Sunday, November 24, 2019

On Our Way

Hello Everyone,


We hope all is well with you and yours. Well it is that time of year when we head back over to Cambodia. We are looking forward to once again seeing our friends, the kids and communities that K.I.D.S. works with and supports. We recently had our annual fundraiser and we "THANK EVERYONE" who attended and offered their support and generosity through music, donations for the silent auction, volunteering and for donating towards bathrooms, bikes, clean water and computers. We also thank Sumalee Martinflatt and Maya Harbo for their inspiring presentations.



We recently were able to buy more bikes for kids to get to school in rural Cambodia. Each year we try to buy as many as we can as it often means the difference between getting an education or working as a child labourer. So we are off to a good start!



Things are under way in Cambodia with the materials for three new homes ordered, and construction to begin within days. We have also been in contact with the water experts and they are making preparations for the construction of at least two more clean drinking water projects at rural schools. K.I.D.S. will also be building as many bathrooms as we can, putting in computer labs, assisting with healthcare, the girl's home, kindergartens and much more.



 We look forward to keeping you posted on the difference we are making together to improve the lives of children, families and communities. We wish you and yours the very best,

Until Next Time
Adrianne and Rick

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

WORLD TOILET DAY

Hello Everyone,

 

Today is world toilet day, 6.5 million people in Cambodia and 4.2 billion worldwide do not have access to proper sanitation.

Poor sanitation kills nearly 500,000 children under the age of five annually and costs an estimated $223 billion a year in the form of higher health costs and lost productivity and wages.

SOURCE: Reuters report, citing the information from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.




 We can never get used to seeing the families that we work with in Cambodia not having access to a toilet/bathroom. Daily people lack privacy and have to go outside at night, which is not safe for girls, not to mention the snakes they may encounter. They don't have any place to easily wash themselves or their clothes and have to bathe in filthy pond water, which carries water-borne diseases.


KIDS is committed to changing this situation and each year we provide as many sanitary sustainable bathrooms for impoverished families as we can. Giving families a bathroom where they can bathe, have dignity and privacy changes lives and the families are incredibly appreciative.


We visit schools where often thousands of students and teachers only have two outdoor bathrooms. KIDS also works towards providing decent hygienic bathrooms at schools.


A family bathroom is only 450.00 dollars but the results are priceless.

Thanks for being a part of changing the world one bathroom at a time. 

Until Next Time,
Adrianne and Rick

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Back to School

Hello, Everyone,

We hope all is well with you and yours. All over the world kids are now back in school, ready to learn and improve their minds. In Cambodia, the school year has also started.

K.I.D.S. supports hundreds of very poor children by giving them the opportunity to get an education. Each year we provide a number of programs to assist children and young people to move towards their dreams of a better life. We all know that education is the key to stopping child labour, decreasing poverty and getting better jobs. Over the years we have seen how education not only changes children's lives, it changes their families lives for the better.

After grade 12 some or the students have moved to the city to live with the K.I.D.S. "Smart Kids" program manager and his family and are now attending a very good tourism and hospitality school. It is a big change from the countryside and they will all work very hard to reach their dreams of having a good job.



Other students in rural areas are supported to attend local schools and receive daily English lessons. All education fees, books and uniforms are provided by K.I.D.S., most would have been labouring in the brick factories instead of learning.



Rural kids attend English classes daily and receiving a hot meal twice a week as food security id difficult for their families. All their Cambodian school fees are paid and each evening they come to study under the teacher's house in the countryside to learn.

Every day small children from local villages attend our early childhood/kindergarten education program to learn, play and eat nutritious meals and snacks while their mothers work weaving silk. The kids are number one in their classes when they go to the government schools thanks to this head-start.



We also have kids studying computers and some going to University and we make sure they can get their by giving them bicycles!...their lives will forever be changed thanks to your support. Instead of making bricks they are building better futures.






The students are all very grateful and send their sincere appreciation along to YOU!!!

Until next time,
Adrianne and Rick

Monday, September 23, 2019

Sewing and Saving The Date

Hello Everyone,

Hope all is well with you and yours, as Labour Day and the end of summer draws near. We would like inform you about the start of a new sewing program for 20 more women sponsored by K.I.D.S. in the Chitwan area in southern Nepal.


But rather than talk about the details and hopeful outcomes of this current program we will defer to an excerpt from WELNepal's newsletter about the outcomes of the previous sewing class sponsored by K.I.D.S.

