46% OF FOOD BANK USERS IN
HAMILTON ARE NOW CHILDREN2
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.
In 2013, through our Hamilton partners, we accomplished
and 1,550 youth were provided with food bank, housing, educational and employment support
participated in kids programs with snacks, life skills, arts and family home visits
were provided with transitional housing
received professional counselling and 53 youth received mentoring
- FATIMA'S STORY
- ELIJAH'S STORY
- GLADYS'S STORY
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.
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 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.
YES, I WANT TO BE A
CHILD CHAMPION IN HAMILTON.
Child Champions like you are helping us do incredible things with the help of our partner organizations in Hamilton
With as little as $20 per month you can help families provide healthy and nutritious food for children and youth. For $40 per month you can do all that PLUS help provide access to secure housing and education support. Your generosity will make an immediate impact in the lives of children in need.PLEDGE $20 MONTHLY
You can give a one-time donation to support these programs in a quick and effective way. With as little as $35, $50, or with any amount you choose you can help fight youth homelessness, empower and help children access nutritious meals, after school programs and more. Be a child Champion today!DONATE A ONE-TIME GIFT ($35)
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.