Shipment Feedback:

The conflict in Syria continues to devastate lives and communities, with thousands of people still displaced and living in flimsy tents and temporary homes. According to the UN refugee agency, there are 13.5 million displaced Syrians–more than half the population.

We’ve shipped several times to a partner inside Syria who shares desperately needed goods with both displaced people and impoverished communities who are hosting the displaced. These partners spoke of how urgent the needs were when they distributed the most recent batch of goods from our latest shipment.

“Mama, I told you we haven’t been forgotten.”  A child, receiving toys from the shipment

“This is a very poor area where displaced people are living in tents. They have urgent needs for clothes, shoes, food and medical care.” The adults receiving goods were most interested in meeting those most desperate needs. One woman, after receiving clothes and household goods said, “finally, because of what you’ve brought us, I can get married.” She and her betrothed had been lacking even the basics they wanted to be able to marry and set up house.

The kids, though, had other ideas about their most desperate needs. When one little boy received toys, along with some shoes, he ran to his mother crying, “Mama, I told you we haven’t been forgotten!” Another was so excited to receive a toy that he said he felt like he was in a dream.  One father of five, Ahmed, had pulled his children out of school because he couldn’t provide them with bags, stationery, or clothes. When he received these things from the shipment, he said he considered it a sign that it was time to re-enrol his children into school.


Clothing (above) and other goods from the shipment are helping displaced families care for their children’s most basic needs.


(Toy donation) Toys from the shipment brought joy to hundreds of children, many of whom had never held a new toy.

 

 

 

 


 Crossroads’ partners allocated toys and educational equipment, school furniture, clothes and kitchenware to a school for displaced children. The school equipment and supplies have moved some parents to re-enrol their children in school as they now wo well-equipped say our partners.

According to our partners in Syria, more than 4,000 people benefited from the toys, shoes, bedding, and medicals beds included in the the shipment.

We are so grateful to all who contributed to this shipment, helping show displaced people in Syria that they aren’t forgotten.

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WHO IS THIS SHIPMENT HELPING?

In rural Tanzania, poverty is widespread and affects every area of life. Sadly, the nation is still experiencing one of the highest rates of HIV infection globally. Our partners on this shipment are working to be part of the solution, with programmes not only in HIV prevention and care for those who are HIV positive, but also in job training and education, combatting the poverty that helps HIV/Aids to continue claiming victims.

One of their projects includes supporting community schools and finding sponsorship for children to stay in school when pressure is high to drop out. They say that girls marrying young is a common reason for dropping out of school. Child labour is another issue, with many children working on surrounding tobacco farms instead of going to school. Likewise, being unable to afford proper clothes or stationery can keep others at home. Our partners support both the students, seeing more than 3,500 sponsored to complete their education, and the schools themselves, which are severely under-resourced.

We’ll be shipping a container filled with goods that these partners have requested to continue reaching more people with their life-changing projects in education, job creation and HIV prevention and care. The shipment will include goods like computers, clothing, household goods, school furniture and supplies, and more.

Through reforestation campaigns, with volunteers, our partners have planted more than 850,000 trees, which are reducing soil erosion caused by harmful farming practices. They also run awareness seminars with local communities about more sustainable agriculture, particularly using less chemicals near the rivers, or burying toxic chemical containers in the ground, a common practice.

“We believe quality education is the greatest gift one can give to children,” say our partners. They source sponsorship for impoverished children in the community (nearly 4,000 so far) to allow them to access education otherwise out of reach.


Matthias’ story

“I was dying of HIV and tuberculosis without knowing it,” says Matthias. Not long before this photo was taken, he looked frail and skeletal and was very sick but didn’t know why. Our partners met Matthias as part of their HIV care programmes. They offered him free testing and counselling. After Matthias tested positive for HIV, they helped him access free antiretroviral medication and brought regular support in the form of nutritious food and other material aid, as well as friendship and emotional support. “Without this, I would not be alive,” Matthias said.

Our partners have worked with more than 1,300 people living with HIV/Aids. This shipment will include goods to support their work to help even more.


Lilian (pictured left) wanted to start a business but lacked some of the essential skills to get off the ground. After taking part in one of our partners’ entrepreneurship training programmes for rural communities, Lilian felt empowered to start her own business running a guesthouse. It’s changed her life, and that of her family! Our partners have seen more than 800 rural people like Lilian pass through their programmes, many going on to start businesses such as salons, tailoring, restaurants or carpentry workshops.

