Local Champions


“Having been on an Umoja Journey with David Marshall to see the work being done in Guatemala, I am proud to support International Needs. I’m committed in my work as a musician and speaker to share the power of compassion as a fundamental core value of every business and organization.” Dave supports the Midwife Training Program in Guatemala.

Nancy Bolton

Nancy Hertel-Bolton, founder of Women Making a Difference (WMAD), began meeting with other women who shared a desire to know God’s calling on their lives. “In God’s miraculous ways, I learned of the work of International Needs, and over time we developed a strong partnership. Inspired by the story of the woman at the well in John 4, we decided to invest in water projects, one remote village at a time.”


“I saw firsthand how the work of International Needs impacts children and communities in a positive way. When I visited Zambia’s Muzabula area, I was hooked! There were 60 children standing around in a small group with no school to go to. They had no chance of a better life since they had no access to education. Becoming involved in empowering these Zambian children and their families has been exciting and fulfilling for me. I’ve seen the work in Zambia grow over the years, and am thrilled that so many Canadians have caught ZACTS’ vision to create a self sustaining, healthy school and community.” Laurie is currently involved with the ZACTS Projects.


Two years after the death of her husband, Colleen made the bold decision to join one of our Discovery Tours. “It was an amazing trip that opened my eyes to many things, but what really broke me was the conditions that the women and children endure in impoverished communities.” Colleen has been an advocate for vulnerable women and children ever since, traveling the world to support health and education projects. Colleen is currently focused on supporting the RHYCO Safe House Project in Kenya.

Donna Michalek

Donna is a passionate advocate for children’s rights. She has written two children’s books about the plights of street children in Kenya and Bangladesh. Donna shares, “When we visited the Drop-in Centre for Street Children in Dhaka, I found it very hard to see children coming in from their work. I thought of our children who go to school and have lots of opportunities to play, but these children have so little.” All of the proceeds of her books go towards supporting street children, giving them the right to learn and play in safe spaces. Donna has sponsored children and supported many projects around the world.

Claire Forster 

“When I met the children with cerebral palsy in the Kawangware slums, I had already been to the Bangladesh and Nairobi slums, and had experience with children living in desperate circumstances. However, nothing could have prepared me to meet a group of seven women with children who had cerebral palsy and related conditions. I was horrified to learn that these children were being left alone in small, dark, crowded spaces while the mums worked to feed their other children. I knew I couldn’t leave without doing something. In that moment, I decided to cancel a planned Umoja Journey to Bangladesh and put the money toward something to help these women and children…and now we have the Joyful Hearts Centre.”

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230-1119 Fennell Ave E.,
Hamilton, On, Canada, L8T 1S2
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