Why is the assembly called the Kindness Adventure?
The overarching theme of the assembly is showing kindness. Our performers actually go on an adventure to Kenya (with our lovable cartoon character, NED) and experience amazing kindness from a culture quite unique from their own. We hope kids everywhere will be inspired to start their own kindness adventure at school, at home and across communities.
Does the Republic of Kenya support the assembly’s representation of their country? YES! Representatives from the Embassy attended one of our performances at an elementary school in Virginia. They have given The Kindness Adventure their endorsement and support for depicting their country in an accurate and positive way. They are also appreciative that our Pay-It-Forward sale supports numerous Kenyan artisans AND gives back a small portion of each sale to provide clean water wells for kids in their country. Click HERE to read the letter from the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya.
Does the assembly address bullying?
Our desire to help schools prevent bullying was the primary reason we created the Kindness Adventure assembly. We intentionally chose to take a positive approach and to speak about kindness, and how kind actions are more rewarding than unkind acts. We especially believe our positive message inspires students to be kind-hearted and caring because each person matters a lot!
Do the performers visit Kenya?
Yes! Each performer travels to Kenya and connects with all the people and many of the landmarks highlighted in the assembly. As students enter and exit the assembly, they will be able to see a slide show of photographs of their performer’s actual trip to Kenya.
Why do the performers visit Kenya?
We are committed to ensuring that the on-stage story is both authentic and heartfelt. For this reason, we find it essential to introduce every performer to the people and experiences in Kenya that are central to our story and program.
Can we schedule two performances at our school?
Our tours are arranged so we can visit two schools per day. Because it is time-intensive to set up and take down our stage for this show, we are restricted to perform only once at each school. Fortunately, our performers use sound equipment and a large projection screen that is excellent in large settings of up to 1200 students.
Why do schools run a Pay-it-Forward sale?
The Kindness Adventure assembly is financially able to visit your school because another school ran the sale and helped pay-it-forward to you. Our program is entirely reliant on the Pay-It-Forward sale to keep our assembly visiting more schools, and to continue to produce and share free high-quality teacher resources. The sale also makes it possible for us to visit the numerous schools that do not have a strong budget for assembly programs. We ask that schools do their best at running the Pay-it-Forward sale, but to eliminate any financial pressures there is never a minimum sale requirement. Learn more about the Pay-it-Forward sale here.
Who makes the items that are for sale?
The jewelry and other hand-crafted items are created by artisans in and around Nairobi, Kenya. All of the items are made in Kenya.
What types of materials are used in the items?
Many of the items feature ceramic and plastic beads, plant seeds, leather and carved bone. The leather and bone comes from Zebu domestic cattle (cow). All items are fully approved for export by the Kenya Chamber of Commerce and inspected and certified by SGS Inc.
Why and how is the Kindness Adventure sponsoring water wells?
As we partnered with Kenyan communities to make the assembly, our team learned a lot about the water needs of Kenya. In the spirit of kindness, we felt moved to make an impact and talk about the Kenyan water situation as a part of our assembly. To allow students an opportunity to be involved in providing clean water, 25¢ from every item purchased goes toward water projects in Kenya.
Can I see where the money from each purchase is going?
Absolutely. Each year, we will post about the water well project we are sponsoring. We are currently raising funds for a well and solar powered pump to help bring water to Kathonzweni. Read more about this project here. We completed our first well project for a Maasai Village near Kajiado in August 2016. The total cost was $23,000. Read more about this project here.
How can students, schools and parents give more to water projects?