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It is a good time to give back! English version
Maeva, February 4, 2018, Minneapolis
There are three children in front of me on the coach in Minneapolis. I meet them via Skype from Curaçao: Eva (15 years), Maeve (15 years) and Thomas (14 years). As an expat woman but also as a teacher of Dutch for Children and more ... I am always curious about stories from children all over the world and this story is one again very worthwhile to hear.
These children have started a 'fundraising' for the children in Cameroon and gather everything: from pencils, recorders to money! They are going to bring it themselves.
When asked how they had come up with this idea, they shared this beautiful story with me. The family would go on holiday, but did not know where. The children thought of their grandmother, who could not travel anymore and then knew it quickly: we are going to visit Grandma in Cameroon.
When it was booked, it appeared that in addition to the normal baggage, they could take as many as 10 suitcases with them. Eva, Maeva and Thomas were already used to the fact that they or their father took extra stuff on their travels to Cameroon.
Now no less than 10 suitcases ... the challenge was there. The children started asking around and gathering things. One thing led to another and that's how the GoFundMe page was set up.
Meanwhile, they also organize an event where they have artists-to-be, children artists and musicians perform and where guests can buy or admire art. The money goes to Cameroon.
Maeve in particular knows the schools in the area well, because she went there herleef not a long time ago. She was adopted at the age of 11 and moved to the USA. One of her teachers knows her there. Maeve knows better than anyone that they lack crayons and markers. She had never drawn or colored herself before she came to Minneapolis. She is now a real artist-to-be.
Thomas says that they have already visited many 'one dollar shops' to buy stuff. He is very enthusiastic about football and has asked his football association for shirts and shoes. He also wants to organize a football tournament on the spot. They also need regular shoes.
Eva tells enthusiastically about everything they want to do with music and what they need for that. She also wants to buy instruments from the local population with the money they collect. That way they help in two ways. When asked what they really want to have more, the most important things are: shoes, 'doctor stuff' and musical instruments (or money to buy them).
They already have more than 600 USA dollars in total. And then we are not even talking about the stuff they have collected. Their aim in money is 1000 USA dollars.
Meanwhile very impressed by the enthusiasm and inspiration of these children, I almost cautiously ask why people should donate. The answer got me silence. Maeve says that we have so much and often take so much for granted, while other people have nothing or little.
''This project is the moment. A good time to give back. ''
Thank you Eva, Maeve and Thomas for this great interview!
Dutch for Children and more ... hopes that everyone with a heart for children and education will be moved by this project and will donate 2 Dutch lessons in cash. If you also want to support them, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/the-arts-for-african-kids