A fish and a snake by my 4 year old daughter Isabelle
My 4 year old daughter Isabelle is a very lucky girl. She lives with her mummy and daddy, and has everything she needs and more. Not every child is so lucky. I have been contacted to raise awareness of a new project called Heart For Art, which should show to the children who live in Foundation 18 that there are many people who care about them and their lives! We send them images from our world, our hearts and they send us what the world looks like to them.
Foundation 18 is the group home where the kids live in Indonesia. Foundation 18 has 9 girls in the group home aged 3 – 13 and 24 more children in the education outreach program. They take a family into the program so if there are 3 kids, 2 school aged and one toddler, they provide for all of them. Foundation 18 pays for the cost of their education, gives them clothing and a monthly staple food donation (usually 10kg of rice, sugar, eggs, milk powder, formula for babies, water, oil etc). These children still live with a family member, usually an uncle or grandparent, but still get the benefits of the program. There’s a long culture in Bali of sending children to orphanages when there are living parents simply because the parents can’t afford to keep them. Foundation 18 refuses to take children who have families, if their home is safe.
How can you help?
*To get involved with Heart For Art we all just need to make something for these kids and get it sent to them! Sending the kids some stationary supplies they could use to write back would be cool but not a requirement.To get more information, please email HeartForArt18@gmail.com.
UK address is: Lerner Farrington, Attn: Heart For Art, 18 Suffolk Rd, Lincoln, LN1 2UG, UK
The Australian dropoff is: Cate Bolt, Attn: Heart For Art, PO Box 239, Glass House Mountains, Qld 4518, Australia
*Web Hosting Services: Wanna self-host, want discounted rates and know that the cash from your hosting service will go to an amazing cause? http://www.project18.org.au/blog-hosting/
*Make a purchase from the Project 18 Inc. shop or Etsy shop.
*Buy a ‘brick’ of Fairtrade chocolate and help P18 build a ‘chocolate classroom’.
*Make a one off, or regular monthly contribution directly to Foundation 18, Indonesia
*Grab a banner or button from the Project 18 website and add it to your blog or website.
*Follow Project 18 Inc on Twitter and on Facebook
*Participate in Auctions for Education – pick up a bargain and know the money is going to Educate kids.