Here at Color My World, we love to see photos of the children at the Color My World Primary School in Islamabad, Pakistan. This year through your donations, Color My World was able to sponsor a Christmas lunch. Below are photos from the Christmas lunch and it is so fun to see how excited and festive the children were. After their Christmas lunch, a celebration was held. The children told the story of Jesus’ birth and danced for a large crowd. Even in a country far away, joy was felt during this very special season.
Molly is a senior in high school from New Hampshire and recently volunteered with Color My World in Peru. We asked her to share her experience with us for our campaign #CMWvolunteer.
How did you hear about our organization?
“I heard about Color My World through conversation in my town, because Angela had lived here for a while and was well known among my friends’ parents. Color My World is a well-known organization where I live, so it had been something I had just heard about many times.”
Why did you pick the trip/country that you went to?
“I chose to go to Peru with Color My World because all of the trips in the organization have great programs for helping people and volunteering, but the “touristy” part of Volunteer Peru was the reason this trip stood out to me. Going to Machu Picchu was something that had been on my bucket list for a while, so seeing that really made my entire volunteer experience even better.”
Did you come with a friend or your family?
“I came with one of my best friends Liv and I am very glad that she came with me. It was nice to have a friendly face that I knew in the beginning, but it did not feel like I was still at home with my parents watching me. It was a perfect balance of independence and comfort.”
Did you fundraise for your trip? If so what did you do?
“Liv and I set up a Go Fund Me page to raise some money for the donations to the school. We were able to raise nearly $500, which helped us buy school supplies, shoes, and small activity things for the kids. We were also able to get donations from the elementary schools in our town because our friend’s mother is a teacher, so most of our school supplies were generously donated by her and other parents in our town.”
What were some of your favorite activities/projects?
“I really enjoyed the medical clinic project we did with the kids. Even though I was only taking the height and weight of the kids and checking their development on a chart, I still felt like I was doing something important and really helping these people. This was especially important to me because my dream is to become a doctor and work with Doctors Without Borders someday, so this gave me a glimpse of what I want my future to be like, and it felt really great.”
What lessons did you learn while volunteering?
“While volunteering, I learned that is it very easy to form close connections with people no matter your circumstances. I spoke absolutely no Spanish going on this trip, but I was still able to make a few friends at the school who would call me “mi amiga”. Even though we didn’t speak the same language, the kids at the school were so eager to spend time with us and get to know us as much as they could, which was very special. In another sense, I am usually not a very outgoing or talkative person except with a few, close people. However, by the second day, I became very close with my fellow volunteers and was quickly brought out of my shell. The people that volunteer with Color My World are truly special and I became very close to them very quickly.”
What would you tell future volunteers?
“The most important piece of advice I would give future volunteers is to have an open mind going into the trip. The schedule changes, you don’t know exactly what you’re doing each day, and you’re eating new foods you don’t usually like, but it is all part of the experience and you just have to embrace it. Sewing dolls and speaking Spanish are nowhere near specialties of mine, but it’s all a part of the journey and becomes central to your experience no matter which trip you do with Color My World.”
Do you have a funny story from the trip?
“When we were making dolls, Brandon happened to mention that he listened to screamo music. Obviously, we were all interested, because Brandon is the last person you would ever expect to listen to screamo, and we forced him to play it for us while we sewed. He turns on this heavy metal screamo music and starts head-banging and we all start cracking up. It was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen because he just looks like a little teddy bear jamming to hardcore screamo and its the most ironic combination ever. I have to admit, I have been jamming to “Blank Space” by I Prevail in my car lately, so I highly recommend 🙂 ”
Color My World’s summer 2018 volunteer trips are coming up soon. We couldn’t be more excited! One thing that we always strive to do, is find fundraising opportunities that we can coordinate meaningful projects for the people we serve. This year in Jaipur, India, Color My World is planning on building a well for a community. It will be a great experience being able to provide clean water to many impoverished families. In the United States and so we often take clean water it for granted. Clean water provides life, prevention of disease, and so much more.
As we have done in the past Color My World is working to raise funds to build a house in Guatemala for a local, struggling family. This will help them put a roof over their head and provide a place of safety and refuge for parents to raise their children.
Color My World can’t wait to start these projects this summer and build a connection between our volunteers and those we serve. For this reason, we are grateful Chipotle has committed to sponsor us! This Saturday, May 12 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm the Chipotle at 1560 East Lincoln Way Ste 120 in Sparks, Nevada, will donate half of all the sales made by Color My World supporters to us! To help out, all you need to do is show them a picture of the flyer below, print it out, or tell them you are supporting Color My World when you go eat your dinner. So please, join us at Chipotle this Saturday from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm and help us make a difference in the lives of those in need!
Regan C. from Utah is now a freshman in college. She has been volunteering with Color My World in Nicaragua for the past two summers. This summer she will be joining us in India! We asked her to share her experience with us for our new campaign #CMWvolunteer .
