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Childhood Now (formerly Friends of NOAH Canada) is a Registered Canadian Charity (Charitable Registration Number: 840514954RR0001). Our programs help vulnerable children thrive by providing food, shelter, caregivers, education, play, and laughter. Working in Southern Africa as well as focused programming in Northern Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia First Nations Communities, we are growing and adapting, and reaching further than ever with greater impact.

Join us for an evening at Bandit Brewery where we will all come together and become “Bandits for Change”. Your purchase of a dinner ticket, or a table of 8, includes a delicious meal, all you can drink and a chance to meet the brew master, a great live band, and the opportunity to meet some incredible National and Olympic athletes. You will receive a charitable tax receipt*

The funds we raise through the purchase of your dinner ticket will be used to fund our programming, with a focus this year on our childcare centers and our sports camp.

We are a grassroots organization that will use 100% of the funds we raise at this event for the continued implementation of our programs in community.

If you wish to pay by cheque, please mail check to Childhood Now, 25 Lesmill Road, Unit 2, Toronto, ON, M3B 2T3

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The Big Little Caravan of Joy and the Painted Turtle Arts Camp’s journey into 8 African countries and 30 Northern Canadian, First Nations Reserves. Since 2006, The BLCJ and PTAC has reached thousands of vulnerable, remote and orphaned children through the language of creative arts and play. By training and hiring regional artists, childcare workers and teachers with a specialized arts-based curriculum, this dynamic program has empowered educators and children world wide.

last summer  the Painted Turtle Arts Camp, an arts integrated educational and cultural program designed for the First Nations children of Ontario and Manitoba, provided a rich and imaginative opportunity for hundreds of happy children. Young participants had the chance to explore and develop their physical, emotional and cognitive capacities while experiencing joyful expression through the creative arts.

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Participating in a non-competitive environment where the elements of fun, joy and togetherness were the driving force of this summer program, 480 children from 12 communities had the opportunity to experience drama, dance, visual arts and music activities while being in a summer camp environment.

Cooperative games, dynamic choreography, visual arts projects, a community performance and a variety of songs generated a sense of unity, while at the same time focused on building the child’s creative vocabulary in all of these art forms.

Facilitated by 3 Painted Turtle teams this summer: (Bailey Davis and Damarise Ste. Marie, Sarina Condello and Rivers Wahl and then once again Sarina Condello and Bailey Davis) each group worked hand in hand with Right to Play and 14 community mentors to provide the most efficient and impactful program. Thousands of kilometers were driven across Ontario and Manitoba and many planes were taken to get up to more remote and Northern Communities so that children could participate in a camp that encouraged collaboration, confidence, community and creativity.

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The Big Little Caravan of Joy’s arts program is designed to empower vulnerable children in Africa through the natural language of play and the creative arts.

Designed in partnership with local artists and educators, our program combines creative and fun filled activities in dance, drama, visual arts and music which empower, engage and encourage resilience, confidence and joy for each and every child involved. The Big Little Caravan of Joy implements sustainable arts based programs for children led by local artists, educators and community volunteers through the year in schools and daycares. The arts curriculum developed specifically for children also develops, supports and encourages the capacity for cognitive, physical and emotional development.  

The Big Little of Joy’s Teacher Education Program (The Empowered African Child Conference) has trained over 1,000 international artists and educators with a child-centric arts-based methodology in the hope that the arts become a sustainable cornerstone for educational programs in these communities of need. The arts syllabus includes a pedagogical curriculum designed for childcare workers and educators that teaches, trains and models new ways of developing and implementing positive and successful programming in schools or daycares. 

Our program has been implemented in Ghana, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe. 

 

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No mater how long we walked, work had to continue with the kids and the excitement and energy was very high; all 385 children covered.
More work to continue with the over excited kids and teachers at Mdlunkulu Primary School.

 

 

 

 

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