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Community Action Works, Inc. mission is to work with the most vulnerable communities, especially in rural areas, to meet educational, social, economic needs of children, especially orphans and vulnerable children, adults and children with disabilities. We offer activities and resources that encourage positive behavior and citizenship. We work to guide communities in developing opportunities for economic development. Community Action Works, Inc. primary sources of funding are: private donations, corporate contributions. We are seeking partnership opportunities with UNICEF and USAID. We are led by a Chairman with more than 15 years experience in NGO management and more than six years of overseas experience in South Africa, Zambia and Turkey.
We are seeking volunteers to make felt fabric food, i.e. bread, vegetables, fruits, cupcakes, pies, for children to play with in our toy libraries. We are seeking volunteers who can also make felt animal finger puppets or cloth hand puppets
We are setting up book and toy libraries in Zambia. Our first library will open in January 2014, at the start of a new school year. We believe every child has a future and that every child has the right to develop to his/her maximum ability. We want to give every child the opportunity to develop socially, emotionally and academically through play. We especially will target children with disabilities because it’s been our experience these children are the forgotten children. Because caregivers blame themselves for their child’s disability, they will keep these children out-of-sight. We want caregivers to share in the joy of child development as these children are given an opportunity to learn.Children develop skills through play, which has long been acknowledged as a crucial factor in their intellectual, motor, personal and social development. Play is related to the development of creativity, healthy brain development, self-confidence, resilience and health and fitness. Studies show that play enhances early development at least 30% and is significantly related to creative problem-solving, co-operative behavior, logical thinking, IQ scores, and popularity.Specifically the toy library project:
- Establishes libraries that provide children with a safe space to play with toys or read books;
- Establishes toy libraries that loans toys to children and early childhood development centers;
- Provides guidance on appropriate toys that will enrich a child’s development;
- Provides instruction on how to introduce and use new toys; and
- Provide toys adapted for children with special needs and guidance on how to use the toys correctly.
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