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Children on the Edge Newsletter – March/April 2011

A BIG thanks for your support at Christmas

Wow, can you believe another Christmas has passed already! I hope you all had a great one and Santa spoilt you silly. Hopefully you came across one of our Christmas gifts over the festive season as either the giver or receiver. Almost 1,000 people received the ‘Gift of Rice’ providing enough funds for almost 70,000 meals, 7,000 people dressed up their Christmas gifts with one of our gift tags and over 1,500 people were lucky enough to get one of our community trade handmade purses in their Christmas stockings. We’d like to thank all of those people who chose an ethical gift through Children on the Edge for friends and family. Be sure to visit your nearest The Body Shop to see what we have instore for all your wonderful mum’s this Mother’s Day.

Buy Mum a Garden this Mothers Day

Yes, you read that right, a Garden – ‘GIVE A GARDEN’ allows you to buy your mum an entire vegetable garden, tools and all! Your mum will get a gardening trowel made from 20% recycled plastic, a Hemp Hand Protector from The Body Shop to heal those hands after a hard day in the garden and a packet of vegetable seeds from YATES to get her garden started… WAIT… I hear you say – you said a whole garden, tools and all! Well, just like Jack’s magic beans these seeds, small as they may seem, can do great things. Each gift sold will help provide tools, seedlings and other materials to create or maintain a garden within the schools we support for vulnerable, orphaned or unaccompanied children. This garden will not just grow minds through teaching the children the art of agriculture, giving them a skill to use throughout their lives, it will also provide nutritious vegetables to fill their hungry bellies. GIVE A GARDEN will be available through The Body Shop stores this Mother’s Day and online at www.childrenontheedge.org.nz. With thanks to our extra special garden fairies helping to change lives, YATES, The Body Shop and Lithoprint.

New Zealand International Comedy Festival

Children on the Edge is thrilled to present for the 4th year ‘On the Edge’ as part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. ‘On the Edge’ will be in Wellington and Auckland for just ONE NIGHT ONLY so you’ll have to be in quick as tickets always sell out fast! This years lineup is sure to have you belly laughing with your host Cori Gonzalez-Macuer joined by the legendary Michele A’Court, TV funny men Dai Henwood and Jeremy Elwood, plus some of New Zealand’s www.childrenontheedge.org.nz

You’re growing minds and bodies throug agricultural projects for vulnerable kids


other top comedians James Nokise, last year’s Billy T award winner Rhys Mathewson, US comedian Wilson Dixon, Simon McKinney, Ewen Glimour, Nick Rado, The Boy with Tape of his Face, international Anil Desai and more guests to be announced – phew that’s a mouth full and so much bang for your buck for only $26. Full details will be available closer to the time via www.childrenontheedge. org.nz and www.comedyfestival.co.nz. Tickets will be available through Ticketek for the Wellington show and through one of our amazing sponsors The Edge at www.buytickets.co.nz for the Auckland show. Acts will differ between cities.

Calling all kids and bookworms One BookBag sold = ONE years school stationery for a vulnerable child.

So you’ve heard about our Defender Bags (www.defenderbags.org) made from recycled billboards – Defending the environment by preventing billboards from ending up at the landfill and Defending human rights as all profits go to supporting vulnerable kids through Children on the Edge. Well, we’re so thrilled to say we’ve extended our range to include BookBags for young and old. We are currently offering them direct to schools, however if you’re interested please do not hesitate to contact us directly; they’re practical, NO two are the same, so kids can be ORIGINAL and there’s no confusion in the classroom. They are made from durable material designed to withstand all weather conditions, so they’ll last a lot longer than most and you’re supporting New Zealand made! But wait, the best part is, every BookBag sold generates enough funds to provide one of the kids we support with school stationery for an entire year! Small Book Bag: $15 each – Dimensions 355mm high by 285mm wide Large Book Bag: $17.50 each – Dimensions 355mm high by 340mm wide To place an order email Bookbag@childrenontheedge.org.nz with the size and quantity and we’ll take it from there.

Where we’ve been seen in the media recently Little Lotus Project – Featured on What’s Good in NYC blog Little Lotus Project – Featured on Lost at E Minor blog Little Lotus Project – Featured on The Tattooed Heart blog Gifts that give – Featured on Voxy.co.nz Gifts that give – Featured on Tahu FM Children on the Edge Christmas gifts – Featured in the NZ Herald Viva section

Below is some creative writing Aye Aye Mya wrote on behalf of her toy.

