Many Thanks to Donors Supporting World Service ‘Hand in Hand’ Projects

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Little ones receive nutritious meals thanks to those who donate to Hand in Hand Projects – Photo submitted by Quota International of Manila.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. – Mother Teresa

Washington, DC, May 2017 – Many of our best friends are Quotarians.  They have hearts of gold and are always looking out for each other.  Whenever they hear of someone who needs help, they let them know that we are here for them.  This is true in our local communities and around the world.  In 2017-2018

Changing Lives Around the World

Quota International’s World Service projects began in 1983 with the Quota Home for Abandoned and Destitute Women in New Delhi, India.  Over the past 30 years, Quota Clubs have hosted International Women’s Day Celebrations, international festivals, and public awareness events raising over $1 million to fund World Service projects helping children living in poverty in two dozen towns and villages.  Special thanks go to the following clubs who donated during the past year to support projects improving Health and Wellbeing, Educational Development, and Workforce Development:

Super Star Donors $1,000+ USD:

  • Australia: Quota International of Narooma
  • Canada: Quota International of Weyburn
  • United States: Quota International of Baton Rouge, Central Oregon, Gridley, Kent Valley, Massillon, Minneapolis, and Morro Bay

Gold Star Donors $500 – $999 USD:

  • Australia: Quota International of Beenleigh, Jimboomba, Redcliffe, Sandgate, Temora, and Whitsunday
  • Canada: Quota International of Estevan
  • New Zealand: Quota International of Opotiki
  • United States: Quota International of Cupertino, Estes Park, Wilmington, and Wooster

Silver Star Donors $200 – $499 USD:

  • Aruba: Quota International of Aruba
  • Australia: Quota International of Alstonville/Wollongbar, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Caloundra, Camden Haven, Canberra, Casino, Coffs Harbour, Forster Tuncurry, Gloucester, Gold Coast, Coulburn, Lower Clarence, Macarthur, North Lakes, Sydney, and Tweed Heads/Coolangata
  • Canada: Quota International of Mariposa, Owen Sound, and Penticton
  • New Zealand: Quota International of Papakura, and Whakatane
  • United States: Quota International of Beckley, Canton, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Rapids, Lake County, Lawrence, Mountain View/Los Altos, New Haven, Paradise, and Shenango Valley

Bronze Star Donors $100 – $199 USD:

  • Australia: Quota International of Batemans Bay, Brisbane South, Buderim, Campbelltown, Cobden, Coolum Beach, Coonamble, Geelong, Gladstone, Glen Innes, Lithgow, Maleny, Maryborough, Orange, Taree, Thuringowa, Walcha, and Wimmera
  • Canada: Quota International of Grey Bruce, Estevan, Huronia, Ottowa, and Wainwright
  • New Zealand:  Quota International of Rotorua
  • United States: Quota International of Andover, Coral Springs/Parkland, Freeport, Iosco County, Kirksville, Klamath Falls, Lorain, Northside Atlanta, Platteville, Preston County, Salisbury, Tacoma, and West Monroe

Additional Clubs supporting World Service projects include: Quota International of Bathurst, Carindale, Gympie, Kingaroy, Kyogle, Port Macquarie, Quirindi, Townsville, and Wynnum Manly in Australia.  Quota International of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Quota International of Ohope in New Zealand, and Quota International of Legazpi-Mayon in the Philippines.  Quota International of Bethlehem, Candlewood Valley, Harrisonburg, Holyoke JQs, Jackson, Johnstown, Kenosha-Racine, Salem, and West Memphis in the United States.

During the past year, 111 Quota Clubs and 2 Junior Quota Clubs gave to the World Service Hand in Hand World Service Projects.  Your generosity inspires us and changes lives for children around the world.

Click here to donate and change a life

Every donation makes a difference for children who live in poverty.


Health and Wellbeing projects create safer and healthier environments for children living in poverty often without electricity or running water. Quota members fill in the gaps providing diagnostic equipment, screenings for health, hearing, and vision, vaccinations and emergency care, and supplies for medical centers including fans and medication. When mothers are in prison, children receive clothing and uniforms, nutritious school lunches, meals at day care centers, and a place to put their head at night.

Educational Development projects ensure that basic schooling needs are met. Quota Members arrange transportation, donate school supplies, build adaptive classrooms, and provide salaries for teachers to ensure that all children have what they need to grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

Workforce Development projects provide sound beginnings for women, and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. Quotarians promote long-term independence and self-reliance offering a range of opportunities from sign language and braille lessons, to educational classes, and vocational training with the trades, and also small business loans.