This shipment will include goods to help administer business training programmes for women like Lilian.

 

 

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Tanzania snapshot

Capital: Dodoma

Largest City: Dar es Salaam

Main languages: Swahili (official) and English, and more than 100 local languages.
Population: 59.7 million (2020)
Tanzania, located on the eastern coast of Africa, enjoys relative peace, safety and stability. It is a heavily agricultural nation, with 80% of the population being subsistence farmers.

Around 49% of the population in Tanzania are living below the international extreme poverty line of $1.9US per day.

Source: UNDP

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WHO IS THIS SHIPMENT HELPING?

Despite making great strides economically over the past decade, Malawi remains one of the poorest countries in Africa, and that poverty is far worse in rural areas.  Those who live in the countryside continue to struggle with lack of basic necessities such as clean water, food security, basic health care and educational opportunities.

Crossroads is working with an NGO in Malawi that is bridging the urban/rural gap one district at a time, providing entrepreneurship and horticultural training, and health education.  Indirectly, such projects have led to a 30% decrease in illiteracy in their target regions because more children are able to attend school for longer in the districts where they work.

The shipment we are preparing will include items enabling our partners to set up a community resource centre in a new area: books for a library, computers for a training centre and internet café, furniture, office supplies and sporting equipment for their “youth space.”

Because the area’s schools battle access to basic resources, we will also be including toys to establish a toy library and shoes, clothes and stationery kits for students.

Four of Judith’s eight children (now adults) were forced to drop out of school due to the family’s poverty. Despite their hardships though, she couldn’t ignore all the AIDS orphans in her community. She now cares for twelve of them. Business training and microloans from our partner have now enabled her to establish a successful grocery store which provides enough income to provide for the whole extended family.

Most children at rural schools struggle to afford basics such as stationery, books and shoes.

A typical rural community in Malawi.

Maria and her husband have four of their own children and they also care for three young, orphaned relatives.  Her husband has a professional job but his salary is not sufficient for all the family’s needs.  Maria farms maize to provide their staple food.  Before joining one of our partner’s programmes, the harvest would only last half a year but in thefour following years her harvest has increased seven-fold.  She now sells the surplus grain and buys flour to make bread that she sells locally. Maria is proud to be helping her husband provide for the family.  As well as providing food security and a financial “cushion” against hard times, she hopes that her baking business will bring in enough profit to allow her to start a small second-hand clothing store.

This shipment will include goods to equip the programmes that helped Maria and so many others become more economically resilient.

 

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Malawi Snapshot

Population: 19 million (2020 estimated)
Capital: Lilongwe

Official languages: English, Chichewa

The people of Malawi like to call their nation the ‘warm heart of Africa’, known for their hospitality and friendliness. Although there has been considerable economic growth over the past decade, more than half of Malawi’s population still lives below the international poverty line (USD1.90 per day) with the majority relying on subsistence agriculture.  Climate change is making this lifestyle increasingly unstable.

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FEEDBACK:

On the outskirts of a notoriously violent South African city, a community group has been working tirelessly to create pathways out of poverty. They run recreational programmes for the local youth and support hospitals and local schools and provide immediate poverty relief to the elderly in need. Crossroads sent a shipment of goods which were strategic in forwarding their goals. The shipment we sent included furniture, stationery, household items, clothing, medical supplies, and other essentials to help empower vulnerable communities. The distribution itself helped gain momentum for government engagement in processing the opening of a new clinic for the community.

“This was an early Christmas to the children that come to the centre, as most of the children have never had toys that they call their own”.  NGO recipient

Our partners described just some of the ways the shipment made an impact:

  • Maternity beds equipped the new maternity ward that was recently opened. The clinic serves a population of 371,001.
  • Books from the shipment strengthened the libraries and gave students a wider range of books to choose from.
  • School classes are regularly between 60 and 70 children, but there were rarely enough desks and chairs for all the children to sit comfortably. 3-4 students were often sharing one small desk, making exam times particularly difficult. Furniture from the shipment has now allowed them to have a desk each.
  • Donated computers are enabling students to learn basic computer skills at school.
  • New toys and supplies have revitalised an early learning centres, helping to give young children the best start to their education.

