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Pray With Us!

September 25, 2020

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.” • James 1:5

Please continue to pray for our partners and the families they serve at this extremely difficult time. They have important decisions to make and need wisdom from the Lord to know the best way forward in the weeks and months to come.

Praise With Us!

September 24, 2020

“The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD!” Psalm 22:6

We praise God for our partners and supporters who are going the extra mile to meet the critical needs of children and families in these challenging times.

Summer Link Newsletter

September 22, 2020

Join Laurie Scott to raise funds for a new farm truck at ZACTS Agricultural Program.

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September 18, 2020

Jim Smardon, a REALTOR© with a passion for the environment, gets connected with Ephphata School’s solar energy project.

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September 16, 2020

Meet Marshall Smith, advocate and supporter of the Midwife Training Program in Guatemala.

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September 14, 2020

Nancy Bolton and Women Making a Difference are doing it again. Read about their current water project in Nanankor, Ghana.

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September 10, 2020

Meet Colleen Cole, who's raising funds to build a safe house in Kawangare, Kenya.

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Summer Link Newsletter

September 9, 2020

Dear Friends,

COVID 19 has had a deep impact on our partners and the communities they serve. We’ve heard horrific stories; we’re not going to share details, but please know that things are much worse than you see on the news.

We’ve also seen people inspired by their faith to shine some light into the darkness. At Savar Children’s Village for Girls in Bangladesh, the girls and their families are receiving financial support, help from the teachers, and prayer calls from the pastors. They’re very grateful for International Needs sponsors and donors, and we’re hearing similar expressions of gratitude from all our partners.

But even as the pandemic rolls on, there are many long-term development projects moving forward. In the coming weeks, we’re going to highlight some of our partners’ projects and the Canadian champions supporting them. We hope you’ll join us by contributing to COVID relief, sponsoring a child, or donating to one of the projects that empower vulnerable children.

Thank you for your faithful support! Stayed tuned!

Happy Labour Day

September 7, 2020

We wish you a peaceful day of rest from your work. If you have a minute today, read Matthew 11:28-30.

Meet Marshall Smith

September 3, 2020

See how Marshall is using his real estate practice to help save mothers and babies in Guatemala! If you're a small business owner looking to boost sales & social impact email us at

Girls in the DR Congo abused during COVID-19 lockdown.

August 26, 2020

This is the sad story of a 15-year-old girl named Dominique in the DR Congo. One night during the lockdown, Dominique’s mother sent her to buy chili. On the road, she was raped by a 32-year-old man and became pregnant. When her father found out, he kicked Dominique and her mother out of the house.

After a few days, he let them come home, but refuses to take care of his daughter. Clinique Papillon has offered to look after her medical care and prenatal consultations. Gilson, the medical director, tried to see the bright side: “One thing encourages us - we have taken the HIV test three times and it remains negative.”

Sadly, this story has become common during the pandemic. Many girls have become pregnant in countries like the DR Congo where women are seen as property and some men take what they want. Sexual abuse like this is a matter of urgent prayer and support for girls and women across the DR Congo and around the world. We’re thankful that Clinique Papillon is there and willing to help.

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Thank You!

August 25, 2020

Thank you to our generous donors who have given $15,000 to replace the ambulance at Clinique Papillon in the DR Congo.

We’re 2/3 of the way there, with just $7,500 to go! Will you help us reach the goal? Together, we can empower the clinic to save lives!

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Clinique Papillon, DRC

August 14, 2020

This faithful little clinic in the heart of the DR Congo is a true blessing to the community, and put plainly, they need our help.

“We are very grateful for the support of our friends in Canada. Thousands of women and babies are cared for because of you. May God bless you!”

Will you partner with us and send a gift to Clinique Papillon?

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10K Challenge for the Congo

August 12, 2020

When was the last time you walked 10km? For some living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a 10km walk to the hospital recently became a reality when Clinique Papillon’s 20-year-old ambulance broke down.

Our challenge: do a 10K. Walk, hop on a bike, or drive in your car to the nearest hospital. How long did it take? Imagine if you had to walk with a critical illness. We want to hear your thoughts – please share your experience!

And, we’re raising funds to help the clinic pay for a ‘new’ ambulance so they can keep saving lives.

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Clinique Papillon, DRC

August 7, 2020

Clinique Papillon is in need of operating supplies: With such an increase in the number of patients, supplies are running low for surgery, C-sections, and trauma treatment. Your gift will provide the clinic with ….

An x-ray machine. There is still much stigma and fear attached to HIV/AIDS, and women known to be HIV positive are often rejected by the community. To make matters worse, many are developing tuberculosis, which requires a chest X-ray and radiology services.

A BP monitor and stethoscope.
The clinic is asking for funds to buy equipment such as BP monitors and stethoscopes so they can spot high blood pressure earlier and avoid preventable deaths.

You Can Make A Difference!

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Clinique Papillon, DRC

August 6, 2020

The number of patient visits has increased by 250% at Clinique Papillon, and the doctors can barely keep up. See what you can do to help! Every dollar counts:

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Clinique Papillon, DRC

August 5, 2020

Built in 2010 through the generosity of International Needs donors, Clinique Papillon serves the Lubumbashi area of DR Congo, specializing in maternity, vaccinations, and HIV. The clinic is known for excellent patient care and sees about 600 patients in a typical month. COVID-19, like in so many places, has changed everything.

See how COVID-19 has affected Clinique Papillon:

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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30, 2020

Today is the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, where people are taken from their homes and violated in unthinkable ways.

Many of us have heard the stories about sexual exploitation, slavery, prostitution, organ harvesting, and more. But these atrocities are not stories or TV shows; they’re the reality for thousands of innocent people around the world each year.

Please support our team at International Needs Ghana, who for decades has been fighting the frontline battle against these practices.

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Lydia Program in Nepal Hoping to Reopen Soon.

July 27, 2020

With lockdown restrictions being lifted in Nepal, we were thankful to hear the Lydia Vocational Training Centre is planning to reopen sometime after August 17th.

Lydia is a powerful empowerment program for women. It teaches literacy, sewing, preventative health care, first aid, sanitation in the home, and nutritious meal planning. In a society where women face significant discrimination, Lydia is a true blessing.

As the ladies make their way back to the centre, pray for safety, as the region has been hit hard by landslides and floods during this monsoon season.

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Food Distribution Meets a Real Need in Nepal.

July 23, 2020

Gautam, Karishma, and their mother are happy to receive food parcels from International Needs Nepal. “It has been very hard during lockdown because I have not been able to go to work or earn an income to buy food for my family. We are very thankful for these gifts.”

The Government of Nepal has announced an easing to the nationwide lockdown. Hopefully, Gautam and Karishma’s mother will soon be able to return to work, and the children to school.

