Yearly Financial Goals

Wow!  October already!  It’s that time of year when we all start to realize the year is coming to a quick end, and we think about what the next year will handle.  This morning, I was listening to CBC radio, and something during the interview that really struck me.  They were talking about the crises in Syria, and the tendency for people to “give once, and forget.”  I think this is so true: people get passionate about a single crises, and then it slowly quiets down, even though the crises doesn’t go away.

This is the truth for both our own work, and our support from others.  Every year, we set a budget at Warm Heart Initiatives.  It ranges between 6000-9000 in revenue, and 5000-14000 in expenses.  As you might guess, it took us a few years to figure out our budgeting, and we are happy to say that 2016 is the first year in which we do not have debt:  we were able to pay the final cost on a loan we got in 2012.  What a relief!  One of our goals is to be transparent in finances, keeping as much as possible for projects in Malawi, and to maintain a balanced budget.

We have had very few consistent donors (board members, family, etc.), and a good handful of one time donors.  Let me tell you: getting consistent, regular donors is far more beneficial than one time large donors.  With consistency, we do not have to become highly concerned about one time fundraising events being our main source of income, but rather use the finances for special contingency.  We consistency, we can develop relationship with the people who truly care and are interested in the work that we are doing.

Would you consider being a regular donor?  Even 25$ a month (cost of a dinner out?!?!) totals 300$ a year: something that can support a child in school for the year, pay part of a salary for our teacher, or invest in the maise needed to make a nutritious meal.

Would consider an ongoing donation? 10$, 25$ a month? As a regular donor you will be kept updated on our projects in partnership with WHEAMS in Malawi, or any time that we have an event in Canada. You will also be named on our webpage as a supporter of Warm Heart Initiatives.  We thank you in advance, and look forward to hearing from you.

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Fall Update!

In July and August, Amelia completed a walking challenge for Warm Heart Initiatives: walking 500km in 50 days, and completing it with a 50km trail race.  Below, you can see a photo of her mid-race, hitting the 500km final goal!  It was so great to get out into the community, and into nature, and reflect on the work going on in Malawi.  Over this time, she was able to raise about 600$ over the time, all which directly goes to our partnership in Malawi.  In fact, our partner in Malawi (Rodrick) also did a walking challenge during the same time, in which he walked to town and back everyday, rather than taking a bus.  He was able to take that money saved, and contribute it directly to the project!

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Work in Malawi continues on.  We are waiting to hear a recent update; however, the computer that they regularly use has finally met the end of its lifespan, so communication has been difficult.  The board in Malawi has continued to work on maintaining a balanced budget, despite difficult times with income from a chicken and sanitary business that they are running.  There is a food crises in the country, with prices of basic necessities increasing.  Despite that, the work in Thukuta village continues.  We have had a return of a teacher to a regular teaching position, and scholarships are continuing to be distributed to secondary and college students.  We are eager to hear from the board in Malawi to get photos of the students, as well as the details of their finances.

As we approach the fall season, we know that the project in Malawi will be gearing up for the annual christmas event.  This is always an exciting time of the year, and we hope to be able to hear updates.  Here in Canada, we are going to be planning a fall event.  Perhaps another silent auction or tea party. Perhaps a quiet selling of goods, perhaps a presentation on getting youth interested in global projects. Please stay in touch!

Meanwhile, Amelia has made, and is selling totebags.  They are selling for 30$ a bag, plus shipping.  Made with material from Malawi and from Mozambique, these are great for shopping, lunch bags, and general toting! As always, 100% of the fees raise go towards the projects at Warm Heart Initiatives.

Week Two Update

Hello Everyone!!!

Week two update:  Jacinthe has walked 150km so far in the challenge, and Amelia has walked approx 162km!  We have raised about 240$ so far.  We are on track for 500 by August 20th.  Please head on over to our fundraising page to donate, and our Facebook  page for a few sweet video updates.

I have been reflecting on what I would like to write this week.  I realized that it is important to keep on top of what is currently happening in Malawi  (BBC Country Profile), as well as what is happening with the project in Thukuta village.  On the walking front: I remember the first time I went into Thukuta was on bike.  It really struck me this week that so many of the folks in the area are not able to hire bikes to help transport them.  Folks, assumably, would be walking in and out of town…  To school, to work, to the market, to get water.  This is one of the beautiful things that I see when I am in Malawi: people of all ages out walking on the road and on the paths.  In addition, I remember when I would have days that I felt down, homesick, or missing friends: if I went out for a walk, it would completely life my spirits.

Some current events that have happened recently in Malawi:

Madonna is visiting Malawi, and the QECH

Malawi is experiencing one of the worst droughts in years.

Malawi is struggling to protect the rights of people with albinism and Amnesty International is aware.

So: “On On” with the walking!  We will provide another update in a week.  Please head over to our “how you can help” page with a link to paypal, or other ways to help. Some walking pictures from this week!

Week 1 update

This week Amelia walked 74km in the Malawi walking challenge! Thank you to Sean, Terry, Bonnie and Lucy for starting the donations!

Did you know that unlike us, many Africans get most of their physical activity during work or during transportation, rather than during leisure time?

Guess what? This includes walking… So that is why it’s a walking challenge! WHO physical activity monitoring study.

we have raised 200$/1500$ (13%) and walked 81.6km/500 (16%).