How did you hear about Color My World?
I heard about Color My World from one of my good friends who was wanting to go on a humanitarian trip.
Why did you choose to go to Nicaragua? Did you come with a friend?
My friend and I decided to go to Nicaragua because it sounded amazing and the time frame that Color My World was there worked best with both our schedules. The second summer I choose Nicaragua again because I loved it so much the first time I wanted to go back. The second summer a bunch of my friends came and a couple of my cousins.
What were some of your favorite activities/ projects?
Some favorite projects were going to the local orphanage and playing soccer with the kids, hand mixing cement to lay a foundation on the house we were building, and going to the local dump to play with kids and make/ hand out lunch. Both years I made newborn kits to hand out to mothers, which was so fun and humbling.
What were some of the lessons you learned from volunteering in Nicaragua?
One of the biggest lessons I learned is how important it is to be grateful and more appreciative. These people that we went to another country to serve would always end up serving alongside us, helping however they could. This taught me that I should always strive to be helpful in any situation I can, especially when I’m not asked, because by helping others I will start to develop habits of selflessness which will make my life so much happier!
What would you tell future volunteers?
I would tell future volunteers that no matter where they go it is up to them to make the best of this amazing experience they are able to have. Things might not go as planned, different foods, and creepy bugs could gross you out, but look to all the positive things and focus on serving others and you will be able to have one of the most rewarding and life-changing experiences you could have!
Thank you Regan!
Want to share your story? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready to Triple Your Impact? Amazon Smile is increasing their level of service once again. Can you match that?
Starting this Monday, March 12 and going until March 31, Amazon Smile is tripling their donation rate to 1.5% of your first purchase. This is huge for us. Color My World is working tirelessly to find the funds necessary to build two homes for impoverished families this summer. A simple purchase from Amazon during these dates is just a small way to help make that happen. Your purchase could help put a roof over someone else’s head.
Pretty amazing right? So what are you waiting for? Changing someone else’s life is just one click away if you follow this link.
What if I have nothing to buy?
That’s a valid question. Why buy something when you don’t need it? Well, we have a couple of suggestions of things you could buy that would help yourself and still provide a donation to others.
Saint Patrick’s Day Items: Do you have all the decorations, clothes, or items you need to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day? If not, why not get them on Amazonsmile? You’d get what you need, and a percentage of your sales would help provide a home for those in need.
Food: Who doesn’t need food? Did you know Amazon has “Prime Pantry,” which allows you to shop for groceries online and have them delivered to your door? You have to buy groceries anyways, so why not let your purchase benefit others as well?
Gifts: Have you been looking for a gift for any of your loved ones recently? If so, why not try looking at Amazon. They have a huge selection of quality products and your gift would benefit your loved one and those you are going to serve this summer. It’s a win-win.
As you can see, there are many ways to use the generosity of Amazon to make a difference. So, visit Amazon Smile and triple your impact today!
Have you been looking for opportunities to serve, but are having trouble finding one that works best for you? At Color My World, we meet those kinds of people all the time. The people who want to make a contribution to the world, serve others, and strengthen themselves and their families. These people have strong desires to do good but struggle to find out where they can best invest their time and energy.
If you feel like this, then join us for our Nicaragua Infomation Webinar, Sunday, February 25, at 9:00 pm EST. In 30 minutes we will go over Color My World’s service history in Nicaragua, the local needs we strive to address, and how to create a meaningful connection with those you serve. You will leave with a clear understanding of not only what we do but why we do it. We will also talk about our two scholarship opportunities and how you or a friend can apply for a one.
At the very least, it could be a good insight into the world of service. But who knows, it might even be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for.
Click here here to sign up for our webinar today!
This blog post was written by Morgan Lowe, a Volunteer Director who traveled to Nicaragua with Color My World in 2016 and will be with us during our 2018 trips as our Registered Nurse. She helps with fundraising as well and last month raised over $1100 at a fundraiser with Chipotle so we asked her to share her experience!
“As I was sitting in a local Chipotle franchise a few months ago, I saw a flyer that caught my eye about fundraisers with Chipotle. Now, normally, if ones goes into a fast food establishment and sees a fundraiser, it is most likely for an elementary school or high school sports team. I decided to take the flyer and when I got home looked into the requirements a bit more in-depth. What I found was that Color My World qualified for most of these fundraisers that I have seen. So, I decided to start the application process and see what happened. From the information I found, 50% of the sales from CMW supporters would be given to CMW after the fundraiser. I was able to pick the location, time, and date and Chipotle even provided me with these great flyers!
So, about 2 weeks before the scheduled event, I created a Facebook event and started sharing and publicizing the night like crazy. I called the event “Chipotle for Charity” and went to town. I picked this night because the Provo location of Chipotle gets a lot of traffic and Monday nights in Utah are big family nights as well as it being a holiday, I expected a good turnout.