Click here to donate and change a life


Grace Caldwell
Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

Special students receive nutri-meals and education from Hand in Hand grant

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Washington, DC, March 22nd – Children at the Leganes Resource Center for the Deaf in Iloilo, Philippines receive extra special care thanks to Quota Members of Iloilo and donations from the Hand in Hand program.

Established in 1998 by members of Quota International of Iloilo, the Leganes Resource Center for the Deaf provides grade school curriculum for hearing impaired students and daily nutritional meals for severely malnourished children from the community.

Quota members in Iloilo and from around the world ensure that families of students attending the Resource Center do not have to pay for school fees, books, materials, uniforms, or enrichment experiences.  Transportation is also provided for those who have no other way to get to the Resource Center.  The Resource Center also offers nutritious meals to combat the effects of malnutrition that many students face.  Daily meals are provided to students who would otherwise go home hungry.

“children with special needs will be able to maximize their potentials and be ready to face the future”

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Quotarians in Pampanga believe that children with special needs will be able to maximize their potentials and be ready to face the future step to high school level with self-confidence and determination with donations from the Hand in Hand program. Pampanga HIH FY17 library

Nearly 300 children from 7-13 years of age receive specialized education at the San Fernando Elementary School in Pampanga.  The school has special teachers trained to work with children who are intellectually disabled (53 boys/74 girls), deaf or hearing impaired (40 boys/45 girls), autistic (51 boys/11 girls), and visually impaired (5 boys/10 girls).

The school eases the concern of families who face the dilemma of finding special schools that can educate their children providing support for special conditions and are not congested.  While the San Fernanado Elementary School has deaf-mute students, it is not currently equipped with the basic tools for a conducive learning center and environment.  With the help and support from big-hearted donors and donations to the Hand in Hand program, Quota members in Pampanga will ensure these students will receive the basic support that’s responsive to their special needs for better learning

Members of Quota International of Pampanga provide students with school supplies, library resources, celebration parties, treats, and multi-vitamins.  For their new Recreational Center, a new kitchen counter, kitchen sink, tiled flooring, and window screening have already been installed and the restroom renovated.  The Hand in Hand grant ($2,000 USD) will fund additional items needed: a 2-burner gas stove/range/small oven, pots and pans, kitchen tools and mixing bowls, prep utensils and kitchen gadgets, cutting boards, utensils for cooking, baking, and serving, and baking ingredients.

For more information on World Service Hand in Hand projects click here.

Quotarians never stop helping children. Thank you for all you do.

Grace Caldwell
Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

Hand in Hand grants build better classrooms in the Philippines

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Quota members in Davao, Philippines are excited to receive funding for a new classroom.

Washington, DC, February 27th, 2018 – Quota International’s We Share Foundation has awarded two of its Hand in Hand grants to fund Educational Development in the Philippines.

The Davao City Quota club (photo above) will use the $2,000 USD grant to build a Davao City HIH Project Memberskindergarten classroom at the Mariano Ciriaco Elementary School in Shrine Hills of the Matina District. Currently the kindergartners share a classroom with students in Grade 4 with a sheet of plywood separating the two classes, Quota is about to change that.  Other grants to this project have funded the classroom renovations and a toilet and also funded schoolbags and school supplies for 28-32 kindergarten students every year.  Quotarians also pay a portion of school lunches, donate school supplies and hygiene kits, and sponsor the Jollibee Christmas party in December. Special thanks goes to Jewelry Express, Integrated Clinics of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. and Escalante Construction and Engineering Services, Inc. for their support. Quota International of Davao City is really changing lives.

Metro Cebu 2017 HIH WIDE

Over the past five years, Quota Members from the Metro Cebu club have been renovating classrooms for special education students.  This $2,000 USD grant will support renovations at the Pardo SPED School in Pardo, Bulacao, Cebu City.  The students range in age from 5 years old to 28 years old with ADHD, learning disabilities, and mental handicaps.  Because of this funding, the school will be able to replace rotted walls and leaky roofs, give the walls a fresh coat of paint, and also add a new playroom. The school may also be able to add a brand new classroom kitchen, if the budget permits. Children learn in environments they thrive in, thank you for creating this environment, Metro Cebu.

Quotarians around the world donate their time and money everyday. While this would be impossible without donations to the We Share Foundation and the hundreds of Quota clubs who donate to the World Service Hand in Hand program every year; it would be impossible to leave out the on-the-ground teams of Quota International of Metro Cebu and Quota International of Davao City. They are amazing groups changing lives in the Philippines everyday.

For more information on World Service Hand in Hand projects click here.

 

Thank you. 

