We love a good Christmas card, don’t get us wrong – but this year we wanted to do something that would last a bit longer than going in the recycling bin come January. Something that would last a lifetime, when you think about it.
So instead of sending Christmas cards, we decided to give what we would’ve spent on cards, postage and the time battling with pesky address labels in the studio printer, to one of our favourite charities, Children in Crisis.
Because, as Kofi Anan reminds us: “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” Children in Crisis’s mission is to support children in some of the most challenging parts of the world – from Afghanistan to Sierra Leone – to read, write, think, pursue their life goals and contribute positively to their communities.
As well as working in some of the world’s poorest countries, they bring hope to post-conflict communities by giving children the education they need to transform their lives, and, ultimately, the opportunity for a brighter future.
This three-minute video shows the difference Children is Crisis is making to children in Kabul, Afghanistan:
You can also read about their work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they’re working with Burundian refugees to ensure that children in the Lusenda refugee camp are able to access a quality education alongside local Congolese children.
So, sorry not to plump up your Christmas card display this year. But hopefully you’ll agree that plumping up a child’s opportunity in a forgotten corner of the world is well worth the Stranger Collective shaped gap!
Read Wyl’s post on Children in Crisis’s work (he’s not just a Man Booker nominated author, but a literacy consultant too – so his verdict is definitely worth a read).
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