Saving Lives, One at a Time
At Vaughan Chiropractic we are thrilled for Chiropractors with Compassion because we are committed to transforming families’ lives both here in the Greater Toronto Area and around the world. As partners with Compassion Canada, we are raising money to release children around the world from poverty. Our centre donates $20 from every new patient examination fee to fund child-centered projects in many countries around the world.
We are currently funding our ninth project and we have already raised more than $1 million for Compassion!
Our Eighth Project
Transforming a Community from the Inside Out - Dominican Republic
This project has been our most ambitious to date. In fact, its the largest partner project that Compassion has undertaken. What Chiropractors with Compassion has done in the Dominican Republic is fund the installation of a vocational training and income/employment generating centre which will empower women to stop depending on the garbage dump to meet their families' daily needs.
This project is also supplying a playground and daycare type centre where kids can play freely, safely and be educated. This project also supplies water for the entire community. This project is transforming this entire group of people from the INSIDE OUT.
Our Sixth and Seventh Project
Water for the Children of the Dominican Republic and Ecuador
Our sixth and seventh projects were a combined effort where we focussed on providing families with safe and sustainable water supplies. These projects served families in both the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. The project did exactly what it set out to do and gave proper water access to over 5000 children. Proper water supply is one of the most lifesaving efforts that any organization can provide. Water not only provides a sustainable living environment, it creates a safe place for children and families to live and grow up in. One of the greatest aspects of this project is that we completed it in December of 2007 ... in record time!
Our Fifth Project
Water for the Children of Haiti
Our fifth project was completed in December 2007. The families that were blessed by the project received a safe and sustainable water supply. Also, proper hygiene practices were taught to the children so that infection due to poor sanitation standards would be eliminated. Can you imagine not having a proper water supply for you and your family? Many of the diseases and infections that we face here in North America are related primary to our lifestyle choices. We consume toxic emotions and thought patterns. The greatest challenge that most of the people in these countries face is basic sanitation and refrigeration. We may have different primary struggles, but we all need to learn from each other and help each other grow.
Our Fourth Project
Hope for the Widows and Orphans of the Nyanza Province
The Nyanza Housing project will help poor and vulnerable people trying to cope with the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS. The project's target group are the widows and orphans of the Nyanza province in Kenya. The children are sick from poor nutrition and the deplorable conditions they live in. The project will help these widows, and the children they care for, repair and re-build their homes. The project will build exactly 50 homes - usually between 6 to 10 children live in each home. The homes will protect widows and children from rain, mosquitoes, other insects and snakes. It will give them a clean, healthy and secure living environment. Latrines will enable these families to improve sanitation and reduce the incidence of intestinal infections.
Our Third Project
Hope for the Children in the Streets of Nairobi
The third Chiropractors with Compassion project was completed in November 2006. The project takes place in the Mathare Valley, Nairobi, Kenya. In the Mathare slum, more than 600,000 people live in desperate destitution and squalor. Families are crowded together in one-room mud or cardboard shacks, roofed with assorted pieces of corrugated tin, cardboard, or grass. Unemployment is endemic. Because of the poor sanitation, outbreaks of typhoid and other diseases are common. Most families have no stable income, and children receive no schooling. Many live on the streets, and as many as 60% of the children resort to thievery, prostitution, begging, or scavenging in order to survive.
Since 1997, the Mathare Street Rescue Centre has been ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of the children and families who live in the slums of Nairobi. Church workers and volunteers dispence food, education, health care, and family support to slum children.
1. Primary school education for 399 children.
2. Education and meals for 750 children.
3. Family support, when appropriate, to empower parents to care more effectively for their children.
Our Second Project
Student Teacher Environmental Program
The second Chiropractors with Compassion project was completed in November 2005. STEP, or Student Teacher Environmental Program, took place in the Machakos and Kajiado districts of Kenya. In this area of Kenya, barriers to education still exist and include: hunger, distance, finances, recognition of relevance, gender, HIV/AIDS, and cultural practices such as early marriage and pregnancy.
STEP exists to improve nutrition for school children and improve their access to the formal education system. The project will also establish and maintain agro-forestry demonstration plots and gardens at the primary school level. 42 teachers in 12 schools will be trained to participate in STEP. The cost of the project is $499,800 (CDN), and the Chiropractors with Compassion goal was $100,000. Every dollar raised will be matched 2:1 by the Bridgeway Foundation.
Our First Project
Water for the Children of Uganda
Villagers in Kisoro cannot dig wells or install latrines because of the hard volcanic soil in the area. They must collect water from drainage ditches shared by animals. Twice a day, children as young as 6 or 7, many of them AIDS orphans, travel several kilometers through mosquito-infested swamps in order to fetch water. The children miss school hours and put themselves at risk of catching malaria to collect the polluted water. The water causes regular epidemics of intestinal diseases among the villagers. By equipping the town with preformed water storage tanks provided by a local manufacturer, Water for the Children aims to harvest rainwater and provide a safe water supply for the community. First, villagers will either build new houses or reinforce their thatched houses to bear the weight of metal sheet roofing. They will then install a system of gutters and downspouts to channel the rainwater from the roofs to the water tanks. To further reduce the spread of dysentery and other water-borne organisms, they will also install portable latrines throughout the community.
The cost of the Kisoro Water for the Children project was $61,875 (CDN). This goal was reached in February 2005, through the help of chiropractors across Canada and the US who have joined to help fund Chiropractors with Compasssion.