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Canada Day!

July 1, 2020

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BBC News

June 18, 2020

A sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh raises concerns that the country could become a new global hotspot.

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Thank you from Colombia

June 15, 2020

Food support for the families at the Rose of Sharon School has been greatly appreciated. Daily labourers are unable to work and their families are struggling to buy food.

”We thank you for your support and pray that we will be able to continue this work of compassion and mercy.” - Marta Villamizar, Director

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” - Proverbs 31: 8-9

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World Day Against Child Labour

June 12, 2020

Street children are among the most physically visible of all children, living and working on the roads and public squares all over Dhaka, Bangladesh. Yet they are also among the most invisible and hardest to reach with vital services such as education and health care.

International Needs Bangladesh runs a Drop-in Centre in the heart of Dhaka that offers a safe environment where children can find love and protection, a nutritious meal, and healthcare. The Centre provides basic education, psycho-social support, recreation, and more.

Will you join the fight against child labour? 100% of your gift will go to the Drop-In Centre in Bangladesh. Please give today.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” - Proverbs 31: 8-9

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Thank You From Bangladesh

June 11, 2020

Hello, my name is Kalipodh. I live in Kathira, Bangladesh, with my wife and two small children. I am a carpenter by trade but two years ago, I suffered a stroke which left my left arm and leg paralyzed. I am not able to do any work at this time.

My wife earned a little money by working as a day laborer, but because of the Coronavirus, her work has stopped. The last two months have been very difficult for us.

We are so grateful for the relief materials we have received from International Needs. It has given us hope, and is helping us to survive at this time of crisis experienced all over the world!

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Planning for the Post-COVID-19 Humanitarian Crisis

June 5, 2020

Looking ahead we’re deeply concerned and are getting ready for a massive rescue effort.

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An Ounce of Prevention

June 2, 2020

An interview with Dr. Neil Stretch, International Needs Canada’s Chief Medical Officer, on how we can best prepare for the future.

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Food Distribution Brings Hope in the DR Congo

June 1, 2020

The staff at Ephphata School for the Deaf are reaching out to their students in lockdown with practical help.

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Thank You Women Making A Difference!

May 28, 2020

A very big THANK YOU to Nancy Bolton and WMAD (Women Making a Difference) for raising the necessary funds to complete Phase One of the Nanankor Water Project – drilling the well. Now begins Phase Two – building the solar-powered water treatment plant.

What an impact it will have on the impoverished community of Nanankor – safe, clean drinking water for all!

Here’s the challenge - we need 500 people to donate $52 each to complete Phase Two of the Nanankor Water Project. Will you be one of the 500?

Together, we can do this! You can make a difference! Thank you.

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Lydia Student Works on her Home Assignments

May 26, 2020

Ganga was a student at the Lydia Vocational Training Centre, until all schools and learning centres in Nepal had to close due to COVID-19. Ganga left for home with an armload of assignments, homework, and a brand new faith in Christ.

Kalpana Tamang, Coordinator at the Lydia Centre shares,

“I called Ganga to see how she was doing, and she sounded happy throughout our conversation. She is reading her Bible, praying every day, and doing her assignments! We are very proud of her.”

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Canadians Who Care

May 21, 2020

Marion and James had this to share about spreading joy on Easter Sunday.

“Easter was very bare bones this year without the usual chocolate treats, hot cross buns, and laden dinner table surrounded by family and friends. We had a turkey in the freezer that was too big for just the two of us, but we decided to cook it anyway and make up dinners to deliver to people we knew would not be able to cook Easter dinner for themselves.

While James cooked dinner, I joined four friends from church (while practicing social distancing) and we sang hymns in the garden of the St. Clair O’Connor Seniors Community. This was pure Easter joy and for me, possibly the best Easter ever.”

Thank you, Marion and James, for doing your share to bring hope and encouragement to those living in your community.

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Safe Water

May 20, 2020

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COVID-19 and Colombia

May 10, 2020

Like in Canada, all schools in Colombia have been closed since March 16th. The teachers at the Rose of Sharon School are doing whatever it takes help their 320 students continue learning at home, such as preparing and delivering materials and taking questions over the phone.

“We pray that this health crisis will end soon and that school activities will return to normal.” - Martha Villamizar, Executive Director

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Mothers. You've Done It Again!

May 9, 2020

Mothers like Ann Oteke rely on food packages provided by our partners to keep their families fed. Ann shares,

"When I received the food packages, I felt like heaven had just opened its doors. The packages had all the essentials we needed to sustain us for two weeks. I pray it will be like the pot of flour and the jar of oil that never ran dry in 1 Kings 17:8-24."

On Mother’s Day, show your support for moms around the world by giving to our food program; $50 feeds a family of four for a month. Thank you!

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Mothers, You've Done It Again!

May 8, 2020

You’ve really gone the extra mile during the COVID-19 lockdown. We appreciate you, and everything you do for us!

In developing countries, moms are facing a grim future with severe food shortages, and they don’t know how they’re going to feed their families.

On Mother’s Day, show your support for moms around the world by giving to our food program; $50 feeds a family of four for a month. Thank you!

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COVID-19 Giving Tuesday

May 5, 2020

Today is a global day of unity that’s designed to unleash our power to transform the world.

International Needs Canada invites you to join this exciting global generosity movement and support our emergency response to COVID-19.

100% of your donation will be used to deliver food parcels to your sponsored children and families in Nairobi, Kenya, where the lockdown has caused riots as people fight to find food for their families.

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COVID-19 A Family in Lockdown

April 30, 2020

Samson is in his final year of high school, pursuing Home Science. He lives with his family in Amrahia, Ghana. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, both his parents are unable to work. His father cannot go to the construction site, and his mother’s work as a nursery teacher has been put on hold, due to the closure of all schools.

Despite these difficulties, Samson’s family continues to fellowship together. Each morning, they renew their trust in the Lord by taking time to pray and discuss the scriptures. They also talk about the latest news on the radio regarding the Corona virus. Samson believes that their bond has become stronger during these times.

Samson spends his time studying for his final exams. Even though Samson’s family is facing many challenges, they are hopeful that God will deliver them, and the rest of the world, from these difficult times.

Read BBC Report Here

COVID-19 Africa

April 28, 2020

What African countries are doing to help people to eat amid the lockdowns.

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Frontline Workers

April 27, 2020

Bethany Marshall, Grace Phiri, and Alishia Anstey work in one of the pharmacies in St. John’s, Newfoundland. As a vital part of the healthcare system, pharmacies play an important role in providing medicines, therapeutics, vaccines, and critical health services to the public. Thank you so much ladies - and all pharmacy workers - for continuing to make our wellbeing a big part of your day, every day. We appreciate you!

