Updated: Jan 22, 2019
We did it! Our Christmas craft fair and bake sale raised over $3,000 for organizations supporting education in Africa and Nepal.
While Live Your Best Life was researching non-profits in Tanzania, our team at home (Manon and Kelli) were diligently preparing for a festive fundraiser to support charities in both Africa and Nepal.
The event was run like a Christmas craft fair--two days of selling baked goods, hand-made ornaments, and some of the sweetest cards you've ever seen!
Live Your Best Life selected three organizations to support with the proceeds of the fundraiser.
First, is Excel Education Foundation (EEF). The mission of EEF is to provide impoverished children with a pathway to public education by connecting them with sponsors from all over the world.
EEF currently supports 107 students living in Moshi, Tanzania, 12 of them are currently sponsored by us for their basic education needs. With this particular donation 25 children will receive health insurance for one year, a very needed service for many children suffering from various ailments.
The second is Nepal Orphan's Home (NOH)--an organization giving impoverished and orphaned children a safe place to live and necessities like food. and clothing. The home also provides access to schooling and health care, and administers to their emotional needs, allowing them to grow up in a nurturing environment surrounded by a safe community and support system. NOH's mission is not just to rescue children from abject poverty, but to enable them to develop and realize their potential.
The third organization is More than a Drop--a women's vocational school and bed-and-breakfast in Moshi, Tanzania. At the fully equipped boarding school, young women from impoverished backgrounds spend the first half of the day learning english, math, and hospitality skills. During the second half of the day, the students apply their skills in a fully operational hospitality centre, which includes maintaining a bed-and-breakfast, facilitating tourism activities, and running a restaurant. By the end of their program, the young women are ready to be placed in Tanzania's tourism industry, working in restaurants, hotels, and information centres.
The children of Little Rascal's Daycare predominately ran the craft fair themselves, with the support of Manon, Kelli, the teachers, and myself. They practiced interpersonal skills and learned about the exchange of money for goods. They practiced basic math skills--working out how to give change based on the pricing of the items. In the weeks leading up to the event, the teachers at LRD also helped the children understand the importance of giving back to the community and the difference in opportunity for children around the world.
We are so proud of our kids at LRD and all the hard work they put into creating treats and decorations that their families could enjoy over the holidays! We are even more excited to translate that passion and effort into a real-world impact that will improve the lives of children and women around the world.