A note from Tammy Durand, the Founder of ABCs and Rice: Greetings and thank you from ABCs. Things sure have been hectic and even our Facebook page hasn't been kept as up to date as we'd like, so I wanted to update as well as thank you for your kind support.
As we all struggle both economically and emotionally, those reliant on charity for even the most basic of human rights are even more dependent and less secure than ever! Thanks to you and other supporters, ABCs has held strong and continued to support these families.
Our day to day does not look the same by any means! And that's hard. The playground is empty, my daily dance and cuddle parties are done and I am no longer swarmed by children in the library over an impromptu story time or dress-up contest.
Still what we are doing now, is more important than all our amazing, usual programs. Families with no income, no savings and no access to ANYTHING, are guaranteed a food subsidy three times per week and an additional large food donation once a month. Our tank and filtration system is rolling out approximately 15,000 gallons of clean drinking water each week and just this week the library is open (take out only). October will see phase one of a re-open. I'm fully dreading the logistical nightmare of policing masks, hand washing, distancing, and a very tight schedule, especially with the wee ones, but MAN I MISS THOSE LITTLE PEOPLE!!!!
Our food line will continue, and kitchen will remain closed, classes will be broken into small groups and rotate in and out leaving students with only a couple hours of class time per week but it's a start.
Long story short, thank you, we're still here, and so very grateful that you are too.
Much love and virtual hugs, Tam.
More information about ABCs and Rice can be found at this link.
In other years, we have supported the Rice for a Year program at ABCs and Rice in Siem Reap in Cambodia through a Fundraiser Tea and Silent Auction in September. This year, we were unable to hold the tea. But the need is still there and even greater now. If you are able to support Rice for a Year through a donation or would have usually attended the Fundraiser Tea in September, please consider if you could make a donation now to Rice for a Year. Donations can be made online via Canada Helps at this link.