These beautiful Sunday School children of the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco have become a great support for The Cookstove Project. Through the leadership of the Social Justice committee and Kathy Anderson, the director of the Sunday School education program, a decision was made that all classes would get involved in raising funds to build enough cookstoves for one village, about 100 families. One of their brilliant ideas for raising these funds was to create hand made Christmas cards. Since the cost to build one stove is $10 they decided that each card made would sell for this amount. Each time one of the lovely origami Christmas cards was purchased, the children would happily put up a cookstove sticker on the wall outside their classroom. They would get so excited watching the number of stickers grow each week. During the holiday season, these amazing children sold over 150 cards, surpassing their goal of 100. To this date enough has been raised to build 175 clean cook stoves that will substantially change the lives of many families.
Sunday School Fundraises for The Cookstove Project - February 2016
In February, we had a chance to visit with many of the Sunday school children and their teachers to share about our trip to Uganda. It is always an honor to share some of what we experienced and learned from our trip. It was great to see the children’s reaction as we showed many photos of the villages and families we visited and how others live in Uganda. They were surprised to see that in these villages there is no running water, no electricity and the homes are made from mud and brick. They also were shown how humble a schoolroom is there, with mostly dirt floors, and a simple bench to sit on during class and only the light from outside to lighten up the classroom. This was far different from what they get to experience everyday here in America.
A big hit was the video of village children helping to prepare the material of soil, grass and water, using their feet to stomp and soften the mixture that is used to build a stove. There was a lot of laughter and chatter as the kids watched the video. After this presentation, Kathy told me that when the children went back to their classrooms, they could not stop talking and asking questions.
One of the best parts of working with young children is knowing how much they will benefit from learning early in life the value and feeling that comes from helping others. These wonderful children and their families have given so much and we know the families of Uganda are forever grateful.