This post is dedicated to the people of Japan, to Japanese children trying to make sense of this natural disaster, and to children everywhere who are acting on their concern for others.
While watching the evening news of Friday evening, my family looked on in despair as image after image of death and destruction streamed out of Japan. We began to think about all of the Japanese people we know—students we have hosted or friends here who have family there. It is surreal to sit in comfort in Seattle while whole towns have disappeared to the ravages of Mother Nature.
That same night, my 3rd grade daughter asked if she could send some of her “share” money to help, and we started to think about organizations to which we could send money. As we learned later, my daughter’s good friend, a Japanese boy with extended family in Japan, decided that night to launch a campaign at their school to organize fellow students to share their allowance in support of Japanese kids. He envisioned a children-helping-children campaign with a particular focus on the retooling of schools, which typically begin during the first week of April.
This boy’s mother asked me for ideas on how her son might organize his campaign. I quickly adapted a resource I developed a few years ago to help kids think about raising money for global causes. Given that many of you have children in your lives, I thought that I would share it with you. If you know of others with kids interested in organizing a fundraising campaign, please feel free to forward this information on.
The Kid Activism: Organizing a Fundraising Campaign resource is 8-pages, including four pages of general information about how to create a campaign and four pages of worksheets that might be helpful to kids.