Microenterprise Development

The goal of microenterprise development is to create long-term solutions to poverty.  In this brochure written by Sandra Shelley, see how initiatives like village banking, microcredit, and income generating activities are changing the playing field for impoverished people worldwide.  Please click on image to view sample pages.

Photo credit: ChildFund International (formerly Christian Children’s Fund)

Imagining A Better Future

Please click on the image to read two articles written by Sandra Shelley for ChildWorld magazine.  The first concerns sponsored children who took their vision for a better future to the UN.  In the second article, a couple decides virtual visits aren’t enough–and travels to Bolivia to meet their sponsored child.

Photo credit: ChildFund International (formerly Christian Children’s Fund)

All grown up

Gerlania when she was four when Esther began sponsoring her; now she is 18.  Learn how a sponsor transformed the life of a child in this ChildWorld article by Sandra Shelley.  Please click on image to view article.

Photo credit: ChildFund International (formerly Christian Children’s Fund)

Fundraising Letters and Award Nominations

Sandra Shelley writes fundraising letters to individuals and corporations on behalf of the Robert and Mary Anderson Charitable Organization, a small non-profit that provides rice, clothing, and computers, as well as medical assistance and educational scholarships to needy individuals and organizations in Liberia.  She has also submitted applications that resulted in a “Point of Light” recognition for the organization and a YWCA of Greater Richmond “Outstanding Woman” award for the founder.  Please click on image to view most recent letter.

Photo credit: Comfort Y. Anderson-Miller

CCF Annual Report

Every day, every hour, every minute, children face crisis situations.  Sandra Shelley writes about a humanitarian organization’s response to the needs of children around the world in this 2007 Annual Report.  Please click on image to view sample pages.

Photo credit: ChildFund International (formerly Christian Children’s Fund)

Creative Writing Workshop

In Summer 2008, Sandra Shelley taught a creative writing workshop to fourth and fifth grade students at the Peter Paul Development Center.  The outreach and community center serves children from an inner-city Richmond community that is one of the ten poorest in the nation.  The stories and artwork created in her workshop were collected into a journal for the children and their families.  Please click on image to view sample pages from the journal.

Photo credit: Sandra Shelley

Grantwriting and Research

Sandra Shelley has conducted grantwriting and research for a number of non-profits, including Virginia Commonwealth University’s First Novelist Award, the William Byrd Community House, Jake’s Reindeer Race, and the Billy Austin Sidewalk Project.

Photo credit: VCU First Novelist Award