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COVID-19 - Relief at just the right time.

April 24, 2020

Hello, my name is Prakash.
I am in grade 4 at the Naogoan Free School. My father is a day laborer and the only earner in our family. Right now, the world is plagued by COVID-19, and it has reached Bangladesh too.

Because of this, the Naogoan district is under lockdown. Our school is closed. We have been staying at home for over a month. Because my father is not able to go to work we have no money for food. We have spent a lot of time without eating.

Then, the staff from International Needs came to our door like angels - carrying rice, pulses, oil, salt, face masks, and soap. We are so grateful that it is impossible to express in words! We want to bless the people and leaders of this organization. We pray that God will protect you all from this virus.

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Our Work Continues

April 22, 2020

COVID-19 - Answered Prayer

April 21, 2020

Ann Oteke lives in Kibera, Kenya. Two of her children are sponsored through International Needs’ Child Assistance Program.

When the COVID-19 restrictions began, Ann became afraid for her family. How was she going to feed and care for her children? She prayed to God and asked for his help. Then she received a phone call from our partners in Kenya, asking her to come to their food distribution centre and collect her children’s food parcels. Ann was overjoyed! She immediately went to the distribution centre and received the food allocated for her family.

Ann shares, “I felt like heaven had just opened its doors. The food parcels had all the essentials we needed to sustain us for two weeks. I pray it will be like the pot of flour and the jar of oil that never ran dry in 1 Kings 17:8-24. Thank you so much for caring for us.” Plans are underway to provide food assistance for the families in the programs every 2 weeks.

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COVID-19 Frontline Workers

April 17, 2020

Jeremie is a police officer serving communities in northern New Brunswick. A big thank you to Jeremie, and to all police officers, who continue to make our safety a top priority, regardless of the risks.

Police officers continue to fulfill their public safety mandate in communities across Canada while doing their part in supporting Canada's national COVID-19 response. May God bless and protect you all!

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Riots in Kenya

April 16, 2020

Riots and chaos break out in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum in Kenya, as people fear dying of hunger more than the Coronavirus.

Hundreds of thousands living in the cramped informal settlement are especially vulnerable. The need for food and clean water has never been more urgent! Please give generously.

View CNN Report Here

Food Relief Campaign

April 16, 2020

A Food Relief Campaign in Naogoan, Bangladesh, is bringing hope and encouragement to hundreds of vulnerable families in lockdown.

Our partners are responding to COVID-19 by providing food parcels to the children and families in their programs. We could not do this without you! Thank you!

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COVID-19 - Frontline Workers

April 15, 2020

Patricia Mead is one of the many hospital workers across Canada who meet a very important need for patients. Patricia works in the kitchen and, along with her co-workers, puts together and delivers the patients’ meal trays.

Patricia shares, “My work is considered essential because, of course, patients need to eat. Procedures have been put in place to protect us from COVID-19, but I’m still a little concerned that I might bring it home without knowing it.

My husband has health challenges so we pray daily for God’s protection. All we can do is trust Him to keep us safe.”

Many thanks Patricia, and all hospital workers, for continually serving others when it would be safer to stay at home. May God bless you and keep you safe.

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Because of Easter

April 12, 2020

Easter reminds us that no matter how difficult things are, the best is yet to come. We can have hope because of the resurrection. Jesus is Lord!

During these challenging times, we are especially concerned for the hundreds of grandmothers who are the sole caregivers of children in International Needs’ Child Assistance programs. They are most at risk from the COVID-19 virus and need our support more than ever.

As a special Easter offering, would you consider providing food baskets and medicine to vulnerable grandmothers and the children in their care? 100% of your gift will be used to provide medical supplies, medical care, and food baskets to elderly caregivers and their families. Thank you for your generosity.

We wish you a blessed Easter, peace and good health.

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress.” James 1:27

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COVID-19 and Zambia

April 9, 2020

Zambia has not been spared from the COVID-19 pandemic. The country has so far recorded 39 cases, and one death. Schools, churches, conference centres, airports, etc., are closed. Everyone has to self-isolate at home and practice social distancing, which is proving to be difficult.

Rev. Eddie Jibusha, Principal at ZACTS School for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, shares, “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ZACTS School has been forced to close and the students are staying at home. However, we are managing to send food baskets to our vulnerable sponsored children. The families are very grateful to receive this support.

Last week, the local authority removed vendors from trading on the streets as part of efforts to reduce overcrowding and promote social distancing. This will bring hardship to those who already eat from hand to mouth out of their meager earnings as street vendors. Please keep us in your prayers. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.”

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Kind Canadians

April 8, 2020

Karen Smith has been sponsoring a child through International Needs for many years. Not one to stay idle, Karen often works with her hands to bless others - from mittens, to quilts, to her famous taco salad.

These days, because of the coronavirus, Karen has much more time at home. Determined to make the best use of her time, she’s quilting again.

Karen shares, “My love of quilting started when I was a little girl. My mom would set up the quilt frames in our living room and invite all the neighbours to come over and help her quilt. When I got old enough, I joined the ladies around the circle and learned how to make a quilt from beginning to end.

Quilting has always been a favorite pastime and I've made several. About 5 years ago, I started another sewing project and set aside my quilting. Now, having a lot more time on my hands, I decided it was time to put all that fabric to good use.

A friend started a group called "Blankets for Babies" and I am currently sewing a quilt that will be donated to a baby in one of the local hospitals. This group has already donated many quilts and I'm happy that I can contribute to such a great and worthy cause.”

Well done Karen! We love the sweet pattern.

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World Health Day 2020

April 7, 2020

On World Health Day we would like to thank all healthcare workers for their indefatigable work on behalf of others. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of doctors, nurses, other medical professionals and support staff, leave behind their comfort and safety, to fight the Covid-19 crisis. Please, keep them in your prayers, and extend your gratitude.

“What I have seen is that we are all standing together and, more importantly, working together to care for our families, our friends, our community - as we are all in this together, locally, nationally, and internationally.

We have seen this from the small cards and tokens of appreciation from our local community members - my patients taking a moment to thank me for being here for them, or a local restaurant dropping off some lunch or coffee for us to let us know they are supporting us.

We must continue to stand up, and be accountable to share our resources (masks, hand sanitizer, financial support), to help those in need. We will only survive this epic event as a community (local and international) if we give to others - in any way we can. Please help by standing up and standing out - give, support, and be a part of being a better community, country, and planet.”
  • Dr Susan Batten, Hanover Medical Association

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COVID-19 and Guatemala

April 6, 2020

Guatemala has very few confirmed cases of COVID-19 but many fear that the numbers are not accurate. The country is at a near standstill, and people are homebound.