Grace Caldwell
Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

 

Minute for Mission: Back to School

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Quotarians Katie Rescenete, Betsy Lauber and Taylor Jones went shopping for a cause to donate notebooks, underwear and socks!

Providing assistance in preparing children for learning is an activity for many Quota Members worldwide. Why is this effort such an important endeavor for Quota Members? It is the understanding that when students are supported with clothing and materials, they are more prepared to learn and that an educated citizenry leads to a ‘reduction in poverty, increased income and economic growth, improved health, lives saved, peace fostered, gender equality promoted,’ and much more. This important work is done by Quota International clubs individually and in partnership with other community organizations.

For families in the United States, the cost of preparing for school has risen on average from $483.28 in 2004 to $687.72 in 2017. Helping to defray initial school expenses for students is where Quota members from Candlewood Valley (Connecticut, United States) to Indiana (Pennsylvania, United States) to Cupertino (California, United States) to Kent Valley (Washington, United Sates) step in to assist those who are facing a financial challenge. Members can be found shopping, gathering donations, and stuffing backpacks with pencils, pens, notebooks and other items to help give students the tools they will need in the classroom.

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Kent Valley donation of school supplies ready for distribution.

In an acknowledgement that as the need for assistance grows so does the need to work in conjunction with communities as a whole, it does, in the words of the African proverb, ‘take a village to raise a child’. Quota Members in Cupertino working together with the ‘San Jose Mercury News Wish Book, Rotary Club of Cupertino, Inner Wheel, Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, Cupertino Auto Care, Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and individual donors’ allows for funds to reach further and in doing so makes the greatest difference in providing clothes and shoes for the largest number of children. While in Grey-Bruce (Ontario, Canada), members of Quota International of Owen Sound work with the United Way Backpack program to provide children from low income homes in that community with backpacks filled with age appropriate school supplies.

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Teachers accepting stationery to students in a Port Vila school from Quota International of Ipswich members.

Once the school year has begun, the need for materials and other items continues in regions with limited resources for wellness and education. Members of Quota International of Ipswich (Queensland, Australia) delivered stationery and school supplies to support a preschool in Port Vila (Republic of Vanuatu) built by the partnership between Live and Learn Vanuatu and ChildFund Australia. During their visit, they were able to spend time with the daycare children, kindergarten students and staff. Educational supplies were much appreciated as the country is still recovering from Cyclone Pam that devastated the island in 2015.

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Members of Quota International of Cebu and Sawang Celaro Daycare Center children.

In the Philippines, Quota Members of Cebu, in partnership with Gota de Leche Foundation, are lending ongoing support for wellness and education at the Sawang Salero Daycare Center by providing children with milk, nutritious rice meal packs and vitamins. An additional component of this program gives rice meal packs to breast feeding mothers to help improve nutrition. Together the partnerships that are formed between Quota International clubs and other organizations fulfills the needs of the community.

Providing back to school supplies and clothing is only one a few of the projects that Quota Members support annually throughout 14 countries worldwide. If you are interested in participating with a club with a back to school program or other project, please visit Quota International’s Where We Work page to find a location near you.

Minute for Mission: The Scholarship Program with Quota International in the South Pacific

babe_hearingThe Quota International South Pacific Area Scholarship recipients show that the benefits of the scholarship reward local communities, and reach far and wide.

The Quota South Pacific Area Scholarship was established by Quota International clubs in Australia and New Zealand many years ago. Chosen by the trustees and a dedicated committee and supported by donations from clubs, a scholarship is awarded annually to persons working/associated with speech and hearing development. Two previous recipients attended the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s Symposium and  presented on behalf of the Hear & Say Centre. The Centre enables families in Australia to give their children with hearing loss the resources they need to be successful.  The recipients of the Scholarship use their expertise to produce innovative research that supports the deaf and makes a difference in the lives they touch.

To understand and appreciate what a difference the Scholarship makes in the lives of the recipients report on their achievements, observations and aspirations.  The 2015 recipient, Alexandra Crosbie, is a Habilitation Manager at The Hearing House, a charity that provides cochlear implants, hearing aids, and auditory-verbal therapy free of charge to children with hearing loss.

Learn more about Alexandra and her work on the Quota South Pacific Area Scholarship website.

Submitted by Denise Rowell,Committee Member, Quota South Pacific Area Scholarship


Quota International is a nonpartisan, 501c3 nonprofit organization is dedicated to empowering women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, the hearing and speech-impaired. Utilizing the leaders and members in individual communities, Quota International boasts over 5000 members in 264 cities who raise millions of dollars to start, contribute to, and maintain service projects in 12 countries. Visit Quota International at: www.quotainternational.org/.

