Here in New Zealand many charities and organisations work extremely hard to make things better for the many thousands of children from poor families, who miss out on many everyday essential need items.
With the help of the Global Loyalty-Rewards Fundraiser, the Global Network Support Charity has a number of projects to roll out to help these children. Our main area of concentration will be to improve the situation for children attending low decile schools in New Zealand. Many countries provide school lunches for children. This does not happen in New Zealand. In fact, many children throughout New Zealand attend school with having very little or no breakfast. Many of these same children arrive at school without lunch or access to lunch for the day.
This is a 'School-to-School' Support Project, which is part of the larger ‘Community Needs’ Project - see below.
Currently operating only in Northland, we look forward to working in other regions as soon as we can. This initiative will see volunteers, contacting high decile schools in Whangarei/Northland, seeking donations of second hand clothing and footwear for children at low decile schools. These items will be brought to charity premises at 24 John Street, Whangarei, where they will be sorted for delivery to low decile schools.
No-one likes being cold in winter. However, while most of us can make ourselves warm and comfortable in winter, many families on low income can’t. Owning things as simple as winter socks and shoes is not always simple for many families, and many children arrive at school in bare feet. Many families live in damp homes without floor covers and oftentimes don’t have enough warm clothing for the family. Living under these circumstances in winter can lead to medical conditions, and sadly, many children end up in hospital. The 'School-to-School' Support Project is developed to try and help make winter more bearable for children in need.
In-School Head Lice Removal Program:
Head lice is the biggest health issue across all decile 1-10 schools. As many families on low income cannot afford to purchase a store-bought head lice product, our charity's aim is to supply free U-GO LICE Natural Head Lice Expellant to low decile 1-4 schools.
U-GO LICE is an easy and effective product, suitable for an in-school clinic program. This is because it is a leave-on product - just spray it on and leave. It does not need to be washed out and it does not need to be lice-combed - click here to view video and click here for more information
Glasses for Children:
If children are unable to see in class, their education may be compromised. The charity will work to ensure children needing prescription glasses receive them.
Tablet/Devices - Educational Supports:
Where computers, laptops and tablets were a luxury 15 years ago, there are many who say they are vital to successful education. Many children are disadvantaged if their parents/care-givers cannot afford this technology. The charity wants to work with low decile schools to supply the appropriate technology to disadvantaged students.
Some children lack good hygiene skills. This can lead to skin and health problems. Some children are susceptible to rheumatic fever, in particular Pacific Island and Maori children. The charity wants to help at-risk children and looks forward to providing health product kits to low decile 1-4 schools.
In-school ‘Good Health & Well-Being’ Programs:
To educate children on the importance of keeping good health for long term well-being. Includes activities and incentive programs.
The 'Community Needs' Project:
The ‘Community Needs’ Project is an all year project, that involves receiving everyday essential need items that have been kindly donated by local families and businesses in Northland. These items are passed on to families, especially children who live in poverty.
Our charity is very pleased to have the help of health and social service providers, who, with confidentiality protocols in place, inform us of families who need assistance and what their needs are. With this information we work to collect together the items for delivery to the families. Items include beds, bedding, pillows, cots, towels, furniture, drapes, carpet, clothes, shoes, whiteware, toys and non-perishable food items.
We receive the donated items at our charity premises, sort them and deliver them directly to the homes of struggling families. The items are free to the families, as is the delivery to their homes.
Our busiest time of the year is winter. This is when we operate the ‘Winter Needs’ Program. We are all aware that many families will struggle to keep warm and well over the winter months - and that many children will get sick and end up in hospital. In an effort to relieve stress and hopefully prevent hospitalization, our charity works to distribute many hundreds of items to households over the winter period. This, we hope, will go some way to helping families have a warmer and more comfortable winter.
As we deliver to their homes, we see relief in their faces. They are truly grateful for the help given and many are moved to tears when we tell them that it is our pleasure and joy to help them. They feel that we show them dignity, that we genuinely care about their situation, and that we are not there to judge them.
As a registered charity, we gratefully accept donations and issue tax receipts here in New Zealand. We are also thankful for the opportunities to receive grants from funding organisations.
With over 27,000 charities in New Zealand, funding and grant resources only go so far. Coupled with ‘donor fatigue,’ charities often find it difficult to raise funds to carry out their charitable works.
As part of our charity’s fundraising campaign, we will be using the services of a unique charity/social enterprise fundraising strategy, called the Global Loyalty-Rewards Fundraiser. Beginning in 2019 this fundraising program will operates to provide significant funds for our charity to carry out our charitable works here in New Zealand and also our global work to help combat climate change, extreme poverty and inequality - click here to learn more about the Global Loyalty- Rewards Fundraiser
As the name suggests this is a global fundraiser that uses a loyalty-rewards program. The business model for the global fundraiser has been designed and built using features from a number of globally successful companies.
If you would like to help fund our charity’s work, there are two ways you can do this…
1. Become a Network Member in the Global Loyalty-Rewards Fundraiser – to help ‘People & Planet’ - click here
2. We appreciate that some, especially businesses, prefer to give a donation. We gratefully accept these and issue a New Zealand receipt or invoice for tax purposes for all donations US$5 and over - click here to donate Receipts will be emailed.