chapter for Shantel

September 12, 2019

Shantel is excited about going to school for the very first time. She loves to learn with the other children and has memorized all her classmates’ names. Her teachers were impressed with her sweet personality and Shantel’s future looks bright, but it was not always that way.

Shantel’s mother is an orphan and a single mom who cares for her siblings and for Shantel with great difficulty. They live in the Kawangware slum outside Nairobi, Kenya. While Shantel’s mom was at work, Shantel was often left alone, placing her at risk of abuse.

A neighbour referred her to International Needs Kenya’s RHYCO team who helped to get her admitted in school. Shantel’s mother is so happy that she is now in a safe environment and getting an education, and prays that her daughter will be able to reach her full potential.

As you settle your own children into their school routine, will you consider children like Shantel who need your support to begin their educational journey?

Support The Drop-In Centre Here







International Literacy Day

September 10, 2019

This past Sunday was International Literacy Day. Our children are back to the routine of school but not all children in the world are so fortunate. The street children in the Kawangware slum, in Kenya, spend the day looking for something to eat. They do not go to school and while roaming the streets are at risk of abuse and exploitation.

The Drop-in Centre reaches out to the street children and offers them a safe place where their basic needs are met. This includes food, clothing, showering facilities, counselling, and rehabilitation. Preparing them to move forward towards an education.

This Back to School season, will you and your families join us in giving hope to a child by supporting the Drop-in Centre?

Support The Drop-In Centre Here







The Perils of Street Life

September 5, 2019

Life is hard for a child living on the streets of Kawangware. Nights are often cold, and with no blankets or shelter, nighttime can seem unbearably long. Children huddle together on a piece of cardboard and cover themselves with plastic. Any unfamiliar noise awakens them; the constant fear of attack, robbery, or sexual assault, keep them on alert. Daytime has its own set of challenges, including feeding their hungry bellies.

Githira knows only too well the perils of street life. “I lost my parents three years ago and since then I have been living on the streets without shelter or any assurance of having food every day. Nobody cares about me whether I live or not. People don’t want to look at me. To them, I’m trash. I don’t want to live on the streets, but I have nobody. My uncle beat me hard when I lived there, and so I ran. Living on the street is the only way to survive.”

The Drop-in Centre reaches out to children like Githira and offers them a safe place where their basic needs are met. This includes food, clothing, showering facilities, social and emotional support, counselling, and rehabilitation.

You can give hope to a child living on the streets by supporting the Drop-in Centre.

Support The Drop-In Centre Here







Happy Labour Day!

September 2, 2019

May you have a restful and relaxing Labour Day! From all of us at International Needs Canada.










September is Around the Corner!

August 29, 2019

September is almost here! Children everywhere are anticipating a return to the classroom with new teachers, new classmates, and many new things to learn!

Because of you, our sponsors, thousands of children in need are re-writing their stories with a much happier ending. Thank you!

Read the Some of Their Stories Here






Lydia Vocational Training Centre in Nepal

August 22, 2019

Thank you for empowering women to thrive in Nepal! Listen to their amazing stories.

This is a core centre where our partners in Bangladesh work. Please pray for our partners during this difficult time.







Pray for our Partners in Bangladesh

August 20, 2019

We are saddened to hear the devastating news that fires have swept through the Chalantika slum area of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, leaving thousands homeless.

This is a core centre where our partners in Bangladesh work. Please pray for our partners during this difficult time.







Working to Make A Difference

August 15, 2019

A Canadian businessman combines his love of adventure with his call as a Christian to impact others for Christ.


Read the Full Story Here






Seeing is Believing

August 13, 2019

Seeing is Believing! Mark Beaman journeys to Bangladesh to see for himself what happens when children are given a chance to learn.


Read the Full Story Here






Reaching out to Youth in Uganda

August 8, 2019

International Needs’ Buikwe Christian Centre in Uganda is using soccer to reach out to youth with encouragement, mentoring, and the Good News of Jesus Christ!






World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30, 2019

Rafi is eight years old and works long hours in a welding factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Because of his family’s desperate poverty, Rafi’s mother took him to the train station and promised to return soon. She never came back. Rafi became hungry and afraid. That night, he slept on a cold bench. Then traffickers took him to a welding factory to work in exchange for a little food and a place to sleep on the factory floor. Rafi wonders why his mother never came back for him. He worries about his future.

International Needs’ Drop-in Centre in Dhaka, reaches out to children like Rafi and provides a safe environment for a few hours each day, where they can receive nutritious food, basic education, psychological support, recreational activities, healthcare services, and bathing facilities.

Rafi shared, “I love coming to the Drop-in Centre. I get a large plate of food and am learning many new things that are helping me. I have also made friends here.”