Ingrid Figueroa, General Manager of the Association for Perinatal Health of Guatemala, shares, “We can go out to get essentials, but it means standing in lines outside banks and grocery stores, while keeping a safe distance from each other. Only a few people are allowed in at a time. The stores and banks are open until 1pm, and curfew begins at 4pm.

Schools, universities, concert venues, theatres, and anywhere people would gather in numbers are closed. Unfortunately, all our programs are also at a standstill until further notice.

Guatemala's reported cases of the coronavirus are few. Let's hope it remains low as our healthcare system is already poor and not capable of handling anything massive. Please take care of yourselves and remember us in your prayers.”

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Kind Canadians

April 4, 2020

It’s no surprise that the Miller’s are compassionate people. They both work for charitable organizations and give of their time and resources to help those in need.

Recently, they have had to move their offices to their home to follow the public health advisories regarding the coronavirus. Wanting to make good use of their time at home, the couple decided to make a list of the people they know who live alone, and telephone one of them every evening.

“I can’t imagine what it’s like to live alone at a time like this. To be able to speak to someone on the telephone is a great way to stay connected.” Carrie

Thank you, Carrie and John, for practicing the golden rule of, “doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s a great idea!

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COVID-19 and Nepal

April 3, 2020

In Nepal, there are only five confirmed cases of COVID-19 but despite the tiny numbers, the country entered full lockdown on March 24, 2020. The people are strictly prohibited of stepping out of their homes, except to buy necessary food and medicine. The police are enforcing the lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus, and take immediate action if anyone violates the rules.

“Because of the lockdown, the Lydia Vocational Training Centre has sent all 22 trainees back home to their villages. Before leaving, the women were given information regarding the Coronavirus, and were taught how to protect themselves and their families.

Also, they were given assignments to work on while they are at home - dress design samples which they learned to make in their tailoring class. Please pray that the ladies will be able to work on their assignments. It will make it easier for them to cover the rest of the courses when they return to the Lydia Centre.

Please pray for their safety and good health. Sending our love and prayers from Nepal.”
• Kalpana Tamang, Director, Lydia Centre

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Kind Canadians

April 2, 2020

Over the next few weeks, we’d like to highlight some of the things Canadians are doing to bring encouragement and hope to others during these challenging times. Many of you are finding creative ways to spread a little joy, and we’d like to hear your stories. Please send them to With your permission, we will post some.

Evan McCluskey has a soft spot for seniors and helps them by picking up their groceries and delivering them.

Evan shares, “Years ago, before my grandmother passed away, she took a taxi to get her groceries. When I visited her I would take her myself.

She always commented on how she loved driving in her grandson's Cadillac. I’d tell her, ‘Nanny, it's just a Chrysler 300’. She didn’t care, she would just say, ‘Well, it's a nice car for a nice young man.’ This hits me so deep because I know there are grandparents out there whose kids live in other parts of the world, and they can’t be there to help them do everyday things. That’s why I want to help.”

Thank you, Evan, for extending a helping hand to seniors and shut-ins in your community. We hope that many will follow your example.

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COVID-19 and Bangladesh

March 31, 2020

Bangladesh has over 164 million people living in an area twice the size of New Brunswick. One of the most densely populated countries in the world, Bangladesh is bracing itself to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Bangladeshi labourers have been working in places like Italy, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and because of the COVID-19 situation, returned home to Bangladesh.

Due to a lack of medical facilities, airports were ill-equipped to handle such a huge influx of people. Many were sent to quarantined centers near the airports, but others left the airport without medical screening and may have carried the COVID-19 virus into their homes.

The government has closed borders, suspended land and air travel, and banned all public gatherings. Public and private schools and other educational institutions, have been ordered to remain closed until April 11, 2020. The decision came as two more COVID-19 cases took Bangladesh’s tally to 51, with five deaths due to the coronavirus.

“All International Needs’ schools, residential and non-residential, have been closed until April 11, 2020. This date could be extended after the government analyzes the progression of COVID-19. As most of our children come from low socio-economic backgrounds, we thought we should not force them to return home, but we had to follow government orders and requested that parents collect their child. The children without a parent or guardian remain in our custody and care.

We’ve received phone calls from parents asking if we could send support (food, and treatment if necessary) for their children while they are staying at home. We can do this as we continue to receive support from their sponsors. As the children leave our campuses, we are giving their parent/guardian funds to buy food and health items for their child. The parents have expressed great relief and joy to receive this support. After April 11, 2020, we will observe the situation and if it deteriorates we will transfer funds to the families in our programs using BKash (a way of doing financial transactions over the phone) to help them purchase food for their families.

We cannot go out of our homes as the army has been deployed and all domestic transportation is stopped. People have been badly beaten, fined, or physically punished if they could not give a good reason for being out of their homes. Thank you for your continued support and prayers. Both are very appreciated. Please pray that God will give us knowledge and wisdom at this very difficult time. Our prayers are with you as well.”
• McDonald Adhikary, IN Director in Bangladesh

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COVID-19 and Kenya

March 28, 2020

The national lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 began on March 15th, 2020. The total number of confirmed cases sits at 31 but that could change very quickly.

International Needs Kenya asked all programs to immediately put in place lockdown measures. As of today, 510 children and their families from all IN programs have received food packages to sustain them for one month. In mid-April plans will be made to distribute more food packages. This will be difficult while Nairobi is in total lockdown but as God opens doors, our partners will get food packages to the families.

“We thank God for our Lord Jesus Christ, and take comfort in Psalm 91:14 – The LORD says, I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.” • Jocelyn Muraya, Director of International Needs Kenya

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COVID-19 and Colombia

March 27, 2020

On February 26, Colombia recorded its first case of the COVID-19 virus in the city of Bogotá. Today, there are 500 cases. The government of Colombia has taken measures to control the spread of the virus by closing schools, colleges, universities, training centers, and churches.

Teachers at the Rose of Sharon school prepared homework for their students, and delivered it to their homes through the windows. Parents are collaborating at home with help from the teachers via telephone.

President Ivan Duque shared on national television, “We are at a very important moment for our country, where our behavior, our attitude, our discipline, our solidarity, and our commitment can save lives.”

Martha Villamizar, director of IN Colombia, shares her concerns, “We pray daily for God to have mercy and protect us from this pandemic. One of our biggest concerns at this time is the lack of income for the families in our community who can no longer leave their homes to go to work. Only the promises given to us by God through his Word will help us to endure this crisis with faith and hope for tomorrow. Please pray for us even as we pray for you all.”

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COVID-19 and the DR Congo

March 26, 2020

As of today, there are 40 cases of COVID-19 in Kinshasa, the capital city of the DR Congo. Those affected are people who travelled to France and Belgium and are now in quarantine.