Books were a boost for local schools.The reading books have uplifted up the libraries and have given students a wide range of themes to read from,” said staff.


Above: Crossroads’ partners allocated medical supplies to a community clinic. We were also able to give hospital beds, wheelchairs, thermometers, and electrical appliances. The goods made a significant difference to the under-resourced hospital.

Above: Crossroads’ partners gave computers from the shipment to schools in the community. “The computers came during a time when IT is regarded as a key factor for our learners. Our grade 12 needed computers for tertiary and NFSAS applications and as a tool for compiling their CV’s,” said one principal.

Household furniture (above) and other goods from the shipment have helped a recovering stroke patient who had sold her property in order to cover her medical bills. “This donation meant the world to her,” said our partners.


Left: Container being unloaded in South Africa by our partners. “This donation has inspired other organisations to get involved and begin to actively donate,” they said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Right: A distribution of shoes from the shipment to primary school children in need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Clothing distribution to individuals in need through a care centre.  The centre provides HIV awareness through peer education, support groups, HIV testing services and home-based care, and caring for orphans and vulnerable Children (OVC). The centre serves around 315 children in the community. They have a drop-in centre where they take care of around 200 affected and/or infected children daily. Donated desks and chairs, new clothing, books and toys have all helped them provide for the OVC under their care.

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FEEDBACK:

Covid-19 has had ripple effects through rural Gambia. Village markets were forced to close as part of social distancing measures, which seriously impacted food security for people in poverty. Most Gambians live in rural areas, where poverty levels are very high, leading to high maternal, child and infant mortality rates. Amidst this, the country has recently experienced a devastating rainy season, leaving many families with homes destroyed. More than 114,000 people have been affected.

Crossed shipped to partners in Gambia whose focus is to improve water access, sanitation, food security, health, and education. We’re grateful to all who  contributed  to  this  shipment which has made  a  genuine  investment in improving the lives of those in need.

“I can’t wait to go back to school after many years of sitting at home. I want to be a teacher. Your gift is life-changing”. Recipient

Our partners recently constructed new office spaces and maternity clinics in their region, however, they lacked furniture and other equipment needed for their smooth operations. They wrote of how the shipment is making an impact:

  • Computers enabled the beginning of IT classes in local schools targeting 5,340 students and staff.
  • Classroom furniture from Crossroads has meant community school classrooms are now equipped with enough desks and chairs, improving the wellbeing of each student.
  • Relief goods including clothing and household items helped them offer support to flood victims.
  • Distribution of medical supplies to local clinics were timely, as they were struggling to access vital supplies like face masks.
  • Toys, stationery, and school bags were distributed to nursery schools for the education of vulnerable children.


Above: Distribution of clothing and bedding to families affected by flash floods and windstorms. More than 114, 000 people were affected and had their homes destroyed.


Above: Distribution of face masks and medical supplies to local clinics. The hospital staff had been in urgent need of supplies to support their community.

Medical beds (above) and other goods from the shipment has helped equip the region’s maternity clinic with sufficient beds.


Restoring lost equipment

In August 2021, a huge windstorm swept through parts of the Gambia, damaging houses and schools in its wake. In our partners’ region, the roof of the school building was torn off, exposing everything inside the classrooms to heavy rains. The precious computers they had were damaged beyond repair. Students were unable to have computer classes, which were part of their national assessment. The headmaster of the school told our partners the school didn’t have the funds to purchase even two computers to replace what was lost. “We have been writing to various entities for support for us to purchase new computers, but through it all, we have been unsuccessful,” he said. “It was a big relief and joy for us to receive the news that our school was going to receive various kinds of donated items. We were hoping that computers will be part of the donated items. Fortunately, in addition to furniture, books, and others, we received 10 new computers! I was so shocked when we were called to receive the them. When the computers finally got to the school, all the children were so happy.”

This school was just one of several that received goods from the shipment, including school furniture and other school supplies. Another school said they had been fundraising for 3 years to be able to afford school furniture for their classrooms, but so far had only raised US$120. They were thrilled to receive donated furniture from the shipment, saving them thousands of dollars and time spent fundraising.

