For children born with a heart condition or those affected by pediatric heart complications, access to quality medical care is a matter of life and death. And if the child is fortunate enough to be on a transplant list and a donated heart is available, they have only a short window of time to race to the hospital and prepare for surgery. There is no time for travel and your proximity to the hospital is paramount. So what do you do when the hospital that can offer your child a heart transplant and/or treatment is out of reach and you lack the financial means to stay close by? This is where ACTC comes in the save the day and your child’s life.
For the past 25 years, ACTC – Casa do Coração (“House of Hearts”) has housed thousands of families from far and wide as they wait for transplants or receive treatment and follow-up care. Located near the top medical centers of São Paulo where comprehensive pediatric care is offered, the center is managed by trained medical doctors, nurses, case workers, and staff who assist families with everything they need during their road to wellness. The children and their caregiver are offered room and board, therapy, a variety of enrichment activities, and even tutoring to keep up with their studies.
Some call Anna House a home. Some call Anna House a place of hope. Everyone calls Anna House a place of happiness. This faith-based rescue mission and resource center was established in 1998 after the IMF crisis which devastated millions of lives across Asia. Homelessness does not discriminate and neither does Anna House. They provide help to both children, adults, and the elderly, with a wide range of programs designed to help them get back on their feet or find a long-term solution to their unsteady situation. They offer shelter to children and youth who have been ousted out of their homes or who have run away from danger, giving them a place to live and thrive, learning how to become independent adults through proper education and mentoring. They provide clothing and toiletries to those in need during their monthly shopping event and every day, they feed hundreds a hearty meal to nourish their body and soul.
Rimini Street’s Team Korea had the opportunity to partake in the well-orchestrated dinner service during our Volunteer Event. All the food preparations begin around noon and the operations for the kitchen is beyond impressive as the chefs create enormous amounts of food on some of the largest industrial kitchenware we’ve ever laid eyes on! When dinner time came, our team members were all given stations to man, serving big heaps of rice and scooping a variety of banchan (side dishes) onto the oncoming tray, quickly washing and sanitizing cups, dishes, and silverware for the next rush, and most importantly, greeting each client with a big smile. Before we knew it, we had served over 500 men and women from all walks of life and were thanked by the staff members for our participation.
In a hospital, a father of a newborn takes his shirt off as a makeshift blanket wrap his baby in, because that is all they have. Parents mourn the loss of their infant because of an unfortunate accident of suffocation caused by the adult rolling over the child sleeping in the same bed. A mother sits alone in a motel, depressed and worried for the welfare of her child because she has no resources, no money, and no one to turn to for help. These are just a few of the reasons why Kim Amato founded Baby’s Bounty in 2008. Her mission to provide a healthy start for new parents from all walks of life has saved the lives of countless children in the Las Vegas region and forged a path for hundreds of individuals to receive the help and education they need in order to become the best parents they can be for their beloved child.
At the Baby’s Bounty office, expecting parents and new parents come to learn the basics of post-natal care, infant safety, and best practices for healthy child-rearing. They are also provided with customized Baby Bundles which includes everything from diapers, baby wipes, car seats, portable cribs, and even a handmade blanket and toy quilted by volunteers. Baby’s Bounty’s goal to “provide a good start for every baby” has directly improved the chances of survival and healthy growth for thousands of families in Las Vegas and we are grateful to be a contributor to their exceptional organization.
Just a short distance drive from Rimini Street’s Hyderabad office is a place called Balavikas Educational Society. Love grows in abundance here. Every day for the past 6 years, more than 100 differently abled children of all backgrounds are cared for by educators and rehabilitation experts who understand and support their unique needs in areas of education, comprehensive care, and personal development. From speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, audiology, psychotherapy, and special education for the intellectually or audibly challenged, the services are provided at no-cost to the families who otherwise would be put in a difficult position or financial hardship as they try to balance work, family, and care for their child.
When Rimini Street was first introduced to Beacon Academy of Nevada, an alternative school that offers flexibility and a non-linear path to graduation for at-risk students, we were intrigued. While most are familiar with the education model where a student completes a predetermined program, qualifies for graduation, moves onto the next grade and learns new concepts compounded on their previous years, Beacon Academy realizes that this is not the case for all students. Life happens and circumstances vary from student to student, some leading to a lapse or an untimely end to their valuable education. What happens to these students who are now in a state of limbo? Do they go back to school, re-enter a grade this time with students much younger than they are, or do they decide maybe they are too embarrassed or too far behind to keep pushing forward?
We learned about a student who in their mid-teens, became the sole bread-winner for her family. She had not only herself to take care of, but her siblings and also her grandmother, and her parents were nowhere in the picture. While trying to juggle school and work, she decided to give up on her education. Not because she wanted to but because she had to put food on the table and keep her family safe. We also were introduced to another student’s story – he was a troubled child who dropped out in grade school and never learned how to read or write. But when he entered his teens, he wanted to invest in his future by getting his high school diploma. How do you teach a teenager who doesn’t have the basic education, how to read Shakespeare and understand the concept of Physics?