Flights to and from Kinshasa have been cancelled and schools, churches, and other large venues in Lubumbashi closed on March 19, and will reopen on April 19.

International Needs’ child sponsorship coordinator at Ephphata School for the Deaf is visiting the students at their homes to make sure that all is well, and to assess the needs. If the schools remain closed beyond April 19th, food baskets and vitamins will be delivered to the students and their families. The markets are open to buy food; however, people are told to practice social distancing.

The school principal, Tshinyama Kalosa, says, “Please pray that this virus does not reach Lubumbashi as it will be catastrophic…”

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Working on the Frontlines

March 25, 2020

While Canada collectively shelters at home to protect themselves against coronavirus, medical professionals flock to the front lines to work long hours tending to the sick.

Dr Cynthia Haig (Board member of International Needs Canada) shares, “Everyone in our community of over 150,000 and the surrounding area who has a respiratory infection is being sent to us as family doctors - regular walk in clinics won’t see them. We are open 12 hours a day and work in 6 - 7 hour shifts. We work wearing full protective equipment which can be hot. Our protocols are continually changing as the situation evolves. We see everyone from the worried well - people who are being conscientious about their respiratory infection and don't want to infect others - to the very ill who are referred to the local emergency room.

Many people express their gratitude. We are able to connect people with local volunteer services and make sure that those who are isolated are able to get food delivered. Some local businesses who want to do something to help have brought food and snacks to the centre where we have doctors, nurses, cleaners, and many other support people working.”

A big thank you to all our healthcare professionals who, for our sakes, place themselves at risk on a daily basis. Please keep them in your prayers.

COVID-19 - World Water Day

March 22, 2020

Today, on World Water Day, you can offer hope to the people of Nanankor by enabling them to wash their hands -frequently - in safe, clean water.

YOU can make a big difference!
  • Safe water equals clean hands and healthy bodies.
  • Children who no longer have to gather water at the river and can spend more time learning.
  • Clean water leads to food security. A growing garden provides nourishment for families.
  • A clean water source is an important part of breaking the cycle of poverty, and places a community on track for economic growth!
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COVID-19 - World Water Day

March 21, 2020

Nanankor is a community of small villages and farm hamlets in Eastern Ghana. The people wash and drink from the river, or open hand-dug wells. These water sources are unsafe and cause illness and painful diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken their desperation to a whole new level.

On World Water Day, you can offer hope to the people of Nanankor by enabling them to wash their hands - frequently - in safe, clean water.

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COVID-19 - World Water Day

March 19, 2020

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for clean water has never been more urgent. The World Health Organization urges us to wash our hands frequently and practice social distancing, but for millions of people in the developing world, there’s not much hope of following their advice – their families live in close quarters and don’t have access to clean water!

On World Water Day, you can offer hope to the people of Nanankor by enabling them to wash their hands - frequently - in safe, clean water.

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World Water Day 2020

March 17, 2020

Will you help provide safe and clean water for children like Esi and families in Nanankor?

  • Clean water equals clean hands and healthy bodies. Children like Esi will be able to go to school and the time lost to sickness and gathering water will be reduced, while parents can return to work.
  • Clean water leads to food security. A school garden provides nourishment for the students and lowers the school’s operational costs.
  • A clean water source is an important part of breaking the cycle of poverty, and places a community on track for economic growth!

This World Water Day, will you help provide safe and clean water for children like Esi and families in Nanankor?
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World Water Day 2020

March 12, 2020

Did you know that water carries nutrients to all the cells in your body and oxygen to your brain? Water allows your body to absorb and assimilate minerals, vitamins, amino acids, glucose and other substances. Water flushes out toxins and waste and helps to regulate your body temperature. Important stuff!

Esi lives in Nanankor a community of small villages and farm hamlets in Eastern Ghana. Esi along with other families drink water from the river or open hand-dug wells. These water sources are unsafe and cause illness and painful diseases such as Cholera, Guinea Worm Disease, Typhoid, and Dysentery.

Due to illness from unclean water Esi is not in school today. She missed classes yesterday also. Sadly, it’s a pattern that repeats itself not only for Esi but for other children in the community. The water is also unsafe to gather, as a young man has recently drowned while fetching water at the river. This has made people desperate for access to safe and clean water.

This World Water Day, will you help provide safe and clean water for children like Esi and families in Nanankor?
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Savar Children's Village

March 10, 2020

Mita came to live at Savar Children’s Village in Bangladesh after her father was seriously injured in a traffic accident. Because he could no longer work, Mita’s mother got a job at a potato factory but her income was small.

Mita shares, “Due to the poverty of our family, my parents sent my brother to a children’s home and were grateful when Savar Children’s Village took me in. I have been here for 11 years and am so thankful for the care and education I have received.

In 2017, I accepted the Lord Jesus as my Saviour. I would like to say thank you to my sponsors. Without them I would be illiterate. They did not see me but they love and support me still.”

International Women's Day

March 8, 2020

Happy International Women’s Day!
Will you join us in supporting midwives in Guatemala?

  • The 3 year program will train 360 midwives and save many lives!
  • Indigenous people will have better access to critical health services.
  • Education on nutrition will help improve the health of mothers, babies, and children.

A well-trained and well-supported midwifery workforce could help avert roughly two-thirds of all maternal and newborn deaths in rural communities.

Find out how you can make a difference and save lives!

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International Women's Day - March 8th

March 5, 2020

In Guatemala, women risk their lives every time they get pregnant. Guatemala has the highest rate of maternal mortality in Latin America.

International Needs’ Midwife Training Program is being launched by UNAPER, our Guatemalan partner. Their team consists of highly skilled volunteer physicians who specialize in neo-natal and perinatal care.

These physicians will oversee the midwife training program, while trained and experienced nurses will teach and equip rural midwives like Rosa to recognize high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. Mothers at risk will be referred for specialized care ahead of time, greatly increasing their chances of survival!

Find out how you can make a difference and save lives!

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International Women's Day - March 8th

March 3, 2020

Rosa is a traditional birth attendant who has delivered over 1,000 babies in the 23 years she has been working as a midwife.

Rosa shares, “We do not just assist with births, we support the women, and we guide and advise them throughout the pregnancy. We deliver the babies and visit them every day during the forty-day rest period, continuing for up to two years. This is why people refer to us as ‘grandmothers’. The training program will help us to recognize problem pregnancies early on so the mothers can be referred to specialized care in plenty of time to save their lives.”

For centuries, Guatemalans have relied on midwives to assist mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. However, many have received only basic training, with little to no preparation for high-risk pregnancies. This results in preventable deaths of mothers and babies.

