Oct 17

Celebrating Melbourne visit plus more

We have so much to share with you. This post sees us celebrating Alison’s Melbourne visit, the upcoming Melbourne Cup Luncheon, and introducing the exciting Cycle Zambia event.


Alison has recently spent a week in Melbourne presenting to the Rotary Clubs of Dandenong, Emerald, Ringwood and Wandin.

Whilst in Melbourne she caught up with Catherine Hamilton, an artist form the Mornington Peninsula. Catherine volunteered for our School on March/April this year and will return for the second term in 2015. Catherine introduced the Art Program to our School together with art requisites kindly donated by Art Spectrum, Melbourne.



CaAtherine Meredith, our website manager, met with Alison to discuss the way forward with our new website.

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Alison visited Dandenong Rotary Club, VIC to present Our Rainbow House

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Alison was invited for supper at the home of supporters of Leprosy Mission India, and also met International China Concern representatives along with members of Rotary Wheelchairs for Kids

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Alison speaking at the Rotary Club of Emerald VIC

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Rotary Club of Ringwood



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Alison with Catherine Hamilton (artist, Redhill) and Matt (Tourica Tours

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Members of the Rotary Club of Wandin





Matt Collins from Tourica Tours attended the Wandin meeting to meet Alison and learn about the School. Matt is planning Cycle Zambia, a bike ride throughout this beautiful country in aid of Our Rainbow House, to be held mid-2015. What a wonderful and inspiring week this was for our Project!

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Each year Our Rainbow House hosts a Melbourne Cup luncheon for 40-60 guests at Emerald Homestay. This year it will be a French theme and we invite everybody to come along and have a wonderful day of friendship, fun and laughter.

Melbourne Cup 2014 flier

If you do not live in Emerald and would like to hold your own Melbourne Cup Luncheon in aid of our Charity that would be fantastic! We would need a little story about this together with photos of the day for our newsletter, website and Facebook.


Cycle_Zambia July 2015

Aug 18

Calling all Treadlies to tackle Tyson 2014

CALLING ALL TREADLIES to tackle Tyson 2014!    SUNDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2014


The Annual “Our Rainbow House” Charity Bike ride is fast approaching, and this year, riders are Tackling the Wills/Tyson Roads.  


This bike day caters to all cyclist levels. Whether you’re a mad keen cyclist, a Sunday cool rider or a midweek cruiser, come along and kick start your sensational summer!


Some of the amazing riders from 2013

Some of the amazing riders from 2013



50 km or 100km Adult Bike Ride 10km Adult & Children Fun Ride or Don’t Stop Movin’ Fitness Challenge.

Tthe  convenors of the bike day; krissi.coombes@gmail.com  and Fiona: fionaweight@hotmail.com are and are working hard to ensure a wonderful day both financially and socially.

As you are probably aware, this is one of the major fund raisers for the year and we rely on generous support from our members and friends to guarantee its’ success. There is a job for everyone so please contact Krissi or Fiona to chat about how you can help.
There is much to be done in the days leading to the race, and as sign on begins at 7.00am; help will be required early on race day and will continue to be required through the day.
Should you wish to participate in the bike ride, you can register online 


Riders are encouraged to seek sponsorship from the community.                     All proceeds go to Our Rainbow House – educating 44 children in the Zambian village of Chainda.


Remember to LIKE the Treadles Tackle Tyson Facebook page


We encourage you to get your family, friends, classmates, workmates and neighbours to sponsor you for taking part in this day. 

Prizes will be awarded to the Highest Adult & Child Fundraiser on the day. 

Jul 09

The excitement of Sports Day is alive in Chainda


It seems the excitement of the school sports day is universal.


Do you remember your sports day?  Proudly lining up with the other kids in your school colours, ready to run your race, and praying you don’t fall over before the finish line?


On Friday, 4 July the wonderful children from Our Rainbow House had a most fantastic time at their Sports Day competing with Chainda Christian Academy.


You could feel the excitement building as the children poured in through the gates, filling their water bottles in preparation.

 All the children gave it their best and did our little school proud.  They had lots of fun participating in the water race, bean bag, sack and egg race during the event.  


We wanted to share a few photos of the day with you all.

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chainda sports day



chainda sports day


Jun 01

In action at the Rotary International Conference

Alison is leading a team of wonderful volunteers at the Rotary International Conference, at Sydney Olympic Park.


If you are one of the generous Rotarians attending the conference drop by the Our Rainbow House stall (booth 294) and chat with one of the team.





You can meet with the wonderful Nicole who spent 15 months volunteering  at Our Rainbow House, Chainda, Zambia.  Nicole has brought back some amazing pictures drawn by some of the children.

It is hard not be moved by the first hand stories of how the generous work and support is making a difference to so many lives.


If you are unable to come and chat with us face-to-face to ask how you can donate or sponsor one of children or teachers you can email us direct at




Here are a few action shots from yesterday’s event.

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CaAtherine, (Debbie’s husband) Terry Daly from RAWCS, Tracey, and Owen



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Tracey with the wonderful Alison

May 23

Welcome to Our Rainbow House


Welcome to the new web site for Our Rainbow House!

Meet our Founder Alison Ray, from Emerald QLD, who visited the village of Chainda in 2002 and felt a very strong  calling to help this  impoverished community. Alison feels she is very blessed to have such a strong group of  volunteers who support this charity tirelessly.

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Alison with two of the amazing teachers


“In 2002, I was privileged to work in a School in its infancy, in Tanzania.  Zambia is not too far away, just a short flight, so I thought I would drop by to meet our son’s sponsor child on the way back to Australia.

Felix lived in a village called Chainda where, in those days, there were 30,000 people including 2,500 orphans and vulnerable children living on 5 hectares.

From the moment I stepped out of the vehicle in Chainda, I just knew that was where God and the Angels wanted me to work.  It was an overwhelming feeling.

There is a long story in between then and May, 2012 when we opened our School.  I do hope to update it soon.

I am blessed with an amazing group of people who have followed me on this path.  It would have been impossible on my own, but together we are making a difference in Chainda.  Today, there are 26,000 people including 7,800 orphans and vulnerable children.  We are educating just 45!

I love our Project and it is so good to be guided to help these people in Chainda and have such fantastic friends and family that support me in making this Charity work”.

Alison J Ray

Director: Our Rainbow House


Alison and Vasumathi

Alison with Vasumathi, one of the Advisory Council Members