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HAMILTON BY THE NUMBERS

46% OF FOOD BANK USERS IN
HAMILTON ARE NOW CHILDREN2

22%OF CHILDREN

in Hamilton Centre live in poverty.3

+48%INCREASE

over 2013 in families waiting for affordable housing in Hamilton.4

+19%INCREASE

over 2013 in food bank usage in Hamilton5

IT DOESN'T HAVE
TO BE THIS WAY.

Be a child champion by providing for a child's basic needs,
and we can break the cycle of poverty in Downtown Hamilton.

IMPACTFUL SOLUTION

In 2013, through our Hamilton partners, we accomplished

1,039 Children

and 1,550 youth were provided with food bank, housing, educational and employment support

1000 Children

participated in kids programs with snacks, life skills, arts and family home visits

were provided with transitional housing

61 children

received professional counselling and 53 youth received mentoring

  • FATIMA'S STORY
  • ELIJAH'S STORY
  • GLADYS'S STORY

FATIMA'S STORY

FATIMA& the Power of A Rocha

13-year-old Fatima and her family are Syrian refugees who recently moved to Canada. Like many other refugees from Syria, Iraq and other countries in conflict, they are fighting a daily battle against poverty and food insecurity.

With support from World Vision Child Champions like you, Fatima joins other neighbourhood families at the A Rocha community garden every week. Together they pick fresh vegetables, cook them at a shared kitchen in Wesley Urban Ministries, and get the invaluable opportunity to practice their English in a relaxed community setting.

ELIJAH'S STORY

ELIJAHFinds a Save Haven at Welcome Inn

In Hamilton’s poverty-stricken North End, many young kids leave school when the bell rings with nothing to do and nowhere to go. Welcome Inn’s Learning and Fun (LAF) program offers the perfect diversion: a nutritious meal, mentorships, and one-on-one help with homework, math, literacy and numeracy skills.

8-year-old Elijah has been attending LAF since grade 1 and absolutely loves it. For Elijah, Welcome Inn is more than just a place to go – he has found a community of friends and mentors where hope, learning and fun take centre stage. And what will he do when he is too old to attend? He hopes to pay it forward and one day become a Welcome Inn mentor himself.

GLADYS'S STORY

GLADYSis a Child Champion in Hamilton's North End

Gladys and her family moved to Hamilton's North End as refugees from Guatemala. With her difficult upbringing adding fuel to the fire, Gladys has dedicated her life to helping kids grow up strong and proud – teaching them to persevere and achieve amazing things.

On top of their wide range of child and youth programs, Welcome Inn also runs a popular food pantry. Run by volunteers who have all accessed the pantry themselves, this "take and give back" system is paramount in creating a sense of community within the food bank.

The work done by Gladys and Welcome Inn is vital to Hamilton families – donate today and help this program and others like it continue their good work.

OUR COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY:

Ensuring program impact and financial reports is how we honour your donation. Donors will receive a quarterly
email reporting on the progress being made in Hamilton. You will also receive access to
World Vision Canada's annual financial reports

An organization you can trust
In 2013, 81.0% of all our revenue went to help children
and communities in need.

World Vision Canada has received an Exemplar award for three years of continuous financial reporting excellence from the Queen's School of Business and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.