Find out how you can make a difference and save lives!

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World NGO Day

February 27, 2020

On World NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) Day, we celebrate International Needs’ accomplishments throughout the world as they seek to protect and defend the fundamental rights of the poor and marginalized. By building trust with local leaders and governments, International Needs has been able to empower families and communities through education and skills training, providing access to healthcare and clean water, and by encouraging sustainable agriculture.

“The hardworking, visionary, and compassionate men and women of International Needs around the world have become my heroes. We are so proud here at International Needs Canada to be able to send 100% of your support to fund life-changing projects and programs in the DR Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Guatemala, and Colombia. Thank you!” • David Marshall, Executive Director, International Needs Canada

Ghana • History & Fun Facts

February 25, 2020

Did you know that Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa in the world? Find out more information on this beautiful African country.

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February 20, 2020

Please pray for those who live in rural communities in Ghana. They have limited to no access to medical care. This causes untold suffering. Pray that efforts will be made by the Ghanaian Government to ensure that all its citizens have access to good healthcare.

Ghana Medical Outreach 2020

February 19, 2020

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve alongside our medical partners in Ghana? Join us for October 2020!

To learn more about the outreach, check out the full video:

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ZACTS School Receives Special Honour!

February 13, 2020

ZACTS School for Orphans and Vulnerable Children has not escaped the notice of the Government of Zambia. The School has been given the status of "School of Excellence" by Zambia’s Ministry of Education. A wonderful achievement!

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New Executive Director in IN Ghana!

February 11, 2020

Meet Cromwell Awadey, International Needs new ED in Ghana.

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Jemimah's Joy

February 6, 2020

A young girl fulfills her dreams of going to university, against all odds.

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Days For Girls - Restoring Dignity for Girls... PERIOD

February 4, 2020

Read about the amazing work of Days for Girls and their impact on girls’ education worldwide.

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Being Present Where the Needs Are

January 30, 2020

A registered nurse from Kitchener, Ontario, shares her experience in Ghana’s Volta region where they held medical clinics in regions where there is little to no access to medical care.

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Celebrating Your Impact in 2019
• Kenya

January 28, 2020

Because of your generosity, 164 underprivileged children from Limuru, Kibera, and Kawangware are receiving an education. Education will transform the children’s lives and help them overcome poverty. This leads to better health, and more income opportunities in the future.

Brian and Joseph are brothers. Their mother is a single parent who, because of her many challenges, became an alcoholic. Brian and his siblings survived through the kindness of their neighbours. After a while, the boys decided to join street life and fend for themselves.

A community health worker saw them and recommended them to our partners in Kenya. When the brothers were rescued, they were very malnourished and traumatized, but with the care and support they received at the Kawangware Drop-in Centre, they recovered and are now in school.

Having never been to school, the boys began in the lower grades but very quickly excelled beyond their teachers’ expectations. As a result of their good performance, the head teacher promised to give more support to the family. With the help of the staff at the Drop-in Centre, the boys’ mother successfully completed a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. As a sustainability measure, she was given a casual job at the school and is now able to care for her children’s basic needs. Many thanks for your support!

Child from Zambia smiling at the camera.

International Day of Education

January 24, 2020

This year, the International Day of Education celebrates learning as humanity’s greatest renewable resource and reaffirms the role of education as a fundamental right. We celebrate the many ways learning can empower people, build shared prosperity, and foster peace.

In rural Zambia, education is a sure way of giving children greater power to make decisions over the kind of lives they wish to live. Ernest Makala lives with his mother and older brother. He goes to ZACTS School for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and is determined to work hard and become a doctor. He feels sorry for his mother who struggles daily to provide food for them.

Ernest shares, “My father died a few years ago and I see how hard it is for my mother to care for me and my brother. I want to become a doctor so I can take care of my family. I’m very thankful for my sponsor and will work hard to get good results.”

Education is a lifeline for children like Ernest. Sponsorship lifts children out of poverty and gives them the opportunity to carve out their own path to success. Befriend a child through International Needs’ Child Assistance Program and give them a lifeline to the future of their choice. Thank you!

Sponsor a Child Today!

group of children from ZACTS School in Zambia

Celebrating your Impact in 2019
• Zambia

January 23, 2020

From 60 students in 2012, to 602 students in 2020, ZACTS School for Orphans and Vulnerable Children has been reaching out to children in the surrounding communities and offering them a quality Christian education. ZACTS has been given the status of "School of Excellence" by Zambia’s Ministry of Education. A wonderful achievement! Thank you so much for your partnership. Quality education is a primary way of eradicating poverty in rural Zambia.

Oscar faced many hardships after his parents divorced. He and his siblings often went without food. His relatives suggested that the family move away but the teachers at ZACTS spoke to his mother and persuaded her not to move because it would jeopardize Oscar’s education.

Oscar shares, “My mother was persuaded after she was told that I had received sponsorship through International Needs. I really appreciate the staff at ZACTS for their intervention, and I’m very grateful for the support of my Canadian sponsor. I hope to become a teacher and help my community by providing them with education.”

Special thanks to our sponsors for supporting children’s education in Zambia.

Buikwe Senior High School Dormitory

Celebrating your Impact in 2019
• Uganda

January 21, 2020

The construction of a 200 bed girls’ dormitory at Buikwe Senior High School was completed and commissioned by the Director of the Ministry of Education in June 2019. The dormitory will provide the supervision and security the girls need to move forward confidently in their studies.

“A few years ago, this school was just a dream. All we had was a hill. Now we have a school and it continues to grow. The completion of the girls’ dormitory will help us to continue promoting girls’ education.” • Justice Miwanda, Director of International Needs Uganda.

Celebrating your Impact in 2019
• Nepal

January 16, 2020

42 Women from rural districts throughout Nepal were empowered through the training they received at the Lydia Vocational Training Centre. This training enabled them to create employment for themselves, and become women of influence in their communities.

Sarada was overjoyed to be accepted at the Lydia Centre. She shares, “I must have irritated my instructors with my many questions but I loved learning how to sew. I can sew women and men’s clothing, baby sets, school uniforms, and a lot more!

Besides tailoring, I loved the Bible classes. They deepened my understanding of the Scriptures, and helped me to grow in my faith. I plan to open a tailoring shop in the Kailali district where my family lives. I will also share the many things I’ve learned at Lydia with the other women in my village. This is my dream.”

Thank you!

Celebrating your Impact in 2019
• Ghana

January 14, 2020

Out-of-school adolescent girls between the ages of 15-19 are being empowered to become self- reliant through vocational training in bead design.

Operating a small business will enable the girls to look after their own needs and contribute to the well-being of their families. The girls are also enlightened on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, sexual violence, and children’s rights.

