After being in an orphanage and many foster homes from around the age of 2 1/2 years old and experiencing many horrible situations, the one that stuck in my mind was going to school in our rags and all the other kids knowing that we were "homies" from the way we were dressed. Our clothes belonged in the 1920's.
l remember wishing and praying that l could have nice things like the other kids.
The aims of the organisation are: 1) To provide for the direct relief of poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability or helplessness among children and youth in foster care; 2) To provide direct benevolent relief by way of education programs to overcome and alleviate the causes of low self esteem and the effects of disadvantage among children and youth in foster care; and 3) To provide direct benevolent relief to children and youth in foster care through the provision of clothing, toiletries, bedding and other essential items. Eight five percent of children removed from home, arrive at the Foster carer with nothing except the clothes they are wearing. We provide crisis cases filled with essential items so they are available when the children arrive. We have assisted 5,000 Foster children with clothing, shoes, and personal hygiene products. In 2016/17 we distributed more than 1500 crisis cases to children. We provide further education and social opportunity to Foster children through support to access tutoring, sporting facilities, dancing and music lessons. This provides educational opportunity, particularly tutoring, which assists the children to catch up to their class level. This helps to lower the stigma that these children can face from their peers. These opportunities also provide new social opportunities to form friendships outside normal circles. We aim to show children that child abuse and neglect is not the norm, and expose them to alternative social environments.
The wonderful ladies in the photo above are from The Wow Factor ( Women Of Wellington )and have raised a whooping $20,000 toward a van to help us distribute our Crisis Cases and pick up, a local car dealer has come on board and given us a new van at an unbelieable price, I now need to raise $12,500 to put this baby on the road , can you help ?????????????
Everyone involved with A Better Life For Foster Kids are paid zero dollars and every cent donated goes to the kiddies, as you can imagine with such a generous deal we are in need of funds asap. Thank you in advance for your support and may I ask you to share with everyone you know.
- Kazz Egan
- Angela Jones
- Chemist Warehouse Sale, Trarlgon and Morwell
- Renata Thompson
- Peter Shanahan
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