Hunter S. Thompson once remarked, "I learned a long time ago that reality was much weirder than anyone's imagination," and today the whole world is beginning to understand this notion. As we venture into a new reality, Refugee Education & Adventure Challenge (REACH) is committed to invoking a sense of fun and wonder amidst the uncertainty. Though we cannot meet up via outdoor activities, we've found ways to keep our participating refugee youth and families engaged in online adventures and experiential learning activities that also maintain the social support network that has blossomed over the years.
Today, REACH is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving. As you may know, in the past several weeks we've co-facilitated a Refugee COVID-19 Response Task Force, hosted bi-weekly online adventure sessions, and launched a new garden-in-a-box project to ensure our participants are informed about the pandemic, afforded opportunities to relieve stress, and learn new ways to be productive while sheltering in place.
Our online adventure activities have included yoga, body movement, coding, baking, challenge games, and tea reflection circles. We've encouraged REACH youth to feel free to let go and be themselves in the safe place that we've established as a community. Fortunately, this has not been too difficult for our clever and imaginative youth. Quoting Thompson again, "Weird behavior is natural in smart children, like curiosity is to a kitten."
This week we also launched our “Garden-in-a-Box” project, through which indoor gardening kits with language-appropriate instructions will be distributed to REACH refugee households and followed up with weekly tutorials and online check-ins to guide our youth as they grow vegetables and herbs for their entire family.
With your help, we can continue to facilitate creative online adventure sessions and assemble additional indoor gardening kits for interested refugee households as we all navigate this new virtual learning environment. Please make a $5, $10, $25 donation here today. Our goal is to raise $2,000 so that we can continue to serve as a creative and inspirational resource for refugee youth and parents who need a little weird and fun during this unique time.