Helena Ruken
Amount Raised
Goal $5,000.00

My Message

Dear Friends, 
I recently joined the board of directors of Refuge Enfants Pour Tous (REPT), an amazing charity which is based in Toronto and has been supporting children and education in Burkina Faso for 13 years. On Saturday October 2nd, I will participate in the Ride for Refuge to fundraise for our projects.

REPT is currently fundraising for three initiatives:

1) Ensure the safety, care, and education of the young women we continue to support (formerly through the orphanage Souman Nafaman which we needed to close due to safety concerns).

2) Expand a new Building Blocks initiative aimed at reaching the growing number of children living in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Camps.

3) Supply additional blocks kits where needed to preschools that have been using them.

While we are unable to visit Burkina Faso in-person due to safety concerns, we are fortunate to have a network of trusted and trained people in Burkina Faso who support the young women, bring the locally sourced building blocks to IDP camps and run training sessions for the volunteers, and connect with preschools to deliver the building blocks programs.

More detailed information about our organization can be found on our website,

Please sponsor me with a tax-deductible donation!  On Saturday October 2nd, our small team will ride 25K together on the beautiful biking trails in the City of Toronto. We acknowledge our privilege of living in Toronto and the privilege of access to high levels of education for children. I hope that you will join me and make a financial contribution for children who live in poverty in Burkina Faso.

I very much appreciate your support.



Event Date
Oct 2, 2021 12:00 AM
Location Name
REPT - Refuge Enfants Pour Tous

My Team

Helena is a member of Ride for Building Blocks in Burkina Faso in Camps for Internally Displaced Persons
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My Supporters

Valerie McDonald left a message
Oct 15, 2021 9:42 AM
Thanks for asking me to contribute to this worthy cause!
Valerie McDonald donated $100.00
Oct 15, 2021 9:41 AM
Ali Shams left a message
Oct 7, 2021 5:30 PM
Hi Helena, this is a great cause...I am happy to help (although a bit late)!
Ali Shams donated $1,000.00
Oct 7, 2021 5:27 PM
Melanie Stevenson left a message
Sep 27, 2021 5:51 PM
An excellent cause, Helena. Good luck with your fundraising ride!
Melanie Stevenson donated $100.00
Sep 27, 2021 5:51 PM
Melanie Stevenson left a message
Sep 27, 2021 5:49 PM
Good luck with the ride, Helena. REPT sounds like an excellent organization.
Giovanna Kaawach left a message
Sep 26, 2021 2:56 PM
What a great cause! Thank you Helena for bringing awareness ????
Giovanna Kaawach donated $100.00
Sep 26, 2021 2:51 PM
Paul and Jan Sabourin left a message
Sep 24, 2021 3:16 PM
good luck Helena!
Paul Sabourin donated $500.00
Sep 24, 2021 3:15 PM
Cidalia Cota donated $50.00
Sep 24, 2021 8:38 AM
Heather Cribbin left a message
Sep 23, 2021 4:46 AM
Have a good ride Helena!
Heather Cribbin donated $150.00
Sep 23, 2021 4:46 AM
Heather Cribbin left a message
Sep 23, 2021 4:41 AM
Good luck on your ride Helena! This is a great cause and they are REPT are fortunate to have you on their team.
Kurankye left a message
Sep 22, 2021 4:39 PM
Happy to support Helena!
Kurankye Sekyi-Otu donated $100.00
Sep 22, 2021 4:38 PM
Sondra VanderVaart donated $50.00
Sep 22, 2021 12:38 PM
Sondra V left a message
Sep 22, 2021 12:36 PM
Hi Helena, Congratulations on joining the board of directors of Refuge Enfants Pour Tous (REPT). Good luck on your ride!
Erin Post donated $50.00
Sep 22, 2021 11:55 AM
Chris Hawke donated $100.00
Sep 22, 2021 11:29 AM
Friend of the RIDE! donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 22, 2021 11:27 AM
Elisabeth Michienzi donated $10.00
Sep 22, 2021 11:21 AM
Anna Bondarenko donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 22, 2021 11:18 AM
Friend of the RIDE! donated $25.00
Sep 22, 2021 11:17 AM
Sylvie and Rob left a message
Sep 11, 2021 1:14 PM
Good luck Helena!
Friend of the RIDE! donated $100.00
Sep 11, 2021 1:13 PM
katherine gougeon donated $100.00
Sep 10, 2021 7:50 PM
Sharon Gazeley donated $50.00
Sep 10, 2021 4:52 PM
Abdalla Ruken donated $250.00
Sep 10, 2021 2:32 PM