Women Making a Difference

WMAD began its roots in 2003 representing an amalgamation of women from all walks of life, backgrounds and ages sharing a common purpose. We make a unique impact with methods of action supporting one another personally and in the marketplace.
Our ongoing local projects and global world at large continues to impact lives. Local projects have included Hiatus House, Street Help/Unit 7, Spirit of Excellence and Downtown Mission. Our local projects revive an awareness connecting with community helping our neighbours. We are currently partnered with The Well-Come Centre a hospice for Homeless Women. At our monthly gatherings we bring much needed supplies for the Centre and assist in project needs to encourage our local neighbours with dignity!

To all Women Making a Difference,
2018 has been a remarkable year in that WMAD and International Needs Canada celebrated the completion and dedication of one of the largest water projects to date in Limuru, Kenya.
This project impacts the lives of hundreds of women and children each and every day. This project has several distribution tanks and an almost unlimited source of fresh, clean water.
It was with pleasure that I could host some of the women and Nancy Bolton, the Director of WMAD, to the project in Kenya. It was an amazing trip.
Also in 2018 WMAD completed funding for the water holding tank and piping in the newly built school in Naogoan, Bangladesh. The impact here is enormous as this school will be housing some of the most vulnerable children in Bangladesh, namely trafficked children. On completion of this project the school will provide education for 400 rural children as well as housing and schooling for 100 trafficked children, who will live and grow up in a safe environment and will be able to access clean water all the time.
In 2019 I look forward to our continued partnership in raising funds for a new water project in Kebenu, Ghana. Project Number Eight. What an amazing group of women you are to work so tirelessly to raise money so that the world may be a better place. Thousands and thousands of lives have been changed because of your generosity and kindness; illness eliminated, the drudgery of carrying heavy water containers reduced and happy children arriving at school on time because clean water is close by.
In addition to saving lives by providing clean water, many WMAD have gone one step further and sponsored children. Sponsorship means education, one square meal a day, and access to health care. Sponsorship is a small act that changes a life forever. One child at a time.
On behalf of International Needs Canada and our partners worldwide……..we thank you. Words can never thank you enough.

Thank you and your amazing committee for the opportunity to present our WMAD 8th water project for Kebenu, Ghana in the strength of our partnership with International Needs Canada. It was a great experience beyond measure to participate in your special event!

On behalf of Women Making a Difference in partnership with International Needs Canada your donation from Women Helping Women $2,870.00 will be individually addressed for tax receipts.
Update to Women Helping Women on our current water project: 1. Date…. The project we are currently funding has not begun yet. We are awaiting more funds available so they can complete the project from beginning to end successfully. International Needs Canada does not want it halted halfway because of funding. International Needs Ghana is anticipating the start of the project by mid-2019. When the project begins we will be sending photos of the progress made.

2. Collection: The water project is listed on the International Needs Canada website as well as on our Women Making a Difference website. WMAD website has a link to International Needs Canada, eligible tax receipts. Total funds collected to January 15th, 2019 is $5,461.00 received by International Needs Canada.

3. Women Making a Difference is committed as a group to complete this project. Striving together to achieve our goals and dreams for the common good of women! We are funding in an active role individually and as a group working together!

Congratulations on your achievements on the life changing global work you continue to do to make our world a better place. It is our honour working with you in an ongoing awareness in transforming lives.
‘I am because WE are.’ African Proverb.
Gratefully Nancy Bolton/Creative Director of WMAD

Goats for Girls

Goats for Girls was established in 2012 by 15 year old Jannine Koert.

Jannine went to Malawi for the first time in 2010. She had an amazing trip, and was able to build close friendships with girls living in the areas she visited. In 2012, Jannine was excited to travel back to Malawi to see her friends again. However, a big surprise was waiting for her when she arrived back in her friends’ villages: many of the girls she met only 2 years before were married. They were only 14.

When Jannine returned to Canada, she realized she had to help these girls change the situation they were in. And so, Goats for Girls was born.

Goats for Girls uses sustainable means to empower vulnerable girls with the resources they need to break from the cycle of poverty. We encourage girls to complete their educations, and use our contact with them as an opportunity spread the light of God’s Word. Goats for Girls seeks to create mature, knowledgeable, and loving mothers who instruct and care for their children and play an active role in improving their communities.

