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Turn the Tide Conference 2019 and Education Fund

$10,726 of $35,111 goal

Raised by 78 people in 5 months
Created February 28, 2019
Turn the Tide
on behalf of Kimberley Parker

Thanks to our community, we raised $4,000 to pay for the conference in 5 days!   The Be that Boy and Be that Girl Conference will start on July 25, 2019 in Sorgen Malawi, and the donated money will cover the cost of all supplies, speakers, rentals and lunch for four days for 100 children and a ceremony at the end of the conference.  

Thank you to everyone who has contributed, your support means so much to us.

Now, we're focusing on our larger goal of raising $31,111 to pay for the school fees of these 37 kids in Malawi.


For the last five years, our families have been raising money any way we could think of to support 37 child-headed households in Malawi. Child-headed households are homes led by children. Both of their parents have died, usually to HIV/AIDS. Our friend, Michelle Jones, started a charity called Turn The Tide eight years ago when she met some of these kids, and promised to help keep them in their homes and communities instead of having to be shipped off to an orphanage where they lose all of their extended family contacts and community. For eight years, with just the help of family and friends, Michelle has been providing everything these kids need to eat and go to school. 

School is the absolute end-goal. Do you know only 7% of KIDS FINISH HIGH SCHOOL IN MALAWI? And yet education is the only chance these kids will have to get a decent paying job and get out of the poverty they were born into.

The very first kid Michelle ever supported, Christopher is now in his second year of university. University! That’s a pretty incredible achievement for an orphan in a poor rural village when you consider that in the whole of Malawi, ONLY 1% OF ALL KIDS GO TO UNIVERSITY. Christopher is in social work. Another girl supported by Turn The Tide, Maria, is in nursing. Two more hope to go next year. (If you are good at math you would have worked out that Michelle’s statistics for educational success are 10% higher than the government of Malawi’s!)

Here in Canada, we have done what we could. We did bake sales, Christmas markets in the freezing cold, spaghetti dinners, yard sales and even tried a school dance (which flopped, but hey, it was worth a try.) So far, we have raised close to $20,000. Which is good. But this year we are stepping it up a notch.

Relatively speaking, it doesn’t take much:

$351 - covers the cost of food, school supplies and school fees for each primary school kid for an entire year.

$1,431 - cover the costs of food, transport, uniforms and shoes for a high school kids for an entire year.

$3,023 - covers the cost of university fees, plus food, accommodation and bus fares for university for a year.

THERE IS NO MIDDLE MAN. Everyone who helps Turn The Tide, from the former-orphan who distributes food and pays the school fees for our kids, to the widows who check in on them every day, everyone is a volunteer. So 100% of any money you contribute will be going STRAIGHT TO THE KIDS IN MALAWI.

So our goal is to raise enough to pay for all of the food, necessities, transport and fees allowing every one of these children to finish school

-27 x kids in primary school: $351 per child per year
-8 x kids in high school: $1,431 per child per year
- 2 x kids in university: $3, 023 per child per year
-12 x widows: $345 per widow per year

Total Education: $ 31, 111


Total Goal = Education ($ 31,111)  plus Conference ($4,000 raised!) = $35,111

Thank you so much for your consideration.

India, Clark, Charlotte
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Dearest Family and Friends,

It’s with great anticipation and nervacitement we let you know that on Thursday we get on a flight in Toronto on Ethiopian Airlines bound for Malawi via Addis Ababa.

We are so grateful for all of you. Wow. This has been our first real experience with “fundraising”, and you have made us feel all the feels. Your care and concern and support have regularly brought a lump to our throats. Thank you. Thank you! We want you to know our highest aim is to steward your contributions well. The five of us are completely paying our own way - all of the funds you have contributed and all of the items you gave will go towards supporting 37 kids and 12 widows in Sorgen, Malawi.

And this is what you have done (woo hoo!): In both personal givings slipped into our bags and through our Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/turn-the-tide you have raised $14,926, which will go towards covering school fees, school uniforms and food for 37 kids and 12 widows.