Celebrating your Impact in 2019
• DR Congo

January 9, 2020

Because of your support, 935 babies were safely delivered at Clinique Papillon. The mothers attended pre-natal classes and felt better prepared to deliver their babies. Post-natal care will ensure that mothers and babies thrive. Thank you!

At Ephphata School for the Deaf, 118 children, sponsored by Canadian families, have hope for the future! They are receiving a quality education and trade, and will be able to support themselves and contribute to the life of their communities. Thank you!

Celebrating your Impact in 2019
• Colombia

January 7, 2020

As Colombia grapples with thousands of Venezuelan refugees streaming across its borders, the Rose of Sharon School has reached out to the distraught families who have reached La Playa.

35 children were enrolled in classes and receive the support available to them at the school such as education, school uniforms, textbooks, emotional and psychological support. A seminar was conducted by psychologist Stephany Rodriguez to help the families cope with their difficult circumstances.

Your support has enabled the Rose of Sharon School to extend a helping hand to the refugees living among them, and give them hope. Thank you!

Celebrating your Impact in 2019
• Bangladesh

January 2, 2020

Nadia has a great report card. She’s excited to show her parents her good marks. The future looks brighter for Nadia than it did for her parents.

Education is often referred to as the great equalizer - it can open the door to jobs, resources, and skills that a family needs not just to survive, but to thrive.

Because you support International Needs Free Schools in Bangladesh, 361 children like Nadia were able to get a quality education - free of charge. These children come from families who are struggling financially and can’t afford to send them to school. On behalf of Nadia and her schoolmates, thank you!

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2020

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 24, 2019

Tis the Season to be Giving - Making your Year-End Gift Count

December 19, 2019

It's hard to believe that 2020 is almost here! Though most of us look forward to the Christmas season with excitement, Christmas can bring a sense of loneliness and despair to some. Those who live alone, have lost loved ones, or those who don’t have the means to celebrate Christmas as they would wish.

Going out of your way to include others in your holiday activities is a great way to share Christ’s love. Remembering the needs of those who live in desperate circumstances, like children trapped in child labour, is another way you can share the love of Christ.

Through your year-end gift, you can provide a better Christmas for children in need, and offer them hope for the coming year. This is a great way to make your year-end gift count.

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Christmas Lights - The Hope of a Better Place

December 17, 2019

Rakib is 10 years old, has a full-time job, and sleeps on the floor at his place of work! Not the best scenario for a young boy....

...Rakib shares, “When I first came to the Centre, I did not have any idea about life. The teachers are helping me to grow and teaching me many new things. I like learning and pay close attention in class. My teachers say that I am very smart. I love the food and being with the other children. It’s the best part of my day.”

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Christmas Lights - Shining for Jesus in a Dark Place

December 12, 2019

"Hello, my name is Sneha, and I come from the remote village of Jajarkot, in Nepal. I have three brothers, and one sister. When my youngest brother was small, he became severely ill. My grandmother, who is a witch doctor, tried to cure him but was unable to. She told us he was going to die...

At present, I am studying at the Lydia Centre. I am learning important skills like sewing, craft making, cooking, learning to play musical instruments, and growing in my Christian faith. I’d like to serve my people in the future..."

Read the Full Story Here

Human Rights Day - Empowering Youth to Be World Changers

December 10, 2019

Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day. When human rights are abandoned, we are all at great risk. Young people have always been major drivers of political, economic and social transformation. They bring fresh ideas and solutions to the problems we face.

Education gives young people the tools they need to bring changes that impact their lives and communities. Support a student today and build a better future for tomorrow.

Support a student today and build a better future for tomorrow:

Support A Student

2019 Bangladesh Medical Outreach

December 7, 2019

In November, 2019, an International Needs medical team from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Bangladesh worked together to hold medical clinics in rural villages in Bangladesh. Emma Fuller, (left, front row), shares:

“The rural areas are terribly under-serviced and is where we saw the most desperation, as the people have limited access and funds for healthcare. Yet despite this, the Bangladeshi people are proud of their heritage and are hard-working, generous, and kind.

The days were often long and hot, with large crowds and many needs, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Each day was a new experience as we travelled to areas that I knew I would most likely never see again. Areas that most foreigners never see.

I still have many questions to puzzle out about “international aid work,” but I am continuously impressed by the work of International Needs as an organization, with its commitment to sustainable development. As our wise trip leader, Neal Stretch, said to us one evening as we struggled to understand our role in all of this, “The other option is doing nothing.” So, I chose to do ‘something’. And that’s all we can ever do.”

A more detailed account of the medical team’s time spent in Bangladesh will be featured in our winter edition of The Link Newsletter.

For more information on the work of International Needs in Bangladesh click below:
International Needs Bangladesh

Thankful Thursday – So Thankful for You!

December 5, 2019

Thank you so much for your generosity on Giving Hope Day! Because of you, hungry children like Rafi will have full bellies and a smile on their face when they leave the Drop-in Centre to go back to work.

Your support will help stock the Drop-in Centre’s shelves with all the supplies they need to care for the working children who walk through their door every day.

Rafi shares, “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.”

For more information on the Drop-in Centre click below:
Drop-In Centre

Giving Hope Day - You Can Rescue a Child!

December 3, 2019

Hope is such a beautiful word. Who among us has not needed a shot of hope to spur us on in hard times? On Giving Hope Day, you can give trafficked children five of the crucial things they need to live with hope. Through the Drop-In Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh, you can reach out to children trapped in child labour and provide:

  • Spiritual nurture and psychological support.
  • A safe and enriching environment where they can play for a few hours each day.
  • Basic education, where they learn to read, write, and do simple math.
  • Nutritious food to grow healthy bodies.
  • Bathing facilities and healthcare.
When you support the Drop-in Centre in Dhaka, you help rescue children from forced labour. Will you help vulnerable children find hope and dream again?

“Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who help the poor honour Him.” Prov. 14:31

Give Hope Today!

Giving Hope Day is next Tuesday!

November 28, 2019

Consider young Rhia, 11, who is waiting for the day when she can escape the rigors of child labour. Rhia lives in an overcrowded village in the Dhaka district of Bangladesh. Her father, a rickshaw driver, died of a heart attack when she was just a small child, and now Rhia lives with her uncle’s family. She makes plastic bags to earn a small amount of money, from early in the morning until late at night – sometimes she is too busy to stop and eat! This is so wrong on so many levels.

Child labour keeps children out of school, hinders effective learning, and denies them the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to escape poverty. You can help children like Rhia by supporting the Drop-in Centre in Dhaka.

Give Hope Today!

