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Our Community Involvement

Since our inception in October 2005, Riverside Spa has committed to improving the lives of people in our local and global communities. In 2015, we focused our support on two amazing organizations: CAUSE Canada and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. In 2016, we have chosen to continue our partnership with these organizations.

CAUSE Canada:

In 2009, in conjunction with CAUSE Canada’s child sponsorship program (CAUSE Kids) Riverside Spa built a two-classroom building adjacent to the Kabala Baptist Primary School. Due to substantially increased enrollment, the school previously had no space for the 600 students in its grade one and two classes and was temporarily using a community member’s house. The new building provides much-needed classroom space, where teachers can teach and students can learn.

In 2011, Riverside Spa re-built the Primary School in the rural village of Senekedugu, which was originally established in 1994 with two teachers and only 30 students in grade one. The old school was no longer considered safe for the 200 students that are now in attendance.

Both buildings stand as a reminder of the importance of education and Riverside Spa’s commitment to developing the potential of the world’s youth.

In 2012, Riverside Spa partnered with CAUSE Canada to build three birthing huts in two districts of Sierra Leone, endeavoring to address the principle causes of maternal and child mortality before and after birth. The 2010 World Health Organization World Health Statistics report that Sierra Leone’s maternal mortality is the world’s highest. Furthermore, Sierra Leone also has one of the highest under-5 mortality rates, with 24% of newborns experiencing low birth-weights.

To combat these staggering statistics, birthing huts built by Riverside Spa provide safe, hygienic and socially familiar environments for a countless number of women to rest and wait for their deliveries. These women also receive life-saving support, education and at least 24 hours of supervised care after giving birth from local midwives and traditional birthing attendants. Additionally, older children and companions are also welcome to stay in birthing huts, providing invaluable reassurance and support to women and babies at risk.

In 2013/14, in the interest of “bridging the gap” between our previous areas of involvement, Riverside Spa was very pleased to support CAUSE Canada’s “API, PLUMP BABIES” Infant Nutrition Program. The goal of this life-saving initiative was to provide rural communities with nutritional monitoring services for infants, refer acutely malnourished babies to feeding rehabilitation centers and to train mothers on proper nutrition. Using materials developed by UNICEF, Mother’s Groups in over 1,429 villages in the district of Moyamba were instructed on the benefits of exclusive breast-feeding for the first 6 months of a child’s life and appropriate weaning foods thereafter. Mother’s Groups, with support from CAUSE Canada, produced take-home weaning food with a high protein mix of seeds and beans grown by the community. They also became activists for vitamin-A supplementation, de-worming practices, sanitation, malaria prevention, community dialogue and other healthy behaviours.

In 2015, in response to the devastating Ebola crisis, Riverside Spa’s involvement with CAUSE Canada was focused on the Sierra Leone School Rehabilitation and Nutrition Project. As the Ebola crisis decreased in strength and severity, this program sought to meet post-Ebola recovery needs in the areas of education and nutrition for students. In preparation for the re-opening of seven CAUSE Kids Schools, the project aimed to help the schools meet the strict pre-opening requirements set out by the Government of Sierra Leone, such as risk assessment for disease, maintenance and repairs, furniture, latrines and wells. Once schools were deemed safe to re-open, this initiative assisted in re-starting the CAUSE Kids Nutrition Program, providing one hot meal per day to all students as a way to encourage attendance and to offset financial costs for families in feeding their children.

To be involved in any capacity with such work is truly a blessing. Riverside Spa continues to celebrate our partnership with CAUSE Canada and the world-changing work we’ve had a hand in. We are extremely grateful and would like to thank our staff and guests for making this partnership possible.

CAUSE Kids Self-Directed Learning and Peer Literacy Program:

In 2016, Riverside Spa is pleased to support CAUSE Canada’s Self-Directed Learning and Peer Literacy Program. Educational opportunities in the rural regions of Sierra Leone are inadequate, especially for girls. The CAUSE Kids Peer Literacy Program will reduce barriers to education by training 100 top performing high school girls to tutor younger students (2600 girls and 2400 boys) with the goal of improving their reading and writing skills. These high school girls will receive a variety of educational supports themselves, including access to computer classes on weekends, and become empowered leaders, serving as role models for younger students. In addition, 10 Integrated Learning Centers will be set up in participating schools and will include 20 tablets or laptops, featuring innovative Raspberry Pi technology and powered by solar charges. These centers will be open seven days a week, facilitating increased access to computer-based, self-directed learning, allowing students to increase their academic achievement despite large class sizes and (in many cases) inadequately trained teachers.

For more information about CAUSE Canada’s work, please visit:
www.cause.ca/projects/current

Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation

In 2016, Riverside Spa is proud to host our 8th Annual Day of Guilt Free Pampering in support of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. On Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, Riverside Spa will donate 100% of revenue from all services performed to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. We would like to thank everyone who supported our event over the past 7 years to assist the more than 75, 000 children and families helped each year by the hospital.

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation is the official fundraising body for the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. All funds raised support excellence in child health and family-centered care, allowing for investment in the finest:

  • Child Health Programs
  • Specialized Life-Saving Equipment
  • Advanced Pediatric Research & Education

For more information about the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation please visit: www.childrenshospital.ab.ca

Donation Requests

Riverside Spa accepts donation requests and organizations looking for support are encouraged to submit a request via e-mail to management@riversidespa.ca. All requests will be kept on file and each November, Riverside Spa will review requests and contact organizations that we are interested in working with. For more information about our current community participation, please contact Shanna Laychuk at 403.270.7500.