“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
- Nelson Henderson
If you can make life a little easier with just One HEN … then … why not TWO alpacas! One could be called Battalion. The other? PARK! All kidding aside … the Battalion Hawk Bloggers are beginning a NEW journey with Mosqoy! We are SUPER excited about this adventure! We have the opportunity to help Mosqoy bring not ONE but TWO alpacas to a rural weaving village in Peru! We are SUPER excited about continuing our learning with Ashli!
WHAT? WAIT a minute … we CAN’T help Mosqoy bring two alpacas to Cancha Cancha? Why NOT? We’ve already got them NAMED!!! Well, the long and the short of it is … we are learning about CAPACITY building as a NEW group of Grade Threes to the Peru Project. What does THAT mean? Basically, it means that there is a LOT more to “handing over” alpacas to a weaving community than just the leg work to purchase them and “drop them off”! It means “figuring out” who gets to look after them and make sure they are fed. It means deciding WHO gets to shear them and use the WOOL. Capacity building means that there is SO much more than just “planting the tree” or “giving an alpaca”. A LOT of hard work has to go into making sure the community is “ready” for this kind of work and can be independent and successful in the long run. LAST year’s Grade Threes learned these tough lessons with the LIBRARY project … we are NEW to this. Okay … we GET it. We TOTALLY understand. BEAUTIFUL. We LOVE this learning journey … EVEN when the lessons are HARD! BRING it ON! We are UP for the challenge! After all … what’s that old saying? When the going gets TOUGH … the TOUGH get GOING!
Before you get TOO sad … NEVER fear! Ashli has MORE suggestions up her sleeves! Read on to find out how EACH of us feels about the NEW possibilities we have for learning how to be the best FOR the world:
“Oh BOY! A new project! I can’t WAIT! I wonder what it will be! Last year, and the year before that, we worked on a project that included building, books, fundraising and one important thing: HOPE! This year, we’ve decided to do something different as in it does not include building. My thought of a possibility is to collect warm clothes for the children and the babies. I think that is important because what would you feel like if you had thin clothes and sandals in the mountains? Do you agree?” ~AJ
“When we were talking about possibilities for Peru to help the people in Peru, I thought to myself what should I pick? Then I decided that I wanted to help by continuing to send books to the library in Q’enqo because then the children in Q’enqo would have a variety of books to read. Also, the kids in Q’enqo can learn a lot from the books … even to read and write! I don’t think there is a challenge with doing this. I think it is important because then there is lots and lots of books for the children to learn from. I wonder if the one that I chose will be the one that we do?” ~Chelsea
“I would choose to fund-raise for a part-time librarian for the Library Project in Q’enqo because if there is nobody to do it then the children won’t be able to sign out a single book. I think they would be very disappointed. Also, I thought … if you were them … you would be disappointed that you wouldn’t be able to borrow a book from the library. A librarian’s job is a very important job.” ~Joyce
“I would choose to donate beginner books for kids and youth in Peru because it will help them to learn by looking in the dictionary for new words. Books will help them learn better at school. Also, if they couldn’t read, it would be hard when they are adults. As they grow bigger, their reading skills will grow too! Then they can get a good job.” ~Lauren
“Today in class we were talking about things to make life easier in Peru. My favourite possibility was to bring more books to the library because you need to know how to read if you want to get a job. Do you want to get a job? Books also give you free entertainment! That’s why I like that possibility.” ~Tre
“Hmm … I wonder which one I’m going to do? Collect warm clothes for the children and the babies in the communities or collect art and math supplies for children of our weaving cooperatives? I’d like to do the clothes for children thing. I choose that because I think it is important to stay warm so we do not die or stuff like that. Also, then they don’t have to walk to school in car tire sandals for four hours to five hours. If they have the right equipment they won’t be so cold anymore.” ~Danny
“I think collecting warm clothes for children and babies in the communities is the right one because it helps the babies and the kids for warmth. I think it would be important because it would help the kids and the babies.” ~Nick
“I would like to collect art and math supplies for children because if you don’t know math then you can’t add or subtract. If you can’t add or subtract yo won’t be able to pay the amount of money you need to pay. If you don’t know math then you can’t go to college, university or get a job. Art is important because it’s something that’s fun and you can be creative and mix colours and do drawings. You can make paper airplanes, robots and other stuff.” ~Amro
