As a classroom teacher, there were many times that I had the experience of working with children who came to school hungry because their family simply couldn’t afford enough food for them. We collected suitable winter clothing so that they were dressed warmly enough to brave the Canadian winter weather. At Christmas, we had toy drives to provide them with something special and fun under their Christmas trees. Some of my students were new to Canada, having fled persecution and death in war-torn countries. Others came to me from women’s shelters, having escaped with their mothers, a home in which domestic violence was the norm. My heart broke for those children and my fellow teachers and I did all we could to provide them with the necessities they were lacking in a safe, loving environment.
Have you heard of Speroway? “Speroway is an international non-profit relief organization – A Canadian Registered Charity. Speroway, in partnership with caring Canadians, responds to the needs of children and their families, in Canada and around the world, by providing food, medicine, education and other essentials with Christian love, compassion and integrity” (from the Speroway website). Speroway, formerly known as Feed the Children, Canada, means: Spero = Latin for hope, and way = to lead the way. Their mission is to deliver hope to needy children here in Canada (in particular in our First Nations communities) as well as around the world.
The work of Speroway touches needy children in so many ways; certainly, they provide the physical necessities of life to help children’s bodies grow healthy and strong but they haven’t forgotten how crucial it is for children to receive the love and support they need to grow emotionally and mentally strong as well. Speroway understands the importance of helping children, body, mind, heart, and soul. They are involved in food drops, providing medical teams, setting up abandoned baby centers, construction projects, and so much more.
When I visited their website, I was especially touched by the Nyota program in Kenya. Established in 2009, this program has been providing orphans, some of whom have been rescued from juvenile prisons and others who have been abandoned on city streets, with a loving home. At Nyota, they are provided with three meals a day, clothing and other necessities, health care, education, a chance to play, and of course, love and support. Currently, Speroway is working hard to raise funds to build a new medical clinic in Haiti this year. This clinic will serve 30 orphanages throughout Port au Prince and 1400 orphans (information from Speroway’s Facebook page).
Speroway is celebrating the launch of their new name, new website, and new Facebook page with a fabulous Share & Win giveaway. Simply head to their giveaway page and fill out your information to be entered. You have a chance to win the grand prize of an iPad HD 2012 (16 GB), a $500 WaySpa gift card, a Cineplex Night Out gift pack for 4, and two Big Kaboodle combo packs from Mabel’s Labels! What a great prize!!! But that’s not all! There will also be spot prizes awarded to entrants every two weeks throughout the campaign so get your entries in now!
Once you enter, you will be provided with your own unique URL to share with your friends. Email it, Tweet it, put it on Facebook because for every person you refer to this giveaway, you earn an extra entry. There are even some easy share buttons for Facebook, Twitter, and email right there on the entry form. Best of all, you’ll be introducing someone to the great work that Speroway does for needy children throughout the world! Although a donation is not necessary in order to enter the giveaway, I do hope that you will take the time to have a look at the Speroway website and Facebook page so you can see for yourself the amazing work they are doing. Once you’ve entered the giveaway, you will be given the opportunity to make a donation to their drive to fund medical clinic in Haiti (they’ve been providing lifesaving medical care out of makeshift facilities to date) if you so choose.
This giveaway runs from April 26th, 2012 at 12:00 am Eastern time until June 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm Eastern and is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. For full contest details, rules, and regulations: http://www.winwithsperoway.com/Rules-and-Regulations
All photos used are from Speroway’s website and Facebook page.