Hello friend of Purple Cake Day
We set a goal to raise NZ $50,000 towards
Purple Cake Day education projects this year. You have gone well past that!
And we have been able to distribute NZ$61,500
to our projects. This makes us very proud.
Below are the projects we supported and how the funds were distributed.
First Steps Himalaya NZ$23,500
"Bringing classrooms to life" is their motto, and with Purple Cake Day grants First Steps Himalaya has been expanding their reach, bringing pre-school facilities to life in 13 rural villages in Nepal. They are also focusing on 'capacity building' and a teacher training centre is planned for Sangachok. Well-trained and resourced local teachers is the key to sustainability and to bringing quality education to these children. They have a solid, forward thinking plan in place.
Children of Haiti Project School $18,000
During the year, Haiti was hounded by the infectious and painful Chikungunya virus. 35 students and 10 of the staff (including Director Dominique) contracted the virus. This meant the school had to be closed early for the (northern hemisphere) year. Opening again recently, our funds have helped keep the doors to this precious school open. It is the only opportunity for an education that these students will get. And we aim to continue supporting and investing in these valued young lives.
Hilde Back Education Fund $15,000
We are pleased to announce that 3 more scholarships have been added to the 11 that we committed to in 2013. So now 14 bright young students are receiving a full scholarship for tuition and board to secondary school for a period of 4 years. Without it they would not proceed past primary education since they come from families who cannot afford the cost of education. Watch the video at top of page to see more from Kenya.
CHILDREN'S EMERGENCY FUND - $5,000
We're committed to keeping a fund open for emergencies relating to children around the world.
Sky's the limit!
But Purple Cake Day has two arms! Yes two. The first is fundraising. And that is fantastic. The second is 'kids helping kids'. As our patron Dame Suzie Moncrieff puts it: "Purple Cake Day is a chance for children to learn about generosity, compassion and an awareness of children less fortunate than themselves. Instilling these values in children is priceless.”
So we were over the moon when this article came out in Wellington's Independent Herald (and cover pic!!) about the inspiring work 12-year old Skylar has been doing for Purple Cake Day projects for the past three years.
"This charity really stood out for me," she says "it's about children helping children around the world."
We're inspired by your commitment and leadership Skylar. Fantastic work. Thank you! And thank you to all the student ambassadors doing great things in their schools and communities. We hope you are enjoying it! (Click on the photo to read the article)
Book bags have arrived in Haiti
School has begun in Haiti and the book bags have been distributed. 80 went to the Children of Haiti Project (COHP) students (above in yellow) and the remaining 120 went to students at Henri Christophe School (photo at very top of newsletter) where we built the classrooms in Leogane. Click here to see more pics.
School principal at COHP Dominique says: "On behalf of the children of COHP, we thank you for helping us give to our students a fresh school beginning with new school supplies. The pictures speak for themselves." Here they are on the first day of school receiving their new book bags, fundraised for by the 4HNYC crew in New York City, and distributed by the Kenbe La Foundation.
Here's to a wonderful new year of learning and imagination for these young people.
Jane & Roger visit the Purple Cake Day
celebrations at Mitahato School in Kenya
((( Watch the video )))
Purple Cake Day representatives Jane and Roger visited the Purple Cake Day celebrations at Mitahato School in Kenya with members of the Hilde Back Education Fund, and got to meet some of the students we support and hear their stories first-hand. Above, Jane leads the assembly at Mitahato Primary. Watch the video to see what happens next!
Warmest September regards from us all,
Emily and the Purple Cake Day team