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2015 Rally for Hope a big success!

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The 2015 Rally for Hope, held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Leaside United Church, was very successful, attracting over 130 participants who had a great time at the ‘four wheel scavenger hunt around mid-town Toronto, followed by a cocktail reception, dinner catered by Grilltime, live music by the Six Pints Jazz Band, plus a silent and live auction.

Special thanks to all the participants, auction sponsors and other supporters, including the Rally for Hope organizing committee, for enabling us to raise much-needed funds to support the vital work of El Hogar in Honduras.

List of donors

El Hogar’s Canadian Connection

El Hogar has been fortunate to have a strong connection to Canada for many years through the generosity and dedication of a large number of hard-working people:

Margo Mingay and her husband, Rev. Dr. David Winsor, both from Toronto, served as the Co-Executive Directors of El Hogar Projects from 1998-2000. They are each still involved in supporting El Hogar. Margo Mingay is the Sponsor Assignment Coordinator and Service Team Coordinator for the U.S. and Canada. Sponsorship and Service Team inquiries can be directed to Margo at mmingay@elhogar.org.

Rev. Dr. David Winsor spreads the word of El Hogar through speaking engagements at churches and organizations throughout the US and Canada. If you are interested in contacting Rev. Winsor to schedule a speaking event, please contact him directly at dwinsor454@sympatico.ca.

In 2011, the Canadian supporters applied for and received Canadian Federal Government charitable status, incorporating as El Hogar Projects (Canada). This change allows for greater flexibility for fund-raising for and awareness of the needs of our El Hogar children. Margo Mingay currently serves as the Chair of El Hogar Projects (Canada). The other Canadian board members are; Kim Echlin, Susan Franklin, Neal Kelly, Bill Meeker, Rick Reycraft, Kate Roscoe and Tim Morawetz.

In the Greater Toronto Area there is committed support from several churches that raise funds, send service teams, and keep El Hogar’s profile before their people. We are profoundly grateful for the ongoing commitment of:

  • Leaside United Church, Toronto
  • Kingsway Lambton United Church, Toronto
  • St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Burlington
  • Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto

We also have great support from concerned and caring individuals in the Vancouver Area. Kent Bubbs through his Universal Outreach Foundation (Canadian Charity) has been instrumental in numerous projects.

There are many ways you can support El Hogar. Below are some suggestions for how you can become involved. For more information, email enquiries to elhogarcanada@bell.net or call 416-696-7682.

El Hogar now offers Gift options

Honor someone on your gift list with a donation to El Hogar. See our catalogue of honorary gift ideas. We will send a beautiful card to the honoree telling them that you have made a donation to El Hogar in their name as a gift this Holiday season. Thank you for supporting El Hogar in this way and God bless you in this special season.

Browse the El Hogar Gift Catalogue here

Canadian supporters may now donate their Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points to El Hogar Projects (Canada).

EHPC can then use those points to purchase products for the children at El Hogar such as Children’s Tylenol, toothpaste, shampoo, talc, and craft supplies.

Click here for the Shoppers Drug Mart link, type in your Optimum Card Number from the front of your card and select El Hogar Projects Canada from the list of charities and complete your donation. The value of every point donated benefits the children, there are no overhead costs for this project. It is an excellent and easy way to help.

Thank you for generously supporting the children of El Hogar Projects. All point donations are anonymous but we would love to thank you so please let us know when you donate!

Magic Mats – Receive a Discount and Support El Hogar

Magic Mats are super-absorbent entrance mats that combine soft, absorbent cotton, blended with dirt grabbing microfiber to stop and hold dirt, moisture and debris in its tracks.  Bonded to a 100% rubber backing, Magic Mats are fully machine-washable, non-slip and skid proof, and won’t curl up or crack over time.

They are a must for people who use wheelchairs, transports, walkers or similar assisted equipment. Magic mats are great for absorbing the dirt and moisture when the wheels or legs make contact with the mats.

Magic Mats provide a safe, dry and clean entrance to your home, cottage, camper, or business, are easy to clean by vacuuming, machine washing, or even hosing off.  They’re backed with a 2-year Manufacturer’s warranty, come in 3 sizes, two great colours, and will provide years of protection to your home.

