As the rest of the world happily rings in the new year, thousands of children in this area will be shivering in the winter cold under plastic tarps & in makeshift shelters without heat, access to clean water or basic sanitation. What little money their families have can't buy warm clothing or personal hygiene items, let alone toys or an occasional sweet treat. They go through life as outsiders, looking in; seeing, but never able to have, even the small things so many of us take for granted.
The project will provide new year's gifts to up to 4800 children at just $5 per child, allowing them to experience the joy of receiving & providing some necessities to keep them healthy and warm. Hats & scarves help prevent them from catching cold; toothbrushes & toothpaste encourage them to clean their teeth, and vaseline keeps lips and skin from chapping in the winter cold. Sturdy bags provide storage for belongings & school books, sweets & toys are just for fun!
The project will not only give the children something to smile about, it will help ensure they stay warm & keep from catching colds. It also will encourage personal hygiene. Having bags in which to carry & store school books and supplies will help keep kids organized in often chaotic environments and encourage them to come to school. The gift distribution also helps FFLV to build recognition with children and families, facilitating its social work efforts on behalf of the larger community.