Caleb’s Hope | My 3rd Anniversary

18 03 2012

February 2009. I had dropped out of my Earth Science course at University two months previous, and was busy looking for a job to earn some money and get some experience over the following few months till I went back to do a new course. Opportunities were eluding me; there weren’t many suitable jobs for an 18 year old who was stuck between University courses.

Then one day I found myself on a fan-site for the actor, Tahmoh Penikett, and as I was scrolling down the page, I noticed a charity mentioned in a convention report part way down the page. Caleb’s Hope. Intrigued, I clicked the link and followed through. After a few minutes of seeing what was what, I closed the tab and went on my way. A couple of days later, I came back to the site again, and the link caught my eye once more. This time, I actually took the time to read the information there, and was struck by what had happened to the men, women and children that the charity was trying to support out in Uganda. After relaying it all to my Mum, I told her that they were looking for volunteers, and that I wanted to apply. Obviously, I knew about the possibilities of volunteering after many careers talks at school, but I had never really considered it before, not until I found Caleb’s Hope.

I applied, and was successful. After an initial email or two and a shuffle around, I became a member of the website’s e-team, which is still going today. We work to maintain and update the website, while also keeping interested followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr (although, we did use Myspace back in the day) up-to-date with the goings on of the charity and news from the areas that we are supporting.

For more information on what Caleb’s Hope do, please visit the website and take a look for yourselves.

http://calebshope.org

I am immensely proud of all that the charity has achieved since Holly created it, putting in the love and dedication to build the organisation from the ground upwards. And, of course, the people who have helped along the way. While it was the NYARA paper beads that initially captured my attention (I am now the proud owner of a necklace, and a choker which I wear as a bracelet), I also really believe in the RMDR – Real Men Don’t Rape – campaign, which raises awareness and specifically helps the women in Uganda who have been victims of rape. What the people there have lived through and bounced back from is a testament to a strength that very few of us are able to tap into in our daily lives.

I fully plan to support Caleb’s Hope for however long they will have me.

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50 Miles for Project Build & TCDP

22 08 2010

Hey everyone!

What I plan to do is to walk 50 miles in one week. That’s at least 7 miles a day starting Saturday 2nd October, and ending Friday 8th October. It’s an achievable target, and tests my endurance more than one long walk.

The money that I raise will be split between two causes.

Two thirds of the money will go to Project Build, a project run by Caleb’s Hope, which aims to send a team out to Atiak in Uganda at the end of this year to:
– Build sustainable homes and rebuild communities for refugee women and children
– Prepare farm land to restore food security and cotton production based on a model of fair trade and sustainability
– Build a much-needed school (the school in Atiak is currently a bench under a tree)

I’ve been volunteering with Caleb’s Hope for over a year now and I really support this project with all my heart.

The other third will be donated to a friend of mine, Shelley Templar, who I have been helping raise funds for her ‘The Celebrity Design Project’, which she’s been working on at college.
Her current goal is to raise funds in order to get her to Vancouver for a photo shoot with some of the celebrities that have signed onto the project. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m going to do my best to help get her there!

So, it would mean the world to me, and to many other people involved in both projects, if you could support me in this by donating money to this endeavour!

Every little helps, as they say, and I will be extremely grateful for any money you can spare.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Peace.

Donate here: http://www.indiegogo.com/50-Miles-for-Project-Build-TCDP





RMDR Campaign Update: Kenneth Klassen Case

9 06 2010

An update from Holly Dignard on the campaign:

1. Mr. Klassen was granted bail – as was already decided before the bail hearing (sneaky!) BUT
2. He has some strict rules to follow:-

* he has a curfew of 6pm to 6am which restricts any major movement
* he wears an ankle monitor at all times
* he is always being followed by police
* he is issued a tapped phone line (ie no cell phones etc allowed)
* he must report to a bail officer three times a week.

The “public outcry” was mentioned by the Crown Council. Holly is very proud and grateful to everyone who took the time to sign the petition and pass it on. It truly did make a difference.

The sentencing is now scheduled for July 22-23, so we strongly encourage everyone, if you haven’t sign the petition, to do so and passing them on to others to spread the word. We’re keeping the petition open until the final court date. You can find the petition here.

We would also like to gently remind everyone to please keep the petition peaceful. Caleb’s Hope absolutely DO NOT support messages of violence or hate. We realize that this is an emotional subject, but we do not believe in promoting violence – whether they be through actions or words – in order to end violence. This is a vicious cycle that would not work.

Once again, thank you for your support, and please continue to sign/spread the petition.

Caleb’s Hope Team.





RMDR LA Shoot – Helenna Santos

9 06 2010

Some behind the scenes coverage from the Real Men Don’t Rape shoot that took place in LA last month. Thanks to Helenna Santos for taking her camera there and putting this video together!





