Smile Train

Pleased to share our latest thank you from Smile Train!

“Dear 4myschools, Smile Train are delighted to acknowledge your gift this Christmas, your generous support will allow us to perform one complete cleft lip surgery.

Our vision is that every child born with a cleft – anywhere in the world – can live a full, productive life and have the chance to go to school.

Smile Train has grown to become the world’s largest cleft charity because of the support we receive from donors like you, enabling a child to receive a life-changing surgery once every five minutes. Friends like you are truly changing the world for the boys and girls whose families cannot afford lifesaving and life-changing cleft treatment.

Thanks to you, these children are receiving new smiles and second chances at life. We wish you could be there to see the children with their new smiles, as it would warm your heart and reaffirm the importance of reaching out to children. Instead, we will send you a photo in a few months of a child who was helped by the generosity of friends like you so you can see the permanent difference you’ve made in a child’s life.

From our staff here at Smile Train, many thanks!”

See this video clip to witness the difference

To find out more about Smile Train visit https://smiletrain.org.uk/stories

Nelson's Journey Norfolk 4msyschools supporting local children

Teacher recruitment giving back to Nelson’s Journey

This week Katie and Mandie from our Norwich office visited the Nelson’s Journey Charity to present them with a Christmas donation from the funds they would have normally spent on thank you’ s for our teachers and schools across Norfolk. Nelson’s Journey is an important charity for some of our schools and teachers who have benefited from support with children in their care.

Nelson’s Journey supports children and young people up to their 18th birthday who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. The support may include one-to-one assistance in and out of school and opportunities to meet others their age who have also experienced a bereavement.4myschools Norfolk Teacher Recruitment Team         Nelson's Journey Norfolk Childrens Charity supported by 4myschools

Katie and Mandie were lucky enough to get a tour of the facilities and a chance to meet some of the lovely staff.

Mandie said “I will not forget the wall of thought, which is covered in labels where children have mentioned the one thing, they will always remember their loved one for; it brought tears to my eyes to read their messages”.

We all know how hard it is to cope with bereavement, so the impact and ongoing affect for children can be so detrimental to their life, perceptions and ability to learn.

Katie and Mandie were introduced to the infamous ‘Worry Monster’, a teddy which each child receives during their bereavement journey. The Worry Monster’s mouth can be unzipped, and the idea is the children use him as a chance to write down their worries, place them in his mouth and he eats them away.

Katie and Mandie also learnt about the “Smiles and Tears” gift box which was created by children who were supported by Nelson’s Journey themselves. It contains a collection of small items which the children can use or refer to during their bereavement. They found the ‘emotion magnets’ especially powerful because the children can use them to stick on their fridges at home to express how they are feeling if they struggle to communicate verbally.

Katie said “It has been incredible to witness what an amazing charity is doing for children of Norfolk and we are very proud that our county has access to such vital support.

This year’s 4myschools Christmas donation has gone to a very worthy cause and we thank all our schools and teachers for making this possible.”

If you would like to find out more about Nelson Journey please go to www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk

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“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” Aesops Fable: The Lion and the Mouse.

Every time a school uses 4myschools, or a teacher registers with us, we are able to give the profits we make back to the community. We give to recognised projects locally, nationally and internationally.

We aim to improve to children’s life chances generally and for this reason our donations are given to causes which are wider than donating to individual schools. In 2013, 4myschools gave a charitable donation of £50,000 to the Essex Association of Head Teachers to support teaching and learning.

In the wider community, 4myschools recognises that educationally disengaged children often live with hard-to-reach families. To raise children’s aspirations, and ultimately educational attainment, this negative cycle needs to be broken. We aim to help schools interact effectively with the families of the children they are educating.

Where appropriate, 4myschools initiates specific projects to enhance the educational experience of the children in schools.

Mount Kilimanjaro raising funds to help disadvantaged people to access education in Tanzania

A long way to go on Mount Kilimanjaro

Simone Payne and her 14 year old son Seb raised a further £1,000 for CCBRT disability hospital Tanzania. CCBRT is funded by donations and helps children and adults in desperate need access corrective surgery or treatment to get them back into education or work, ending the cycle of poverty. The donations went to towards treatment to restore children’s vision and other surgery enabling school attendance which would have been previously impossible.

“I have just returned from Dar es Salaam, where I saw the impact of your support for CCBRT first hand. The Eye Unit was full of patients like 2 year old Rosemarie, brought to CCBRT for cataract surgery. Thanks to 4myschools, surgeons were able to fully restore Rosemarie’s vision.  Eye sight is critical  to a young girl like Rosemarie, her future and sight has been restored with no barrier to her education, and it’s thanks to 4myschools.” Alexandra Cairns External Affairs Manager Kupona Foundation

The broader context

To improve the lives of children in the developing world, we work with carefully selected charities. So far the donations we have been able to make thanks to schools and teachers support has benefited over 1 million people. Yes that is over 1 million people getting access to clean water amongst other things.

These donations have contributed to the following projects:

We have committed to contribute to projects through Buy1Give1 Business For Good (B1G1) – a collective brand for businesses that share the vision of giving back and making a difference in our world. Access to education is fundamental to the success of children and the societies of which they are a part. No one should be denied the right to learn.

Sadly, in the world today, there are many children for whom education takes a back seat as their focus is on securing their survival. 4myschools works, in partnership with B1G1, wants to address this by providing water for people in the developing world. Every time your school uses the 4myschools service to hire a supply teacher, one person is provided with a day’s supply of water by B1G1.

We have helped over one million people with access to clean water. We have enabled a well to be built in Ethiopia and by contributing through regular donations we have achieved great things and will continue to do much more!

Ethiopian Well built in October 2014

Ethopian Well
For more details please click here

Children in Crisis

Children in crisis

In 1993, UK-based charity, Children in Crisis, was established to give children in some of the world’s poorest countries the education they need to help transform their lives. Its mission is: “Where resources are few, where education is needed to heal the nation, and where it is too remote for others, our aim is to support children to read, write, think, pursue their life goals and contribute positively to their communities.”

Ensuring the education of children is one of the reasons why Children in Crisis exists. It believes there is a moral duty to protect and nurture the most vulnerable and dependent children in society. Through education, children have a fairer chance in life, and above all, can flourish in order to contribute positively to their families and society.

www.childrenincrisis.org

THE J's HOSPICE

The J’s Hospice provides nursing and end of life care, respite care, psychosocial care and bereavement support. Specialist help is given in the comfort of the patient’s own home. The J’s Hospice has a target to build the first age-appropriate hospice for 18 to 40 year olds in the East of England with life-limiting conditions. The organisation wants young adults to have the best possible quality of life, and live as independently as they can.

www.thejshospice.org.uk

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” Aesops Fable: The Lion and the Mouse.