Our Projects

Our Projects

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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 schools throughout Kakamega County.

In 2017, we donated just over $7,300 for new latrines and a kitchen at the Mukangu Primary School, serving 300 children.

In previous years, GC4C funds have gone towards

  • a new kitchen and library at the Bondeni School
  • 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)
  • photocopiers, computers and videos for the Mwikhomo Special School for the hearing impaired
  • 250 desks and benches for classrooms at the Rosternan School
  • stoves for Bondeni kitchen
  • upgrading the water system at Mwikhomo School for the hearing impaired
  • new beds and curtains for the boy’s dormitory at the Mwikhomo School for the hearing impaired
  • a new water tower supporting 300 girls at the Kimangeti Girls Secondary School
  • pipes to move water from a well to the 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
  • new beds and mosquito nets for children at the Mwikhomo Special School for the hearing impaired

Since 2010 we’ve donated almost $87,700!

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

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Yukon Food for Learning (YFFL)

YFFL, one of GC4C’s longest-standing partners, provides breakfasts, snacks, and lunches to hungry students at several schools in Yukon.  YFFL programs are community based, which means the nutrition programs are responsive to the specific needs of each school.

In 2017, we donated $2,000 to provide 57 students at J.V. Clark School in Mayo with fresh fruit and vegetables during the morning break, plus a hot lunch, five days a week.

Over the years, our sponsorship has helped meet the nutritional needs of approximately 470 children in five schools, including J.V. Clark School in Mayo, and the Elias Community School in Haines Junction.

Since 2011 we’ve donated $57,000!

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.

In 2017 we donated $3,500 for art supplies for the centre and neurofeedback headbands for clients to use in meditation and stress reduction. 

In past years our funds have provided

  • new flooring, shelving, paint, and other upgrades to two playrooms and an art therapy room
  • art supplies, games, books and toys
  • new lighting and storage units in two counseling rooms and an art therapy room
  • resource materials for suicide prevention counselors
  • replacements for broken toys, furniture and introduced new materials for therapeutic space
  • therapeutic books and bus tickets for users of the clinic

Since 2012 we’ve donated $26,000!

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 in Lima, Peru, 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.

In 2017, GC4C donated $2,000 to cover transportation for impoverished child burn victims, and a caregiver, to and from the clinic in Lima. This money supports 700 children over the year.

We have donated funds to CAFA every year since 2015, for a total $7,500!

 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

PLEA delivers community-based social, health, educational, vocational and justice services to children and youth in the Metro Vancouver region.

In 2017, GC4C donated $4,000 for a home entertainment system in PLEA’s new location in East Vancouver. The location hosts more than 10 programs for at-risk or exploited youth. 

In 2016, we purchased new landscaping and yard equipment for Yardworks, a PLEA program that provides work experience and social skills to youth through the running of a small garden maintenance and junk removal business.

Since 2016 we’ve donated $8,000 to PLEA!

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

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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/

One Girl Can Society

One Girl Can is a Vancouver-based charity working to enhance the education of girls in Kenya and Uganda.

In 2017, GC4C donated $5,500 for dormitory repairs — demolition, paving, roofing, doors, windows and finishings — at the Masinga Girls Secondary School in Kenya. Work is expected to begin in August 2017. The Masinga school supports 125 students.

One Girl Can is a new partner for GC4C in 2017!

imagine1day

imagine1day is a charity dedicated to educating children in Ethiopia.

In 2017, we donated $8,700 to establish Reading Corners Mini Libraries in 65 Ethiopian schools. The libraries give children a chance to read after class and borrow books for the weekend, thus encouraging a culture of reading in areas where books are rare.

imagine1day is a new partner for GC4C in 2017!