“It’s time to make like superheros. Put your underpants on the outside – we’ve got a freakin’ world to save.”
~ Cate Bolt, Project 18 President
I joke about being ‘over-social medialized’ (totally a word) frequently. We spend so much time hunched over our computers/ laptops/ smart phones: Blogging, Tweeting, Klouting, Stumbling Upon, Digging, Googling.
And to what end? To write, to connect, to laugh, to tease, to promote, to vent, to rant, to share, to find a place in the world.
Social media is powerful. One blog post, one tweet or retweet, could make a difference. So why not harness this power and REALLY make a difference?
Lerner, of Stay At Home Babe, is doing just this. She is putting on her underpants outside and making like a superhero. She has reached out and gathered a group of us bloggers to set out to make a difference in the lives of some very special but underprivileged children.
Today, July 18, we kick off Heart for Art Bloggers-Unite-For-Bali.
Before we get into that, let me just tell you briefly about Project 18.
What is it?
Project 18, incorporated in Queensland, Australia, is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for humanitarian and conservation projects, which lead to empowerment through education, employment and understanding. It is however, NOT a charity, they raise funds through community fundraising projects and selling items on their online store.
What are we helping with?
We are focusing our efforts on Foundation 18, based in Bali, Indonesia. It is a group home based in Ringdikit and they also run an education outreach program offering sponsorship to children who remain in the care of family.
The group home takes in children who no longer have a family, or whose family can no longer take care of them. I love their “it takes a village” philosophy, providing a safe family environment to the children, with onsite staff taking on parental roles. The home is currently at capacity with 9 girls ranging from 3 to 13 years, in residence.
What are we doing?
Heart for Art is an exchange program. The girls do not speak English, so letters will not do them much good. What can do we do then? I’ll quote Lerner directly, as she says it better than I ever will.
“We will show them that people care, that the world is bigger than what they see right now, that there are many people they’ve never met who are cheering them on in their journey to become strong young women. We send them drawings from us, our children, maybe get local school art classes involved. We send them images from our world, our hearts and they send us what the world looks like to them. Making their world bigger and the big, bad world smaller, all at the same time. I wanted to figure out a way for people who don’t have disposable income to give to still have a way to make a difference in these girls’ lives.”
See why I love this babe?
All you have to do is make something for these kids – get your own children involved! Draw, paint, craft – as long as your art is from the heart and made with love. Please send your work of love and art to:
Attn: Heart For Art
18 Suffolk Rd
Lincoln, LN1 2UG
Or, if you prefer, send to:
Attn: Heart For Art
PO Box 239
Glass House Mountains, Qld 4518
How else can you help?
There are so many ways you can help!
- Web Hosting Services: There are some of you who are contemplating the move to a WordPress self-hosted blog. With discounted rates and knowing that your hosting service will go to an amazing cause, why not purchase one of two blog hosting packages from the P18 shop?
- Make a purchase from the Project 18 Inc. shop or Etsy shop.
- Buy a ‘brick’ of Fairtrade chocolate and help P18 build a ‘chocolate classroom’.
- Make a one off, or regular monthly contribution directly to Foundation 18, Indonesia
- Grab a banner or button from the Project 18 website and add it to your blog or website.
- Follow Project 18 Inc on Twitter and on Facebook
- Participate in Auctions for Education – pick up a bargain and know the money is going to Educate kids.
If you would like more information or has any questions, please email HeartForArt18@gmail.com.
This is a cause that’s close to my heart, and Lerner’s. It would mean so much to us if you could join in – make some art from your heart, purchase something, donate, raise awareness by blogging and tweeting this – any little bit helps. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~William James
*Linking up with Bees With Honey’s Let’s Bee Friends to spread more awareness!
On a separate note, I have a guest post at Mommy Is In Timeout today, while Elena is on vacation in the West Coast. Do go by and check my post on things you can only do while on vacation! Thank you.