Help children like Rafi know that they are not forgotten. Support the Drop-in Centre today. Thank you!

Support the Drop-in Centre






Thank You Aggie!

July 25, 2019

Many thanks to Aggie Stretch for her fundraising efforts for maternal and child health in rural Guatemala.

Aggie’s 65 by Sixty-Five Campaign raised $35,000 to help reduce preventable maternal and newborn deaths in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Well done! A talented artist, Aggie plans to continue supporting the fund through her paintings.

Thank you, Aggie, for your kindness and generosity to the people of Guatemala.









Maria - Rose of Sharon School in Colombia

July 18, 2019

Maria was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, with severe physical disabilities. Maria has no arms or legs. A bright girl, Maria loves going to the Rose of Sharon School and has made many friends with her bright smile, her deep faith, and her love for God.

Maria shares, “From a very young age, I learned to pray and God has answered many of my prayers. A few years ago, I asked God for someone who could teach me how to paint and He answered my prayer!”

Now in 10th grade, Maria has been honored for her artistic abilities at the School of Arts and Popular Traditions by the Mayor of Barranquilla. Well done Maria!




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The Value of Compassion

July 11, 2019

Marie was in a crisis when she came to Clinique Papillon in October 2018. She had consulted with doctors in several hospitals regarding the burns on her feet that had become infected. Having no financial means to pay for treatments, she was told that her feet would have to be amputated.

When Marie came to Clinique Papillon, she had lost all hope. The doctors, moved with compassion, took her in, even though she had no money to pay for her care.

Clinic administrator, Gilson, shares, “Marie has been at Clinique Papillon for 8 months now, and it’s a miracle that all her wounds have healed. We were unsure if her feet could be saved but, thanks be to God, Marie will soon be able to resume a normal life. Our chaplain and staff shared the love of Christ with Marie and she has been reading the Scriptures regularly.”

Marie is one of many who come to Clinique Papillon seeking medical or prenatal care, and are given hope, healing, and encouragement.


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Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July celebrations to our International Needs’ partners in the US, and to all our American friends. In God we trust!






Happy Birthday Canada!

July 1, 2019

At 152, you look amazing!

We’re thankful for the blessings and freedom we enjoy within your borders. May you grow in wisdom and strength, and never forget your roots. “He shall have dominion from sea to sea.” • Psalm 72:8




Thank you Acts of Grace Foundation!

June 24, 2019

A big thank you goes out to the Acts of Grace Foundation for their generous support of the Solar Panels Project at Ephphata School for the Deaf in the DR Congo.

Phase 2 of the Solar Project will transform Ephphata’s amateur carpentry workshop into a professional training centre that will more effectively prepare graduates by enhancing their carpentry skills to meet the highest professional standards.

The new solar panel and enhanced training will also support the school’s long-term sustainability by enabling income-generating activities such as the production and sale of milled lumber and high-end furniture. Thank you!




Thank you Women Making A Difference (WMAD)

June 19, 2019

Thank you Nancy Bolton and Women Making A Difference (WMAD) for visiting our International Needs Canada office.

Thank you for impacting the lives of women and children in Ghana, Kenya and Bangladesh by having raised funds for 8 water projects. You are an inspiration!




Happy Father's Day!

June 16, 2019

Thank you dad, for your love, support, and all that you have sacrificed for us. You carry heavy burdens for us and are always looking out for our best interest. We wouldn’t be who we are today without you. Thanks dad!






World Day Against Child Labour

June 12, 2019

Lake Volta in Ghana
is the largest man-made lake in the world. It is a source of life for the settlements along its banks. However, hundreds of children are not there by choice. They were trafficked into the horrors of child labour.

Children as young as five are sold to traffickers and made to work as fishermen for up to 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

When David’s parents died, his uncle sent him to work on the fishing boats. He laboured from dawn to dusk, fixing and untangling nets, cleaning boats, and sorting fish. David was rescued by International Needs workers and returned to live with a family member.

David is one of many children who have been freed from slavery through International Needs’ Growing Up Free Campaign. Help support the right of every child to go to school. Please give generously.




Growing Up Free Campaign







Sydney & Ruby Update

June 7, 2019

Sydney and Ruby’s fundraising efforts for the Kebenu Water Project in Ghana was successful!

The sisters raised $532.38 by cleaning up people's yards and selling raffle tickets for a fleece blanket they made.

Their mom shares, “The girls had fun. In fact, Ruby is spinning more ideas on possibly making blankets to order and giving the proceeds to well water projects.”

Well done girls! Thank you for your generosity to the people of Kebenu, Ghana. Your efforts will help keep children healthy and going to school. Clean water saves lives!



