The Children’s School partners with Kenya orphanage
In the summer of 2010, a unique teaching opportunity fell into the hands of The Children’s School (TCS) kindergarten teacher, Lisa Jardine. Humble Hearts, an orphanage for deaf children located just outside of the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, needed teachers. Jardine jumped at the offer.
While in Africa, she was moved by how grateful and appreciative the children and teachers were of simple items like crayons and sharp pencils. Even though they were in need of very basic items that her students had an abundance of at TCS, the children and people of Kenya didn’t ask for anything at all. They were happy, they were content, and they were proud.
Inspired by her experience in Kenya, Jardine organized the “Kids for Kenya” club at TCS in an effort to expose the students to the resource needs of schools in countries like Pakistan, Kenya, Ghana, and Sudan.
“My overall goal is for the children to have gratitude, grace and a sense of giving,” Jardine said. “I want them the be grateful for what they have. I want them to feel empowered when they give and I want them to be gracious in both their giving and in their receiving.”
This fall, prekindergarten and second grade students in the “Kids for Kenya” club raised $600 through their individual coin drives, bake sales and craft sales. The funds will be used to sponsor one year of tuition and supplies for a child at Humble Hearts. Soon the “Kids for Kenya” students will know which child they will be sponsoring and will begin to communicate with a Humble Hearts kindergarten teacher. In addition to funding tuition, part of the $600 raised by the students will fund an entire kindergarten classroom for one year.
Similar to the “Kids for Kenya” club, kindergarten students also participate in The Children’s School’s “Global Buddies” program. Kindergarten students partner with fellow sixth grade students and together they learn about the needs of students in other countries and raise funds to support them.
“Initially, students wanted to send video games, Legos and trains to the kids at partnering schools,” said Jardine. “Now, after learning about what is actually needed, the students are excited to send money for paper, pencils, water, and books.”
“Global Buddies” and “Kids for Kenya” students are currently working to raise money via a car wash, bake sale, concert/talent show and lemonade stand. The students will ultimately decide where to send the funds Some of their options include Humble Hearts, Central Asia Institute, and the Heiffer foundation.
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