The Red Crayon Project is all about the kiddies. Making sure that they have the crayons, pencils, note books, text books, uniforms, lunch money, bus money etc etc to be able to turn up to school, with a decent kit and not to feel ashamed or 'less than' when the teacher says... "everyone, take out your red crayon" and they don't have one! It's also about making sure that children have equipment to play.
Children need to have fun! Playing helps children to grow, to be creative, to build coordination skills, to be social, to de-stress and to just be!
We have noticed that children attending local government schools in St Lucia don't have equipment to play with before school, at lunch time and after school. And the school yards can be pretty bleak, without play ground equipment. Many children prefer to hang out at school after classes have finished because going home isn't a great option, but there's nothing to play with.
So we're collecting balls, hula hoops, skipping ropes etc, and eventually playground equipment for local schools. We will be presenting our first collection to our local infant and primary school toward the end of this year. We already have some balls, a set of goal posts, hula hoops and skipping ropes but would like to collect so many more!
A bit about this project...
This first project which is taking place before we're even officially created came about through circumstance, and was clearly meant to be... and when it's meant to be, it literally arrives on your doorstep!
We live just a few doors down from the local infant and primary school, and as a result have the pleasure of seeing the most beautiful children every day. The school has a lack of play facilities, no playground, very little equipment, it looks a bit bleak to be honest.
The school children discovered that we had a ball, a well used and now quite fluffy white football, and the rest is history!
So each morning at morning break time a group of children would come to out door..."good morning, could we please borrow the ball" "yes but you have to promise to bring it back". Every day like clockwork. That ball received so much love! It didn't always end well, a slimy ball from rolling into the drain, a reconnaissance mission to retrieve the ball from older children, the ball missing for a day of two. Miraculously it always and eventually came back (until recently, that is). At times it was too much, we love these children but sometimes it was just too much to juggle. We'd often say that we'd love to buy them some balls to play with, if we had the money.
Typically they would construct goal posts using their shoes... That didn't always end well with shoes going missing and barefoot children having to face their patents shoe-less!
I was sharing this story with a friend and she said, 'honey lets buy then some balls'! We bought balls, goal posts, skipping ropes, hula hoops. And we plan to present them to the school at the end of May. Happy days!
We have a mission though, to double the amount of balls etc in just one month. At the moment we have just enough balls for 2 per classroom but would like to give so many more. So if you would like to contribute, we'd be so grateful. Each shiny new ball costs around £10 or $13US, so donations will go a long way.
As the charity's not officially established yet... Island time truly does exist!!!!! Kay's PayPal account is the best way to make donations, you can do this to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by clicking on the donate button below. If you would prefer to do a wire transfer just get in touch via the same address for details.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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