CHICHIBUD LTD. FACT SHEET
Imagine communities in Kingston's inner city,
where playgrounds vibrate with the happy laughter of little children,
where community murals display the creative talents of area youths
and where classrooms have comfortable reading corners, complete
with colourful picture books for children to explore. These are
just some of the projects Chichibud Ltd., an educational NGO (Non-Governmental
Organization) has been working on in the four years since its
Chichibud Ltd. is dedicated to providing Jamaicans
of all ages, but particularly primary school aged children, with
opportunities to play, read and explore their history and culture.
The name Chichibud is taken from an old folksong
and it's logo of a baby bird in mid-flight, hints at the promise
of things to come.
To date, Chichibud Ltd. has organized:
- Cultural history projects, in the form of
mobile exhibits and teaching kits, in conjunction with the Institute
of Jamaica and the MOEYC.
- Inner-city community public art mural projects,
through it's "Painting it Right" Project.
- Annual "Soul Power" summer camps
and educational field trips for inner-city children.
- A School Supplies Project that provides
material on a bi-annual basis to inner-city basic schools.
- A Hospital Activity Cart project that provides
yearly donations of toys and books to children's wards.
- A"Read Jamaica" Initiative that
has resulted in the creation of reading corners in over 150
inner city basic schools, through grants and book drives. Reading
workshops for teachers are currently being planned.
- A partnership with the Friends Of The Jamaica
Library Service, Novelty Trading Co. and the JUTC, to send groups
of children from children's homes to a monthly library story
hour where they receive comic books to take home.
- Bereavement counseling workshops for inner-city
guidance counselors and teachers.
Chichibud Ltd.'s Core Principles:
- All children deserve respect.
- Play is a valuable learning tool.
- Learning can occur in different ways.
- Learning can be fun.
For more information on Chichibud Ltd. please contact Rebecca
Tortello at [email protected]
or visit their website at http://www.chichibud.org