“Give a man a fish and he has food for a day, but give a man a fishing pole and he has food for a lifetime.”
This is the Goats for Girls approach. We give girls what they need to help themselves get ahead. Whether it be material goods, encouragement, or a peer-support group, the things we give our girls allow them to stay in school without growing dependent on Goats for Girls for daily assistance.

Women Helping Women is proud to have partnered with Goats for Girls and together we have made a difference:

Dear Women Helping Women:

A few months ago, we received a wonderful donation from your organization, amounting to $5,525. This donation has gone very far over the past few months and has caused many new exciting developments to occur in our Goats for Girls project.

In the summer of 2018, just before we had presented for WHW, we had chosen a new group of 20 girls in the village of Khoko (Malawi), as well as a new group of girls in the village of Thonje (Malawi). As these girls are located quite far from our usual locations, we decided to start the groups off by purchasing new goats, using the $5,525 donation, instead of using our normal goat pass on strategy. Each girl received 2 female goats. One or two boer goats (male goats) was also given to each group for breeding purposes. Each goat was also vaccinated, to help fight against the diseases and infections that are common among goats in the surrounding area. This was all done in the month of November.

Below is a summary of how the funds were used (in Malawian Currencies):

Description 1 Unit (MKW) Total (MKW)
40 Female goats (Khoko) 30,000 1,200,000
38 Female goats (Thonje) 30,000 1,140,000
3 Boer goats 60,000 180,000
2 bottles of disease prevention vaccines 30,000 60,000

Total Malawian Kwachas spent 2,580,000

Total CANADIAN $ $4,777.778

This left us with about $725 to continue developing the project. We had several girls in another village group, which was started a few years ago, that needed to have goats replaced because their previous goats had died due to disease. These goats were also vaccinated as soon as the girls were given ownership. Our project manager in Malawi managed to obtain these goats for a slightly lower price than those mentioned above. Below is the summary of those purchases.

Description 1 Unit (MKW) Total (MKW)
12 Female Goats (Julias) 26,000 312,000
1 Bottle of Vaccines 30,000 30,000

Total Malawian Kwachas Spent 342,000

Total Canadian $ Spent $626.79

Adding up the total costs of the two events mentioned above amounts to: $4,777.778 + $626.79 = $5404.56. This left approximately $120 to spend, which covered part of the total cost for the transportation of purchased goats to the proper locations (Khoko, Thonje, and Julias).

On behalf of the Goats 4 Girls beneficiaries and Project Manager, we as board members wish to extend our gratefulness for the donations that were received after we presented our cause. It was wonderful to see a room full of passionate and likeminded people, ready to change the world in such an amazing way. Below this letter I have included some pictures from the events that were mentioned above. The quality of the photos is not the best as they were taken with a cellphone. We also do not have photo evidence of the girls receiving their goats in Thonje. I hope the pictures received are enough to show how well the money was used. If not, feel free to contact us and we will ask some of our contacts in Malawi to get some more photos. Members of the G4G board hope to visit the project again in May 2019 and August 2019 as well.

The donation of $5,525 has been so beneficial to Goats 4 Girls, and we and all who are involved will be forever grateful!

Zikomo Kwambiri! (Thank-you in Chichewa – the language spoken in Malawi)

Sincerely,

Goats for Girls

Together We Give

Together We Give is a small organization that provides services and charitable relief to disenfranchised grassroots communities in South Africa. The organizations focus is on addressing concerns related to poverty, education, health, welfare, unemployment, historical inter-generational trauma &, and social justice. Together We Give believes when youth are enabled to make responsible life choices, cycles of abuse cease and, they break through barriers of opportunities. Together We Give is committed to alleviating historical, generational abuse, illness and trauma. Our mission is supported through promotion of:
Respect & Compassion
Education & Life-skills
Community Service & Social Activism
Arts, Healing & Heritage
Together We Give is a registered South African non-profit, incorporated in 2012.

Days for Girls

When we mobilize girls and women through health and education opportunities, their communities and our world grow stronger.
​Pads are a simple item that allow girls to go to school and women to go to work.

We are fortunate to have a group of dedicated and ambitious women from Chatham-Kent who gather material and spend time sewing pads and making “kits” that are delivered to women and girls in developing countries.
Women Helping Women is honoured to support and learn more about Days for Girls and their mission to bring washable and affordable solutions to menstruation and help women and girls make every day count.

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Finding Hope Honduras

Finding Hope Honduras was presented by Maureen Regier. She was suggested by one of our members who has attended a number of our Women Helping Women gatherings.