"And since word of mouth gets around faster than internet in the lowlands of Nepal, women are well aware that KIDS first group who trained for 10 months are now, not only saving money by making their own clothes and school uniforms for their children, but some, with an entrepreneurial spirit, are earning money. Instead of neighbouring villagers going to tailoring shops, they are using the WELNepal's graduates for their sewing needs. Some graduates have even been hired by tailoring shops."


"Twenty or more women in a group can make a lot of clothes over ten months of practice. K.I.D.S. 2018 sewing group, generously donated most of the "classroom" clothes to poor families in a struggling village far from theirs. As the photo shows, there are a lot of families who benefited from their sisters' thoughtfulness."We sincerely hope that this generosity sets a precedent for future groups"
 
Proof once again that your generosity which supports education and vocational training programs achieve results as a roadmap to a better life.

KIDS ANNUAL WINE AND WRAP

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE

NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019


People have been asking about our 2019 fundraiser. For those of you in B.C., we will once again be hosting our K.I.D.S. annual Wine and Wrap fundraiser (the 11th one to be exact,) at the Vancouver Island Conference Center (VICC). We will send out another notice when we get our tickets from the printers and are ready to start booking and distributing them in a few weeks from now.

For you in B.C. - We really hope to see you at the VICC 


Thank you as always to everyone for your support that creates opportunity and changes lives.
All the Best
Rick and Adrianne

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Vanna and the Victoria Hand Project

Hello Everyone,

Hope that your summer is going well!

Ok for a minute lets forget about the constant barrage of negative information on climate change, homelessness, and/or, always Trump, its enough negative info to make one cry sad tears.

BUT...here is a story that brought happy tears to our eyes.

We wrote about Vanna back in March telling the story about him losing both of his hands to a landmine and how he works to provide for his family by selling books from a cart in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Over the years K.I.D.S. has provided additional support, with your donations, to help his family and help educate his children and change their lives and futures.

After sending the post about Vanna we were contacted by our good friend Dr. Ranald Donaldson from Victoria who put us in touch with the Victoria Hand Project at the University of Victoria. After our return home we went to Victoria to visit the students and instructors who use 3D printers, cutting edge technology and a ton of intelligence and inspiration to assist landmine victims in several developing countries. To make a long story short check out these links.

https://www.victoriahandproject.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=JjywmBQeeLc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWKeC5h9SLQ

Last week we received these photos from Cambodia, hope they make your day like they made ours.


Thank you Ranald, the professors and students at the Victoria Hand Project and the Siem Reap Rehabilitation Center for collaborating on this this international life changing gift to Vanna and his family.


Have to love those smiles.

Until Next time,
Rick and Adrianne

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Kids Helping Kids

Dear Friends,

As the school year ends here in Canada we want to acknowledge some great kids that support K.I.D.S. We are fortunate to be able to visit local schools and meet teachers, child and youth care workers and young people who care about social justice both "Here and There". We are inspired to visit these classes and talk about social justice and global citizenship. We hear how young people are raising funds and awareness regarding issues such as poverty, climate change, education, recycling, clean drinking water, hygiene and much more.


They not only talk about their empathy for others, they turn it into action and activism. We meet young people who busk for children's health and well being and teacher's and kids who turn their birthdays into fundraisers for bathrooms and bicycles for poor children.


We meet inspiring staff and Vancouver Island University students who support, model and foster kids to be compassionate change-makers that help those less fortunate and our planet. A huge thank you goes out to the children and staff at both McGirr Elementary and Departure Bay Elementary for choosing to fund-raise and support K.I.D.S.



Thanks to these compassionate, caring and generous students and educators for being humanitarians and improving the lives of others and making the world a better place.

Until Next time,
Adrianne and Rick

Monday, June 3, 2019

International World Bicycle Day

Dear Friends,

Today is International World Bicycle Day. In the developed world cycling for the most part is primarily used for fun and fitness. In developing nations, the bicycle is a means to move from poverty to prosperity via many hours and many kilometers of dusty, muddy and bumpy roads. Students powered by incredible determination and resilience rise early in the morning to face the challenge of getting to school. Their focal point targeted on dreams of a better future for themselves, their present and future families, K.I.D.S. has purchased over a thousand bikes...so far.

In celebration of International World Bicycle Day please enjoy the following photos of a few happy students getting and riding their bikes in the opposite direction of child labour and servitude.

"Thank you for helping to make a difference"

Until Next time,
Adrianne and Rick