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Panna’s story

Panna is 15 years’ old and comes from a family of 6. His mother and father passed away in a car accident when he was only 7 years old. Panna was not born disabled, but when he was 3 years old, he became very ill and was left unable to walk. Doctors didn’t know how to help, and his disability became a challenge for his mother who had to abandon her vegetable gardening work to take care of him. She was grateful that Panna could return to school and she carried him there and back each day. As he grew, though, he became too heavy to carry, and they reluctantly agreed he had to stop attending school when he was in second grade at the local primary school, aged 9.

Since then, Panna has always longed to go back to school, but he couldn’t find anyone to carry him each day, and his family couldn’t afford a wheelchair. When Crossroads’ partners gave him a wheelchair from the shipment, he was surprised and grateful! He said, “I can’t wait to go back to school after many years of sitting at home. I want to be a teacher. Your gift is life-changing,” he told our partners. Sang, Panna’s brother, said that the shipment of the wheelchair came just when his family needed one for his brother to be able to move around, especially to go back to school. “Please extend our gratitude to the donors!”

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Our Volunt-HERO programme is a series of special ‘thank-you’s to Crossroads’ volunteers who go above and beyond to help us help people in need!

See below for the tokens of gratitude we offer you for time spent volunteering. Crossroads’ work could never happen without our wonderful volunteers. Thank you for serving alongside us!

Site Tour

Begin with an orientation tour of Crossroads Village before you start volunteering. Sign up for the tour online.

25 hours

You’ve given 25 hours of your time to help! Have a voucher for a free chocolate bar on us from the Global Handicraft Shop.

70 hours

You’ve earned a Crossroads Service Certificate for volunteering 70 hours. Congratulations!

100 hours

Celebrate 100 volunteer hours by shopping fair trade with a 15% discount voucher from our Global Handicrafts shop.

140 hours

You’ve earned an Advanced Service Certificate for volunteering 140 hours. Congratulations!

200 hours

Step into the shoes of those in need with a free voucher to try a Global X-perience simulation

500 hours

Enjoy a free Crossroads t-shirt or Crossroads umbrella from Global Handicrafts. You are a gift!

1000+ hours

Our most dedicated regular Volunt-heroes can join us for a special annual festive Christmas coffee gathering.

Check out our Volunt-HERO program to know more!

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As the conflict continues in Ukraine, millions of refugees have been forced to cross the border into neighbouring countries in search of safety. Poland has taken a high number of refugees who are now in need of services and medical care. Despite compassionate refugee policies such as the right to work, safe shelter, food, and medical supplies communities are calling for help to support the influx of arrivals.

In partnership with a local NGO in the region, Crossroads is shipping goods to establish a crisis centre in Poland to support refugee families in urgent need of assistance like housing, clothing, and food. They also provide vulnerable women and children with access to hygiene supplies and toys.

Crossroads’ shipment included goods requested by these partners, like clothing, medical supplies, books, toys, hygiene items and more.

Container loading at Crossroads

A team of Crossroads’ volunteers loaded a shipment full of immediate relief supplies for refugees both in Ukraine and Poland.

Below: Crossroads volunteers working through the stormy weather to load our container for refugees in need both in Poland and Ukraine.

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Toys for refugee children

Most children escaping war are in extra need of the joy, comfort and emotional support that toys can bring. In partnership with another NGO in Hong Kong, Crossroads included pallets of toys for refugee children in the shipment.

The toys aim to bring normalcy in children’s life amidst the chaos of escaping conflict.  The toys also bring financial relief to parents as they transition from a conflict area into Poland.

Poland snapshot

Population: 37.75 million
Capital: Warsaw

Language: Polish

Poland is located at a geographic crossroads that links the forested lands of north-western Europe to the sea lanes of the Atlantic Ocean and the fertile plains of the Eurasian frontier. The country is punctuated by great forests and rivers, broad plains, and tall mountains.

Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine in early 2022, Poland has absorbed millions of refugees, many staying in the homes of local Polish citizens. The war is causing loss of life, devastated homes, and significant economic upheaval.

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While Zambia is a nation of relative stability and positive growth, almost 80% of people in rural areas are still living in poverty. Our partners on this shipment believe education is the key to breaking the poverty cycle for those in their community. They run educational programmes from preschool to high school graduation that have seen more than 8,500 students pass through since 2005. They also have projects in human trafficking prevention and rescue and sports for youth.