Kebenu Water Project







Sponsorship in the DR Congo

May 30, 2019

Yvette Beaman first met her sponsored child in May 2011 when she went on a Discovery Tour to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Yvette shares, “It was wonderful to visit Ephphata School for the Deaf where Exauce goes to school. I felt a certain affinity with him because I’ve been hearing impaired since the age of five. Exauce had a big smile on his face and would hold my hand whenever he saw me.”

Exauce has been receiving a quality education and learning a trade through sign language. Next year he will graduate from Ephphata School for the Deaf as a qualified carpenter, enabling him to become a self-supporting, productive member of society.

Yvette shares, “I like the fact that sponsorship is not a hand-out but a hand up. Giving a deaf child education will help him to help himself. I’m happy to play a small part in that.”

Many thanks Yvette for your faithful support of Exauce and the lasting impact you are having on his life.

Ephphata School for the Deaf





Canoes for Kome

May 23, 2019

We shared a need and you responded with generosity. Now the families living on the island village of Kome have peace of mind when they send their children to school.

Your gifts have made it possible for the Togbe Memorial School to purchase two new canoes and 30 life jackets to provide safe transportation to and from school for the island children.

On behalf of their families, and the Tobge Memorial School in Ghana, we THANK YOU!





Transformed Life in Nepal

May 16, 2019

Dhiraj grew up in a large Christian family in Gorkha, Nepal. His father, a porter, was not only responsible for the care of their family but also several aunts and uncles. There was just not enough money to send his children to school. Thankfully, Dhiraj received support through International Needs’ child assistance program and was able to receive an education.

Dhiraj shares, “I will always be grateful for the support I received from International Needs and my kind sponsor, just when I needed it. Now, I have completed my studies from High School, Bible School, and the School of Worship. I am in full time ministry with Global Youth. We train Christian youth workers and leaders to expand God’s influence in every sphere of Nepali society.”

Dhiraj teaches in several Bible Schools and is also a Nepali Gospel Singer. International Needs Canada has been one of Nepal’s major sponsorship partners for over 20 years, continually supporting the education and development of children from poor, rural communities. Thank you!

Learn more about Nepal





Happy Mothers Day!

May 12, 2019

Dear mothers, today we celebrate you! Thank you for the impact you have on our lives, and in our world. You may hold our hands for just a short while, but you hold our hearts forever. Thanks mom.

In honour of your mother, you can reach out to vulnerable mothers in the DR Congo by supporting their medical clinic, Clinique Papillon.

Learn more about Clinique Papillon
Give to Clinique Papillon





The Most Important Story Ever Told comes to Ghana

May 9, 2019

As part of International Needs Ghana’s Christian Witness Program, 14,000 copies of the booklet, The Most Important Story Ever Told, were distributed in rural and urban schools. The booklet was well received by the teachers and students.

One student shared, “The death of Jesus began to make sense to me after I read The Most Important Story Ever Told. I took the decision to follow Christ. It was as if a blindfold had been removed from my eyes. I was able to see and understand why I needed Jesus and that He loved me.”

The booklets were a generous gift from Canadian donors. Thank you!





Education For Every Child

May 2, 2019

At International Needs, we believe every child has a right to education.

In the DR Congo, deaf children suffer great challenges due to a lack of understanding in the culture. The deaf are often thought of as unintelligent and worthless.

At Ephphata School for the Deaf, deaf children and youths are empowered through education to live a fuller, more independent life, yet fully integrated in the community.

Ephphata School For the Deaf





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!

http://bit.ly/INCanada_Sponsorship





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.

http://bit.ly/KebenuWater



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



Thank You!

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!

http://bit.ly/RHYCO_SportsDay



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 http://bit.ly/RHYCO_SportsDay <<

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."



Education Transforms!

March 5, 2019

Watch Full Video Here





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.

#WorldDayofSocialJustice



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.

#ValentinesDay2019

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!

#DevInspired #IDW2019

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.” • Phiona

Your support helps Phiona live a healthy life with hope for tomorrow.

#DevInspired #IDW2019

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.” - Solange

#DevInspired #IDW2019

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.

http://bit.ly/INCA_Ghana




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.'



Volunteers Needed

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 joyce@internationalneeds.ca or call us: 905.389.1118



Isaac's Story

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.




Four-Fold Basket

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!

Donate Today





#ThankYouThursday

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.

Read Here






#GivingTuesday

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.

Give Today






Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to our neighbours!







#GivingTuesday

November 21, 2018

 "You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving"  •  Amy Carmichael


Give Today






#GivingTuesday

November 20, 2018

 "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."  •  Charles Dickens


Give Today






#GivingTuesday

November 19, 2018

 "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."  •  Winston S. Churchill


Give Today






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.

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 info@internationalneeds.ca.

Christmas Gift Form






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