- 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).
As crucial as A Better World’s work in developing nations is, we also strive to assist those in need here in our own communities through the “Neighbours” Project. Our 2016 project is to build an addition onto the existing home of the Summers family that will include a master bedroom, accessible bathroom, and both an indoor and outdoor wheelchair ramp. A large number of family members are living in the one home to support each other through financial and health challenges. Not everyone is able to travel overseas—this is a perfect opportunity to volunteer and financially contribute to a local family in need.
To expand home with an addition and bathroom and install wheelchair accessible entrancesDonate
Currently, 2.5 billion people globally don’t have access to improved sanitation facilities – meaning more people have access to mobile phones than to toilets. Along with health issues presented by lack of proper toilet facilities, many girls don’t attend school due to their periods if there is no toilet. Our goal is to ensure that each one of the schools that we support has adequate toilets to ensure that everyone can go to school and stay healthy along the way.
To build 50 toilets for the year 2016Donate
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 5 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
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
“I ran away from home when I was 10 years old to get an education.” This is what Azalea Lehndorff, our Afghanistan project Manager, recalls about growing up in North America. Determined to give the girls of Afghanistan an opportunity for education, she launched the 100 Classrooms Project. To date, 71 classrooms have been built with almost $800,000 invested and 16,000 students enrolled. If we can commit to building 10 more classrooms by March 2017, every following year will allow 2,000 more students to attend school. Click here to hear more about Azalea and the women she supports.
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
By the time you finish watching the news, 200 children will be occupying one half of the hospital beds in a developing country – yes, 200 children every hour are hospitalized due to lack of clean water. The numbers are staggering: 1 billion people in the planet do not have access to clean water. You have the opportunity to change that. By joining our clean water program, you can journey with us towards our goal of reducing illness by providing 2,000 people with clean drinking water. Click ►HERE to see how some children are collecting water for their families vs. how they could be with a deep well. Our goal is to drill 1 deep well and install water distribution system with fundraising by Royal LePage.
To drill 1 deep well and install a water distribution system that will extend to two other communities, a school, and a gardenDonate
Every day, almost 2,000 children die from diseases linked to unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation. This number is devastating, but we have an opportunity to save lives by implementing a clean water distribution centre at the Segera Mission. Click ►HERE to see how some children are collecting water for their families vs. how they could be with a clean water source. Last year, Sierra Contract Flooring built the Ndanai 3-classroom school from the funds raised at their annual golf tournament. This year, they choose to again donate the tournament proceeds. This time, they will be funding the drilling of 1 deep well that will benefit 3,000 people.
To drill 1 deep well and install solar panels and pumpDonate
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 the Loigero and Irbaan SchoolsDonate