Over the last 3 weeks, Coafrica staff and board members have enjoyed hearing details of Director Marci Romney’s trip to Africa. Among others, one highlight was delivering all 5,129 friendship bracelets collected from volunteers to FIVE schools in Africa. Marci wanted to tell us some details herself. She said:
Thirty minutes until we left for the airport… and friends known and unknown were STILL dropping off bracelets for us to take with us! I couldn’t believe it! I was utterly gobsmacked!
What started as a goal to gather 1,000 friendship bracelets to take to the African school children we would be visiting, turned into 5,129 total bracelets! We were able to share these bracelets with FIVE SCHOOLS!
We had friends near and far, young and “more advanced in years”, boys and girls, school groups, church youth groups, elementary school classes, the entire student body at Wasatch Junior High and more all joining us in this effort to bring smiles and love to these children across the world. Here are a few of the groups who contributed:
We were so excited to bring your bracelets (and these pictures of YOU – which we printed and laminated) so we could share them with all the schools!
During our trip, we visited 17 schools. After discussion with our project managers and head teachers, we decided to divvy up bracelets equally for our Togo, Benin, and Nigeria schools. These head teachers are using your bracelets as rewards for their students.
Fountain of Wisdom
In Malawi, we were able to hand out bracelets to the students at Fountain of Wisdom school, Chilima primary school, Sendwe primary school, and Chimkoka primary school!
Fountain of Wisdom: Our first stop in Malawi was Fountain of Wisdom school in Lilongwe. These students, kindergarten through 8th grade, were fascinated by the photos of YOU! We then helped each one choose a bracelet to keep for themselves. In the photo (with the slide in the foreground), all the students gathered with Victor (red shirt), some teachers, and me to show the bracelets they were wearing!