Purple Cake Day, 7 March 2014
Thank YOU for supporting PCD in 2013. With your support we know we have made a huge difference this year in the education opportunities of over 300 children in poverty and hardship in Kenya, Nepal and Haiti. You can read the reports from our project partners below to learn about what has been achieved with Purple Cake Day fundraising.
- save the date!
The 2014 Purple Cake Day Global Day of Action will be
Friday March 7th.....so save the date!
We want to remind you however that if this day doesn't suit you can celebrate, learn and fundraise at anytime during the year.
Check out our website www.purplecakeday.org at the end of January 2014 for updated information and resources to download. In 2014 we are moving more towards an online strategy to support schools and individuals worldwide to get involved and share their news. Become a friend of Purple Cake Day on FB (www.facebook.com/purplecakeday) to keep posted and let us know what you are planning.
Warm wishes from Emily and the Purple Cake Day team, Nelson, New Zealand.
Children of Haiti Project School - HAITI
Dominique Pierre, Principal of the School says: "Students are making strides towards academic progress. This year we are fully immersed in the French language as the language of instruction. However, Creole remains a very important language in our curriculum. The majority of our children are at or above grade level in the basics.
But the challenges faced this year have been great. In the words of Dominique once again: "The tent camp where the children originally came from has been closed. The inhabitants were displaced to inadequate housing. Several of our students now travel (mostly on foot) 2 - 2 and a half hours each way, they still arrive on time and enthusiastically to school.
We thank you for your patience and the valuable ongoing support provided to our school."
First Steps Himalaya - NEPAL
The transformation in First Steps Himalaya's project villages has been amazing with Purple Cake Day's support to early childhood centres and primary schools in rural Nepal. Teachers have benefited from fantastic training by Nepali instructors who have shown them how to encourage students to think creatively. Where teachers used to point a stick at a blackboard, they are now creating their own resources and organising fun learning activities.
New Zealanders on a Family Adventure holiday in Nepal were thrilled to be guests of honour at a special Purple Cake Day celebration at Dyali school. The school community attended and expressed their gratitude to Purple Cake Day for the amazing new school environment. In a passionate speech from the school committee chairperson parents were urged to adopt better parenting methods to support the changes going on in the school. The school now has a wonderful outdoor play area one of several that have been created recently. The teachers and children are thrilled with the new facilities.
Hilde Back Education Fund - KENYA
The Hilde Back Education Fund (HBEF) is really grateful for the partnership with Purple Cake Day (PCD) whose fundraising grant of NZD $40,000 in 2013 enables the sponsorship of 11 bright needy children respectively from January 2014 through four years of their Secondary School Education. Sponsoring a child with the Hilde Back Education Fund, gives one the opportunity to nurture a needy child’s education dreams into reality. The 11, will be part of 100 boys and girls who will be selected to benefit from the program in 2014.
Through the support extended by PCD, HBEF was able to partner with Mitahato Secondary School, the school that hosted the Purple Cake Day celebration in Kenya in 2013 through providing material support and teacher & pupil motivation. Being a relatively new school that lacks most of the essential amenities and generally serving a low income rural community, this donation will go a long way in providing some of the equipments and facilities that will help improve the quality of education.