ABC Children‘s Aid relies on the good will of people in many ways. Thousands of supporters either sponsor a child or donate to the relief fund which helps support the children without sponsorship. Then there are those many thousands who give small amounts to collection boxes distributed all over the country and the yearly amount is tallied in the millions of ISK. And finally it‘s worth noting that volunteers make sure the boxes are placed in stores and businesses and substitute them with new ones once they are full.

The volunteers are many and all over the country and one of them is Gunnar Bodvarsson. On his route in the Capital area he‘s responsible for over 50 stores and businesses which he visits regularly. „I wanted to be of some use, be socially active and interact with good people“, says Gunnar when he thinks back to how he got involved with ABC. Gunnar is retired and is today 66 years old. „I did various work for ABC and finally I was asked to manage the collection boxes for a large area. It‘s been rewarding work and I enjoy being able to lend a hand to this fine organization,“ he says.

It varies how often a store or a business needs visiting depending on how fast the boxes fill up. „Some places you have to visit every two weeks but some only once in two months,“ says Gunnar and he has a good sense in this matter having handled this work for over 3 years. Each route takes about 4-5 hours and at the end of it he delivers the money that‘s been collected.

 

Gunnar is undecided on how long he will continue managing the largest Capital area route. „As long as I‘m healthy I‘m more than willing to help out. I meet lots of interesting people and the work is rewarding. I firmly believe it‘s for the good and I want ABC to flourish. I‘ve grown very fond of the organization and it‘s work and I like showing my support this way,“ he says.

An excerpt from an interview with a sponsor from ABC magazine's third issue.

Kristin Helga Gunnarsdottir is a renowned writer and a former news reporter who sponsors Sonaina who studies in Chak school in Pakistan. We asked Kristin how she got to know about ABC Children's Aid.

"I had heard about the organization from here and there, including the media. I followed it from a distance and admired the work that was being done. I'm one of those people who's always intending to do good and not just send happy thoughts to those who have a tough time."

Kristin and her mother wanted to sponsor a child from Pakistan. Kristin had worked as a news reporter for a TV station in Iceland and she followed closely the political climate in Pakistan and it's torrid relationship with Afghanistan and India. She felt the plight of women was extremely dire and wanted to sponsor a girl in need of help. "It's the least I can do. We here in Iceland enjoy such privilege and we could do a lot more then we're doing." Kristin says.

Kristin speaks highly of ABC Children's Aid and says it's the kind of organization that makes her have faith in mankind's ability to do the right thing. "Together we can do this," she says.

 

 

We're very happy to inform everyone that the number of sponsors grew considerably in the year 2016.

Here are pictures of Christmas celebrations in the ABC schools in Pakistan.

Farooqabad

Gujaranwala

Machike

We wish everyone a happy new year.

Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and benefactors.

Soon the year will be over and it‘s always fun looking back. This is the 28th year of ABC and it was a good one. We have a great deal of benefactors who contributed a lot this year.

Go Near Ministry raised money to repair the well that provides water for the area around the ABC school in Namelok in Kenya. The goal was to reach 10.000 dollars but over 12.000 was eventually raised. An Icelandic benefactor made beautiful dresses and sent them to Uganda and the students were very happy while trying them on.

Forty-two runners raised money for ABC in the annual Reykjavik Marathon and 115.000 ISK were raised. Three lovely girls came out of nowhere and gave us money that they had raised by walking door to door in their hometown collecting donations for the organization. High school students in the Capital area did a school project on ABC called „Let‘s be helpful“ and received top marks. And students in a middle school outside Reykjavik held a bingo event and raised 30.000 ISK and donated the money to ABC.

Last but not least we can‘t neglect to mention our annual fundraiser, Children help children, where students ages 10-12 all over the country go around their neighborhoods and also visit local businesses to collect donations for ABC. This year they raised 7.893.460 ISK and we are eternally grateful to these important ambassadors.

Early this year an Icelandic company, Tengill ehf, gave ABC 91 computers and they were sent to Burkina Faso where they were put to good use.

Volunteers at home and abroad assisted in many capacities. Employees from a large bank were given the chance work one day a year for a non-profit organization and every staff member from a particular branch donated their workday to our Second Hand Store. Icelandic volunteers among others did tremendous work in Burkina Faso during the installation of a huge water tank, installation of more solar panels and during the construction of a new college building which is three stories high.

We greatly thank our benefactors and volunteers.

 

The year 2016 was another good year for ABC and as always we thank our sponsors dearly for their contribution.

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