AND

You have helped pay the costs of running a 4-day conference for 100 children between the ages of 11 and 18 covering sessions delivered by local professionals on financial literacy, personal hygiene, sexual health, self-defence and craft-making

AND

Funded or donated items for 2 soccer clinics and a completely outfitted a “Soccer Club In A Box” including 64 uniforms for 4 teams (including shirts, shorts and socks), 4 goalie uniforms, 18 balls, 4 practice nets, 4 goal nettings (we hope to build the frames when we are there), 50 pinnys, 5 whistles and 3 pumps with pins

AND

Funded the purchase of 50 reusable sanitary-pad kits made by widows given a trade by a local women’s enterprise.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

No, you guys have also given all this wonderful stuff:

Advil/Tylenol/Ibuprofen - 36
Backpacks – 12
Balls – 10
Band-Aids (packages) - 52
Body wash – 2
Books (children) - 133
Brush – 1
Calculators – 15
Cold packs – 3
Combs – 124
Dental Floss – 5
Deodorant – 4
Erasers – 146
First aid kit (big) - 1
First aid kits (small) - 8
Flip Flops – 131
Frisbees – 8
Gauze – 4
Hair Elastics – 1390
Hairbands – 48
Hand Sanitizer – 31
Math Sets – 14
Medical supplies - 4 large bags
Medical Tape – 3
Metal Eating Sets – 23
Notebooks – 134
Pencil Cases – 18
Pencil Crayons (box) - 64
Pencil Sharpeners – 77
Pencils – 543
Pens – 418
Polysporin – 18
Q-tips Box – 1
Ribbon Wand (toy) - 10
Rulers – 12
Sewing kits – 5
Skipping Ropes – 10
Soap (bar) - 153
Soccer Bags – 19
Soccer Jerseys – 100
Teething Ring – 1
Toothbrushes – 250
Toothpaste – 169
Towels – 40
Toy car – 1
Underwear – 149
Vaseline – 28
Washcloths – 80
Wet naps – 7
Yoga Mats – 26
Yo-Yos – 2

Please know, we have 10 bags we are taking with us, each packed to the limit with 50 of each of the basic necessities you gave. The remainder will be packed into a crate that leaves Canada in September. We decided to leave the eating sets and yoga mats for the crate, so this year, the kids will be getting a sleeping mat and an eating set each for Christmas, along with a bar of soap and toothbrush and toothpaste! Isn’t that a great gift? All from you.

If gifts are your love-language, you can know this year, you are loving big.

Thank you for loving us, also. We covet your prayers and thoughts as we set out. We hope to provide updates as we go, if the Internet network of Malawi cooperates. Please keep checking here for some next-level selfies:

Instagram: turnthetidemalawi

Wth love and thanks,

Jen, Clark, Charlotte, India and Kim
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Thank you to everyone who donated supplies to take with us to Malawi! We plan to take 10 bags filled with as much as we can, the rest will follow in September in a crate. Here is what has been donated:
• Advil/Tylenol/Ibuprofen - 36
• Backpacks - 12
• Balls - 10
• Band-Aids (packages) - 52
• Body wash - 2
• Books (children) - 133
• Brush - 1
• Calculators - 15
• Cold packs - 3
• Combs - 124
• Dental Floss - 5
• Deodorant - 4
• Erasers - 146
• First aid kit (big) - 1
• First aid kits (small) - 8
• Flip Flops - 131
• Frisbees - 8
• Gauze - 4
• Hair Elastics - 1390
• Hairbands - 48
• Hand Sanitizer - 31
• Math Sets - 14
• Medical Tape - 3
• Metal Eating Sets - 13
• Notebooks - 134
• Pencil Cases - 18
• Pencil Crayons (box) - 64
• Pencil Sharpeners - 77
• Pencils - 543
• Pens - 418
• Polysporin - 18
• Q-tips Box - 1
• Ribbon Wand (toy) - 2
• Rulers - 12
• Sewing kits - 5
• Skipping Ropes - 8
• Soap (bar) - 153
• Soccer Bags - 19
• Soccer Jerseys - 20
• Teething Ring - 1
• Toothbrushes - 250
• Toothpaste - 169
• Towels - 5
• Toy car - 1
• Underwear - 149
• Vaseline - 28
• Washcloths - 80
• Wet naps - 7
• Yoga Mats - 10
• Yo-Yos – 2
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For the last 3 weeks, we have been selling freezies at school for Turn the Tide. We have raised $462.70 - thanks Central!
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Thanks to our community, we raised $4,000 to pay for the conference in 5 days!   The Be that Boy and Be that Girl Conference will start on July 25, 2019 in Sorgen Malawi, and the donated money will cover the cost of all supplies, speakers, rentals and lunch for four days for 100 children and a ceremony at the end of the conference.  

Thank you to everyone who has contributed, your support means so much to us.
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Raised by 78 people in 5 months
Created February 28, 2019
Turn the Tide
on behalf of Kimberley Parker
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