We Care School Supply Drive
Photo courtesy of the ACT Allinace.
This year the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) established emergency preparedness hubs in Kenya and El Salvador to respond to regional crises, and CLWR has agreed to ship two containers of humanitarian aid for their programming. Along with quilts, hygiene and medical supplies which will be used for disaster relief, both centres have identified an ongoing need for quality school supplies for children.
At this time of year in Canada, school supplies are very abundant and can often be obtained at very reasonable costs. Access to pencils, paper and other supplies for students who have gone without makes an impact that cannot be overestimated. By creating a We Care Learning and Living Kit you have an opportunity make a real difference in the life of a young student and improve their quality of the education. When you order your We Care bags be sure to specify that you would like backpacks, which are ideal for students.
For supporters in Calgary, Edmonton and Milton (Ontario) we strongly recommend sending your goods free of charge through Arnold Bros. Transport. Click here for terminal addresses and contact information.
Children sit four or more to a desk and even on the floor in a classroom in a refugee camp at Dadaab, Kenya. (photo courtesy of LWF/ Melany Markham)
Our first shipment will be to Kenya early this fall. The LWF is presently laying the groundwork for their response to the South Sudanese refugee crisis, and access to humanitarian aid through CLWR will be vital. Over 200,000 people have fled the violence-plagued region and are in need of access to clean drinking water, food and shelter, as well as social and educational services for children. Our partners with LWF Kenya are also charged with managing the world’s largest refugee camp: Dabaab, which is home to nearly 500,000 Somali refugees.
Then, in the spring of 2013, the first ever CLWR shipment to El Salvador will be dispatched. Our partners there have requested 3,200 Learning and Living kits, which is a challenge we hope to meet over the Christmas season.
Your assistance is greatly needed, please consider making a We Care kit today.