The Covid-19 pandemic has plunged thousands of already-poor people into food insecurity, so our partners have seen a need to launch school and community feeding programmes, as well as Covid-19 community education.

This is Crossroads’ second shipment to these partners. They spoke with enthusiasm about the impact of the first shipment, which reached thousands of people in their community. Now, with the success of their schools and other initiatives, they want to expand their programmes. They expect a boom in school enrolments after Covid school closures, and they also plan to open a school health clinic, as well as set up a tertiary institution to give opportunities for further education for those who have now benefited from secondary education.

Their wishlist for this shipment includes medical equipment for the new clinic, more furniture and school furniture for classrooms, electronic goods and electrical appliances for their school programmes, and more.


Furniture leads to higher enrolments

Crossroads’ previous shipment included school furniture, which was a valuable gift to the students in our partners’ care. “Before the arrival of the shipment, school children used to sit on the floor during classes,” they wrote, “but after we received furniture from Crossroads, they now have chairs to sit on and desks to write at. This encourages non-attending children to enrol in school.”

 

 

 


Webster’s story

Webster is a village farmer who grows beans and cassava  – just enough to feed himself and his small family. When our partners spoke with Webster about what it meant to receive goods from Crossroads’ previous shipment, he said it was life-changing. He told them that he and his neighbouring villagers can usually only afford to buy a small number of clothes once a year after selling their annually harvested produce.  For some children from rural villages, a lack of clothing and the supplies needed for the classroom means they can’t attend school.

Goods from this shipment will equip our partners to help more people like Webster and the families in his village.


 

Two children play outside their home in a Zambian Village. Sports programmes run by our NGO partners aim to engage such children and give them opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach.

With poverty rates high in rural areas, for many families even purchasing basic necessities can be a daily struggle. This has been exacerbated by Covid-19.

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Zambia snapshot

Population: 17 million
Capital: Lusaka
60% of children live in poor households

Despite enjoying relative political stability compared to its neighbours, Zambia still faces social challenges and poverty particularly in rural areas. Thankfully, Zambia’s improving economy has meant steadily decreasing unemployment, increasing life expectancy, and lower rates of HIV/Aids.

The country is also home to thousands of refugees who have fled civil war and violence in neighbouring countries such as Angola, which puts strain on the local communities.

Source: UNICEF & BBC

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From modest beginnings providing educational opportunities for street kids and widows, our partners in Cameroon have grown into a far-reaching and respected organisation taking a lead in fields ranging from HIV/AIDS education to forestry.  In the last few years they have also been entrusted by their local government to take charge of distributing humanitarian aid to the thousands of people who have fled there to escape the worst ravages of the ongoing civil war.

The rapid population increase of dispossessed and often traumatised people in the region has led our partners to reach out to Crossroads for further assistance.

This shipment will include:

  • Clothing and household equipment for internally displaced and other vulnerable families.
  • Furniture and supplies for both junior schools and vocational education.
  • Computers and fridges for both schools and rural medical clinics.
  • Toys and sports equipment.
  • Basic hospital supplies such as mattresses and linens

A previous shipment from Crossroads provided items to set up a vocational workshop for learning dressmaking and design skills.  This workshop has been training ninety disadvantaged youth, widows and refugees each year. This shipment will include more goods to support job skills training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our partner’s programmes teaches mothers how to improve family nutrition through organic, dry-field vegetable growing techniques.

 

 

Another group is trained and later employed to propagate native seeds for re-forestation projects.

 

 

 

 

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Cameroon snapshot

Population: 24.9 million (2020 estimate). Nearly half the population is under 15.
Capital: Yaoundé

Cameroon is in the west Central Africa region, with natural features including beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas.

Since 2017, tensions between different groups have escalated into a civil war.  There has been widespread destruction of livelihoods and infrastructure, with many internally displaced people trying to find safe areas where they can rebuild their lives.

Source: Britannica, CIA Factbook

Crossroads’ two previous shipments to this partner have included items ranging from sports jerseys and balls through to computers and furniture to expand their educational programmes.

We look forward to helping our partners to equip more people in their community to train others in such skills as health education and food production as well as giving a new start to those who have lost everything in civil conflicts.

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