What Thanksgiving means to me
CCFC’s Douglas Ellenor shares success from the past fiscal year
By Dr. Douglas Ellenor
Chair and child sponsor
Canadian students are settled back into school, the leaves are changing from green to red and the humid air has been replaced with a cool breeze. Indeed, Thanksgiving is near.
At this time of year, I like to stop and remember the good graces we’ve been afforded in Canada. Naturally, many people are grateful for economic stability, their friends and family, but what about access to clean water, education, health care? The latter three are often taken for granted in North America, but, in many developing countries, these basic human rights are not a given.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is working to change that. Join us as we give thanks to supporters and partners for our collective accomplishments in Nicaragua, Paraguay, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia and India, for the year-ending March 31, 2016:
- more than 16,200 children were given nutritional support and/or food rations
- three health facilities were built in Ethiopia
- more than 27,480 children were given annual medical check-ups
- more than 80 water facilities were built or enhanced in communities and schools
- more than 9,700 parents and community members were trained in life skills, early-childhood development and more
- thirty-five educational facilities, classrooms, child-friendly spaces and libraries were built
- more than 330,900 educational supplies were handed out to more than 60,200 children at more than 540 schools.
Now, that’s something to give thanks about, and it’s just a few examples of how we’re creating positive change for children, families and communities.
We couldn’t have done it without support from donors, our local partners and our greater CCFC team. Thank you to everyone who is helping make our world a better place for children, ensuring they can safely grow, laugh, learn and play.