Last winter I worked with my son's kindergarten class. We made friendship bracelets for children in Nepal, who were soon to have a new school, sponsored and built by friends in my yoga community.
This was a small gesture, but not insignificant. None are.
As we made the bracelets, I asked the children what they liked about their school. We then made wishes on our beads for our new friends' school. Some of our wishes include a safe place to play and work, books, plenty of light, a chance to make friends and share meals, a digging box, chocolate and peace.
In the silly way five and six year olds can be, one boy also wished for toilets. This led to a very poignant conversation as the recipients of our wishes don't have running water in their village. I chose not too include this intention in a letter that accompanied our gifts. I'm not even sure if I wish for them to have toilets and sewers and all goes with it. If their system works, and they are well, let it be. I do wish however, that they have a chance to learn about all the possibilities. And make their own decision.
This seemingly small exercise has led to a much bigger project for me. Beyond Asana the group that led the school building in Nepal, has invited me to participate in their next venture, building two schools in Nicaragua. This opportunity is both thrilling and scary. For more information on my new project, visit my campaign page:
As you celebrate Earth Day, remember every small gesture matters. That inculdes flushing the toilet, especially for a six year old.