About Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, Hands Across the Water will embrace the giving season with an appeal to raise $170,000 - 10% of our annual operating costs - to give the 350 children in our care a life of choice.

GivingTuesday, taking place December 3rd, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organisations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Every year, on GivingTuesday, millions of people across the globe mobilise to show up, give back, and change their communities.

Every year Hands Across the Water needs to raise at least $1,700,000 in donor funds to support the immediate and ongoing needs - shelter, food, clothing, healthcare, education - of the children.

Monies raised will go towards the programs being run for the children and the surrounding communities to ensure their long term success. But we need your help to get there! 

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How to get involved

The best way to get involved in Giving Tuesday and help us towards our fundraising goal is to host your own event at your workplace, school or community group. This helps Hands spread the message of the work we are doing with the kids and help us reach new people. As a small charity the power of the collective Hands community is vital to our success. 

Download the Giving Tuesday Event Kit for some amazing ideas for events on December 3rd, like a CEO Challenge or Bake Sale. Setting up your fundraising page is as simple as a few clicks! Not to mention you'll find a host of assets in the event kit to help you make your event pack a punch - such as cupcake wrappers, posters, videos, stickers and decorations. 

Download Giving Tuesday Event Kit here

Check out our blog on 5 Ways to Get Involved This Giving Tuesday for more inspiration on ways to get involved.

Pepe's Story

Pepe will never know his biological mother; she passed away during his birth. He will grow up without a father; he passed away due to HIV.

In addition to losing his parents, Pepe was born with HIV. He spent the first 10 months of his life living in the hospital where he was born. With no known family members to take care of him and a life sentence with HIV, his chance at a good and long life was looking pretty grim. The Thai Government contacted Mae Thiew who welcomed him into Baan Home Hug where he would grow up in a safe and loving environment.

Pepe was a very sick boy. But, Mae Thiew was faced with the daily challenge: to feed the children or provide medicine to the children to manage the HIV virus that had been passed on by their parents.

Children were dying. Over the 30 years that Mae Thiew had been taking children in, prior to Hands Across the Water stepping in, she has buried 1,027 children.

In 2010, Peter Baines - founder of Hands Across the Water - met Mae Thiew and agreed to provide financial support for the children at Home Hug. From this moment in time forward spirits were lifted, hopes were restored and the children stopped dying. There was enough money for food, medicine and a future for all the children.

Although Pepe would get worse before he would get better though. In 2011, he was unable to make a scheduled trip with all of the children because he was fighting through some of his darkest days. He was in a fight for his life... but he won.

Today, Pepe is a delightful young boy who brings joy to everyone at Home Hug. Since regaining his health and movement, Pepe has been able to get active again and play football. He loves the sport and a big part of his love of football is the community that it creates. It is a place for him to make friends and be part of a team. He hopes that one day he will play professional football. 

As his confidence has built on the football field, so too has his confidence at Home Hug. He lives with ADHD and he has difficulty coping with frustration and poor social skills which has impacted his school life. Home Hug provides a place where he can be himself, he lives in an environment that is well equipped to care for his physical health but also his mental health. He spends a lot of time working in the farm with some of the other children who have difficulty participating in the cooking and ceramic activities. It Home Hug really is a place for him to be his true authentic self in a supportive environment.

With the medical and emotional support that Pepe receives from his family at Home Hug and Hands Across the Water, HIV is no longer a death sentence. He will have the opportunity to live the life he dreams of, to live a life of choice; rather than chance.

Watch the full video on PePe here.