difference in the lives of others. It is not something she articulates but something she knows." Although Cassidy has now moved on from her Montessori school, I am sure she will be influenced by the Montessori philosophy of interdependence and will continue to explore her cosmic task for many years to come.
I was drawn to this project initially through my determination to do something for the children of Darfur. But Patricia Parker's enthusiasm and dedication edged me on! As I discovered when I visited her in England a few weeks ago, she is an amazing person whose determination knows no bounds. I was so happy to finally meet Patricia and to personally hand over my donation from the sales of the calendar.
Kids for Kids gives six goats to a family for two years so that the children can have goat's milk, often the only source of protein and vitamins available to them. Now the organization has expanded its work to include the gift of a donkey to each family for the transportation of water and other supplies. Another project is targeted toward providing water pumps in villages. A project of providing solar lanterns to midwives to help with delivering babies has just begun as well.
If you would like more information, please go to www.kidsforkids.org.uk.
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Amman Imman Project
The Azawak people of Niger, Africa, are some of the poorest people in the world. They live on the edge of the Sahara, where it rains only during a 3-month rainy season. The rest of the year, the children travel up to 35 miles a day to collect water from the nearest deep well. Even though the Azawak live under the worst of conditions, they are a generous, loving people. Montessori schools across the nation are raising money to dig boreholes for the Azawak. Find out more at montessori-amman-imman-project.blogspot.com, www.montessoriammanimmanproject.org or www.waterforniger.org.
Started after the Bangladesh Liberation War as a system for helping people in Bangladesh move out of poverty, BRAC (formerly known as the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) works to support women starting businesses, with the aim of alleviating poverty and empowering people toward sustainable human development. BRAC recognized women as the primary caregivers most concerned with educating children and insuring the continued health and successful development of their families and communities. The organization is responsible for the employment of 97,000 people around the world, provides and sustains the livelihood of 100 million people in Bangladesh, and has expanded its work to Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
The Heifer Project
The goal of the Heifer Project is to support self-reliance and sustainability within communities where people are going hungry and living in poverty. The Heifer Project guides and supports these communities toward helping themselves and continuing to help each other. Find out simple ways to help give these people the support that will enable them to lead productive, healthy lives.
The Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance supports conservation of tropical, temperate, and boreal forests around the world; promotes ecological awareness in the tourism industry; and works to change the way essential crops are cultivated in order to benefit the agricultural workers and wildlife. To support the alliance, go to www.rainforest- alliance.org.
Removing Land Mines
The Greensboro Montessori School Student Council held a rock-a thon to raise money for removing land mines.
Students around the world are working to increase land mine awareness, remove land mines, and support survivors of land mine accidents. Land mines