My name is Naw Paw Paw. I come from Noe Poe Refugee camp. My favourite sport is football and I like to eat apples. I’m 18 years old. I have been to Bangkok, abroad and if possible, I want to go to the moon. My friend that I love the most is Maw Graw Graw. I have no ears because I cut off my ears. I have one brother and two sisters. I have been in four countries, but I have not been to the moon yet. www.childrenontheedge.org.nz


The Children on the Edge ‘Little Lotus Project’

November 2010 saw myself and three artists head over the Thailand to work with the children we support on a variety of art and crafts projects. Tanja Jade, Alex Chalmers and myself started the project off with soft toy making at Thoo Mweh Khee School. The kids loved it, they created some incredible toys, you can see some of them HERE. Our time at Thoo Mweh Khee finished with a festive Masquerade Ball, we bought lots of treats for the kids, they all made masks and they all danced away to a mixture of American songs and of course the star of the show, Peacefully (Director of the school) and his band. The night ended with a very fun song indeed, the Cha Cha Slide, you can see the video HERE. After Thoo Mweh Khee, it was time to head back to Mae Sot, where we were joined by Peap Tarr and we started the art classes and mural painting at Sky Blue School. This was a very challenging week for Tanja, Peap and Alex as they painted from 9–5 in over 30 degrees heat. They managed to finish the mural in time and it looks amazing! The final mural is pictured below and you can see the larger size collage HERE. It was an incredible 4 weeks on the border, the kids at Thoo Mweh Khee now have a new skill and hobby to practice. (you can read more about the progress of the toy making on page 4) The kids at Sky Blue now walk through the rubbish dump to school and are greeted with the most inspiring and best looking school in Thailand. All in all, Little Lotus Project was a huge success, yet it’s not over, we’ll keep you posted for further Little Lotus happenings over the next 4 months. PAT

Thailand and Burma to be I found my time on the border of locals, masquerade bonfire really exciting; hanging out with heaps of fun. – ALEX party, painting a school and having

How you can continue your support

We have a number of different ways that you can support the Children on the Edge ‘Little Lotus Project’ and support the forgotten children of Burma. 1. Donate to the project HERE or if you prefer to use Give a Little, just click HERE. 2. Feed 40 kids while bringing pleasure to your ears with our fundraising album available for just $15. Songs have been donated by Project Freerange and an incredible lineup of artists from Wellington, Melbourne and Oregon. Buy the digital download now at www.littlelotusproject. bandcamp.com Your support means the world to us and to the children who are experiencing the joys of art for the first time! Keep in touch at www.littlelotusproject.org www.childrenontheedge.org.nz


Soft Toy Making at Thoo Mweh Khee School

The children at Thoo Mweh Khee School loved making toys so much and we always intended it to be an ongoing hobby for them that they could also make pocket money from. We are lucky enough to now be collaborating with Borderline craft shop and gallery who are based in Mae Sot. Borderline are holding workshops with the kids and are sending out their top sewer and pattern maker to work with the kids on improving their skills. The toys will then be sold at Borderline with all profits going back to the children as pocket money. They are so excited! Nancy Chuang (www. nancychuang.com) has been kind enough to provide some images of the classes in action. (see pics on the right) We look forward to keeping you posted on the progress of the toys.

BioSand Water Filter at Sky Blue

We are very excited to tell you about a recent addition to Sky Blue School, all made possible through your donations. The BioSand Water Filter has just been built by the headmaster (see pics on the right) and will be ready to provide clean water to the school in 2 weeks time. In real basic terms, the Bio-Sand filter works by putting dirty water in the top, the water filters through layers of sand and gravel and comes out perfectly drinkable through a PVC tap at the side, amazing! This is such an affordable and easy solution to water problems at schools that do not have access to the town water supply. On our recent trip with Little Lotus Project, we were lucky enough to meet an incredible American guy named Gooch, who explained the whole process to us. We worked out costs with the headmaster and a week later the needed funds were supplied to the headmaster. These funds will also cover 4 water catchment containers which will be placed next to the roof and will catch rainwater in the wet season, meaning there will be a long lasting supply of water to feed through the water filter. If you want to know more about how the filter works, click HERE. If you would like to contribute to the schools and boarding houses, please visit our donations page to find out how, purchase a Children on the Edge product online here or check out our DIY fundraising pack. Follow us on our new Facebook and Twitter sites: www.facebook.com/ChildrenOnTheEdge www.facebook.com/littlelotusproject www.twitter.com/COTE_NZ

Thank You’s: Thank you: without the kindness of others we just wouldn’t exist, so we’ve got a few thank you’s to make to supporting businesses and our amazing volunteers. The Body Shop, Levi’s, Hell Pizza, Yates, Uncle Ben’s, NZTA, Image Lab, Misery, Mediaworks, Lithoprint, Transmit Media, Radio Active, Evidence Based Chiropractic, Woods Waste, Museum Hotel, People’s Coffee, The Edge Radio, Laffare Coffee, Havana Coffee, Max Fashions, The Edge, Beach Road Deli, Bigcartel, Freeparking, Hurricane Jeans, Fusion Surf & Skate, Miss Wong, Eftpos NZ, San Francisco Bath House and Learning Media. Callum Davies, Gary Sammons, Tanja Jade, Peap Tarr, Alex Chambers, Michele A’Court, Rodney So’oialo, Jen King, Karen Waterston, Blake Gooch, Katharine May, Peacefully, Aung Zaw Oo, Nyan Soe, Charles Vallance, Jenny Ombler, Lyn Mansfield, Toby Hall, the amazing staff at The Body Shop stores and Retails Support team,our friend John Wayne Tong and the team at the NZ International Comedy Festival.

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Momentum March/April 2011