Established in 2006, Children’s World Impact has sought to make an impact on the lives of widows and orphans as well as marganilized people throughout local communities and the world. Our impact started out small and targeted. Throughout the over 12 years the organization has been in existence, the impact has expanded and spread to reach over 12,000 individuals in communities throughout the Walworth County area in southern Wisconsin, as well as throughout the countries of Haiti, Ecuador, and Ghana, Africa.
Save the Dates for our annual events! CWI Golf Outing at Geneva National Golf Club August 17th 2020 and Food Packaging Event December 4th and 5th 2020. More details to come!
Ensenda Home Builds
Homes of Hope to help build two homes for two families in desperate need of basic living amenities. In July a home was built for Reyna, who is blind, and her two sons Andres and Oliver. They live on donated land and financial donations of approx $30 a month. The impact of this new furnished home is not lost on Reyna even though she will never see it.
The second home built in November was for a family of six. With the father, Ignacio, on disability, work is very difficult. This family was living in a structure made from old wood and tarps with no running water or electricity. Their new home was built and fully furnished, and a large gravity-forced water storage container was built to allow for clean water directly in the home.
Return of the Annual Food Packaging Event
On December 6th & 7th, hundreds of volunteers descended upon Lakeland Community Church to package over 150,000 meals. It was an amazing event to behold. Over the course of the two days, people from all generations came together to help package the meals that were on their way to feed children in Rwanda that following Wednesday! It was a great way to spend a weekend in December looking outside of ourselves and serving those in need.
Through our continued relationship with those in Ghana, we are excited to begin a micro-loan program. This allows women the opportunity to receive a small loan of $20-$100 to start a new or build upon an existing business. Working in groups of 10 from various local villages, widows will be offered loans at a much lower rate than is normal through the bank, with the commitment that the group supports each other in paying off each loan. Stay tuned for success stories in 2020!
Much energy and effort in 2018 was put into raising the funds for land purchase and the construction of a medical clinic in the city of Mirebalais, Haiti. It was exciting to receive the update photos throughout the year, as the building progressed. What started as a dream ended with the dedication of the building in late August of 2018. (Pictured is the building in its nearly completed state.)
Shortly after the dedication ceremony, the facility was open to the public on September 3, 2018. On that day, over 150 community members were seen by the clinic staff. Clearly, this medical facility will meet many of the medical needs of community members.
2017 was an exciting year for CWI as the organization financed the construction of its second school facility in the country of Haiti. Click on any of the headlines below to learn more details about the specific impact made during the year.
Second Haitian School Completed
Children’s World Impact financed the construction of its second elementary school in the country of Haiti in 2017. This school, located in Desarmes, Haiti, educates approximately 250 students, many of whom live in dorm buildings located on the same premises.
The school includes 8 classrooms, with 4 classrooms located in each of two wings, as well as a small administrative building that is located between the wings. CWI is proud to have partnered with Schools4Haiti on this project, another 501(c)(3) organization, which maintains the operational costs of this school, including staff salaries, curriculum, supplies, and uniforms, allowing the students to receive a totally free education.
African Project Updates
Children’s World Impact stays up to date on operations from the widows’ project in Ghana, Africa. While the project is self-sustaining overall, occasionally there are capital improvements that need to be made. This year, we updated the project with a high powered electrical transformer that will lower the costs of electrical usage for the shea butter production and water bagging. In addition, a vehicle was purchased that transfers meals from the village primary school to the preschool, that was financed by CWI.
Food Packaging Event
Thanks to the efforts of Lakeland Community Church in Lake Geneva, WI, Children’s World Impact was able to conduct a Food Packaging Event in March of 2017. While the church raised the necessary $25,000 to package 100,000 meals, CWI came along side the church and helped organize and run the event. With over 1,000,000 meals packaged throughout the years, CWI has honed the organizational details that make such an event a success. The meals packaged were sent to Swaziland, located in the southern horn of the continent of Africa. These meals were used to feed orphans in that country.
2016 was a busy year for Children’s World Impact. Construction of one school was completed, and the building of another school was started. Click on any of the headlines below to learn more details about the specific impact made during the year.
