12/1: Thankful for the Kids

As we enter into this Holiday season and reflect on everything we are grateful for, I am thankful not only for all of the amazing people that support Charisma’s Crayons, but also all the amazing children I get to work and grow with. The children that we work with have a lot going on. Living in poverty while also going to school is not an easy task, and it can often be hard for ...
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9/30: The Benefits of Boredom

“I’m bored.” That’s what some of the children say when we practice drills, because drills aren’t always fun. However, drills make you a better player. Drills give you the necessary skills you need to play the game better. Drills, in turn, help you to win games, and winning games makes everyone happy. It’s always an interesting realization when you recognize that children tea...
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08/11/16: Teamwork makes the Dreamwork

Hi there! It's Diana again. This summer we've been playing soccer with the kids at the Coalition every Saturday and it's SO much fun! We've been trying really hard to instill a lot of values in the players, and I think one that we've made headway on, especially this afternoon, is TEAMWORK. Imagine putting kids that have to deal with homelessness, that come from bro...
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07/17/16: Familiar Faces and Feelings

When I first started working with Children experiencing homelessness, I would never see them month-to-month. I told my Dad it was difficult to get close to the children when I was constantly meeting new ones. He reminded me that I didn’t necessarily want to see them month to month, because that meant that they were still homeless. When we talk about familiarity, we tend to make...
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6/29/16: More than just a Sport

As I’m sure you’ve already heard, we’re doing a soccer program this summer. That’s right, I (try to) play soccer once every week. But more importantly, we pick up the kids from the coalition and drive over to a nearby park and learn soccer skills and always end with a scrimmage at the end. (Driving to the coalition is a feat in of itself: Shoutout to my sister for driving the c...
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6/22/2016: I Value You

Hey everyone! It’s Naadiya. I am currently in Uganda, doing some HIV research in a rural fishing community. Being in Uganda has been extremely interesting, since it gives me the opportunity to reflect on things going on in the United States in a comparison to the situations I see in Uganda and the countries surrounding Uganda. Poverty in Uganda, and in most developing countries...
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5/15/16: Inspiring a Giving Generation

Hi there! It’s Diana again. Earlier today I went to a tutoring session, and brought the 10 year old boy I am babysitting, Skyler, with me. I had told him that we were going to be working with homeless children in a big center that they live at with their families, and he was pretty excited. As soon as we got there and he saw kids playing on the playground, he asked me if...
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4/10/16: Don’t Drink the Water

Don’t Drink the Water Hi everyone, It’s Naadiya! I was sitting in a restaurant and I saw a roach climb up the wall. I decided to never go again. I then thought about the kids, and that they see roaches in their school all the time, but they can’t just decide to no longer attend. They must just endure it. We shouldn’t make kids just ENDURE things. We should actively be working...
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03/29/16: We are ENERGIZED

Hi it’s Naadiya! This is Diana’s post BUT, I had something I needed to say really quick. I needed to say, that I should be tired. Diana should be tired, but we aren’t. We aren’t tired because what we are doing ENERGIZES us. We love what we are doing, so we don’t need 8 hours of sleep or tons of free time. We NEED to help amazing children achieve their dreams, that is what drive...
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02/16/16: More than just mentoring

Hi everyone! Our February Blog is different than past blogs in that it is all words from our mentors. Our mentors, do so much for Charisma's Crayons and we greatly appreciate them! Our mentorship program is more than just mentoring, it is an opportunity to change a child's life, learn more about yourself and learn more about society. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, ...
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