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Show Your Children the Value of Giving

February 08, 2013 at 3:59 AM

In 2012 Children in the Okanagan decided to put their gold coins towards providing medical supplies to a developing nation.  

At the 2013 Global Children's Villages event, children will again decide where they want the hard earned coins from visiting more then 10 different villages from around the world.  It is a family event with activities especially geared for elementary aged children, that simulate several villages in countries from around the world. The community is invited to come and explore the culture, diversity, and hope of children in our global community. Through the simulated villages participating children realize kids are the same throughout the world – they all want to have fun. Most importantly this event teaches young children that through their actions and teamwork, they have the power to make the world a better place.

One can visit the simulated slum where lack of resources limit children’s’ daily activities.  Despite this, children continue past the slum and play soccer with a ball made of newspaper in Kenya, manoeuvre through an obstacle course on a broken bicycle in Ghana, and practice balancing skills in Zambia. At every village each child will receive a stamp in their passport, and receive gold coins.

Children are then able to use these coins to invest in changes in the slum – projects like, build a school or health clinic or supply water – and otherwise make a less fortunate child’s life richer. The event cultivates a thankfulness for the opportunities some children around the world have and a sense of hope for helping those who do not have the same opportunities.

Plan to take a couple of hours on Saturday February 16 and join in with your children to celebrate Global Citizen Kelowna Week.  Be part of the movement in Kelowna that celebrates the collective efforts of many small organizations that conduct humanitarian work around the world.  Celebrate the diversity and culture in our own home town, and take a stand with us.  We are all Global Citizens!