Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada
Many thanks to the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada for their generous support in 2018. A grant of $2,000 was received towards our Momma Can/Mamá Puede project in the Dominican Republic.
With this support we have been able to empower women with skills & knowledge needed to develop self-sufficiency. Women from the impoverished community of Consuelo gained access to sewing and horticulture training that have increased their confidence and ability to provide for their families. Thanks to the capacity-building emphasis of this project, a formal women’s committee of 20 women from the neighbourhood is now meeting regularly to discuss their goals for improving their community. Improvements to the community garden and increased knowledge of horticulture and its link to nutrition also mean that the health of local families continues to improve.
Thank you, WICC!
Norwex (Norwex Foundation)
A big shout of thanks to our friends at Norwex, who awarded a $2,750 grant to Rayjon. Thank you to Sales Leader Independant Norwex consultant and long-time Rayjon supporter Cathy D’Angela for making the nomination! (Shown here are Cathy, Rayjon’s Executive Director Heather Smith, and Norwex Vice President of Sales Tracy Stewart)
Grace United Church
Grace United supports us in so many ways. Many Rayjon meetings are held using Grace space. And Grace’s Outreach Committee hosted yet another soup luncheon on January 14, 2018, with proceeds to Rayjon…$1,799! Thank you, Grace United Church!
After-Hours Rotary Club of Sarnia, Area 5 Rotary Clubs & Rotary International
Hosted by the After Hours Rotary Club of Sarnia, supported by all Area 5 clubs and Rotary International (and in partnership with the Rotary Club of St. Marc, Haiti), this grant is a tremendous boost to the rural, mountainous community of Gilbert, Haiti. The “Rural Education Project” grant will allow for the first two levels of secondary school (grade 7 and 8) to be added to the elementary school (serving approximately 250 children). Previously, this community did not have access to secondary school. In addition, the project will provide agricultural training, supplies, seeds and will support the creation of community gardens… which in turn will supply a canteen program at the school so that children will no longer have difficulty concentrating due to hunger. Teachers and the community council will receive capacity building training as well. Families will together learn sustainable agriculture techniques that will help them to develop self-sufficiency and improve well-being. Thank you, Rotary!
Sacred Heart Church
We can’t say thank you enough to our long-time friends and partners at Sacred Heart Parish. Rayjon holds many meetings at SHC throughout the year. We are so grateful for the $10,000 issued to Rayjon for hurricane relief. Many thanks!
Sarnia Community Foundation
In 2017 Rayjon was awarded a grant in the amount of $2,500 from Sarnia Community Foundation. Funds were used for our “Social Justice in Community Schools” project. This local project built awareness, fostered empathy and compassion, and encouraged local youth to get involved in social justice efforts. The grant also allowed us to team up with Circle Up at Lakeroad school and supported their “Footprints Project.”
Thank you SCF!
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Save A Family Plan
We’ve recently wrapped up The Empowerment Project- a 4-year project with the support and partnership of Save A Family Plan. The Empowerment Project benefited a total of 610 families, and assisted with developing community governance structures and building the capacity of Haitian leaders. To read more about the impact of The Empowerment Project please click here.
Once again DeGroot’s Nurseries have supported Rayjon with an annual plant sale. The diplandenias are stunning! The 3 day plant sale @ DeGroot’s Nursery the first weekend of June was a resounding success. Over 700 customers bought more than 1100 Dipladenia plants to help support Rayjon projects in Haiti & the Dominican Republic. Fundraising is an ongoing, important part of what we do – & need to do.
But we can never, ever do it without such a wonderful support system. That includes all volunteers, all Rayjon supporters & of course John DeGroot, Lynn England & Diane Visser @ DeGroot’s Nurseries.
Women Helping Women brings together Canadian women who share the same passion and connection for wanting to help women and girls get an education, become self sustaining and receive life-saving women’s healthcare. When we help women, they help their family and their community thrive.
Thank you Women Helping Women for supporting Rayjon in 2017!
United Way- Donor Choice Program
Each year a number of donors specify Rayjon as part of United Way Donor Choice Programs. We’d like to acknowledge the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton, and also the United Way of Calgary, United Way/Centraide Ottawa, United Way of Peel, and the United Way of Greater Toronto for their assistance and support.
Aamjiwnaang First Nation
When Sally, Maggie and Robin were preparing to head to Haiti as part of the March Break Awareness Trip, they organized a special fundraising dinner (with stuffed chicken, yum!) at the Maawn Doosh Gumig Community Centre. We are grateful to Aamjiwnaang First Nation for their partnership!
Knights of Columbus