– The Kids to Kids (K2K) Project, an initiative of four Comox Valley children that connects youth in Assam, India and youth on the Canadian West Coast around sustainable environmental practices, is being recognized by the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) for their outstanding leadership and collaboration on local-global issues. This recognition is part of the 23rd International Development Week (IDW), February 3rd to 9th, a national initiative of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), celebrating Canadians making a difference on global issues.
Established in 2009 and inspired by the work of local non-profit organization Fertile Ground: East/West Sustainability Network, the K2K Project has created learning and support between children in BC and in India on issues that affect their communities. In March 2011, one of the young founders, Onyx Vaughan Ogilvie, and his mother, Fertile Ground board member LeighAnn Vaughan, traveled to Assam to meet some of the kids and their families. They shared stories and photos about their lives and efforts to improve agricultural practices, while building connections and communications between the children in Assam and those in the Comox Valley.
Since then, the K2K Project has made direct connections of youth in BC with youth in India through ongoing exchanges of photos, stories, and art. Fundraising efforts of the BC youth have also brought many smiles to the kids’ faces on both sides of the world. “You have to be the change you want to see in the world,” says Ogilvie, quoting Ghandi’s adage, “I think Kids to Kids is getting… up on to that road.”
The BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is profiling the Kids to Kids Project on its website, bccic.ca, from February 1st to 14th as part of its International Development Week (IDW) celebrations. Kids to Kids members will also be part of a youth panel at “Local 2 Global: We Are Making a Difference”, a multimedia youth symposium in Vancouver on February 9th examining social responsibility and the role of social media and technology, presented by BCCIC and Gen Why Media.
A promo video was done to showcase our activties and founding members, please take a look. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ4TsZ62m84&feature=share&list=UUNa5uY7BU8TCcI4QhJJuGHw