Preschool Completed in Ghana, Africa
CWI Responds to Earthquake in Ecuador
On Saturday, April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the South American country of Ecuador. This earthquake was the biggest tragedy Ecuador had faced in the last 67 years. The earthquake claimed over 650 lives, with more than 16,000 injured, and over 25,000 people in emergency shelters. A state of emergency was declared, as thousands of homes, buildings, and roads were in ruins.
Children’s World Impact worked with strategic local partners to make a long-lasting impact that helped affected families recover from the terrible tragedy. Two separate homes were built for families with children. One home was completed in November of 2016. The Limongi-Macias Family (pictured left), who were located in Tarqui, the epicenter of the earthquake, lost their home and their business. A modest 500 square foot home was built, complete with a kitchen, bathroom, living area, and two bedrooms for this family of 3.
School Construction Begins in Haiti
Children’s World Impact began construction of its second elementary school in the country of Haiti in 2016. Located in the city of Desarmes, this school will be the permanent home of nearly 250 children, who are currently meeting for classes in a makeshift location consisting of a metal roof and worn tarps for walls. In conjunction with another 501 (c)(3) organization, Schools4Haiti, this school provides a free education to some of the poorest children in Haiti. The completed facility will consist of 2 wings, with 4 large classrooms in each wing. A large open courtyard will be located between the wings, as well as a small administrative building with storage.
Artist rendition of completed school, based on architectural plans
The construction of two family homes in Haiti, as well as the continuation of the preschool/daycare facility in Ghana, Africa, dominated our efforts in 2015. For more details, click on any of the links below.
Preschool Construction Continues in Ghana, Africa
The preschool/daycare facility financed by CWI in Ghana, Africa nears completion. The school is located adjacent to the main building of the widows’ project and will serve the children of widows as they come to work at various income earning endeavors, including shea butter production, dry season gardening, bread baking, and potable water sales. In addition, local children from nearby communities will attend the preschool in order to get a head-start to their elementary education.
This facility will be a big draw to the community, as facilities like this are rare in the rural areas of Ghana.
Two Family Homes are Built in Haiti
CWI focuses on home construction for two families in 2015, fulfilling our mission of making an impact on the lives of the neglected.
The first home, whose construction is pictured, was for a family of 8, whose eldest son acted as an interpreter for many of the medical missions conducted in Haiti by CWI over the years. The home included a large living and dining area, 3 bedrooms, a bathroom with modern fixtures, as well as an enclosed Haitian kitchen.
The second home was built for a widow whose home was literally crumbling before her eyes.
CWI Hosts Another Successful Food Packaging Event
CWI hosted another successful food packaging event at the Geneva Ridge in cooperation with Kids Around the World out of Rockford, IL, and their OneMeal program. Over 100,000 meals were packed and sent to international sites as well as local food pantries throughout Walworth County.
One of the highlights of this year’s event was the sale of 150 hand-twined rugs, which were made by Haitian women through Haiti Looms for Life. The rugs were a great success, helping provide much needed income to the women who made them.
With 2 mission teams heading to Haiti, the start of a major school construction project in Ghana, Africa, and an end-of-the-year food packaging event, 2014 proved to be an impact filled year for Children’s World Impact. Click on any of the links below for more details on any of the projects.
Preschool Construction Begins in Ghana, Africa
The foundation for the new preschool/daycare facility in Ghana, Africa was laid in early 2014. The plans for this school include a main building with 2 large classrooms, a walled in kitchen area with a building for cooking, a large play yard, and a small administrative building. The school is adjacent to the widows’ project, and will provide care and education to the children of widows as they work in various endeavors to provide income for themselves and their dependent children.
We anticipate completion of this facility in 2015.
Two Mission Teams Head to Haiti
Two mission teams, organized by Children’s World Impact, headed down to Haiti in 2014. Both teams stayed on the premises of GVCM in Mirebalais, Haiti. The first team was medical in nature and serviced the medical needs of hundreds of Haitians in various locations throughout the area.
