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Wordlwide Orphans Foundation commented on Element of Play: Supporting vulnerable children to develop and thrive through play

Thanks, Alex! We'd be interested in hearing more about your organization and your ideas for collaboration. Could you say in a few words what the main components of of your idea are? Are you already working in the community? How do you see us fitting in with your project?
Thanks!

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Wordlwide Orphans Foundation commented on Element of Play: Supporting vulnerable children to develop and thrive through play

Thank you all for your comments!

Hello Anne-Laure, and thanks for the questions and suggestions.

As you mention in your comment, the toy library is one of the components of Element of Play - often the first to be introduced in a community and the one around which other components are structured. For example, Music in motion sessions can take place at the toy library; our mobile approach, which is currently being used in Haiti and Bulgaria, includes visits by toy librarians and other ECD professionals who bring toys to children in the community, at their homes, to groups of children who gather in one location to play, participate in music in motion and other global arts sessions, etc.

Thank you for sharing the links! Although we do not work in India and do not have a partnership with the Magic Bus, we seem to share the goal of developing life-skills. Very interesting program!

Re. Alex's idea, we would love to hear more from him about his organization and how he plans to implement the idea and to make it sustainable, and also what role he sees for Element of Play in Uganda. I replied to his comment and a looking forward to hearing from him.

As I mentioned above, we do have a mobile version of the toy library. We do not charge fees from families/ communities. The WWO toy libraries have a strong child development component. They include resources and training to address play deprivation among vulnerable children, and to serve as resource to increase understanding of early childhood development among caregivers and others in the community, to increase attachment and help to prevent abandonment, especially among poor and marginalized populations.


Hi Bettina, thanks again for the suggestions and connections!

We agree that the multigenerational aspect of the work is very important for the children and communities. In Bulgaria, we work with older women in the community who work on a one-on-one basis with orphans and at-risk children; and in Haiti, we work with youth volunteers from the community, who receive training and become mentors and provide support to the children. Not only the children, but also the youth benefit from this program, as young people have an opportunity to become role models, earn a small amount of money as a volunteer, and have a healthy and constructive opportunity to be part of a group and to give back to their family and community.

Re. the elements of the program that are in progress in Ethiopia, we currently have the Sport Program with a soccer league that includes children from local orphanages and from schools in the community, and the Global arts program. No toy library yet. I am attaching a one pager with more information on our work in Ethiopia.

I am attaching a photo of toy reference cards.

Hope I've answered all your questions!

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Wordlwide Orphans Foundation commented on Element of Play: Supporting vulnerable children to develop and thrive through play

Thank you both for your comments and suggestions! I just updated our profile. It now includes a brief outline of our mission and work with orphans and at-risk children in low-income communities in Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Haiti, Serbia and Vietnam - and links to our website so folks can learn more about our work.

I also attached one pagers on the different components of our idea - Global Arts, Music in Motion, Sport and Toy Libraries.

This is very exciting and we look forward to collaborating with the community!