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Kenya Education Endowment Fund (KEEF)

KEEF is GC4C’s longest –running partner. KEEF operates in Kenya’s rural Western Province where most families eke out a meager living by subsistence farming. Since 2010 GC4C has partnered with KEEF on numerous infrastructure projects at various schools located in Kakamega County. GC4C funds have contributed to the following projects:

  • Construction of a new kitchen and a new library at the Bondeni School
  • Construction of a new class room at the Mwiyala School
  • Sponsorship of twelve boys from a remote villages for their four years of secondary education
  • Sponsorship of an annual three day life skills workshop for 90 boys; including the purchase of their books, calculators and dictionaries (three years 2010 – 2012)
  • Purchase of photocopiers, computers and videos for the Mwikhomo Special School for the hearing impaired
  • Purchase of 250 desks and benches for classrooms at the Rosternan School
  • Purchase of stoves for Bondeni kitchen
  • Upgrading the water system at Mwikhomo School for the hearing impaired
  • Provision of new beds and curtains for the boy’s dormitory at the Mwikhomo School for the hearing impaired
  • Construction of a new water tower supporting 300 girls at the Kimangeti Girls Secondary School
  • Installation of pipes to move water from a well to the schools dormitory, kitchen and science laboratories at the Koyonzo Boys Secondary School
  • Upgrading the cement pathways for wheelchairs at the Daisy Special School for the physically disabled
  • Purchase of new beds and mosquito nets for children at the Mwikhomo Special School for the hearing impaired

Total expended 2010 – 2016: $80,338

For more information on KEEF: http://www.kenyaeducation.org/

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Yukon Food for Learning (YFFL)

YFFL is one of GC4C’s longest-standing partners. Research and classroom observations confirm that students who are hungry have a tough time concentrating in school. YFFL programs are community based.  School staff and volunteers develop the nutrition programs based on the specific requirements of their community.

  • Since 2011 GC4C’s sponsorship has provided for the nutritional needs of approximately 470 children in up to five schools
  • GC4C 2016/2017 sponsored schools, listed below, provide for the nutritional needs of the students:
  • V. Clark School, Mayo serves breakfast and morning snacks to about 50 students per day. Fruit and snacks are available at lunch and throughout the day as well.
  • Elias Community School, Haines Junction provides a daily lunch and snack program for approximately 40 students. The school also provides breakfast for about 20 students 3 times a week.

Total expended 2011 – 2016: $55,000

For more information on YFFL: http://www.yukonfoodforlearning.ca/

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Options Community Services Society, Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre

Options provides counselling to children and youth who are victims of sexual abuse.  GC4C funds have:

  • Upgraded two playrooms and one art therapy room: provided new flooring, shelving and paint
  • Supplied art supplies, games, books and toys
  • Provided a new lighting system and storage units in two counseling rooms and one art therapy room
  • Purchased resource materials for suicide prevention counselors
  • Replaced broken toys, furniture and introduced new materials for therapeutic space
  • Purchased therapeutic books and bus tickets users of the clinic

Total expended 2012 – 2016: $22,575

For more information on OCSS: http://www.scss.ca/counselling/sexual-abuse-counselling-centre

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Adopt a Village In Laos

Laos has the dubious distinction of being the most heavily bombed country in the world.  AAVIL’s primary goal is to provide water and education projects in rural villages of Laos. GC4C donations have funded the following:

  • Construction of a two room school for grades 1 – 5 in the very poor village of Katang Xieng located in the highlands above Nong Khiaw, Ngoi District, Luang Prabang Province. Total cost of project was $18,000.  $10,000 had been raised by this group and therefore only $8,000 was needed from GC4C to complete the project. The school had 35 children before the construction of the additional class rooms.  This number will grow as neighboring villagers, without a school, will send their children to this school.
  • Construction of half a class room at the Primary School in the village of Done Sok.  49 students attend the school located in a very remote area of Laos. AAVIL matched GC4C’s donation to complete this project.
  • Purchase and transport of 60 school desks for the primary school in the remote village of Ban Xiengda, Laos.

Total expended 2014 – 2016: $19,735

For more information on Adopt a Village In Laos: http://adoptavillageinlaos.wordpress.com

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ONE TO ONE Literacy Society

ONE TO ONE Literacy Society’s mission is to help children develop literacy skills for life.  Their program supports children from diverse and underserved communities who do not, for many reasons, receive literacy support at home. GC4C funds:

  • Purchased 18 sets of specifically- researched reading materials packaged in the “ONE TO ONE Book Box” used by trained volunteers to tutor elementary school students who struggle with reading
  • The specialized book boxes, covering 21 reading levels, are suitable for students in grades 1 to 3

Total expended 2015: $6,880

For more information on ONE TO ONE Literacy Society: http://www.one-to-one.ca

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Canadian Friends of ANIQUEM - CAFA

CAFA supports children at the ANIQUEM clinic, which specializes in health care facilities and rehabilitation for child burn victims.   CAFA’s commitment is to provide services that ANIQUEM cannot otherwise afford to offer but are important to the overall recovery of the burn victims.  GC4C’s donation:

  • Helped cover the cost to transport children with burn injuries who live in extreme poverty and would not have the means to travel to the Aniquem Burn Clinic in Lima

Total expended 2015 – 2016: $5,500

 For more information on Canadian Friends of ANIQUEM: http://www.friendsofaniquem.org

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Alma Children's Education Foundation

Alma means “soul” in Spanish. Their mission is to make positive changes in the lives of Latin American children. They use a micro philanthropic model, partnering with local social entrepreneurs on small, high social return, grassroots education initiatives.

GC4C has sponsored to projects:

Trout Farm Project, Patacancha Peru

  • Construction (2013 – 2015) of a trout farm in the rural communities of Patacancha. The goal of the project is to improve the academic potential and performance of the 134 primary school students through the eradication of chronic malnutrition among the student population. The trout farm, constructed within school grounds and operated by trained community volunteers, provides a protein-based school lunch two to three times per week.
  • The direct beneficiaries of this project are the children in Patacancha between the ages of 3-13 years. The indirect beneficiaries are parents of the children and the teachers who work with the children (approx. 500 people between the two communities).
  •  Results so far have shown that of the 134 primary school students, 24% fully or partially recovered from malnutrition and of the 134 primary school students, 84% improved or did not worsen their incidence of malnutrition.
  • Teachers have also reported increased attendance and participation in school sessions.
  • This project is self-sustaining

Pre-School, Las Palmeras, Bolivia

  • Purchased books, school supplies, tables and chairs to help furnish a pre-school in Las Palmeras in Bolivia

Total expended 2013 – 2016: $26,150

For more information on Alma: http://almafoundation.wordpress.com

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Plea Community Services - Yardworks

Yardworks is attended by Vancouver youth who struggle in a traditional classroom setting. They gain work experience and social skills through the Yardworks program, which they run like a small business while providing lawn and garden maintenance, junk removal, and other services to clients. GC4C funds:

  • Purchased new landscaping and lawn equipment

Total expended 2016: $4,000

For more information on Plea Community Services: www.plea.ca

Starfish Pack

The Starfish Pack program provides a backpack of food for hungry kids to take home to their families every Friday throughout the school year. Food is purchased at cost and the backpacks are filled by volunteers. Teachers report an improvement in students’ math, reading, and concentration skills as a result. GC4C funds went to support:

  • Weekend backpacks for two children in Coquitlam, B.C. for a full school year.

Total expended 2016: $1,050

For more information of the Starfish Pack Program: http://starfishpack.com/