The K-Kids have accepted the Humanitarian Crises Challenge issued by Students Rebuild to support the One Million Bones project.
The challenge calls for students around the world to create handmade bones. The bones will be used to create a display on the National Mall in Washington D.C. highlighting the humanitarian crises in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These two African countries face profound poverty and horrible health problems due to war and conflict. The ongoing violence and genocide has been called the deadliest conflict in the world since World War II.
Bones were chosen because they are universal (something every human posses). They are also strong and represent connectedness.
The One Million Bones display hopes to raise awareness of the crises in Somalia and the Congo while demonstrating the connectedness of all human beings.
In addition, Students Rebuild, in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation, has pledged to donate $1 to CARE for every homemade human bone mailed in by students up to $100,000. CARE is a global charity dedicated to combating extreme poverty.
This is the second Students Rebuild challenge that the Bowling Green K-Kids have participated in. Last spring, the K-Kids adopted a challenge to fold papers cranes to raise funds to rebuild Sendai, Japan after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the city.
Through the Students Rebuild and the Bezos Family Foundation, $2 per crane was donated to Architecture for Humanity. The cranes created by Bowling Green K-Kids generated over $3,000 in donations to rebuild Sendai, Japan.
On Jan. 13th, 100,000 cranes, including some made by the K-Kids, became part of a permanent sculpture installed in Sendai's new train station.
The Bowling Green K-Kids is an elementary school community service club sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis Club.
This article was written and submitted by Rich Santer.