Mid-Year Grant Report: ACR
Adonai Child Rehabilitation is a Christian faith-based ministry in Kalaymyo, Myanmar that was established in May 2016. This ministry creates a place of rehabilitation for children and teenagers from various backgrounds like orphans, unwanted children, street children, and poor children.
Grant Outcome Summary: Proper Education and Assurance of Salvation
The orphans at Adonai Child Rehabilitation would not have a proper education or assurance of salvation if it weren't for the TFish grant. Before coming to us, five of our orphans were not in school while they were living in the villages, even though they were already seven to eight years old. After they were supported by TFish they began their education from first grade. Now they have assurance of salvation and a good education.
Touching Story of Mr. Thla Hnin
We felt so concerned for him, not knowing how to help him, but we showed our love to him and encouraged him not to give up, not to be discouraged. We prayed to the Lord, and now Thla has improved a lot. He no longer just relieves himself. My wife Mrs. Angun has taught him privately how to read, write, pronounce, and calculate math by using his fingers to count. Now he can calculate himself and read and write well.
One Heart World-Wide: 2016 Q3 Report
One Heart World-Wide's mission is to decrease maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in remote rural areas. Our partnership with them is helping women in Bhojpur, Nepal receive skilled birth attendant training.
Pregnancy is a natural process for which medical assistance is not considered as a need or requirement in Nepal. As a result, many Nepalese women, especially those residing in more rural areas of Nepal deliver at home. In most communities, traditional birth attendants are usually primary service providers who have never received modern training in midwifery. The lack of training poses a risk to the lives of the women and newborn. Currently, there are only a few SBAs that serve about 45,000 women per year in Bhojpur. One Heart World-Wide has identified several eligible nurses that are on their way to becoming certified skilled birth attendants. Post-training, they will be able to provide the maternity care necessary to conduct safe deliveries in this district.
Mid-Year Grant Report 2016: China Cal
Newborn Congenital Heart Screening Training and Evaluation Program
The Yunnan Newborn Training Program has the goal of training all rural Yunnan county obstetricians and obstetric nurses to perform proper newborn cardiac examinations. The program, started in 2014, is the largest of its kind in China and one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Grant Results: April - July 2016
We were able to provide 25 families with pigs, chickens, and ducks, and some of them also received cows. The livestock gave the beneficiaries a source of income that allowed them to provide food and education for their families. Some were also able to pay for medical care.
Grant Results: January-July, 2016
We were able to buy end of the year prizes for all of our students and host a party to celebrate the end of the school year. Over the summer, we are hosting various enrichment activities for students, including baking, playing at the park, and visiting the zoo.
End of the School Year Party
We hosted our annual end-of-the-school-year party in June for students and volunteers. The party included outdoor games, water balloons, photo frame signing, and prizes for students. As usual, it was a lot of fun. We are proud of our students and volunteers for finishing another successful school year!
Written by Emily Kam
Journal Entry 6: Streetlife Ministries
July 8, 2016
"Would you like some salad? What kind of dressing?"
I tried to understand the garble the man was saying. Was he speaking Italian? Spanish? Elvish? Finally, I uncertainly drizzled ranch over the small pile of lettuce and cucumbers and passed the paper plate on to the next person.
"Would you like some salad? What kind of dressing?"
"Yes, thank you! Thousand island dressing, please."
At Streetlife, I meet an assortment of people, people who are not so different at all from the people I encounter everyday...except for the fact that they are homeless.
Since January of 2016, I have been making regular visits to the Menlo Park train station with my siblings and mom. Sometimes I bring my ukulele and sing worship songs for the homeless men and women gathered around. After worship and a short sermon, a van comes along and I, among the other volunteers, help to set up the tables and the food and drinks.
Ironically, the first few times I visited Streetlife Ministries I neglected to eat dinner before I went, so I would be serving hot plates of beef, corn and beans, soft rolls with butter and iced tea to the homeless, while I myself would be starving. My hunger was amplified by seeing the plates of delicious food pass through my hands. This is just a taste of what the homeless go through each day - watching other people eat nourishing meals, so close to their reach and yet untouchable. After about three weeks, I started eating my dinner before visiting Streetlife. But I can still remember vividly what it was like to have a glimpse of how the homeless might feel. And I haven't even counted in other factors, such as not having showered in weeks, dirty clothing, cold weather...
I love attending the street church each week. Currently I am working up the courage to interact with the homeless, to talk to them and get to know them better.
Changing Young Lives Foundation is a Hong Kong registered charity striving to identify underprivileged children, youths and their families in Hong Kong and mainland China and change their lives for the better. "Smart Mom" is a support program for underprivileged mothers on childcare and family cohesiveness.
With the generous support of Transparent Fish Fund, “Smart Mom” has launched various self-enhancement learning classes, parent education workshops, parent-child activities as well as playgroups for single and underprivileged mothers. These activities help strengthen the mothers’ social skills, realize their potentials, broaden their visions and social networks, and improve parent-child communication skills. The overall family relationship will be enhanced through increased problem solving ability and family cohesiveness. The mutual support among these families will also be strengthened.
Parent Education Workshops
Experienced instructors use different activities such as crafts, playing card games and video sharing to illustrate how to facilitate harmonious parent-child relationships. The mothers gain insights and share their difficulties on communicating with their children. They are encouraged and supported each other through the process.
Changing Young Lives Foundation is a Hong Kong registered charity striving to identify underprivileged children, youths and their families in Hong Kong and mainland China and change their lives for the better.
The School Social Worker Support Project aims to support the psycho-social well-being of left-behind children in Dongxiang County, Gansu. Tailor-made extracurricular activities are organized for students including interest courses, field trips and special events. Furthermore, counselling service and home visits by social workers provide mental support to the children and their parents.
Over the last few months, the school social worker has collected students’ personal information for building the database of left-behind children in Dongxiang Township. This will help the long-term project planning for community development.
Starting in January 2016, the Taiwan Prison Ministry has increased the scope of their outreach by adding a new coworker and by stepping up their discipleship program with several activities. Sister Diep has joined the prison ministry team, which has allowed them to increase these kinds of activities:
Instead of just giving social help to the needy, the Taiwan Prison Ministry encourages inmates to study God's word.
Grant Outcome Summary
The grant supplied by Transparent Fish Fund was used to provide practical care to the neediest migrant workers at the shelter. This care is shown through providing nutritious meals, clothes, sandals, phone cards, transportation assistance, and activities.
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