Real Men Don’t Rape vs Kenneth Robert Klassen

29 05 2010

Kenneth Robert Klassen, divorced father of 3, of Burnaby is a charged international pedophile, who videotaped himself raping girls between the ages of 9 and 18 years young.

On Aug. 27, 2004, Canada Border Service Agency officers at YVR identified a suspicious parcel full of undeclared DVDs containing images of child pornography and bestiality.

The police seized in Klassen’s home and a rented Vancouver storage locker 21 DVDs containing video clips of Klassen having sex with 92 girls in three countries. Police allege the DVDs contained images of Klassen raping girls ranging in age from 9 to 18 years old. Read more here: Vancouver Sun Article

UPDATES: Friday May 21st:

Klassen pleaded GUILTY to 14 out of 30 plus charges. He thenn allegedly traveled to Mayne Island with his brother. He is deemed high risk to flee. We wonder if his bail supervisor was informed. Klassen owns property in New Mexico, Colombia (2 houses) and one undisclosed property in the Philippines.

Thursday, May 27th:
Klassen’s bail has been granted. It was essentially granted before the hearing this morning. He wasn’t present. They are having another hearing this upcoming Tuesday to discuss the “technology” – ie the ways they will be monitoring Klassen. They will actually have a hearing to argue about how he should be monitored. Amazing. Despite the efforts of David Bercovici – the people in Klassen’s community have no idea their is a serial rapist and sex offender living in their neighborhoud.

Tuesday, June 1st, 9am:
The part two of the bail hearing – where they discuss how Klassen will be monitored.

Read more about this case and show your support here: Facebook Group & Hearing Details

The rights of all children and women in the world would are being violated. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is a universal agreement of non-negotiable standards and obligations. Ie Human rights for children. If Klassen is not punished, then those rights will have been grossly violated.

It is our duty as mothers and fathers, siblings, teachers, caregivers, aunts and uncles, grandparents, as neighbours, as human beings to ensure that justice is served accordingly.

It is our duty as mothers and fathers, siblings, teachers, caregivers, aunts and uncles, grandparents, as neighbours, as human beings to ensure that justice is served accordingly.

If he is freed, then this man is roaming free in our community – and around the world as a “sex tourist” – where our children, sisters, and mothers live. And whether he is freed or if he is given a reduced sentence, it sends a message to women and children everywhere that we do not matter.

Please sign this petition and, if you are in Vancouver, come to these important hearings.

Please pass this information on.

If the judge sees that Canadians and citizens around the world care for their children and their right to grow safely, he might apply the full weight of the law to this criminal.

As Martin Luther King Jr said: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Real Men Don’t Rape

Join the Movement

http://www.calebshope.org

SIGN THE PETITION HERE!





Real Men Don’t Rape Campaign Photo Shoot

29 03 2010

If you’re in the Greater Los Angeles area, come out to our shoot for Caleb’s Hope. We need men and women and a whole lot of diversity to make this work!

The “Real Men Don’t Rape” campaign is to help the women of Nyara Project in Northern Uganda, Africa. They are all former child soldiers, sex slaves, and/or victims of rape. All have children and most have HIV/AIDS as a result. Check out more about us at http://www.calebshope.org

The photos will be used on our site as well as in a book with all proceeds going to our Nyara Project!!

Violence against women is an ongoing and universal problem. Rape is used all too often in volatile regions as a means to control, ‘shame and demoralize women, tear communities apart and control populations.’* And you don’t have to live in a war zone to experience the horrible trauma associated with rape and violence against women. 1 out of every 3 women will either know of a woman who has been assaulted or will have been assaulted herself.

It needs to stop. And it can only stop by creating a movement that brings the issue out in the open and demands accountability.

Please come out and show your support.

**11-4pm!! It’s first come, first serve and here’s how the day will go down:

1) show up hair/makeup ready. Be yourself & wear whatever you like but pls avoid brand logos, offensive junk (ie no f-words on your shirt), and the like. we’ll be writing on your forearms so make sure you can roll your sleeves up or wear a tee.

2) sign our release form and info sheet – so we can legally use your beautiful mug and then email a copy of your portrait to you

3) get ‘real men don’t rape’ painted on your forearms (totally washable)

4) get your gorgeous fab pic taken. 10 frames each model.

5) wash off your arms – or not 🙂

6) peace out and enjoy the rest of your day.

Everyone is welcome to bring their own cameras/videos to record the event. We ask no flash photography please.

We encourage everyone who has taken pics/videos of the day to let us know and we can post your experience on our site.

Peace and Rockets,
Caleb’s Hope Peeps

*UN reports on violence against women.

If you have a Facebook, you can sign up here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=103395756367303&ref=mf





Caleb’s Hope Website

28 03 2010

The new look Caleb’s Hope website is up!

http://calebshope.org

Take a look, we’re so excited about it!