Finding Hope Honduras is an organization dedicated to improving the families’ lives in the impoverished rural community of El Porvenir and the surrounding areas of the Atlántida region in northern Honduras.

Kilimanjaro Initiative

We presented the Kilimanjaro Initiative. The main objective of the Kilimanjaro Initiative is to encourage young people to have self-belief.

Rayjon Share Care (Sarnia)

Rayjon Share Care supports partners in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Their focus is on community development and social justice, and supports programs in health care, education, adult literacy and micro-finance. Beneficiaries come from both rural and urban areas that are affected by extreme poverty.

Rayjon is expanding access to literacy classes for women, linked with practical  skills training to help them better care for their families and to increase their capacity to earn a living. Beneficiaries gain confidence as they learn to read and write and develop employable skills (including sewing). They receive training in hygiene, cooking for a healthy family, domestic violence prevention and sexual health. Their children are cared for by a nurse specializing in the treatment of malnutrition.

At the centre families can also access a tuition support fund to ensure that no child is left behind in school. Funds are currently needed for this program and can be earmarked to support the holistic programs benefitting women in Cap Haitian.

TAWINA

TAWINA is a past, and very important recipient organization. Their prime efforts are helping to educate and empower rural women and girls to realize their potential, claim their rights and lead social change. Their work is organized around three themes–Women, Girls and the Environment and five sectors; namely, agriculture, health, education, environment and entrepreneurship.

They are a young women led organization with a Board and Secretariat comprising of females. They educate and empower women and girls in impoverished rural farming communities in sub-Saharan Africa. They are community based and value men’s contribution towards women’s empowerment and equality. They believe there is an end to all forms of poverty through female empowerment.

TAWINA is guided by principles and values with the most important being partnerships and accountability. They also believe that a fair and just world for women, girls and everyone is possible

Glad Tidings church group (Blenheim)

This recipient group is made up of individuals associated with the Glad Tiding Church in Blenheim, Ontario who are active in humanitarian missions in Guatemala.

The participants pay for their own expenses to travel to Central America to promote various efforts including building, education and health initiatives. This particular trip will involve a visit to a hospital to provide layettes including clothes, blankets etc., to babies born into poverty.

As well as providing layettes they are supporting an initiative to promote women’s health care by providing pap tests for wives of pastors in hopes of setting an example of preventive health care for women in the region.

ICA (International Children’s Awareness)

ICA’s awareness focus has evolved into working with communities in Cameroon and institutions in Romania in particular ways to ensure sustainable solution in education and other areas of development. Their core values include social justice, participation and partnership, sustainability education and heath care.

This organization was established by a Canadian and is build on the concept of helping people so they may help themselves through eduction and various projects that bring opportunity or improved conditions to those most in need.

Currently ICA has a program focused on the Cassava Grinders. These grinders have allowed women’s groups to fund community programs, as well as invest in other profitable activities in that benefit the women, their families and their communities.

Ethiopia water well project: Jill Cooper: Into All The World

the Afar People are a nomadic tribe relying on camel’s milk and goat meat for their existence, and water is essential for their livelihood. The water they were using was making them sick and it took 2 years to find a solution. It was found that their water was heavily contaminated with fluoride was 40 times the maximum level allowed in Canada.

The water well replacement are Canadian made and maintained by the local Afar People. Your generous donations went to “Into All the World”, which is a Canadian relief organization.

We’re ecstatic to announce that the well is up and running! You’ve given the gift of life. Water for survival.

School project in Kenya: Shirley Willis: Free The Children

Free The Children carries the power of WE globally, empowering communities to lift themselves out of poverty through a holistic, sustainable international development model, Adopt a Village.

Adopt a Village is a 5-pillar model designed to achieve sustainable change: education, clean water and sanitation, health, agriculture and food security, and alternative income and livelihood.

Your donations are helping to build the Kisaruni All girl high school in Kenya so that more girls can fulfill their dreams and empower them to be a gift to tomorrow.

IWEN (Intercultural Women’s Education Network)

IWEN’s mission is to raise importance of and increase access to education for primarily marginalized females, by funding education programs in Nepal and Canada.

