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!
Sarnia Community Foundation
We are very pleased to announce that Rayjon has been awarded a grant in the amount of $2,500 from Sarnia Community Foundation. This grant will fund the “Social Justice in Community Schools” project. This local project will build awareness, foster empathy and compassion, and encourage local youth to get involved in social justice efforts. We have already received numerous requests from area teachers and schools to take part in this interactive program.
Thank you SCF!
For more information about the program, or to request a presentation in your school or youth group, please contact [email protected]
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!
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 just issued to Rayjon for hurricane relief. Many thanks!
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
The Knights of Columbus recently held a breakfast to support Rayjon hurricane relief efforts. It was a great success and we say “Thank you!”