Fall Update

WHI boothThis is very long overdue, but not forgotten. 

Back in July, we had the opportunity to present Warm Heart Initiatives in a booth at thier “Outreach Sunday.” It was such a pleasure to share with the members of the church the vision that WHI has to create partnerships to end poverty.   It was also interesting to hear and learn of other projects they support: the St James Music Academy is a music school for inner-city children.  PWRDF is the Anglican Church’s response for emergency relief, refugees, development and justice.  The Street Outreach offers pastoral services for residents of the DTES.  Even though we all have different ways of approaching similar goals, these are just some examples of small ways to make a difference to end poverty.  We can all learn from one another. 

WHI is a small group of folks doing about something about poverty… but believe that the partnership that we have created in Malawi is strong.  We cannot maintain it without strong partnerships here at home. In November we hope to have a story telling night in Squamish, to explore how local folks have engaged in global citizenship.  It would be lovely to have to join us!   We have also just started to build a relationship with a young woman from North Vancouver, in which we are mentoring in a project to learn about both opportunities in medicine, and health issues facing indigenous youth in Canada. We look forward in getting to know her, and learning with her in the journey of “global citizenship” right here in the lower mainland. 

If You are looking to hear more about how you can be kept updated, please feel free to email or call at any time! I am more than happy to talk more about WHI at any time. We have been quiet this year, but continue to be requiring donations to meet our budget goal of 6000$ for the year. We are only about 1/3 of the way so far this year.  Would you consider assisting us in our goal?  Please be in touch if you are interested in hearing more: the easiest way to donate is through paypal.

Keep you eyes here for the announcement for the November event!!!

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Malawi in Media

Recently, a stunning and shocking Al-Jazeera Article came out, outlining some practices that are happening in East Africa.  It speaks about people with Albinism, and the stigma’s, risk and fear that they live with.  Beyond being quite a sad article, it has some very excellent conversation around a topic that has been on the rise.

As a group of people who are wanting to think about global development and initiatives to combat poverty, one may ask how can we use this information to engage thought and activity here in Canada?  How can we read something like this, and make an action to respond.  The first part is knowledge, the second part is action.   Please take a few minutes to read the article linked below.

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Planning for a Silent Auction

Hello friends of Warm Heart Initiatives!

We are in the early stages of planning for a Silent Auction Fundraiser in Squamish, BC. It is likely to happen in September 2017, and it will be our big event for the year.  With a number of great things going on this year, Amelia is hoping to get a few people on board with helping to plan, organize and promote.  A few items that we need help with is:

  1. a venue
  2. items for the silent auction
  3. small amounts of food and drink
  4. possible entertainment.

Are you, or any of your friends in your community, willing and able to help out with any of this things?  If so, please email at warmheartinitiatives [at] gmail.com or call amelia and 778-628-1909.

We are so excited to update people on the progress of WHI in Squamish, and connecting the community to the work we are doing.

Thank you for 2016!

Dear Friends of Warm Heart Initiatives,
We are well into 2017, and we have yet to thank you for your generous support and interest in this past year.  Please see the attached newsletter for a brief update on some of the projects that are taking place in Malawi.  We are super excited about the ongoing pre-school feeding program, the scholarships, and the increase in health knowledge.  We would not be able to do this without you!

We are happy to report that 2016 was another year on budget, with approximately 6000$ in total revenue;  with this amount, we have been able to return to sending 4800$ directly to Malawi (up from 3600 in 2015), keep our accounts stable, and meet our expenses. These funds were raised through personal donations, support from craft fairs, Amelia’s summer walking challenge, and a two church donations, etc.
In 2017 we will aim to maintain the same net revenue of 6000$.  We hope to increase focused amounts to health care initiatives, narrow the focus of the scholarship program, and continue the pre-school feeding initiative.
In terms of growth in Canada, we have had a few strong individuals express interest in contributing their knowledge and support to WHI.  We will soon be exploring how we can continue to find initiatives in our local communities which help to build leaders who have interest in global citizenship: as important as it is to build the capacity of our partners abroad, we believe that it is also important to partner with, and build capacity of young people around us.
We are excited for 2017, and are looking forward to keeping you along with us on this journey!
Read Here:  Thank-you-whi