The Hearing House is a charity for deaf children with cochlear implants and hearing aids. Our mission is to enable deaf or hearing-impaired children to listen and speak like their hearing peers. We aim to give deaf children with cochlear implants or hearing aids the ability to fulfil their potential and live an independent life in a hearing and speaking world. The Hearing House serves the needs of hundreds of hearing impaired children and their families from Kaitaia to Turangi. Learn more about how cochlear implants are changing the lives of deaf children all over the world by visiting: www.hearinghouse.co.nz/.

#62MillionGirls and What Quota International is Doing to Educate Girls Around the World

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Earlier this month, the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, unveiled a new initiative to mobilize the public around an issue that affects the entire world. To date, there are 62 million girls, ages 6-15 who are not enrolled in school. The international non-profit, Girl Rising partnered with First Lady Obama to spread the word on social media and in popular culture that effecting change is a global effort, and starts with access to education.

Educating the youngest among us has been at the forefront of Quota International’s mission for the last 96 years. Worldwide, primary schools are built, after school programs are managed, backpacks and school necessities are supplied, and book drives are hosted by the women of Quota International. Understanding the importance of early education, Quotarians in the Philippines donated the funds necessary to build a library in a local primary school. In Winchester, Virginia, United States Quota International donates hundreds of backpacks, binders, notebooks, etc. to local schools in their neighborhood. Canadian Quotarians fund deaf scholarships for students to attend leadership summer camps every year. In Suriname, a 40-year program has allowed hundreds of adolescents to succeed and achieve higher education.

With every effort from the men, women, and children who support the need to educate young girls, gender gaps can begin to close. Learn about what you can do to change the statistics that effects millions around the world. Let #62MillionGirls learn to become the leaders, educators, innovators, and philanthropists we need in an ever-increasing global economy.

Learn more about the #62MillionGirls campaign at: http://62milliongirls.com/ and follow @QuotaIntl on Twitter to see what Quotarians are doing to promote and create opportunities for young girls in their communities.


Quota International is a nonpartisan, 501c3 nonprofit organization is dedicated to empowering women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, the hearing and speech-impaired. Utilizing the leaders and members in individual communities, Quota International boasts over 5000 members in 264 cities who raise millions of dollars to start, contribute to, and maintain service projects in 12 countries. Visit Quota International at: www.quotainternational.org/.

“Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls education that uses storytelling to share the simple truth that education girls can transform societies.” Visit Girl Rising at: www.girlrising.com/.

Photo caption: A young girl with her mother in India.

From the Field: Australian Quotarians Listening & Learning in the Big Smoke

Quotarians in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia do a great deal of work to help people with hearing and/or speech difficulties, in their community, country, and even overseas.  Recently, ten of their members visited the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University to catch up with the latest developments in the field.

The Australian Hearing Hub’s new state of the art facility has attracted industry leaders to drive innovation and collaboration. During their visit to the Hub, Quotarians interacted with:

  1. Australian Hearing, one of Australia’s leading hearing specialists and largest provider of Government funded hearing service.  The Hub is also home to the National Acoustic Laboratories which are the research division of National Hearing.
  1. The Shepherd Centre which opens up a world of sound for children with hearing loss and their families with their internationally recognised early intervention and first sounds implant programs.  The staff work closely with children and their families so that the parents can develop their children’s listening and speaking skills.
  1. The Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children which, among its many different areas, has a Cochlear Implant program.
  1. Cochlear Limited. The cochlear ear was invented by Australian Professor Clark and provides a hearing option for people with significant hearing loss who gain little or no benefit from hearing aids, and the device is way ahead of anything else in the world.

The Quotarians were told of the history of the cochlear ear and then, through a glass panel, watched them being assembled.  The extremely clean room had a fixed environment.  Temperature and humidity were fixed and workers wore full body garments, from boots, overalls, hoods, masks and gloves, to ensure that the final products were ready and safe for implantation.

Quota clubs around the world do a great deal of work to help people with hearing and speech difficulties, including  financing scholarships to people in the field for further research and training, and it is much appreciated.

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Quota International of Parkes visit the Australian Hearing Hub

Post was submitted by Quota International of Parkes member, Pam Nankivell.

From the Field: A Smart911 Webinar for Quotarians in the United States

smart911_blogAttention Quota International members in the United States! A new opportunity is available to your club through Quota International’s newest partner, SMART911. SMART911 creates safety profiles for residents free of charge. For many of the communities in which Quota International operates, this service can be especially crucial.  For example, if a person is deaf or speech impaired, 9-1-1 will see that in their safety profile and can initiate SMS text messaging with the caller.  Likewise, if a child goes missing, 9-1-1 will automatically be able to see the missing child’s photo and physical description in a Smart911 profile.

