We were thrilled to drop off supplies to a new partner a few weeks ago! Meet Miss Alex, who will be teaching our Textile Arts/Kenya curriculum to the students at Lou Dantzler Middle School. LDMS is under the umbrella of the Inner City Education Foundation, which is dedicated to raising to competitive levels the achievement of African American + Latino/Hispanic students in the state of California. We’re so much stronger when we connect with amazing partners, and we’re so thankful to be working with this new school!
A couple months ago an CMH Global Arts program artist competition was taking place at one of our partner schools, Kipp Academy of Innovation. Sababa Water, a bottling company with a mission to fight the war against childhood hunger in the United States, was offering an incredible opportunity to the children in our programming at Kipp - design a piece of artwork about empathy, and it could be chosen to be featured on thousands of Sababa water bottles!
We were so thrilled to see the pictures sent to us by Kipp as the competition went on. At Children Mending Hearts, we teach empathy, and our students take in a lot of information in the course of our programming. We believe one of the biggest reasons the lessons we teach have such an impact on the youth we serve is because we pair it with creative application. In other words, the students are able to exercise their creativity in expressing and thinking about the lessons they’re learning. That’s why this competition was a perfect way for us to collaborate with Sababa! We think you’ll agree that the winning design is truly spectacular:
Kodi, the winning artist, was all smiles when he found out his piece was chosen!
Sales of the water bottles with custom labels designed by Kodi will not only benefit CMH programming, but also go toward Sababa’s goal of feeding hungry children across the country. The hebrew word sababa has a lot of meanings, but two of them are “great” and “wonderful.” That’s how we’re feeling right about now.
The CMH Team
One of our most valuable assets on the path to reaching more children and creating more Global Citizens is a new partner – those people and organizations who offer their voice and visibility in the hopes of bringing the message of Children Mending Hearts to as many new eyes as possible. Whether it’s The Getty drawing CMH into the fold for their day of service, or all of the incredible sponsors who band together to support us for our annual fundraiser Empathy Rocks, we have such a deep appreciation for every bit of help we get. That’s why we’re so excited about our new collaboration with Sababa Water!
Sababa provides bottled spring water across North America. For every bottle sold, they are proud to donate a meal to a child in needright here in the United States, with the ultimate goal of feeding over 100,000 children in the U.S. per month! When Sababa learned about CMH’s dedication to the importance of teaching empathy and global citizenship, they were eager to find a way to help forward our mission. And we couldn’t be more thrilled.
Through most of February, CMH programming students at Downtown L.A.’s Kipp Academy of Innovation are participating in a competition to design one of three custom labels that will appear on tens of thousands of Sababa water bottles. It’s incredibly exciting for the students, of course – and the best part is, the proceeds not only benefit CMH programming, but also go toward Sababa’s goal of feeding hungry children across the country.
The artwork mustdepict one of the following statementsin a positive and uplifting way:
- “What empathy means to me…”
- “What giving back means to me…”
- “How to make a difference in the world…”
Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the student’s designs:
The top 3 winners will be chosen and announced on March 1st, 2016 and will also launch as part of the 2016 water bottle labels of Sababa Beverages. This custom-designed benefit bottle will be provided at our annual fundraiser Empathy Rocks, and will even be the official water of the New York Air Show! How incredibly empowering for the winning designers.
We look forward to sharing the winners with you and to continuing this wonderful new partnership with Sababa!
The CMH Team
Learn more about KIPP L.A. Schools here
Learn more about Sababa Water here