While we were there today, we gathered donated therapy balls and puzzles for RLH mom, Hayley Kooiman to take along with her on her trip home to South Africa next week. Hayley told us that a friend of hers works with an organization in South Africa called The Unlimited Child, a non-profit organization which operates from Hillcrest in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Hillcrest is Hayley's hometown and this organization helps a lot of creches (day care centers) in impoverished surrounding areas.
The Unlimited Child promotes Early Child Development (ECD) by providing educational toys and caregiver training to underprivileged day care centers. They dramatically improve the potential of preschool children by supporting pre-existing day care centers with learning materials, monitoring, support and training.
Hayley asked her friend if there was any way RLH could help support the work that they do, and her friend told her that there are some specific therapy balls that they can't get in South Africa that happen to be really inexpensive and easily found here in the United States. So, many RLH members and friends from afar (including Germany and the US East Coast) donated balls and had them sent to Hayley to bring along with her on her trip. More local RLH families donated puzzles (another needed item) to help fill Hayley's suitcase. We also had some of the kids draw pictures this morning for Hayley to bring along and deliver with our gifts to a creche she hopes to visit with her children while over there.
Thank you to everyone who made this morning a success--we look forward to a great year at the park together. We also look forward to updates from Hayley while she is away!
|These guys were excited to find a nest. After we let them proudly show it to us, we gently encouraged them to put it back where they found it.|
|Headed up to install the sign|