“Encouraging a child means that one or more of the following critical life messages are coming through, either by word or by action: I believe in you, I trust you, I know you can handle this, You are listened to, You are cared for, You are very important to me.” ~ Barbara Coloroso, International bestselling author on parenting.
Nshelter is making a difference with elementary and middle school students on two continents, nurturing the children who will be tomorrow’s leaders. NShelter was awarded Best African Humanitarian by the African Awards of Washington.
At the heart of our work, we build a solid, one-on-one relationship with the child. We provide direct practical assistance, connecting kids to community resources so they can overcome barriers to success inside and outside of the classroom. We aim to help each child discover their ability to succeed, whether that’s completing homework, learning new life skills, or successfully completing the school year. We recognize that a social network is critical to a child’s success, and when a family faces a cancer diagnosis, that success is disrupted.
Our volunteers are trustworthy, vetted advocates that help build a support system for students. We help the child to create the future they envision for themselves by wrapping them in a wide range of support like companionship, someone to talk to, and access to school trips and events even when the family budget is stressed. We can help with tutoring and homework, school supplies, clothes, and nutrition. A child with parents navigating a cancer diagnosis does not have to feel abandoned or alone.
NShelter has connected families with
Behavioral issues may result from emotional trauma at home when a child cannot cope with family challenges. We promote and encourage positive behavioral responses to resolve conflicts while helping children build coping skills.
While their parent is in cancer treatment, we support students with homework and education right through graduation, helping them secure a promising future. We can advocate for them when their parent may not be able to, and we offer a friendly ear when they just need someone to talk to.
Nshelter collaborates with patients, their families, local schools, and medical centers so patient-parents can focus their energies on healing. We provide on-site student support and connect families with community resources. As we grow, we hope to provide transportation to school when needed. We aim to increase the number of families we can serve.
We are Christians, we are cancer survivors, we are chaplains and we are educators. We love dedicating our time to serve our community. Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.