Gabrielle donates 40% of all her pottery proceeds split between the following two charities:

Canadian Food for Children

Canadian Food for Children is a registered Canadian charity that distributes food, clothing and medicine to the poor in about 40 countries, including Canada. This charity has no overhead expenses. (Volunteers pay for their own transportation, photo-copying and postage is donated, etc.) Donations are used to purchase bulk grains from Canadian farmers, and to pay Canadian truck companies and shipping companies etc. Each donation of $1.00 provides the equivalent of 40 good meals for the poor overseas.

Note: This is not the same charity as Canadian Feed the Children

REPT (Refuge Enfants Pour Tous)

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. It has a high proportion of school age children. There are many children who have been orphaned. Without assistance, they have little or no chance of attending school. A result, they end up on the street.

The Canadian registered charity Refuge Enfants Pour Tous was founded in 2009 with the goal of providing shelter, food, education, healthcare and other basic life amenities to at-risk children and youth in Burkina Faso. Since 2010, REPT has been providing funding and support to the children’s home “Souman Nafaman” (“Seeds of Hope”) located in Bobo Dioulasso. Souman Nafaman provides the shelter, education and health needs for up to 12 disadvantaged children – orphaned, abandoned or from impoverished families.

I have decided to choose this charity in part because Brigitte Roussel (Co-chair and Director of REPT), is a trusted friend so she can be sure that the donated funds will be put to good use.

As well, I donate bowls each year to Hamilton Food Share, available at the Fall Hamilton Potter's Guild Sale