Getting ready for the BMO Fundraiser

 

 I have been a runner for many years and love being physically fit. Recently, I have found this discipline works well with my desire to help and encourage others. The Boys Dormitory Project provides much needed accommodation and is a very real and practical way to improve young lives. As I guide our team along a journey to the finish line, I can see that it gives them confidence to go beyond what they thought was possible. The individual activity of running becomes a team effort with a common goal. Together our small steps can make a world of difference in the lives of these children in northern India.

Al Gillespie

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I’m a beginner recreational walker in support of the vision to construct a boys dormitory in northern India. As a team we enjoy the benefits of friendship and better health as we join Child of Mine to provide a new home for these children. I have found it to be personally invigorating and inspiring to help in this way.

Maryann M.

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East Meets West Event Story

It’s beautiful to see what can be accomplished when many come together for one purpose. After meeting the staff and children in 2017, I couldn’t help but want to get more involved with COM. I was already a monthly partner, but I felt convicted to do more. The new boys’ dorm is a dream that the COM family has had for over ten years. When I discovered that the only thing standing between their dream and reality was finances, I convinced my friend that we could do more for our Indian family. On our own, we felt helplessly inadequate. With nothing really to offer other than our time and a heart to help, we decided to plan a fundraiser. Our goal was to raise awareness of COM with the hopes of cultivating partners to provide on-going support, but also to help raise funds to kick start the long awaited boys’ dorm project.

As we began to share our vision with those around us, we were blown away by the support that flooded in from places we never expected. We began to receive emails of things that were being checked off the to-do list without us even having to lift a finger. Before we knew it we had over 100 volunteers signed up to help with the event! Not to mention the incredible blessing of collaborating with the Sikh temple as they generously catered our event free of charge! In one evening, we raised 25% of the required funds for the boys’ dorm!

We were so incredibly encouraged by the willingness of others to step in and help wherever needed. And we are so thankful for the generosity of those who have contributed to the project. We were reminded that even without a multitude of resources, with a willing heart, great things can be accomplished. It is such a blessing to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We look forward to seeing what the future with COM has in store!

A Willow Park 2018 Trip Story

“Being part of the 2018 India Construction Team has changed my life.”  This statement may seem trite…unless you've experienced India. The time spent with the kids and staff at the home was inspiring and uplifting.  We can all learn much from their thankful and contentful attitudes.  I have made some life-long friends with team members, staff and kids as a result of this trip and am now considering a return trip in the next few years. The appreciation and hospitality of those at the home was both overwhelming and humbling. 

Child of Mine did a great job preparing our team for all aspects of the trip.  There is great satisfaction in seeing these tasks progress from fresh starts to beautifully completed projects.  Even though it was tough to leave those at the home,  the trip was entirely worthwhile.  If you go on one of these trips in the future, be prepared to leave a bit of your heart there.

Shane Holtslander

Learning from India: A SunRidge 2018 Trip Story

The airport doors open to India. The sun is barely up, the cool of the morning also heavy with humidity and the smokey heat of the city. Then from behind the glass of a bus window, which is noticeably more comfortable than most other busses on the road, you watch India continue to wake up. The cool in the air is now completely dried up by the heat of the day, the roads are now totally filled with varying forms of traffic, a thousand shop windows open, and the 23 Canadians inside the bus are silent with a tired and excited observation. 

We flew 14 hours from Vancouver to Delhi and then hopped in a bus for another 8 or so hours up to the mountains towards the Children’s home where we all met with the warmest welcome; the kind of welcome you might receive from an old friend. 

For the next few weeks, through projects and play, we had to privilege of doing life alongside people who live a very different life than what we are used to back in Canada. Whatever the differences were, it was amazing to see how people came together through language and cultural contrast. In the SunRidge Community Church team we had a hairdresser give staff and kids haircuts and teach kids how to cut hair. We had a Web Developer and musician play music with the kids and help out with some website issues. We had carpentry, drawing, and photography skills in our team all which were used in different ways to connect us to the home. We all felt so extremely privileged to build relationships with people at the home through whatever our craft or skills was. 

To work alongside staff and kids at the homes was not only an awesome way to connect but was so inspiring. The staff and the kids approach their work with a vigour and dedication that absolutely amazed us. We began asking them questions like ‘how do they stay energized for your work?’, and ‘what keeps you going when times get hard?’. They are passionate about raising the children well and are clear on their source of strength. 

It is by their example we return to Canada with a renewed strength and spirit. We go back to whatever our work here is with the motivation to make a difference and a deep gratitude for the many lessons we learned from both the kids and the staff of the children’s home.

Education is Opening Doors

Education is Opening Doors

In light of this vision, Child of Mine wants to ensure each child has the opportunity to participate in post secondary education. Upon completion of their program the child is able to enter life beyond the home with a higher education. This opens the door to finding a career that will help to set them up for a successful life; one without the poverty they once knew.

Moving Out & Moving On

Moving Out & Moving On

Every parent feels a sense of pride when they see their children making their way in the world. What a beautiful thing it is for us as Child of Mine partners to share in this experience with our extended family at Shanti Niketan and Dar-Ul-Fazl! In grade 10 the students look to the future as they engage with our Two-Plus-Two program.

During this time they begin to think about what they will do and how life will work when they move into a more independent phase of their life. Two-Plus-Two provides the opportunity to mentor and equip students two years before they graduate and walk with them for two years after.

Another grad success story!

Another grad success story!

The spring brings exam season for the students of Dar-Ul-Fazl and Shanti Niketan.  The students are focused and study very hard in order to do well on their exams. Two students at Dar-Ul-Fazl, Thinless Angmo and Tsering Youtol have graduated from their post secondary program in General Nursing and Midwifery.  A big congratulations to them as they worked hard over the years to finish their program!