I had gotten a corporate email a few weeks before the event saying that we were not permitted to hand out flyers at the location during the event which would have greatly increased our donation. So, I decided to call the manager, Luis, and talk with him about it. He was more than welcome to let us come in to answer questions during the night and promote the fundraiser.
So, the day of the fundraiser came. I printed flyers and picked up cookies for all the Chipotle staff. Having worked in the food industry and just retail in general, I know that cookies and acknowledging what these employees were doing that night would make them more apt to be on our side and help promote the fundraiser.
It started at 4 pm and by 5 pm, the manager had come outside and told me that he was going to count the entire night’s sales toward the fundraiser and that I didn’t need to stay outside. He felt bad I was out in the cold but could see it was something I was passionate about, so he bought me dinner and told me to come inside. Major props go to Luis because he was definitely the Hero of the Day.
The fundraiser was definitely a success and went off without a hitch. Many companies do fundraisers like this or host similar events that allow them to get tax breaks and bring in some good publicity. In 4 hours that night, we raised over $1100 for Color My World! This was a great fundraiser because it allowed people to donate while doing something they would normally do anyway- eat dinner. But if you’re having a hard time coming up with the funds to join us abroad this year, or even next, just get in contact with Morgan Lowe (me), one of our volunteer directors, and she can help you brainstorm and get all the necessary information you need to help get you on one of our trips!”
How can you apply to have a fundraiser at a Chipotle near you!
When filling out the application you will need this EIN 20-1831524 and our new address 12231 Joshua Tree Trail, Windermere FL 34786 to register.
This is a great way you raise money for your trip with us this summer!
This past Saturday Color my World was able to work with some students at Brigham Young University to prepare hygiene and school kits for our upcoming trips this summer.
The project came out as inspiration from one of Brigham Young University’s Spanish Professors, who suggested that the class do a service project together this Christmas season. Several students from different sections of the class came together Saturday at 11:00 am. They took supplies donated by students, faculty, and professors from other nearby universities and were able to assemble around 50 kits.
These kits include anything from notebooks and pens, toothpaste and soap, to T-shirts. They will be of great use to the youth with whom we will be working this summer.
Color my World was so grateful that people in the community rallied together to support our cause. This professor’s example is a reminder to us all that it doesn’t take much to make a difference. People will support causes they can believe in. We invite each of you reading this to find a way that you too can serve this Christmas season! Remember, it doesn’t take much to make a difference!
Participating in a humanitarian trip is much more than the experience in a foreign country. To make the most of the trip, and to truly allow it to make a difference in your life, you need to dedicate time and effort before to make sure that you are fully prepared for the experience.
As a team, here at Color My World, we have thought for a long time about what advice we can give our volunteers to help them make the most of their experience. We even carried out surveys with prior volunteers to make sure that we weren’t missing anything!
After a whole lot of planning, we came up with the #ColorMyWorldPledge as a way for every volunteer to make sure that they were truly prepared for their summer humanitarian experience.
What is the #ColorMyWorldPledge?
By taking the pledge, volunteers are committing to themselves and their friends and family that they are going to make sure that they are completely prepared for their humanitarian experience. The pledge focuses on 4 key areas,
learn the language
learn about poverty
keep a journal
fundraise for a day
These 4 areas enable the volunteer to make sure that they will be an asset to the community that they will be serving, whilst enabling a change in their own lives. The whole process follows the Color My World Mantra of searching inward, looking upward, and reaching outward.
How you can take the pledge?
Show your support by posting on your social media the #ColorMyWorldPledge. Use our picture and share what you are looking forward to most.
Each week we will be sharing ideas and insights into the 4 different parts of the pledge, inviting you to take part, starting on Monday 8th May with learning the language.
By taking the pledge, we also invite you to share the pledge. We want to know what you are doing. If you learn a new Spanish phrase, share it on your social media and tag us in it, we’ll share one back! We are all in this together.
We can’t wait to have all our volunteers join us this summer in Central America, fully prepared to make a difference in the world.
We all love to use Amazon. It’s simple, easy, and has everything for sale at the click of a button. What makes Amazon even better though is the ability you have to give part of every purchase to your chosen charity, and today they have made it even easier to support people in need through making your daily purchases.
Today, for 1 day only, Amazon are giving 5% of all purchases to charities (if you go through the charity account). It couldn’t be simpler. Click here, or on the image below, where it will take you straight to the Amazon Smile page. From here you can click on “start shopping” with Color My World, and away you go.
It is that simple.
Back in 2013, Amazon introduced their AmazonSmile program. The concept is simple, and doesn’t cost you a cent. Every time you buy something on Amazon, whatever day, they will place 0.5% of the purchase into your chosen charity. So whether it’s a new book or a new TV, 0.5% of every purchase goes straight to your chosen charity.
The 5% donations from each purchase on Amazon make a real difference to communities that Color My World volunteers with. From donating towards homes in Nicaragua to supporting orphanages in Guatemala. Each purchase that you make through Amazon Smile will go towards projects in Central America.