Here we are in August!
And we've been waiting to tell you about some fantastic fundraising from New York for Haiti,
some terrific teacher training in Nepal,
some colourful kids in Kenya,
an inspiring classroom from Pt England School, Auckland.
And just in, an urgent appeal for the devastating landslide in Nepal.
Plus we want to thank YOU for being part of something that makes such a BIG difference in kid's lives across the world.
Click on the blue links above to jump straight to the stories, or, start here and follow it through with us - So, first things first.......
WearableArt Tickets are still onsale
Thanks to everyone who has snapped up tickets so far. You will be seeing the show from some of the best seats in the house! We still have tickets left and we'd love to sell the whole bundle allocated to us. That would mean the maximum amount of money going to Purple Cake Day projects. These tickets are a mix of Premium Plus and Premium seats (the best seats in the house!) (first bought, best seated) to the World of WearableArt™ Preview Show 2014 24 September, for only $100 (normally $165/$130), and half of that goes to Purple Cake Day projects = win/win!
<<Book your tickets here>>
Please forward this link to anyone you know who may be thinking about a WOW ticket. This is a great discounted way to see the show from fantastic seats and help a great cause at the same time! (Premium plus tickets normally $165 each, so 2 x tickets saves you $130!)
Have we convinced you yet?
Haiti : Book Bags from New York to Haiti
Earlier this year, we were thrilled to get an email from the 4HNYC crew in New York who wanted to donate money they had raised to buy book bags with school supplies for our kids in Haiti. This is excellent news and the bags are in Haiti ready to be distributed to the students when they start the new term in September.
4HNYC is, "a group of concerned young professionals in the NYC tristate area who believe that through educating the Haitian youth, influential results can be made to develop the country economically"... See more pics from this colourful and inspiring fundraiser >>
Nepal : Emphasis on teacher training
With their focus on 'bringing classrooms to life', First Steps Himalaya are putting an emphasis more and more on teacher training, and teachers learning to make resources. "Training and improvement in teaching standards is the key to bringing about positive change in schools and communities." See more photos here
"Following on from these training sessions, First Steps Himalaya plans to build an earth bag Education and Training Centre in rural Nepal in March 2015. This will over time become a leading training hub for early childhood and school teachers from around the region. Earth-bag building is a unique eco-friendly method of construction well suited to community projects. They can be built simply and quickly with readily available components, for a low cost. Not only are earth-bag buildings virtually earthquake proof, but they can be constructed using local, natural materials, which lowers the high level of pollution commonly associated with the manufacture and transportation of bricks." More on that soon.
Kenya : Mitahato School goes Purple
Chris Mburu from Hilde Back Education Fund (above) tells the story at Mitahato!
Roger (Purple Cake Day board member), was also present for the celebrations in Kenya. He has heaps of photos and wonderful stories from the students which we will pass on to you in the next e-news. Stay tuned.
Classroom example: Pt England School
Wow. Ok. This is cool. The Year 4 class (above) from Pt England School in Auckland spent over two weeks learning about Haiti. They finished their unit with their own Purple Cake Day where they dressed up, had a shared lunch with purple food, and did purple crafts and face painting. And they learned three amazing words: Never Give Up! Check it out in the video here. It is awesome.
Thanks Ms Nalder and everyone in Class 13!
Urgent appeal for children
affected by the landslide in Nepal
Our project partner First Steps Himalaya has launched an appeal to raise $2000 towards the rehabilitation of families who have lost everything in the recent landslide in Sindhupalchok, Nepal, not far from our project area. Their director, Durga Aran, who regularly visits the area, will make an on the ground assessment of specific needs in September when he arrives in Nepal. This will be timed to follow on from the initial aid effort at the moment. Durga will find out what is most needed and, with this money, will personally procure and distribute clothing and goods to families with young children affected by the slip.
If you would like to make a one-off donation, please follow this link to Givealittle.
100% of donations will be used on the ground in Nepal for those worst affected.
Warmest August regards from us all,
Emily and the Purple Cake Day team