All funds received help children and mothers via our Homework Club and Mothers Project initiatives.
Funding received via Givealittle is used to help us grow our projects to extend our reach around the country. We work with schools (via our homework club project) to identify specific needs and have used funding to date to purchase items such as colouring books, educational games, art & craft activities for individual children and homework club shared resources.
Via Mothers Project we work with all women's prisons in New Zealand to get books and activities to mothers in prison which they then are able to send to their children.
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We contribute to this through growing the 'helping movement' and running programmes to mobilise more people to volunteer. These include:
o HelpTank, a digital marketplace connecting charities with skilled volunteers. https://helptank.nz/
o The Homework Help Club, which partners organisations with low decile primary schools to establish volunteer-led homework clubs to support children’s learning. Children from low decile schools face more barriers to academic achievement than those at higher-decile schools;
o The Mothers Project, which sees lawyers working pro-bono to assist incarcerated women, with a focus on helping them maintain relationships with their children. Research on mothers in jail shows improved relationships can decrease reimprisonment rates and improve children's wellbeing and development.
We also recognise and promote the value of helping others. The trust was named Who Did You Help Today because founder Stacey Shortall has been asking her children that question daily since they could talk. Stacey says that helping - regardless of whether the act is a small gesture or a big effort - makes a real difference to the lives of others and can transform our country.
The Who Did You Help Today Trust became a registered charity (CC53191) in February 2016. The trustees are Stacey Shortall, Sarah Paterson and Rachelle Sutton. Who did you help today in 2021 operates 3 projects, Mothers Project, Homework Club and HelpTank, a digital platform connecting skilled volunteers with not for profits.
Alex Hikes Aotearoa 14 April 2021
We are so grateful to everyone who has donated to "Alex Hikes Aotearoa". This month we have purchased a fabulous bookshelf and a wide selection of books for Arohata Prison - books will be in the visitors room for children to read with their mother when they visit.
We've also donated some fabulous new board books for the Mum and Baby Bonding Room