Kids can learn a lot about necessities and wants by recognizing what people live without. A common routine, but one that should not be overlooked, is having a family donation to a charity for those less fortunate. Ask your kids to search for items, toys, or clothes that they no longer use and contribute those items a collection box.
Alexa Von Tobel
I am sure you have heard of the terrible earthquake that hit Nepal last weekend. In many respects, we have seen a little bit of the aftermath here as Qatar has a large Nepali population. Having been involved in helping charities for numerous years, my first reaction is always “what can we do to help” – Sadly, here were we are, there’s little we can do other than supporting various initiatives raising money. We tend to be very open with Kati and explain in terms she can understand a lot of what’s happening in the world and how fortunate we are to have food, a nice place to live in, like most parents, we just want her to grow up being aware of other people’s needs. When we heard of the quake in Nepal, we talked to he about it and left it at that. We explained that I had spoken with all the Nepali people I know and even though they had suffered material losses, their families were safe and unhurt. However, many of them are living in makeshift camps and tents. On Thursday, Kati’s class had an exhibition consisting of craft made by Pre K 4 C and all money raised would be sent to help Nepali workers in school. The bit I didn’t know (until today) is that it was Kati’s idea to support Nepali people as you can read in the extract below which is from her class blog…
“Last week, we decided that we would like to support the school in Sri Lanka with the money we raised from our exhibition. After the devastation in Nepal, we further discussed whom we would like to help. After looking at some pictures of the broken homes in Nepal and Katja mentioning that the people there lived in tents now and had no clean water and food, we all agreed that we should help the Nepalese people so that they can build new homes for themselves. As charity starts at home, we will be giving the money that we have raised to the Nepalese people who help us at school, many of whom have lost their homes.”
Her class has a Panda Bear, Mr Sparkles. Kids who have been well behaved get to take Mr Sparkles home for the weekend. Mr Sparkles has a Journal with photos and little stories written by the kids, a very sweet idea, in my opinion. Well, this weekend, Mr Sparkles was out guest of honour, Katja was smiling from ear to ear on Thursday when she was told she was taking him home (don’t forget, our weekends are Friday and Saturday). Well, here you have a few photos of Katja and Mr Sparkles!