Thursday, August 19, 2010

Back to School! With brand new backpacks

About 25 older children at Layla House are now attending a private school off the compound everyday and were in need of backpacks and school supplies for their new experience.  An AAI family heard about this need before their own trip and organized their family and friends to supply the kids.  They sent us the following description and photos of this great project.  Note the happy faces on the kids  heading to school in style.  Thank you so much Rupertus family! 

A few months prior to our court date, Chris and I decided that we wanted to bring supplies with us to Layla, and we wanted it to be stuff that they could use right away. We asked Merrily, Susan, and others what supplies were most needed, and one thing they mentioned to us was that some of the older kids would be starting school right around the time of our trip, and that they could really use new backpacks and school supplies. It dawned on us that good people on our block in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia might be interested in helping out with this task, so we put out an e-mail APB to everyone asking if any of them might be interested in assembling a backpack and a set of school supplies (folder, pens, pencils, ruler, etc.) for one child. Within ten days, we had a living room floor covered with backpacks full of stuff! The response was so overwhelming that we ended up taking over extra sets of backpacks and supplies along with the ones that were needed immediately. It was really cool to be intermediaries between our neighbors in Philadelphia and the children at Layla.

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