- Our Work
Our projects are completed in phases. Below are the current phases that need funding. Click “About Phase” beneath each project title to learn more about the current phase. Click “About Project” to see all of the completed phases/progress so far. Click “Project Manager” to read about who is in charge of this specific phase.
Accountability for projects comes from a volunteer leadership team (click here to meet the leaders). Our Advisory Committee is made up of a group of successful Red Deer business families (click here to meet our advisors).
To renovate the new location for Sylvan Lake’s Food BankDonate
“Everybody wants to help children, you show someone a child who is starving or hurting and many people will want to help, but what about those who aren’t children? Who is helping them?” founder Gheorghe Micoti asks as he explains AMe Bolivia’s mission. This project provides medical care to marginalized individuals in Bolivia. In 2016, AMe will be providing funding for surgeries, rehabilitation, medication, and physiotherapy to individuals who are marginalized within Bolivia
To provide funding for surgeries, rehabilitation, medication, and physiotherapyDonate
Each year, we look to sponsor students who are interested in secondary education but do not have the means to attend. Typically, these students are coming from an orphanage and have only ever dreamed of having a life outside of what they first experienced. Many times prostitution, theft, or drug dealing are the alternatives for these students who have the ability to dare to dream of being, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and more.
To support 3 university students in BoliviaDonate
When we looked into the death of Festus, an 8-year-old child who, due to complications and difficulty breathing, passed away during surgery, we learned that the hospital only had a paper bag to help him breath. In spite of the doctors’ best efforts, the result was tragic. Our ongoing Community Health/Medical Clinic Service aims to provide materials and training that will prevent heartbreaking deaths like Festus’—and you can help. Click ►HERE to watch more about the service.
To buy medicines and supplies for 4 medical clinics and train 8 community health workersDonate
We don’t always like going to the dentist, but it’s a different story for people who do not have access to dental care at all. Our annual dental trips provide dental clinics, oral hygiene training, and checkups in areas that otherwise would not have access to such care. Click ►HERE to learn more and/or register for our upcoming 2017 dental trip.
To provide clinics, oral hygiene training, and dental checkups at ABW sitesDonate
El Sauce’s mission has been to provide a home for boys and girls that have been orphaned or abandoned. In the last couple of years they have taken on a critical need in providing care to young girls who have been impregnated by family members or by rape and have since been abandoned by their families. They have been in existence for approximately 10 years and strive to be self sustaining by growing and developing their Organic Vegetable Garden which is in high demand and is exporting produce to the largest city in Bolivia. The success of the gardens provides for the bare necessities of the children but there is no funding available to provide any of the extra’s J This is where this project comes in. After Mikelle Wile, a former Burman University student came back from spending a year at the orphanage she was asked her what the greatest need was. She said that while they need help to improve the gardens, the water system, and to build more homes, she feels the greatest need is to provide an opportunity for these children to be children. “I learned that play is such an important part of a child’s development, especially for children who have been mistreated. The kids at El Sauce don’t have a safe place to play and have their imaginations stimulated. When I was living there, I found myself having to show the the kids how to play,” she said. The greatest need in her eyes was to provide a safe place for the children to play. They can not play in the grass or the mountains due to the snakes, deadly insects and animals that live nearby. This playground can meet this need for the 18 children that currently attend the orphanage and the many more that will arrive over the years.
To build a playground for the childrenDonate
This project supports children that are living in extreme poverty in Urukundu, a slum in Kigali, Rwanda. These children are from families of potters that are Twa people. Twa people are the pygmy people of Central Africa. They are a marginalized people in Rwanda that have been economically disadvantaged. With this project, we aim to provide 50 children with meals, tuition funds, and school uniforms annually.
To provide meals, tuition, and school uniforms for 50 children annuallyDonate
“We saved a baby! We saved a life!” shouted Esther, a midwifery nurse who had just finished training with Pediatricians Dr. Paulette Comeau (Red Deer, AB) and Dr. Charlotte Goodie (Medicine Hat, AB). “The first few minutes are so critical to avoid death and brain damage,” said Dr. Goodine during training. Using baby mannequins, the training has prepared more than 50 nurses to be fully equipped to deliver babies. Click ►HERE to see a sample of the training. Click here to learn more about this Medical Training Trip and to register.
