If you’ve been reading Banana Hammocks & Tutus for a while, you know how much I love to volunteer. I am the room mom for Styles’ classroom and over Christmas, I participated in a stocking stuffer program with Champions for Kids. When I was in high school, I was required to participate in 100 hours of Community Service my senior year alone. Since then, I haven’t been able to contribute time as much as I would like but I do look for simple things that I can do to help organizations who have values that line up with mine. I was recently introduced to Bright Future International. I love what they stand for and how easy it is to donate to their cause.
Bright Future International has launched a worldwide charitable initiative entitled “Bright Future for Children” to raise funds and awareness about the needs of children in Burundi, Kenya, and Russia.
When you “Like” Bright Future International’s Facebook page, they donate one dollar to the cause. On the Fundraiser tab, you can see 3 different stories of children who have benefited from the campaign, one each in Kenya, Burundi, and Russia. I don’t often think of Russia when I think of charitable campaigns for children so I’d like to focus on the effort there.
The mission of BFI is to help children develop vital human qualities: compassion, a feeling of self worth, humility, a desire to help others and social skills. These are the qualities that are not taught in conventional schools and are deficient in many societies.
The mission in Russia:
To allow children from deprived families to have chance to adapt in a modern society thanks to education
in themselves such qualities, as self-return, kindness, tolerance, mutual aid, diligence, responsibility;
thanks to evolvement their musical abilities and inner world.
I think that teaching children humility, self worth, and a desire towards altruism is a vital component of any charitable organization, but I can’t say that it is often practiced. Children are impressionable and they love to feel good. Who better to teach these qualities to? Russia has such a rich cultural history full of art, music, and elite sports. Unfortunately, these things are only available to children whose families cannot afford exposure.
Many of the people in Russia have lost their fire and I feel as though they have become complacent to their surroundings and situations. It doesn’t have to be that way, which is why Bright Future International has partnered with the Oleg Mitryaev Charity Fund to bring music to the lives of families who meet the criteria which include low income, and disability.
I highly recommend that you check their Facebook page out. “Like” it at a very minimum for a $1 donation. If you’re feeling especially altruistic, check out the stories that are linked on the Fundraising tab. If you’re compelled, donate! Spread the word to your family and friends by sharing in any way you can.
Because if we want a peaceful world in the future, we need to teach love, peace, and tolerance to the children of the world NOW.
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central for Bright Future International. A small donation to Bright Future International was made in my name from Mom Central as a thank-you for participating