Sponsoring a Village with SOS Children’s Villages

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SOS Children’s Villages
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As the founder and CEO of Hatch Canada, Peter Kuperman says his greatest happiness comes from seeing students learn computer code through an engaging mastery-based curriculum. Outside of his work with Hatch Canada, Peter Kuperman supports SOS Children’s Villages, an international charity dedicated to providing housing for children who have been orphaned or abandoned in over 130 countries worldwide.

As the charity’s name suggests, SOS Children’s Villages runs more than 550 “children’s villages,” where children can experience a warm family and loving home. This helps to ensure that each child’s health, food, and shelter needs are met. One of the many ways people can support SOS Children’s Villages is by sponsoring one of their many villages.

For a monthly recurring donation of $25, donors help SOS Children’s Villages cover the costs of their villages. These costs include staff salaries, home maintenance, and the new acquisition of household items like furniture and appliances. Regarding donations, 80.5 percent of each contribution goes to the designated village, while 19.5 percent helps pay for promotions, communications, and other villages run by SOS Children’s Villages.

Upon becoming a village sponsor, individuals receive a welcome letter along with information regarding the country where the sponsored village is located. Also included is a description and photo of the specific village being sponsored.


Hatch Canada’s Coding All-Stars Gala and Competition


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Hatch Canada
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Longtime entrepreneur Peter Kuperman oversees operations at Hatch Canada as its founder and CEO. Under his guidance, the company teaches kids how to code via camps, events, and school programs. Since starting the company in 2014, Peter Kuperman has helped it grow by 13 percent month over month.

One of Hatch Canada’s many events is the Coding All-Stars Gala. An annual coding fair, Coding All-Stars is designed for all children who are interested in technology. The event is open to students of any skill level, and attendees don’t necessarily need to be from Hatch Canada. During each Coding All-Stars Gala, attendees are given the opportunity to view coding projects completed during Hatch’s prior season and try out some of the company’s robots. Children can also participate in coding games to win prizes and explore some of the company’s favorite student projects created during its $5 Fridays workshops.

In addition to these activities, Hatch Canada hosts a Coding All-Stars Competition during its annual gala. A team-based coding competition, this hack-a-thon challenges participants to create a web application that matches the day’s themes. Kids who participate in the Coding All-Stars Competition not only have the opportunity to create unique work and improve their teamwork, but can also receive mentorship from industry professionals and experienced Hatch coders.

Safe Cycling Options for Parents with Young Children


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Safe Cycling
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Peter Kuperman established Hatch Canada, a programming and computer coding school for children. When he is not helping young people learn STEM skills, Peter Kuperman can often be found on his bicycle. He and his wife enjoy taking their young son along for rides as well.

Children can begin to enjoy the fun of cycling as soon as they can sit up on their own. From babies to toddlers to preschool-aged children, there is family-friendly cycling equipment suitable for families of all ages.

When a child is very young, the best option is usually a child bicycle seat. Children should not accompany their parents on a bike ride until they can sit up and support their helmeted head on their own. Local laws differ on this matter, and some jurisdictions have specific age limits.

Older toddlers and children under the age of 6 have more options available. They can ride in larger child seats, be towed in a trailer, or ride on a trailer bike. Trailers are simple to tow and do not impact the bicycle’s center of gravity like a child seat does. However, they are low to the ground and vulnerable to certain dangers on the road.

Trailer bikes are half-bicycles that connect to an adult bike. These are well suited to getting children accustomed to pedaling, while still allowing parents to control the steering and braking.