To review, here's what you helped accomplish in 2015
United States - volunteered as an after school activities helper
United States - the Kickball for Kids game raised money for the homes we support in Jamaica - Robin's Nest Children's Home, Granville, Homestead and Father's House.
United States - volunteered at the Boys and Girls Haven Christmas party
United States - volunteered at the Home Of The Innocents high school graduation party. Education is important!
United States - raised money to buy children uniforms so they can attend school. We purchased and brought uniforms for the children at St. Joseph's Children's Home in Louisville Kentucky so the children can go to school. They come to St. Joes with nothing, including uniforms.
Ethiopia - because of you, we were able to manufacture Choose Live Lead course books to share with young adults and teens without parents in Ethiopia. The books will be translated into their language and used at weekly classes in Ethiopia at the Children's Hope Chest Youth Development Program.
Russia - because of you, we traveled to two cities in Russia to host a seminar for orphan teens on goal setting and business-building. We were able to bring them The One Thing books in Russian, and hired a translator to translate instructor Heidi Fore's message to the students.
Jamaica - Special projects were coordinated at Robins Nest children's home and donations given
Jamaica - Taught business skills classes at Granville Place of Safety near Montego Bay
Jamaica - Taught business skills classes at Homestead Place of Safety in Kingston
Jamaica - Taught business skills classes at The Father's House. Your funds allowed teenager living at a group home for 67 teens in Jamaica to learn the principles behind small business building. During the 12 week class they learned interviewing skills, profit and loss statements and marketing plans for their businesses. Our instructors taught from our Choose Live Lead workbooks, Success For Teens from the Success Foundation, and principles from KW Kids Can and KW Bold.
Uganda - Raised money to buy text books for a school in Uganda through Arise and Shine Uganda. We purchased text books for a school in Uganda that needed new textbooks.
Made financial donations to other charities doing work or orphan education
In case you're wondering, here are some more details on the above work...
DECEMBER 2015: TEENAGERS COMPLETED OUR 12 WEEK ENTREPRENEURIAL BUSINESS SKILLS CLASS AND STARTED A BUSINESS IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS SALES. THEY MADE PERFUME, BUG SPRAY, CITRONELLA CANDLES, SALT SCRUB AND SUGAR SCRUB FOR SMOOTH HANDS AND FEET. WE ARE PROUD OF THEM.
JUNE 2015: WHAT THE STUDENTS OF OUR BUSINESS SKILLS CLASS IN KINGSTON JAMAICA LEARNED:
T****** SAID, “THREE THINGS THAT I HAVE LEARNT TODAY: ANYTHING THAT I DO, DO IT AT MY BEST. BELIEVE IN MY DREAMS. THINK ABOUT THINGS I CAN DO NOW TO MAKE ONE STEP CLOSER TO MY FUTURE. ONE THING I WILL ACCOMPLISH IS I WILL DO MY BEST TO BECOME A JOURNALIST AND TO BE A BETTER PERSON IN LIFE.” N******* SAID, “THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I’VE LEARNT TODAY: TO BE WHO I AM, AND TO JUST BE ME. THE STEPS AND PATHS THAT I TAKE CAN ONLY CHANGE MY FUTURE… NOT MY PAST. TRY SAVING AND BUDGETING MY MONEY WISELY. THE ONE GOAL I WILL ACCOMPLISH IS #1 FINISH SCHOOL SO THAT I CAN FULFILL ALL MY DREAMS.”
S****** SAID, “WHAT I LEARNT TODAY: SETBACKS ARE INEVITABLE BUT DON’T ALLOW THEM TO DETER YOU FROM ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS. THE ONLY MISTAKES MADE ARE THE ONES WE DON’T LEARN FROM. ALWAYS DRESS LIKE THE JOB YOU WANT TO GET. WHAT I WILL DO: I WILL GET EXCELLENT GRADES IN MY EXAMS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL OF BECOMING A LAWYER.” ANOTHER STUDENT SAID, “[ONE OF MY GOALS] IN THE FIVE YEARS I WOULD LIKE TO DO A WEATHER FORECAST AND WOULD LIKE TO BE A METEOROLOGIST. [WHAT I LEARNED TODAY] FOR GETTING A JOB, IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS I MUST HAVE ARE A TRN, BIRTH CERTIFICATE, IMMUNISATION CARD, PASSPORT, BANK ACCOUNT. DRESS LIKE THE JOB YOU WANT TO GET. J******* SAID, “[WHAT I LEARNED] 1. I HAVE LEARNED TO SET MY GOAL 2. THAT YOU HAVE TO GET A TRN 3. THAT YOU HAVE TO GET YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE [MY GOAL] I AM GOING TO GO TO A TEACHER COLLEGE.”
HEIDI FORE TAUGHT THE STUDENTS AT A HIGH SCHOOL FOR TEENAGE GIRLS WHO HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THEIR HOMES. SHE TAUGHT THEM THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD CHOICES, EDUCATION, SETTING GOALS, THE COMPOUND EFFECT, AND USING POSITIVE WORDS ABOUT THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER.
HOME OF THE INNOCENTS GRADUATION PARTY
AT THE KICKBALL GAME AND JAMAICAN FOOD FEST, WE RAISED $800 FOR CHILDREN'S HOME PROJECTS IN JAMAICA AND AMERICA.
KICKBALL FOR KIDS (AND GROWNUPS CAN PLAY TOO) * BEER AND WINE !
BBQ AND JAMAICAN FOOD SERVED. BEER AND WINE AND SOFT DRINKS.
HEIDI FORE TAUGHT CHOOSE LIVE LEAD CLASSES IN RUSSIA AT ORPHAN CARE CENTERS FOR TEENAGERS WHO HAVE AGED OUT OF ORPHANAGES.
HEIDI FORE WENT TO ETHIOPIA AND TALKED TO ORPHANS WHO HAVE AGED OUT OF ORPHANAGES ABOUT SETTING GOALS AND THE COMPOUND EFFECT OF CHOICES.
This trip was in partnership with the Youth Development Program with Children’s Hope Chest in Addis Abbaba
OTHER PLACES WE HAVE HELPED:
St Joseph’s Children's Home - we raised enough money to buy all the kids there a new uniform so they can go to school.
Boys and Girls Haven - we celebrated last Christmas with them
West End Boys School - we sent money and have volunteered to serve lunch.
Home Of The Innocents - we sponsored and volunteered at a graduation party celebrating the kids who graduated high school while in the foster children program.