Giving Hope Day (A.K.A #GivingTuesday)

November 26, 2019

Giving Hope Day is just around the corner! Time to give some thought on how you can lessen the burden of someone else. May we suggest lending a hand to a child caught in the grip of child labour?

Afia is 8 years old and lives in a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Because she was born a girl, her parents neglected her and sent her to work to earn extra income. Afia works from 8am until 10pm as a servant, washing dishes, cleaning bathrooms, washing floors, and infant care. It is a hard life for an 8 year old child.

International Needs’ Drop in Centre in Dhaka reaches out to children like Afia. Children who work in cement factories, small roadside hotels, tea stalls, or portable shops. The Centre provides a safe and enriching environment where children receive nutritious food, education, social and psychological support, recreational activities, healthcare services, and bathing facilities.

Afia comes to the Drop-in Centre for a couple of hours each day. She has quickly learned all her subjects and made new friends. On Giving Hope Day, you can give hope to children like Afia by supporting the Drop-in Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thank you!

Give Hope Today!

Giving Hope Day (A.K.A #GivingTuesday)

November 21, 2019

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fast approaching as the Christmas season draws near. But what about Giving Hope Day? Yes, that’s right… Giving Hope Day is on Tuesday, December 3rd. Why not do something different this year? Stand out from the crowd and give hope to a trafficked child this Christmas season!

Trafficked children in Dhaka, Bangladesh suffer abuse and exploitation, and desperately need your help and support. The Drop-In Centre in Dhaka provides a safe and enriching environment where children can receive spiritual nurture, nutritious food, education, social and psychological support, healthcare services, and bathing facilities.

Your gift can make a huge impact:
  • $20 will provide a year’s worth of soap and towels for one child.
  • $30 will provide warmer clothes for the winter months.
  • $40 will provide a nutritious meal for a vulnerable child for three months.
  • $100 will pay the wages of one of the Drop-in Centre’s caregivers for one month.

What are you waiting for? Give a child hope today!

Give Hope Today!

Letter from a Grateful Heart

November 19, 2019

"Dear Sponsor,

Thank you so much for the great work you have done in my life by supporting my education. With much joy, I want to inform you that I have completed my course in Carpentry and Joinery. My family is so grateful for what I have attained. There are 11 children in my family and I am one of three who were able to finish their studies.

When I have saved up enough capital, I will open my own shop and employ young people who have no work. I am also planning to represent youth on our town council as a counsellor.

My dear sponsor, thank you very much for the great love, care, and support that you have given me since I started school. May the Lord reward you A LOT.


Baskets of Love

November 14, 2019

Baskets of Love have been a great blessing to children and their families struggling with oppressive poverty in various parts of the world.

By giving a Basket of Love you offer a child the gifts of food, education, hope, and medical supplies, and point them to a God who loves and cares for them.

As Christmas approaches will you give a Basket of Love to children in need?

Give a Basket of Love Today!

Days for Girls

November 12, 2019

Days for Girls is a nonprofit organization that prepares and distributes sustainable menstrual health solutions to girls who would otherwise miss school during menstruation.

Mac Adhikary, International Needs’ Director in Bangladesh, visited Days for Girls in Ancaster to receive 260 kits for the girls at Savar Children Village in Bangladesh.

A big thank you to the ladies for their hard work, from all of us at International Needs and from the girls at Savar Children’s Village. The girls were thrilled with their kits. Keep up the good work!

We will not forget.

November 11, 2019

Pray for our soldiers and for the families of those who lost their lives protecting others.

2019 Fall Link Newsletter

November 5, 2019

International Needs Uganda Celebrates 25 Years of Ministry – A young woman shares the long-term impact of child sponsorship in her life.

Read the Full Article Here!

2019 Bangladesh Medical Tour

November 4, 2019

The 2019 Medical Team has arrived in Bangladesh, beginning their journey in Naogoan.

Many women and children are waiting to see the doctor.

Check out Our Discovery Tours Here!

International Day of Prayer for The Persecuted Church

November 3, 2019

Join with thousands of Christians worldwide who will unite in prayer for our brothers and sisters who are suffering persecution for their faith in Christ

“We pray that we will be faithful in persecution, even if it costs us our lives.” - Egyptian Pastor

International Needs Founder Dies at 91

November 1, 2019

International Needs (IN) founder, Dr. Ray Harrison, passed away peacefully, on October 26, 2019, in Wellington, New Zealand, surrounded by his loving family. He was 91 years old. Dr. Ray was a devoted follower of Christ, and a champion of the poor and oppressed throughout the world.

In 1974, Dr. Ray was invited to Bangladesh by the late Rev. Smith R. Adhikary. At that time, the country was going through incessant floods and calamities. Observing the horrible conditions the people were living in, Dr. Ray broke down and wept. Embracing Rev. Adhikary, he cried, “Can’t we do something to help these people?” Thus was born the work of International Needs.

2019 Fall Link Newsletter

October 31, 2019

Empowering Children to Fulfill their Dreams – Sponsorship. One Canadian woman shares the impact of child sponsorship not only on her sponsored child, but in her own life as well.

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2019 Fall Link Newsletter

October 29, 2019

Levelling Things Up – Jeff Hughes partners with International Needs through his business, Level-Up.

Read Full Article Here

2019 Fall Link Newsletter

October 24, 2019

Building Strong Futures in Uganda – Fred Kavuma finds his passion and dreams of someday owning his own business.

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2019 Fall Link Newsletter

October 22, 2019

Meeting the Needs of Girls at Makonge School - A new project for Makonge Primary School in Uganda – a girls’ bathroom!

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 17, 2019

Poverty is more than just a lack of income. Besides hunger and malnutrition, poverty includes a limited access to education and healthcare services, social discrimination, and exclusion. This year’s theme - Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty – reminds us that when we join forces with communities in need, changes come.

In 2010, ZACTS School in Zambia was a small theological, agricultural, and arts college with 18-20 students. The school was in severe financial difficulty. The vision and passion of the staff was to see it transformed into a primary school for vulnerable children, serving the very needy communities of Muzabula and Kambeu.

Their dream became a reality through a strong partnership with International Needs Canada. Today, 490 children are receiving a quality Christian education at ZACTS School. Education has the power to change a life and, thanks to your partnership, hundreds of vulnerable children are rewriting their stories with a much happier ending. Thank you so much!

Support ZACTS School Here

World Food Day

October 16, 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


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!”

Support ZACTS School Here

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.

Support ZACTS School Here

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 Centrereaches 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!

Support Rose of Sharon School

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.

Support Clinique Papillon

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!

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:

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:

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!

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?

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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.


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!

#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.

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 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!


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


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


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!


November 21, 2018

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

Give Today


November 20, 2018

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

Give Today


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

Christmas Gift Form

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