AwareNow: Issue 16: The Mayday Edition

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Mental health is often the most neglected aspect of a crisis like this one but not an aspect that should be ignored. Children need psychological and support if they are to survive this pandemic and its potential long-lasting effects. Research shows us that best predictor of a successful satisfied adult is their emotional health in childhood. If we don’t start helping the children today – the long-term effects in India will be felt for generations.

HAPPY BOXES FOR CHILDREN

One person is trying to bring happiness to these children – one box at a time. In partnership with The Pollination Project, one man has created “Happy Boxes” for the most vulnerable children to help them with mental health during this crisis. This initiative has been created by Sandip Sankar Ghosh to “intrigue child’s minds and boost their creativity through activities like music and art”. These boxes will include a musical instrument, an urban garden kit, one game and one comic to “catalyze creativity, bring smiles, and improve mental health”. Getting these Happy Boxes to India’s urban poor youth is not only a goal but a necessary action to help children fight through this pandemic and come out the other side with strength and resolve. Encouraging creativity in time of crisis can improve mental health and help these children get through tragic and devastating circumstances beyond their control.

ONE CHILD AT A TIME

Helping one child at a time may seem like a drop in the bucket, and that is exactly what it is. Each drop creates a ripple, and each ripple affects all those it touches. By helping one child at a time, we can start a groundswell of healing that starts small, but creates a ripple affect that reaches far beyond. Encouraging creativity, sparking joy, and bringing smiles to one child at a time will not only help that child, but will affect the family and people surrounding that child and help to heal a community, and then a country, in desperate need. When children grow up happy and emotionally stable, they can take on the world. And together we can help them get there.

HOW CAN YOU HELP

The request is simple. We want to make giving possible for everyone. So many feel the need to do something to help India but may not feel like their giving will make a difference. Now it will.

Sandip’s goal is to deliver 150 Happy Boxes to children in need. It becomes a simple math equation that you can do with your friends and family to make a difference together.

$5 Donation x 10 People = 1 Happy Box

Could you and 9 friends give up something as simple as your favourite special coffee or your weekly lottery ticket, for just one day - to bring some happiness to a child in India?

If the answer is YES follow this link and donate today:

https://give.thepollinationproject.org/campaign/joy-packets-for-india/c341006

Please know that the children of India thank you. ∎ TAMMY LAWRENCE

Founding Board Member of 365give

Tammy is a founding Board Member of 365give and is a valued contributor to the blog. She spent years working in the non-profit sector advocating for girls and women in sport and physical activity and fundraising for Big Sisters. She currently works from home as a freelance writer while raising her children. Always passionate about children and youth and giving back to the community, Tammy found a perfect fit with 365give. “I love being part of a global movement that is creating a society where people feel good about themselves through giving back. 365give has the potential to change the world and create the future we all want to see.”

130 AWARENOW / THE MAYDAY EDITION

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