Yesterday afternoon, following a morning meditation session, 30 friends and supporters of the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation, arrived at the house– armed with food, sweets, wrapping paper, scissors and tape, with the awesome task of wrapping over 150 presents for our annual Children’s Christmas Party (the Children’s party is tomorrow, TUES, DEC 21.) These presents, of course, were donations from generous individuals all over the world– as far as Holland and as close as our neighboring mini-mart!
Each gift has been allocated to a specific child in our Ilori Educational Program based in La Carpio, the slums of San Jose, Costa Rica. Unlike most children’s education, welfare and development programs, Ilori Educational Program is unique in its holistic, experiential, uplifting approach to a child’s wellbeing. We seek to address and nurture the child’s mind, body and spirit—with practical lessons in basic primary health care to yoga to experiential lessons in the importance of compassion, tolerance, sharing, and self-awareness. We also introduce and encourage child participation in the arts, music, dance, meditation, yoga, and sports.
Our Annual Children’s Christmas Party is a BIG DEAL for these kids, as well as their parents. For some of these children, this is the only gift they receive throughout the year. Therefore, we are so grateful for all the people who came to our “wrapping party” yesterday evening. The food and the company were priceless!