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters have been changing the lives of children aged 6-18 through its mentoring program which helps students develop the skills, self-esteem, and motivation it takes to become successful adults. Mentors, also known as “Bigs”, are selectively matched with “Littles” to form a long-lasting friendship based on mentorship and guidance.
“Freedom is not free.” It comes at the cost of lives of men and women who sacrifice to protect their countrymen, standing in the frontline of danger and the unknown. And at home, their families and loved ones, wait anxiously for their safe return. Blue Star Mothers was formed in 1942 at the height of the second world war. It started with a group of 600 mothers whose children were stationed overseas and their shared devotion to bring their sons home safely and provide assistance to one another. From one group formed another, and another. Today, Blue Star Mothers chapters span across America, each on a mission to support the officers that safeguard the world as well as the ones who have come back home to the place they promised to protect.
During Rimini Street’s Global Legal Team Meeting, we partnered with the Blue Star Moms of Southwest Valley located in Phoenix, Arizona to create care packs to be sent overseas and received in time for the holiday season. There was not one dry-eye in the room as we listened to real letters written back from the soldiers who received these packets in prior years, what these care packs meant to them during their toughest, loneliest hours. Along with essentials, candies, fun games and small gifts, we added handwritten messages of strength onto our decorated cards in hopes they would feel our gratitude through each word.
Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO), more commonly known as BOSCO is a project of the Salesians of Don BOSCO (SDB). Its mission is to build a community that will unreservedly care for its children through a preventive and promotional approach which supports children and activates forces in the society that favor them. Constituted in 1980, the organization offers service to the Young at Risk like – children living on the streets, child laborers, abandoned / orphaned children, victims of drug abuse, victims of child abuse, begging children, rag pickers, and more. Now, BOSCO has spread its wings across the city of Bangalore through 7 rehabilitation centers & 6 street presence locations
The Boys and Girls Clubs of King County (BGCKC) is a place of growth and achievement for young children and teenagers living in King County of the Greater Seattle, Washington region. With around-the-year programs to keep children preoccupied with engaging activities ranging from sports, gardening, arts, and after school studies, BGCKC helps pave the way for success and independence for at-risk youth.
Urban living comes with many distractions for young children, especially during the most impressionable ages where the lure of friendship and family outside of the home can come with great risks to their future, both in safety and education. The Boys and Girls Club of Oakland (BGCO) works with the community, schools, and sponsors to create an encouraging environment where children can focus their attention on self development while receiving positive reinforcement from peers and mentors all year round. Children that enroll in the Boys and Girls Club program receive after school tutoring on homework and projects that translate into measurable results, mentorship and development of interests such as music, dance, poetry, academics and sports, and most importantly, the chance to reach their full potential as responsible, caring, successful adults.
Lost, abandoned and homeless animals are all welcome at the Calaveras Humane Society (CHS), an animal welfare shelter and adoption center located in Calaveras County, California. CHS offers excellent programs such as “55/5” where senior adults aged 55 and older are paired with pets of at least 5 years of age, “Animal Search and Rescue” a service which proves crucial during natural diasters, and the “Foster and Adoption” program that help animals find their new family and homes.
The National CASA/GAL Association, together with state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive.
CAJEC is a house of love, a place where children’s dreams grow, a place where they have a fighting chance against aggressive cancers that have formed within their little bodies. This is the legacy left behind by a 16-year old boy who wanted a build a place where other children and teens who were also fighting cancer like himself can come and find refuge, a dream that came true thanks to the neighborhood friend, Maria Luiza Candido Centelles, founder and president of CAJEC – Casa (House of) José Eduardo Cavichio.
The Childhood Trust funds grass roots charities and their projects to alleviate the impact of child poverty in London. Every child has the right to a safe and happy childhood so we partner with and fund the very best initiatives and projects.
We use our funds to generate and match other donations, primarily through our online fundraising campaigns and fundraising partnerships. Since our inception in 2013 we have been able to multiply funds donated to us by an average factor of 4.69, meaning that for every £1 dontated to us, we’ve generated £4.69 of funding for projects supporting children. In total, since 2013 our matched giving campaigns have raised £14.8m.
We make grants to proven charities that are working directly with disadvantaged children. Our work is themed across three areas; meeting children’s practical needs, supporting children’s emotional needs and inspiring children with new experiences and opportunities.
Our support across these themes promotes the development of strong foundations for learning, resilience and aspiration. The impact of our grants is externally monitored and since we started we have helped more than 180,000 children through our partnerships with over 150 charities throughout London.
As the only hospice service for children diagnosed with life-shortening conditions in Scotland, the Children’s Hospice Association of Scotland (CHAS) has been a pillar of strength for the young and the family members who love them dearly. For more than two decades, CHAS has offered at-home assistance (CHAS at Home) and accomodated dozens of families in their “home from home” hospices, the Rachel House located in Kinross (pictured) and the Robin House in Balloch, with around the clock palliative care.
Every year, approximately 1.8M children die from preventable, hygiene-related illnesses with a majority of these deaths occurring in Africa and South Asia. The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank have concluded that hand washing with bars of soap is “the most efficient and cost effective intervention to reduce this tragic statistic.” So how do we get bars of soap to those who need it the most and educate them on sanitary practices?
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