I’m 14 years old (Emma) and my sister (Julia) is 15 years old and we live in Oakville, a community in southern Ontario. Our organization, Books With No Bounds, is run just by us, through the generosity of school, community and organization book drives. We call ourselves TEENS on a MISSION to bring books and improve LITERACY among First Nations youth in remote communities of northern Ontario. We have sent more than 12,500 books to Aboriginal children and teens of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. These communities are extremely isolate, generally only accessible by plane.
Recently, it was an incredible experience for us to meet such wonderful young leaders during our presentation of Books With No Bounds to the members of the 15th Oakville Sparks Unit. We spoke about what we do and what we’ve accomplished. The Sparks were thrilled to hear about our journey to help literacy skills in remote communities of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. When we asked if they had any questions, it really warmed our hearts to hear how much they love reading and wanted to make a difference in the lives of those kids who didn’t have access to books. The Sparks enjoyed the hands-on experience of touching the gloves and moccasins given to us as gifts and when we asked if they could write some positive messages on our ‘helping hands sticky notes,’ they immediately lined up and wrote touching words and pictures. Our experience with these inspiring young girls meant the world to us and we hope we’ve helped to inspire their efforts to be the change in this world.
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By guest bloggers Emma and Julia Mogus.
What’s New with Girl Guides? March 22, 2013 is World Water Day! World Water Day offers us the opportunity to raise awareness around water issues affecting us locally and globally especially since 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation! Here are a select number of related girl programming activities that you could do with your unit to celebrate the day!