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End of Summer Updates!

How did you spend your summer?
Here's a quick SUMMER UPDATE LIST of what we've been up to:

★We sent 110 decorated /110 blank dolls to children in UGANDA through our friend Kelsey, Co-Founder of ROWAN (Rural Orphans Widows AIDS Networks).
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★HappyDoll Ambassador, Yukari Hara, delivered 170 decorated /170 blank dolls to  children in the village of Bognayili, GHANA.  She's planning to hold a HappyDoll session with her sisters in September. We will actually be visiting this village in the fall! We will keep you posted.
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HappyDoll Ambassador Twins, Nithya & Kavya, traveled to INDIA and delivered  160 decorated /100 blank HappyDolls to orphanages. They even conducted a HappyDoll session on their own. Amazing girls!

★Over 900 dolls were stuffed during the Morgan Stanley Volunteer Month (6 sessions) & 400 more were stuffed at 4 other sessions at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi & Morgan Stanley New Jersey.

★Our HAPPYDOLL INTERNS (Emily, Elysha, and Ayaka) helped us deliver 126 HappyDoll Kits stuffed by Morgan Stanley employees to Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. We hope the kids will enjoy their dolls!
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★25 Children at the St. Teresa Kindergarten in HONG KONG will be making HappyDolls to send to an orphanage in KENYA.

Finally, we would like to share that all of HappyDoll's financial reports are available on our website. (You can find it at the bottom of every page.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at info@happydoll.org anytime.
Stay tuned for more from HappyDoll!

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Be Inspired. Be an Inspiration.

~HAPPYDOLL.ORG X BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF HUDSON COUNTY~ SONY DSC

(from left: Our volunteer, Andy An; Director of Development of the Boys & Girls Club, Wycliffe Daniels; Founder & Executive Director, Nozomi Terao; and our new intern, Travis Hill)

Last week, we had a very special HappyDoll event with the children affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Our new volunteer Travis, who is currently studying social entrepreneurship at NYU, was able to join us!

We asked him to share his experience with you:

"On Tuesday, March 26th, I traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey to connect with the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County and a non-profit called HappyDoll. During the visit, nearly 70 boys and girls decorated HappyDolls and then generously donated them to other children around the world. Early on in the event, however, it became clear that this was much more than just an exchange of dolls.

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From the outset, the beauty of diversity was highlighted by the children’s interest in the different dolls from across the globe. The dolls from Uganda, Japan, and Honduras received particular attention with the children of the Boys and Girls Club wanting to learn more about the cultures of these newly discovered places.

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Additionally, the children that had already been exposed to these cultures were able to offer their insights into these exciting locations. One boy in particular informed his peers that he used to live in France and wanted to write a message in French on the back of the doll. Several other children encouraged him and they each became excited to talk about and share the stories of their families.

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It seemed that on a local level, the decoration process brought out a sense of both collaboration and diversity because the designs were a reflection of these unique and remarkable young people. When a child complimented a doll’s design, he or she was complimenting the child who made it. Considering that sharing and diversity played such an important role in thinking about the designs, everyone was proud to display these self-reflections.

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Wycliffe Daniels, the Director of Development at the Boys and Girls Club commented that he saw kids within the Club making new interactions with each other as well. Youth of different ages and different schools worked together, inspiring one another’s designs and fostering curiosity.

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As a college student, my peers and I are often guilty of closing our minds even in our pursuit of higher education. It is tempting to think that we know it all and that the world is a limited place. But being around these fresh and brilliant minds reminded me of what learning and experiencing is all about. I was astonished by how insightful and motivated these young people were. It was refreshing being around students that were so eager to learn and that were so confident in their questioning.

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The most profound moment, however, was the final “Bon Voyage” ceremony. These young artists had put so much of themselves into their designs that giving the dolls up was a highly emotional moment. Even the older children, who had been more reserved at the beginning of the session, wanted to keep and show off their dolls. But in the end, they courageously decided to pass on their dolls to other children whom they had never met. This act of generosity demonstrated the children’s ability to think in the context of a global community. By giving up their dolls without expecting anything in return, they acknowledged the value in helping others prosper.

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Selfless giving often creates moments of unexpected good. For the children at the Boys and Girls Club, this moment came thanks to the kindness of the first graders at the Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School.

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In January, the girls themselves participated with HappyDoll in decorating 74 dolls with the intention of giving them to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. These dolls came as a welcomed surprise to the Boys and Girls Club, who were then given the opportunity to experience a fuller perspective of giving in the most genuine sense of the word."

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We hope Travis' experience gave you an insight into what HappyDoll.org is about!

This event was covered by the local media, The Jersey Journal, took some wonderful photos.

Finally, we would like to send a BIG THANK YOU to the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County, to the Double Tree Hotel and their volunteers for providing snacks to the children, to our volunteers (Andy and Travis), and last but not the least, to all the children for sharing their creativity and love.

Stay tuned because we’ve got more exciting events coming your way…

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HappyDolls Follow the News!

Our friend sent us this very cute photo of two HappyDolls following the news of the newly-elected Pope Francis.image-2 We sent our friend a HappyDoll called Sanyu made in UGANDA.  Inspired, she made a very special New Yorker doll. Meet Ilana, our new HappyDoll and travel buddy for Sanyu! The name means "beautiful" in Hebrew. Together, the two dolls are on their way back to the HappyDoll office now. Where will they go next? Who will they visit? Follow them by typing the HappyDoll ID # on our tracking page: 121728 & 121476.

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Stay tuned for more updates!

Help lift the spirits of children in need by donating to happydoll.org