Since communities across the United States have started adopting SMART911’s tool, including several Quota communities in Region 6 (Kris Mellinger of Region 6 will co-host the webinar), we wanted to share this opportunity stateside. During the webinar, a SMART911 representative and Kris will provide information about using SMART911’s safety service  and bringing it to your community.  Please find below the information regarding the date, time, and registration for this free webinar.

Webinar Information

Date: Tuesday, September 15th

Time: 7:00pm EDT

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3364281648335675138

From the Field: A Message from Vice President Emilie

QuoCka Reading Project is thriving in local primary schools in Beenleigh, QLD, Australia.
QuoCka Reading Project is thriving in local primary schools in Beenleigh, QLD, Australia.

“A child who reads, becomes an adult who thinks.”

It was an overwhelming pleasure to witness the QuoCKa Reading Project, managed by Quota International of Beenleigh, QLD, Australia during the Region 13 meeting.

This outreach project, where club members, Junior Quotarians, and local police read to 3rd graders at a local primary school, generates an interest and love of reading in children at an early and critical age.  They also learn to understand the value of sharing because, at the end of the program, QI of Beenleigh gives each child a book of their choice as well as an identical book to be donated to the school’s library. The donated books have library cards that show the names of the student donors, and that of Quota International.

A literacy project, like QuoCka, is an exceptional gift that these young students will cherish, especially when their parents cannot afford to buy books for them.

Educating the youth, teaching them to love books, and  providing the experience of sharing brings forth a lasting effect for the children in Beenleigh.  They will grow up to be adults who can think well – a priceless gift in anyone’s life.

Minute for Mission: Quotarians from Australia Celebrate Aboriginal Heritage

Quota International of Alstonville Wollongbar in New South Wales, Australia celebrated the culture, language and music of students of Aboriginal descent. Quotarians funded the production and recording of a musical album of traditional Aboriginal songs sung in their native language.

At the Cabbage Tree Island school in Alstonville, students hosted Quotarians during a music-filled performance of the album. By empowering these young artists, Quota International of Alstonville Wollongbar lives up to Quota’s mission. They inspire these students to be themselves, honor their heritage, and celebrate their talents; in turn, these students encourage others to do the same.

Watch the video and see how Quota International inspires and celebrates #Youth4Change.

Consider the Facts: Poverty in 2015

Children receive flip flops at a Quota sponsored school in Iloilo, Philippines.
Children receive flip flops at a Quota sponsored school in Iloilo, Philippines.

The community services performed by thousands of Quota International volunteers around the world vary tremendously, but have one common goal: alleviate the affects poverty has on millions of people. Through programs that provide food and education for children, shelter and economic independence for abused and under-served women, and scholarships  for deaf students, Quota International takes small steps everyday in communities around the world and to solve big problems. Take a look at what poverty in 2015 looks like, and join Quota International volunteers to break the cycle of poverty worldwide.

A Look at Poverty in 2015

  1. 1 in 7 women worldwide are illiterate.
  2. 1 in 3 American women (42 million) and 28 million American children either live in poverty or on the brink of it.
  3.  1 in 3 children in the developing world lack adequate shelter.
  4. Nearly 1 out of 7 Australian women live below the poverty line.
  5. 1 in 3 children die from malnutrition.
  6. Current production of hearing aids meets less than 10% of the global need.
  7. Every 10 seconds a child dies from hunger-related diseases.
  8. 1 in 5 children in the United States live below the poverty line.
  9. 1 in 7 children lack access to health services.
  10. 1 in 3 women worldwide experience physical/sexual violence in their lifetime.

To learn more about the poverty epidemic, visit:

http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats#src10

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/Worldswomen/Executive%20summary.htm

11 Surprising Facts About Women and Poverty From the Shriver Report

http://www.nccp.org/topics/childpoverty.html

Know Your World: Facts About Hunger and Poverty

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs300/en/

 

From the Field: the Female Network details the 12 Filipino Laws that Protect Women

Fact: 1 in 3 women experience physical sexual violence in their lifetime.

Quota International has spent the last 96 years advocating on behalf women around the globe, empowering them to be and do more. In the Philippines, there are a number of laws that protect women from violence and harassment; unfortunately, many of these laws and acts are unknown to the public. The Female Network, a website that caters to women, has compiled a list of 12 laws that ensure the protection of women and girls in the Philippines. They include Anti-Sexual Harrassment Act, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, and the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act.

Check out the full list here, at The Female Network.

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To learn about laws protecting women in the United States visit: Women’s Health.Gov

To learn about laws protecting women in Australia visit: Australia Human Rights Commission