"JARS FOR JOY" A HUGE SUCCESS! Brian Boyle, a 7th grade teacher at Nativity Catholic School in Indianapolis and his class raised $316.38 for a kindergarten classroom at a fellow Catholic School in Abomosu, Ghana, West Africa for World Joy.
In the service project, called "Jars for Joy", each homeroom at Nativity received a jar in which students could donate spare change. When the change was collected at the end of the month, it totalled more than $300. This money will go towards the renovation of the existing Abomosu Catholic Kindergarten.
An 8th grader at Nativity, Cassidy Mattingly, went to Ghana this past summer with the Miche expedition through World Joy. The seventh grade service project idea grew out of her experience.
Thank you, Brian Boyle and the wonderful students at Nativity Catholic School!
MICHE GIVES MUCH! Corporate Philanthropy at it's Absolute Finest!
From June 17 - 23, thirty-three (33) MICHE Executives and Associates spent the week sizing up their fine accomplishments! In a tremendous show of compassion and outreach, MICHE of South Jordan, Utah funded the contruction of the NEW eagerly-awaited Abomosu Catholic Junior Secondary School. The caption painted on the school in this photo says:
AKWAABA! MICHE This school was a gift made possible by a generous donation from the MICHE company and its representatives - 2012.
World Joy would like to recognize MICHE's brilliant Executive Leadership Team:
We would also like to thank Judd Bateman, Events Director, and his ever-capable and responsive assistant, Suzanne Bailey, for the integral part they played in the funding and communications surrounding the effort. And, of course, Stoney Winterton of Destinations and WJ Board Member, Mitch Lord, who both championed the overall collaboration!
As expedition participants, MICHE representatives had the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in a culture rich in tradition and ritual unlike anything they had ever experienced. Located deep within the tropical rainforest, MICHE chose to champion a school located in the central village of Abomosu. In this unique setting they were able to experience the JOY of international humanitarian outreach and feel the deep stirrings of compassion that can only accompany service of this magnitude.
True to the original purpose of the expedition, MICHE guests enthusiastically vested themselves in the following during their 7-day visit:
Here's just a sampling of their experiences, IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
Traveling to another country for the sole purpose to make a postitive difference was the best thing I've ever done. For me, watching the school children run towards us screaming and laughing with hands in the air, will forever be my favorite time of the trip!
In Abrenya, we enjoyed our time playing and visiting with the children. They were so well-mannered, respectful, and loving. The teachers were amazing. To say goodbye, they gathered around and sang us some traditional African songs. We are so thankful that this was a part of our experience. Thank you, World Joy.
A memorable experience that helped to bring into focus how easy it can be to help so many others with so little. [I was] very happy to see the majority of donations do go directly to the effort and the results of those efforts are genuine happiness and appreciation.
Along with visiting the villages, they also welcomed a bit of well-earned rest and relaxation during the final two days of the excursion while staying at the Coconut Grove Beach Resort. They also took in the sights (and smells) of the local fishing village, toured the Elmina Slave Castle and visited the Kakum National Rainforest--where they bravely participated in the famed Canopy Walk.
To see all of the visually-stunning images captured during their adventurous week, please click on this link:
Miche is an innovative and progressive company out of South Jordan, Utah that creates handbags and accessories and is the latest corporation leading out in the arena of Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2011 Miche began to sponsor a program called Project 6, an ambitious effort to do a yearly on-location humanitarian project in six continents over six years. For the year 2012, Miche chose to partner with World Joy and focus on the continent of Africa. In June of 2012, Independent Miche Representatives and employees from their Home Office team will travel to Ghana, at their own expense, to help put the finishing touches on the secondary school deep in the tropical rainforest of Ghana.
For more information on Miche Project 6 click here: