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Throughout the holidays, we collected 110 pairs of shoes for children at Amani Children's Home and an orphanage for younger children in Tanzania. Amani takes in AIDS orphans and street children and gives them a chance for a brighter future (www.amanikids.org). We watched the Amani video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWIvCBsOyXw) and read books about how children live around the world, and one child noticed that very often they have no shoes! So we put together the idea of collecting shoes to send to kids in Africa. As it happens, my parents and sister will be flying over to Tanzania in February and will bring the shoes directly to Amani and the other orphanage. We collected shoes from friends and family, some of whom were so excited about the idea that they ran their own sub-drives. Even the local paper got interested and did a feature article on our project.
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The Saturdays at the Shelter program brought together 10 kids between 9 and 11 years old. Over the course of seven Saturdays, the kids worked through a number of group projects on humane treatment of animals and companion animal skills. They each picked a project to do on their own; some made posters, others made cat toys for the cats at the Shelter, and one, the editor of her middle school paper, wrote an editorial.
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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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