Following the success of the Octopus Personnel Christmas Campaign with their chosen charity, School in a Bag, we are excited to share that they are making a donation in the Hillbrush name. Rather than a hamper of Christmas goodies, which last but a moment on the lips, these bags will help provide an educational lifeline to bring children out of poverty.
Globally, there are millions of underprivileged children deprived of the essential resources to help them learn due to poverty and disasters. According to UNICEF figures, almost one fifth of the world's child population will never attend school. On an individual basis, an opportunity to learn and an education for these children could be their lifeline to a future out of poverty - on a world scale, educating the future generation is a key force towards human development and global stability.
In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, displaced children are often faced with trauma, grief and shock. Following the Asian tsunami in 2004, many children were unable to talk about their experience, but could express their feelings in writing or by drawing. The contents of a School Bag can therefore play an important role in the emotional rehabilitation process for children following a disaster.
Octopus Personnel has supported ‘School in a Bag’ throughout the year and it is so lovely to see the children’s faces when they have received their bag and can actually begin learning again. Once our Hillbrush bag has been packed and sent, we will receive an email with a tracking number so that we can see where the bag is going. We will post any updates we get on our social media pages, so keep you eye out for them.