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GHANA, HERE WE COME!

The countdown for the GHANA trip has begun!

Plane ticket? Check. Suitcase? Check. Dolls? Absolutely!

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Last month, we launched The Ghana Challenge, a project to deliver 500 decorated dolls to the children in the village of Bognayili. Thanks to the overwhelming support, we were able to raise a grand total of $2,343 for this project!  We are deeply moved by your enthusiasm and kindness.

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Here are some of our friends who joined us to support the project:

● Columbia Business School

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Our HappyDoll Ambassador, Kazushi, and his classmates from the Columbia Business School Executive MBA Program decorated these amazing dolls!  

Jeff Coffey, a student in the program, shared this comment with us: "This was an amazing break during a pretty stressful weekend and that was the best I felt all day…..I guess that experience made everyone's day a little brighter :)" 

Kazushi will actually be joining us in Ghana, where he will help us carry out the decorating session!

● The Borra Sisters (Nithya & Kavya) photo 1

Our Twin HappyDoll Ambassadors, Nithya and Kavya, visited 2 organizations on their travels to India this summer -Valmiki Foundation &  Ashajyothi Foundation- where they hosted a HappyDoll session and delivered decorated dolls from the US.  They brought back over 150 dolls decorated at these institutions in India, which will soon find homes with the children in GHANA.

● We also received many dolls from friends, Etsy supporters, and schools!

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Our friend, Shun, who was visiting from Japan happened to stop by at our office so we asked him and our volunteer, Kazue, to decorate a doll for THE GHANA CHALLENGE!

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Suitcases were donated by our friends Tomoko Torii, President of  Harmony for Peace Foundation, and Min Um-Mandhyan, Development and Communications Director of The NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault.   As you can see, many people have stepped up and joined us to make this project possible. We can't wait to see the look on the children's faces when they receive these dolls full of love and positive messages!

Once again, a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported this project and helped us spread the word.

GOODBYE NEW YORK! GHANA, HERE WE COME!  

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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!

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HappyDolls in Singapore!

Do you remember the HappyDoll session in India?

Our good friend, Terumi, who just completed her Executive MBA program in business management, has been a great supporter and friend of HappyDoll.  In May, she traveled to India to make 100 HappyDolls with the children at SUKRUPA.  Despite her busy schedule balancing work and classes, she offered to become an ambassador once AGAIN to take the dolls on another journey...This time, to SINGAPORE!

Terumi and her classmates visited the children's ward at the National University Hospital, the only university hospital in the country.

"The children were so engrossed in the HappyDoll making," says Terumi.  A big thank you to Terumi and her friends--(from the left) Sanjay, Matthew, Ale, Amit, Sindu and Amit, for being a part of the HappyDoll journey!

Here are some beautiful dolls from Singapore:

Where will they go? What will they see? Who will they meet?

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

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