Did you know that Monday is the UN International Day of Peace? It’s a day observed every September 21st and this year’s theme is something that we’re really excited about: Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All. We believe every person and every child deserves to live a life of dignity and we want to do everything we can to make this a reality. Are you willing to take the #PeaceDayChallenge and do just one thing for peace on Monday? Find out how every person can make a difference: bit.ly/1LOKeCb  

Did you know that playing chess can help improve IQ levels in children? Kids who play chess score higher on reading tests, as well as perform better with critical and creative thinking. Playing chess makes kids focus intensely and work with complex patterns. They also get the chance to practice using active reasoning, among other brainy pursuits. This #funfact is something the kids at Ashirvad Home are already schooling us on! Find out more awesome ways that chess helps kids learn: http://www.parents.com/kids/development/intellectual/benefits-of-chess/ 

Did you know that plants grow faster and larger in greenhouses? This #funfactfriday means a lot to our greenhouse project at the Watoto Wema Home in Nairobi, Kenya. The produce that is grown through this sustainable micro-project supplements the children’s diets with healthy produce and is also sold in the market. The profits from selling these veggies will go towards educational costs for the children. These greenhouses are changing lives! 

Did you know that the capital of Honduras is actually made up of two cities: Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela? #funfactfriday We work in Honduras and have set up an aquaponics tilapia farm that feeds 27 children at the Hogar de Amor home. This project also saves the home thousands of dollars every year that otherwise was spent on purchasing food at the market. The money that is saved funds a security guard, who keeps the kids safe!  Find out more about Honduras: http://goo.gl/7K8Pd0 

Did you know that if a child’s mother can read, that child is twice as likely to survive past age 5? Educating a girl creates a ripple effect of positivity on the health, well-being and economic empowerment of the world. Let’s give our girls the education they deserve and it’ll help ensure that all children are cared for and given the best life possible! ow.ly/PwIs2 

Who would have thought? Google Earth shows that cows across the world graze along the earth’s magnetic poles. We’ll have to ask the kids at the Flying Kites Home in Kenya about that tidbit. The 32 kids at the home benefit from our dairy cow project through daily milk to supplement their diets and by saving money from not buying milk from the market. The money the home saves goes towards the secondary education of the older children. Nutrition and education? Sounds like a recipe for success. http://goo.gl/QyngwV 

Did you know that half of the world’s outsourced IT services come from India? In this technology based society, computer skills are essential, which is why the profits from our income generating chicken farm at Ashirvad Home are designed to provide the children with computers and a teacher along with fresh produce every other day. This is change, not charity, in action! 

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