IWEN Canada

Jorge De Guzman

Jorge de Guzman (as featured on the CBC’s “Canada’s Champions of Change”) had a life changing event. In 1999, life took a drastic turn when his mentor asked him to travel to Thailand with him to help save children from the sex trade. Jorge witnessed a dying girl, a victim of violent sexual abuse, who had been found on the street. She passed away. From that day on he said to himself, “I’ll never let this happen on my watch.”  And with those words came action. To rescue, rehabilitate and prevent these atrocities from happening to these young children.

Jorge De Guzman

HIME for Help

HIME for Help is another important recipient. Emily Hime, born and raised in Chatham, founded this non-profit organization in 2012. Emily is now running Maison Ke Kontan Children’s Home in Port Au Prince where seventeen children currently reside. As well as running the children’s home she also sponsors over ten children and families who are living in extreme poverty and gives these children an opportunity to attend school. She also supports a tent city consisting of 76 people where she provides clothing, food, and medical treatment as well as a remote village in the mountains of Montrouis where she personally sponsors a family of nine and provides care packages, medical care, clothing, and food for other Haitians in the village.

As well as running the children’s home she also sponsors over ten children and families who are living in extreme poverty and gives these children an opportunity to attend school.

TAWINA

TAWINA is a very important recipient organization. Their prime efforts are helping to educate and empower rural women and girls to realize their potential, claim their rights and lead social change. Their work is organized around three themes–Women, Girls and the Environment and five sectors; namely, agriculture, health, education, environment and entrepreneurship.

TAWINA’s prime efforts are helping to educate and empower rural women and girls to realize their potential, claim their rights and lead social change.

Ethiopiaid: The Fistula Hospital

Your donations to Ethiopiaid which was directed to the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa will help many lives of women suffering from obstetric fistula.

Your gift will enable 170 women suffering from fistula to receive the medical treatment they so desperately need.

Your generosity has helped us: save lives, educate a generation and restore dignity to broken women.

Obstetric fistula has a devastating effect on women. ln addition to the primary symptom of obstetric fistula incontinence the side effects are many. Women suffering from fistula are shunned by their husbands and families, which leads to isolation and loneliness. Some women suffer nerve damage in their legs from the obstructed labour, and others encounter muscle wastage from years spent lying down in an attempt to stop the endless trickle of urine. Many women arrive at the hospital severely under-nourished, having begun to refuse food and water in the hopes that it will help their condition.

However, obstetric fistula is treatable. W¡th your support, the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital is transforming the lives of these women. The Hospital is a truly amazing institution where women regain their hope and health; build friendships and self-confidence; and reclaim their future.

Download the personal letter from Elizabeth Mengesha, Executive Director of Ethiopiaid.

Download the Ethiopiaid newsletter.

Download the Ethiopiaid 2013 Annual Report.

ApneAap Women’s Collective (AAWC)

On behalf of ApneAap Women’s Collective (AAWC), I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude for supporting us.

Without your concern for the underprivileged, we could not provide key activities like education, empowerment, health, and shelter, and recreation, all of which help to break the intergenerational cycle of prostitution among young children in Kamathipura.

I am proud to share that AAWC has received increasing recognition of our work on a national and international scale. This growing awareness of AAWC comes at a significant time for our organisation, as we have recently achieved a number of operational milestones, including celebrating our 16th anniversary.

We recently acquired a newer and larger private facility and increased our full-time staff by more than 40%. I would like to share with you the inspiring achievements of our members.

Our toddlers have continued to shine in the classroom at both public and private schools, with higher performance in academics and social behavior than their classmates.

Our girls achieved a 99% pass rate on school exams, a 100% pass rate on board exams, and a 100% transition among 12th standard gradates to university. From our first vocational program woman beneficiary graduate left prostitution permanently to become a tailor.

At this time, I kindly request you to read through our information pack, annual report of achievements and activities report across Udaan (girls ages 6-18), in addition with Umeed (women in prostitution) to identify with the array of the services provided.

As we expand our programs in 2015-2016, our budgets are Rs.32.5 lakhs (Umang), Rs.36 lakhs (Udaan), and Rs.26 lakhs (Umeed). Your support of $1500 towards the Udaan program (as you intended in your letter) would be most appreciated. With your continued generosity, we hope to empower more girls pursue new possibilities for themselves and their families.

For your reference we are attaching here with our (1) Organization Information Pack (2) Annual Report 2014 (3) Oct’14 to Jan’15 Activities Report. I look forward to hear from you if need any further information.

Warmest regards,
Manju Vyas, Chief Executive Officer, ApneAap Women’s Collective

Apne Aap Women