#4mee April 12th day of street child
Previous year there was a big awareness campaign on social media #nostreetkidding ending with an enormous chalk drawing on Leuven's major square. For several reasons we decided this year to do something smaller scale yet to fully celebrate & experience 12th of April with the group of volunteers of Mobile School. And maybe next year for the 5th time, we can repeat this scenario on a much larger scale...we'll see.
The idea was simple: we will live & sleep & play on the street for 24 hours. Ok, I admit it, only a core group was outside for the full 24 hours and having a small baby was the perfect excuse for me to sneek home for the night (just around the corner as a matter of fact so it was easy to go back & forth all the time).
We started off with drinks & snacks on Friday evening after work. Then we got a Streetwize training on resilience & agility. Streetwize is the commercial sister company of Mobile School that commercializes corporate training formulas with competencies we can learn from street children. The profits from Streetwize fund currently 70% of the costs of the Mobile School operations.
After the training we skyped with 2 Mobile School colleagues that were on a mission in Nairobi, Kenia to train a new local partner NGO on the implementation of a local mobile school.
After some more drinks I took Kabouter home to a warm comfy bed where I left the others out with their sleeping bags, cardboard & fleeces.
But the next day we were ready again to bring the other volunteers, together with other relatives & sympathising fans, a lovely potluck brunch in the park. With the sun out it was just warm enough to snooze, hang out, eat, play games , discover the different exercises on the mobile school and to #tweetforthechildren.