With the growth of ABW, the requirement of project reporting and monitoring, accounting and issuing receipts are becoming full time work and we are needing people with training who can devote to delivering quality projects and timely information to donors. Donations given specifically to administration costs are the only funds that we put towards costs such as labour, credit card fees, bank charges, phone and printing charges, etc. Thank you for allowing us to make the world a better place.
To fund administrative costs for ABWDonate
The Rapogi area has an unusual number of orphans because of their parents dying of HIV/AIDS. Many of these children are being cared for by their grandparents who can’t provide the funds for the children to attend school. A local family in Rapogi saw the needs of these children and initiated this project to provide the opportunity for education. Now, the 8th and final classroom needs to be completed so that students can graduate from the Primary School.
To build Classroom 8 to complete primary school; new bathroomsDonate
Not everyone graduating from this primary school will have the opportunity to go on to secondary school and university. Therefore, a vocational school to train students in trades such as plumbing, bicycle repair, and carpentry is beneficial in ensuring that these students will have careers after they graduate from the 8th grade.
To build a vocational education centre for training orphaned youthDonate
Out of a classroom of 60 children, 40 come to school hungry according to social worker Eva Cahllis. This makes learning a great challenge. You have an opportunity to help these children learn and grow in the healthiest way possible by enabling all of our schools to grow gardens to supplement the children’s daily meal of porridge. Right now, you can ensure that a student does not go hungry. Click ►HERE to see the development of one of our gardens.
To plant 5 gardens at 5 ABW schoolsDonate
Little baby “Pappy” was safely delivered in the Segera Clinic during the memorial service for the Mission’s founder Reverend Carlton “Pappy” Gleason in 2012. Baby Pappy was one of 92 babies delivered in the clinic that year. We can continue to enable the Segera Clinic to safely deliver babies and provide other kinds of healthcare to the community. Right now, our goal is to build a new 5-room community health centre to ensure that the greatest possible care will be provided. Rangeland Engineering employees are currently fundraising to meet the donation goal.
To build a new 5-room community health centreDonate
In 2014, the US Government downgraded Thailand to Tier 3 on the TIP Report, “the lowest possible ranking it gives for national responses to fighting modern day slavery” (CNN News). Many foreign migrants in Thailand are forced into labour or prostitution and face physical abuse or even death. With your help, we can change that. We can improve the lives of a handful of people in Thailand that are seeking to leave the sex trade through the Home of New Beginnings in Bangkok. Click ►HERE to read more about the Home.
To provide food, tutoring, and staff salaries for a yearDonate
“I was cursed and kept hidden,” says Joan, until Bernard Opiyo found her and brought her to the Kendu Bay Rehab Centre. “I received surgery, rehabilitation, and schooling to live a better life.” For just $400, you can provide one mobility-giving surgery and post-care so that a child like Joan can walk. Let 13-year-old Catherine tell the story in her own words. She was also hidden because of her disability. Click ►HERE to hear her story.
To perform 60 surgeries and provide post-careDonate
Volunteer educators and education professors travel at least once per year to organize professional development sessions attended by teachers who work in school divisions where A Better World provides assistance. In these rural regions, the sessions provided by A Better World may be the only professional development the teachers get. You can help us ensure that teachers are able to educate at their maximum potential.
To cover workshop expenses for teacher training at 5 schools for 300 teachersDonate
On a recent trip to project sites in Kenya, we interviewed several teachers at various schools. One of their greatest needs? Supplies. Textbooks. In many schools, 1 textbook is shared between 5 students—and some of the books are barely useable. Together, we can change this. Our goal is to gradually improve the textbook ratio of all of our schools, starting with 3 this year.
To improve the textbook ratio at 3 schoolsDonate
The Mtshalis are a resilient family who lost their home to a storm and were forced to live apart from each other as a result. The family currently lives in a cramped and unsafe shelter at the heart of Umbumbulu, Durban, South Africa. The family desires to have a safe and happy home for both them and their son. They also hope to give back to their community and create a sustainable living situation by running a daycare from their house.
To build a home for the Mtshalis FamilyDonate