The mission of Project Sandbox is to build at least one playground in each of the 9 inhabited Islands of Cabo Verde.
As of November 2018, we have successfully installed playscapes in seven islands. They are in the Islands of Brava in 2006, Fogo in 2008, Sao Nicolau in 2012, Sao Vicente and Santo Antao in 2014, Santiago and Maio in 2018. Boa Vista and Sal remain with the goal of being completed by 2020.
The source of our funds to accomplished these builds, were through donations and fundraisers. Member of CVU and volunteers traveled to Cabo Verde to do the installations, with the exception of Fogo, which was installed by the local Mayor.
Kits for Cabo Verde started as a project from the 3rd grade students of Mrs. Judith Foster from the Philip R. Smith School in South Windsor, CT.
The project began in 2004, after the students were inspired by hearing from their classmate, Jacinta Lomba, talk about Cabo Verde and the challenges faced by its children. Jacinta is the daughter of Co-Founder of CVU Genie Lomba. Mrs. Foster had the opportunity to join CVU in our most recent trip to Cabo Verde in 2014, as a volunteer.
While Mrs. Foster taught at PRS, she worked with her students and CVU, collecting Kits for the children of Cabo Verde. In addition to the Kits, the school children also collected gently used dolls, stuffed animal, matchbox cars and small toys. These donations were then shipped to Cabo Verde in the container, along with the playgrounds.
The Kits include:
Notebooks, Pens, Pencils, Color Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Pencil Sharpeners, Scissors, Glue Sticks and Rulers.
Wash Cloth, Tooth Paste, Tooth Brush, Band-Aids, Anti-biotic Ointment, Combs, Soaps, Shampoo and Conditioner.
Clothes, Toys and Stuffed animals are also donated to the children of Cabo Verde.
The vision for Books On Wheels, is to be able to provide reading materials for children and young adults in each of the 9 inhabited Islands of Cabo Verde, utilizing a mobile library.
The Islands of Cabo Verde have a hand-full of Libraries, which are primarily located in the City. In order to reach those children with most need, living in rural regions of the Islands, a library must be able to go to them. The children living in these remote villages do not have access to a library due to transportation and economic challenges amongst other things.
Our hope and dream is to launch this project in 2020, after the completion of Project Sand Box.
If you think you can help with this project, we would love to hear from you.
Books in Portuguese/Brazilian/English
Monetary contributions to help pay for staff salary, fuel and vehicle maintenance.