Why is the Kindness Adventure sponsoring water wells in Kenya?
As we partnered with Kenyan communities to create the Kindness Adventure assembly, our team learned a lot about the water needs in Kenya. We were especially saddened by the number of children that were impacted by dirty water concerns. In the spirit of kindness, we felt moved to do something. We talk about the Kenyan water problem as part of our assembly message to help kids understand it and have compassion for others. We then put that compassion into action, by using some of the proceeds from the Pay-It-Forward Kindness Sale to locate, drill and install a clean-water well in Kenya.
What is the well project for the 2019-20 School Year?
For 2019-20, NED’s Kindness Adventure is sponsoring a well project at Fairmile School in Nairobi Kenya. This school works with autistic children and their families to teach and develop fundamental communication, social and interactive skills. By building a well at their school, their needs for clean water will be met as well as provide a source of revenue when water can be sold to the neighboring communities. The projected cost for this project is $43,000. Please read more about our projects here.
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 jewelry and carved items that are for sale?
The jewelry and other hand-crafted items are created by artisans in and around Nairobi, Kenya.
What types of materials are used in the Kenyan hand-crafted items?
Many of the items feature ceramic beads, plastic beads and carved bone. The bone comes from Zebu domestic cattle (cow). No animals have been intentionally harmed or killed for the purpose of creating the items sold at the Kindness Sale. All items are fully approved for export by the Kenya Chamber of Commerce and inspected and certified by SGS Inc.
Why 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.
What happens to the money from the Pay-It-Forward Kindness Sale?
First, more than 200 Kenyan artisans and their families are supported with the sale of their hand-crafted jewelry goods. Then, proceeds from the sale are used to send the assembly to the next school. With the Pay-It-Forward sale, schools are not charged to have NED’s Kindness Adventure perform at their school and there is never a minimum sale requirement to pay-it-forward to the next school.
Read more about Program Cost here.
All for KIDZ, producers of The Kindness Adventure assembly also funds a clean water well project in Kenya. The 2019-20 Project involves drilling and installing a clean-water well at Fairmile School for autistic children in Nairobi, Kenya. The projected cost is $43,000.
Read more about Giving Water here.
Who is All for KIDZ?