Established in 2006, Children’s World Impact has sought to make an impact on the lives of widows and orphans as well as marginalized people throughout local communities and the world. Our impact started out small and targeted. Throughout the over 15 years the organization has been in existence, the impact has expanded and spread to reach tens of thousands of individuals in communities throughout the Walworth County area in southern Wisconsin, as well as throughout the countries of Haiti, Ecuador, Ghana, and Kenya.
We were excited to see a return to in-person events this year, which included our annual golf event, a main provider of funds that allows us to continue our impact. While this year we saw some projects in a continuation phase, we were also excited to begin a new project in a new part of the world.
Construction Continues on Haitian Pastor's Home
Despite the many challenges that continue to be a part of every day life in Haiti, construction continued throughout the year on the home for long time CWI friend and ministry-partner, Haitian pastor, Yves Prophete. Work on the outside of the home is mostly complete, while work on the interior continues.
Arranging sub-contractors has been tricky, given the unsafe conditions in the country. Even still, electricity has been installed, painting has been completed, and room details are being installed, like kitchen cabinets (see photo), plumbing fixtures, and the like. We anticipate the building to be complete in 2023!
Another Successful Food Packing Event
Once again, Lakeland Community Church, outside of Lake Geneva, WI, was the host for the 2022 Food Packaging Event sponsored by Children’s World Impact. Kids Around the World from Rockford, IL supplied all the needed food items and equipment. We were thrilled that once again we were able to have an in-person only event. Over 200 volunteers and helpers pitched in to make this another successful event!
With the help of Lakeland’s high school youth group, we were able to pack 80,000 meals, which Kids Around the World distributed to Family Legacy in Zambia, Africa. All together, CWI has sponsored the packing of over 1.7 meals that have fed people all around the globe!
The IMPACT Expands to Uganda
We are thrilled to be embarking on a new project in a new country in Africa. This photo shows two American pastors who are meeting with the leadership team that will be in charge. This project, a poultry production facility, will be run by and help support local widows in Uganda, Africa. Chickens will be raised for both egg production and meat and will be sold to local residents as well as commercial restaurants.
While we are still in the beginning stages of this endeavor, we are excited about the potential impact this project will have on the entire community. We anticipate that the eventual profits from this will go to support an orphanage, education and other community projects. Read all about this project in the 2022 IMPACT newsletter.
Despite the pandemic, we have continued to strive to make an IMPACT for marginalized people around the world. These past two years have been difficult to navigate, but our resolve has remained strong. Our mission and vision are more important than ever!
Golf Outings Raise Funds for IMPACT
The 2020 Golf Outing at Geneva National Golf Club was a socially distanced event that raised funds for the construction of a home for Pastor Yves Prophete and his wife, Samathe, from Haiti. To learn more about Yves and Samathe Prophete, click here.
Weather was not our friend for the 2021 Golf Outing. Due to heavy rains, the event was cancelled. However, thanks to our faithful sponsors and attendees, we were able to raise funds for a school improvement and expansion project for Ariana’s Goodwill Academy in Malindi, a town in Kenya, Africa.
200,000 Meals Packaged
Lakeland Community Church, outside of Lake Geneva, WI, was the host of both the 2020 and 2021 Food Packaging Events sponsored by Children’s World Impact. Kids Around the World from Rockford, IL supplied all the needed food items and equipment. Thanks to their OneMeal program, people were able to come package in-person at socially distanced tables, or use the Serv@Home option, which allowed people to take the needed supplies to their own location and return the packaged meals to the church.
Each year’s event packaged 100,000 meals, which Kids Around the World distributed to worldwide locations. The meals from the 2021 event went to Zambia, Africa, where the meals will feed children at Family Legacy.
A New Home for Pastor Yves
in 2020 Children’s World Impact committed to building a home for Pastor Yves Prophete and his wife, Samathe, in Haiti. Yves has been an integral part of the work CWI has done over the years in this country. Despite rising construction costs, the assassination of the Haitian president, and another major earthquake in the country, construction began in December of 2020 and continued throughout 2021. Not only will this be a residence for the couple, it will also serve as a facility where mission teams will be housed when they come to serve the people of Haiti. For a thorough construction timeline of this project, check out the center spread in the 2020 IMPACT newsletter.
The IMPACT Expands to Kenya
In 2021 CWI was presented the opportunity to come alongside another non-profit organization in Colorado. Every Life, Inc., has developed deep roots in the town of Malindi in the southeast part of Kenya, Africa. For almost two decades, Every Life has worked with local Kenyans helping break the cycle of poverty through nursery school support, job creation programs, and school scholarships.
CWI was excited to be able to finance a large capital school improvement project at Ariana’s Goodwill Academy. This school gives young learners, who would otherwise have no possibility to attend school the opportunity for an education.
Ensenda Home Builds
Children’s World Impact partnered with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) and 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!
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.
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.
Preschool Completed in Ghana, Africa
CWI Responds to Earthquake in Ecuador
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
Artist rendition of completed school, based on architectural plans
Preschool Construction Continues in Ghana, Africa
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
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
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.
Preschool Construction Begins in Ghana, Africa
We anticipate completion of this facility in 2015.
Two Mission Teams Head to Haiti
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
Two Mission Teams Head to Haiti
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
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
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.
2010 Earthquake Stimulates First Food Packaging Events
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
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.