To order your Magic Mat, go to:  http://magicmats.net/ .  At the checkout section, enter the Coupon Code: EHPC10.  This code will automatically discount the price of your order by 10% (before taxes and freight), and will direct 20% of the value of your net order to the El Hogar Project (Canada).

Shop at Amazon.ca and benefit El Hogar Projects

Every time you use the link below to Amazon.ca’s web site, El Hogar Projects Canada receives at least 4% of the price of your purchase — from books to bathroom scales! This charitable donation from the Amazon Associates Program does not cost you a thing and benefits El Hogar. Tell all your friends and family members and make your shopping dollars count for more: shop Amazon via El Hogar. It’s a simple way to help. Thank you!

Supporters throughout Canada engage in a long list of activities:

Two service teams will visit El Hogar this year under the leadership of Margo Mingay.  David Winsor visited El Hogar in May providing counseling with the children and offering workshops with the staff.

Leaside United Church held an “Adopt-A-Child” event during Lent, raising $4,800.00 and will host a car rally on November 9th.
canada6St. Luke’s Anglican organized an “Adopt-A-Child” program for Lent raising over $6,100.00, sent a Service team in April, decorated Easter Eggs, will hold a tailgate sale and will be decorating Gingerbread churches for Christmas.

Timothy Eaton is sending a Service Team in August.

Kingsway-Lambton held a Bake Sale during their Annual Flea Market raising over $1,500.00, will send a Service Team in August and will be participating in the car rally in November hosted by Leaside.

The Vancouver supporters sent a Service Team in May under the leadership of Kelly Von Unen and have raised significant dollars through their various activities and donors.

El Hogar Projects (Canada) is researching and making contacts with various foundations and corporations to enlist their support for the boys and girls of El Hogar Projects.

El Hogar Projects (Canada) held a launch of the newly registered charity with an interactive dinner at Cirillo’s Culinary Academy in Toronto on September 18th. While the focus of the event was the introduction and toast to EHPC, $4250.00 was raised through a Silent Auction and a raffle.

Ways you can help

Our sponsorship program offers a relationship with a specific child. Your child will write to you a few times throughout the year and, if you would like, you are encouraged to write to them. Our children are very moved by the interest, love and caring they feel through this sponsorship program; they know someone far away cares enough about them to help support them at El Hogar.

There are four levels of child sponsorship, each of which contributes proportionally to meeting the annual $5400 cost of caring for the child.  These levels are:

  • $75 a month or $900 annually provides 16% of the annual cost
  • $150 a month or $ $1800 annually provides 33% of the annual cost
  • $200 a month or $2400 annually provides 44% of the annual cost
  • $450 a month or the full $5400 cost annually or 100% of the annual cost

If you live in Canada and wish to begin a sponsorship, please contact Margo Mingay at mmingay@elhogar.org

If you have additional questions about sponsorships, they may be answered on our Sponsorship FAQs page.

There are many needs at El Hogar. An unrestricted gift of $60 feeds 80 little children for one day. $500 pays a teacher’s salary for one month. $100 buys drinking water at the Farm for one year. $1000 feeds all 250 children for one week.

Please make cheques payable to El Hogar Projects (Canada) and mail to:

El Hogar Projects (Canada)
454 Heath Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M4G 1B7

All monetary donations will receive a tax deductible receipt. Our charitable registration:  #82912 1110 RR0001.

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Service teams travel to El Hogar for a week and spend time doing a project for the school, and becoming acquainted with our children. Teams learn to be servants to others and see the transformation of the lives of these children. Read more about how you can join an El Hogar service team.

For more information on donations, sponsorships and activities in Canada please contact:

Margo Mingay: mmingay@elhogar.org
David Winsor: dwinsor454@sympatico.ca
Susan Franklin: sfranklin@sympatico.ca
Rick and Ros Reycraft: rickreycraft@hotmail.com

General inquiries: elhogarcanada@bell.net

We extend our deepest appreciation for your interest in helping the poorest of the poor in Honduras to receive the opportunity for a better life.