Nigeria
Our two groups have collaborated to carry out a project that will restore electrical supply to our community in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Electricity has not worked in our community since before many of our group members were born. The process is still ongoing, but we have already raised at least $6200 to achieve our goal.
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At this event we discussed the story of Sadako Sasaki (http://www.sadako.org/sadakostory.htm), read the book Peace Crane by Sheila Hamanaka and looked at maps to locate Kanagawa, Japan. We then folded origami paper cranes to add to the hundreds we had left over from the R&S "1,000 Cranes for Peace" event in August 2005. When another group of 1,000 cranes for peace was complete, we strung them together to send to a R&S group in Kanagawa for R&S International Day of Peace on September 30th. The group received the cranes in time for Peace Day, and sent us back 1,000 cranes that they and their schoolmates made, along with photos and letters, which we later shared at the Japanese Friendship Garden on December 7, 2006.
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Today we recognized United Nations International Day of Peace (http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/ ) by kicking back with a movie that teaches the importance of living in peace with our environment, animals, and each other, Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind (http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/nausicaa/). We shared snacks and friendship.
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6 families from the Earthsavers R&S group collected old socks and used them to create catnip toys for locally rescued cats waiting for adoption.
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On Oct 5, 2006 Earthsavers R&S participated in trail rehabilitation at the Fanwood Nature Center. We shovelled mulch donated by the borough and carried it to trails where the mulch had been washed away by heavy rains. We then spread the mulch over the trails with rakes. Our work was reported in the local newspapers. We also received a tour of the nature center by the director, Dean Talcott. He discussed how the nature center came to be, what kind of upkeep it needs and the different types of trees, animals and birds that live there.
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On November 10th, members of the Earthsavers R&S group participated in an energy-free day. Families chose to live without electricity for 24 hours, one family giving up gasoline fuel as well. We turned down our thermostats and used candles in place of lights. We walked where we could. The following week the families met to discuss how the energy-free day went. We also discussed ideas for other ways to reduce our consumption of energy on a daily basis and the need to recycle and conserve water. We hope to hold one energy-free day a season.
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In conjunction with our Peace Day celebration on Sept 30th, the Earthsavers R&S group conducted a food and paper product drive. All items were donated to the Scotch Plains Food Pantry through the Neighbor to Neighbor program.
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On December 11, 2006 the Earthsavers R&S group brought our donations to Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside. Donations included toys, games, necessities and backpacks. After donating the items we had a tour of the therapy ward.
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On Halloween, the Earthsavers R&S group collected money for UNICEF while trick-or-treating. As a group, we collected about $65, which we then sent on to UNICEF.
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Phoenix Area Roots & Shoots members flew our peace dove at a National Public Lands Day event at North Mountain Preserve in Phoenix, Arizona (http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/nmvc.html). Our day started at 7a.m., when we joined hundreds of other volunteers for a trails cleanup. It took only a few minutes for our group to gather an overflowing bucket of trash from the trail! Our peace dove, Shanti, flew from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. next to our exhibitor table, where we spoke with others about R&S International Day of Peace and our service learning projects. We helped children to plant sunflower seeds in paper pots, which they took home to plant in their yards, where the pots became compost to feed their sunflowers. Even at 100 degrees that day, there were roughly 5,000 people in attendance at this event. It was exciting to share our peace dove with so many people!

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