The second team stationed themselves at the GVCM orphanage, and spent a week bonding with the orphans. The team kept themselves busy with arts and crafts activities, sporting events, human growth and development classes, as well as VBS activities for the youngest orphans. It was a week the members won’t soon forget!
Over 100,000 Meals Packaged
2013 was certainly a year of impact. 2 mission trips headed to Haiti, serving the medical needs of hundreds of Haitians. In addition, a major construction project was completed and dedicated at the GVCM orphanage, mechanized equipment was installed in the widows’ processing plant in Ghana, Africa, and a food packaging event was held in December. Click on any of the links below for further details on any of these projects.
Two Mission Teams Head to Haiti
Two mission teams organized and led by Children’s World Impact, headed to Haiti in 2013. Over 700 patients were seen by doctors and medical staff that were part of the first team. More than 5,000 pounds of medications, medical supplies, and health related items were taken down by the team.
The second team did projects in and around the property of GVCM in Mirebalais. In addition, they spent time with the over 100 orphans that are residents of the orphanage.
Boys' Dorm Building is Dedicated
The Joshua Building, a dorm structure for older boys, was completed and dedicated in 2013. This building was constructed on the GVCM property in an effort to create a separate living space for the male population of the orphanage. In addition, the top level of the building was designed for mission groups who serve at the orphanage.
Pictured are some of the young men who are residing at this new facility. The Joshua Building is pictured behind them.
Mechanized Equipment is Installed at Widow's Project
Mechanized equipment is installed at the widows’ project in the village of Ullo in Ghana, Africa. The equipment, run by electrical motors, aid in the production of shea butter, an indigenous product that is used for cooking in the region. The equipment allows for quicker and more production, thus allowing women a viable product to sell in local markets.
In addition, grain grinding equipment was installed. This enables the women to create corn meal and other grain products used for baking as well as other products that can be sold at market and create an income for the women.
With the devastating earthquake of January 2010 that hit the capital city of Haiti, Children’s World Impact kicks into high gear in the country. Seven outreach trips are sent to Haiti during 2010 and 2011, and food packaging events begin to feed the people of that ravaged country. In addition, CWI financed the construction of an elementary building outside the walls of an orphanage in Mirebalais, Haiti. Click on any of the links below to see greater detail about our projects throughout these years.
2010 Earthquake Stimulates First Food Packaging Events
The devastating earthquake that hit the capital city of Port au Prince, Haiti, and the surrounding areas stimulated CWI to form a strategic partnership with Kids Around the World, who organizes and ships packaged food to international sites. 4 major food packaging events are hosted by CWI throughout 2010 and 2012, sending hundreds of thousands of meals to the country of Haiti.
Pictured here are Tyson Ray, founder of CWI, and Julie Nor, CWI board member, during a 2011 trip to Haiti. In their hands is one of the boxes that was packaged at a previous CWI food packaging event.
Elementary School is Built in Haiti
Well Provides Needed Water for Widows' Project
Construction of a project to support widows and their dependent children in the village of Ullo in Ghana, Africa, was started in 2011. The major component of this project is a building for the production of shea butter, an indigenous product used for cooking.
In 2012 a well was dug, which will provide water to the project. A pump will be installed that will take water to a water tank. Eventually a gravity fed system will provide running water to the production center.
Established in 2006, The Ray Foundation was created with a focus on the scripture verse of James 1:27. Later changed to Children’s World Impact, the focus of the foundation has always been on the needs of marginalized individuals. Click on any of the links below to see some of the earliest works of the foundation.
Support for House of Hope
In 2009, the work of the foundation shifts to supporting over 100 children at the House of Hope in Haiti. Much needed financial support was supplied to help with the medical and nutritional needs of the children at this facility.
Child from Turkey Receives Support
The main focus of the foundation in 2007 and 2008 was the support of an orphan from the country of Turkey. This child resided in an orphanage for children with disabilities in this country.
Foundation Supports a Local Adoption
The first act of the foundation financed the adoption of a baby girl, Kylie, from an orphanage in the inner city of Chicago. Kylie was placed in the loving home of a local Wisconsin pastor and his wife.