“Click, clack! Shoes pattered against the floor as we walked into the classroom. Mrs. Renton had Ashli’s ideas up for Peru. My favourite one was getting a part-time librarian for the library. Why I think it’s important is because if the children did not have a librarian then books could be ruined and the kids would not have anybody to read them a story to learn about what it was like in the past! It’s important to have a librarian. Librarians RULE! I think I’ve said what I wanted to say! Do you agree?” ~Jayden
“I would like to help the kids in Peru with BOOKS! I like the kids in Peru. I want to see the kids read and write and learn! The books teach you how to write and learn too. Books are important!” ~Dimitri
“Hmm … what would I choose? Maybe to continue sending books, but I don’t want to continue because I want to start our own thing! Let me think … collect beginner English books is the same, so I will cross it off. I know … something good: collect warm clothing so the children and babies in the communities wouldn’t be cold. The people wear car tire sandals … their TOES might freeze! They are living in the mountains. The mountains are colder. I think I would choose to collect warm clothing!” ~James
“Which one should I chose? I think I’ll choose to put more books in the LIBRARY! I want to put more books there because there are very few books in the library. There are only 42 books in the library. You probably have more books than that in your house! The reason I think putting more books in the library is important is because if a child took as many books as he or she can and as he or she was walking out and saw ANOTHER book he or she really wanted he or she could come back to return the other books and take a new one … the one they REALLY wanted could be taken out! ” ~Tommy
“I suggest that we should collect warm clothes for the children and babies in the communities. That’s why I would choose it … because it would keep them warm in the winter!” ~Elijah
“I think that we should give more books because it will teach people to read and they can also help people teach so they can work. I think that we should give more books to Peru. Do you like to read books? They can teach you a LOT of things.” ~Chris P
“I think that Peru should get more books. I would like to give the people in Peru more books for the library so the children in Q’enqo can get a good job and so they can get wealthy. And, so they have more books to choose from. They can also get the books they want so they can write and learn.” ~Tyler
“I think my favourite idea is giving art and math supplies to schools because I think it should be our learning journey this year. But, I really like the idea of continuing the “Library Project” too! My favourite of these is giving art and math supplies to schools. The reason I thought it should be this is that art and math are very important so I thought it should be art and math supplies.” ~Christopher
“If you could choose one way to help children in Peru … what would it be? Hmmm … that’s a hard question but the one I’ll have to choose is … drum roll please … nah, nah, NAH! Collecting school supplies for schools in some weaving villages Mosqoy supports!!! I thought that a lot of the other options included the Library Project that the Grade Threes did last year. So, my thoughts were, why give them something they use after learning, if we can give them something to help them learn? I wonder what you would choose? I just have ONE wish … pick WISELY!” ~Ben
“I would like to help kids by giving them more books for the Library Project, because I think that more books should be in the library because more kids need to learn. They learn more by school and books. I also think that it is important to have books. If you didn’t know how to read you won’t know how to read a stop sign and you could crash into someone. Kids in Peru need to have an education just like us. I wonder what kinds of books they have. Books also teach you how to read and write. Books are very important to children and adults. I also like books. Do you?” ~Rayann
“Today we were talking about what we should do for Peru … but … before I start telling you about it … I want to hear what YOU think! The five, MAYBE six, choices are … collect warm clothes for children and babies in the communities, collect beginner English books for children and youth in the communities, as well as for the Mosqoy house, continue sending more books to our library project in Q’enqo, (which is continuing and succeeding, very slowly!), fundraising for a part-time librarian for our library project in Q’enqo, (very needed), and collecting math and art supplies for children in the weaving cooperatives. Now … I’ll leave YOU to decide that! I think I would choose fundraising for a part-time librarian because … if you know ME, I LOVE trying new things!” ~Rebecca
The BALL is rolling. Stay tuned. There are FOUR other classes of Grade Threes that we work with who ALSO have to help us decide WHICH journey we will embark on with Ashli and her work in Peru. Soon, we will be SKPYING with Ashli … asking some important questions … learning a little MORE … and then we will ANNOUNCE our WORK for the year!
- Which of these suggestions would YOU have chosen? WHY?
- Have you had to learn about Capacity Building the HARD way? We’d LOVE to hear your story!