kids fundraiser

Before the holidays (when I was too busy to post), my son’s school held a fundraiser to help support the Village Empowerment Project.  For those of you who have read this blog for a while, you will recall that I have written extensively about traveling to Peru in January of 2008 as a part of this group that works in remote villages in the Andes, installing solar-powered systems for emergency communication, medical devices, and water treatment.  Click here to read a sample entry from the trip if you want: Hog in a Fog.

Anyway, this fall my son’s teacher asked if they could do another fundraiser this year for the project even though I was not going down to Peru this time.  Of course, the answer was YES!  Last year the kids pledged to do chores to pay back money the parents loaned them to donate.  The cash bought soccer balls and volleyballs for village kids.

This year we tried something a little more ambitious.  The medical clinic in a small village, Chipre, located at about 10,000 feet elevation, had asked the project to install a vaccination refrigerator. The clinic serves several other even more remote villages, and vaccinating would mean saved lives.  The special fridges cost about $425, plus we have to buy the other parts of the system (circuit breaker, control box, etc.), though the photovoltaic panels are donated.  The goal for fundraising was $600.

Two classes participated.  The class next door to my son’s choose to create art and calendars and sell these.  Here are some samples:

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They also came up with their slogan: “Pay the Price, Save a Life, Please.”  They were pretty into the whole thing, and had dozens of framed pieces for sale.  Some pretty aggressive marketing, too!  I was accosted several times by kids trying to get me to buy “to help the kids of Peru” even though I was one of the organizers. 🙂

My son’s class created textile-related pieces, including handmade fleece quilts that they raffled off (sorry, no full pictures of these–but you can catch a glimpse in the last picture below), homemade fleece hats and scarves, and yarn friendship bracelets they created while listening to lessons in the afternoons.  They must have braided over two hundred bracelets and necklaces before the sale!

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The outcome…?  Well, they exceeded their goal, actually!  The kids were elated.  Chipre would have their vaccine fridge, and their hard work would help save lives.

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I think today is the day that the fridge is being installed in that mountain village high in the Andes.  Good job, kids!

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2 Responses

  1. That’s wonderful!!! And I love that the little philanthropists didn’t think you were off limits!

  2. Yeh, cheeky tikes!

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