Mother Bear Project. Putting Smiles on my Kids Faces

Two titles are better than one.

“The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of a hand-knit or crocheted bear.”  I love the objective of this organization and I’m so thrilled to have been able to work with them.

Though I had planned with the school staff, bear distribution day was a complete surprise to the early childhood development/ECD/preschool class. They always see me and I’m never there to see them, my life skills class is geared towards the older students. That day was different. OH MAN I love those kids…they smile from an honest place.

I had such a blast. Normally I would have created a health lesson but Mother Bear really wants a day that’s centered around the joy of getting a gift out of love. I had entirely too much fun. We played and colored and ran outside. Each student went home with a bear and the feeling that people all over the world are rooting for their health and happiness.

The mother bear project was recently highlighted in the Huffington Post. Read it HERE. Teespoon readers who also knit and/or crotchet, please consider supporting this project by making a bear.

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What I Like Right Now: Innovation

Last week I tagged along with Sarah to check in with the homes that received nets from her Malaria prevention project. In one of the homes I saw this boxing ring. It’s AWESOME. I’m pretty sure the structure to the left is a wooden opponent.

Sometimes we have all the resources in the world and no vision or no drive to make it into something.

Kudos to this guy. Hopefully his innovation will inspire someone well if nothing else it inspired me.

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*Update: Godfrey, the engineer of this structure, came by for a visit and clarified it’s used for martial arts. That might be even cooler.