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ABOUT TOY

The Other You (TOY) is a non-profit organisation with the objective of bringing happiness to underprivileged children, and promoting the values of sharing and culture understanding amongst children around the world. Our first mission is to exchange toys between children in 42 countries in Europe, Asia and South America. In every country we will visit schools, where we will collect toys, and institutions, where we will give the toys, together with basic school supplies. Let's see how it works:

Schools

Schools

Objectives: to raise awareness amongst the children about the situation of other boys and girls around the world; to show them the beauty of giving and to collect toys for the institutions. All while having a great time, of course!

Activities: 

  • Interactive presentation about TOY, especially about our experiences and stories with children so far.
  • Educative video about the situation of other children around the world and discussion with the children.
  • Collection of toys: all children will receive a TOY badge, and write a note for the child who will receive their toy.
  • We will take pictures of the children with their toys, for them to keep (we will send them back by email) and to give with their present.
Toys & School Supplies

Toys & School Supplies

Objectives: to fix and wrap the toys collected in the schools and turn them into the perfect presents, as good as new! To buy school supplies and other equipment for the institutions, depending on their necessities.

This includes:

  • Fixing the presents: glue, paint, sew… We love doing manual work! Ana is the expert at making handmade gifts, her own clothes, painting, etc., while Ludo is great at fixing just about anything!
  • Children deserve the perfect quality so if a toy is too hard for us to fix, we will hire a local craftsman to do it for us.
  • Wrapping the presents in a TOY recycled wrapping paper.
  • Asking institutions about their needs in terms of supplies, and buying them. Whenever possible, we will buy from local businesses and choose ‘green’ materials.
Institutions

Institutions

Objectives: to give children a very special day, full of surprises and to make them feel important. To bring to the institutions the essential supplies to help them give their children the best education possible. To learn more about the situation of children without parental care in different countries.

Activities:

  • Interactive presentation about TOY, especially about our experiences and stories with children so far.
  • Playing games with the children, using the new equipment that we brought (football, puzzles, etc.).
  • Giving presents: every child will receive a present, together with the picture and the note from the child who gave it to him.
  • Capturing happiness: we will take pictures of the children with their new toys, for them to keep (we will print them) and to send back by email to the children who gave each toy.
Long-term Impact

Long-term Impact

Objectives: to create a connection between children of different cultures; to satisfy the long-term needs of the institutions and to raise awareness about the situation of children without parental care around the world.

This includes:

  • Creating a connection: each child will know where their toy ended, as we will send back by email the picture of the child who received it. If language is not an issue, they can even keep in contact!
  • ‘Adopt an institution’: we will give schools (or other donors) the opportunity to help cover the long term needs, in terms of supplies, of an institution that we have visited.
  • Publication and sale of a TOY photography book where we will write and capture all our experiences at the end of our trip. All profits will go to the children in the institutions.
  • Raising awareness: we will share our journey and what we learned with the world through our website, blog, Facebook page, newsletters, photography book, etc.
TOY is green

TOY is green

Why TOY cares about our planet

Children are our priority, but isn’t looking out for our planet the same thing as looking out for the wellbeing of its children? Of course it is! Climate change is one of the main reasons why the number of children without parental care is growing. This is how TOY helps:

  • Repair and reuse: by repairing and giving a new life to old toys we help to save the environment. Repairing is even better than recycling, it produces less waste and it reduces manufacturing.
  • Buying ‘local’: Toy contributes to the local economy of every country visited by buying all materials and supplies from local businesses, and by hiring local craftsmen to fix the toys when we can’t do it ourselves. Buying ‘local’ also helps the environment as it reduces transportation needs.
  • ‘Green’ materials: we will buy environmentally friendly products and supplies whenever possible.
  • The Rainforest Trust: this NGO directly purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests, in partnership with local conservation organisations. To offset our carbon emissions we will make a donation which will help them buy more than 10 rainforest acres.

TOY IN NUMBERS

1,500 TOYS

80 INSTITUTIONS

40 SCHOOLS

 1,500 KG SUPPLIES

50,000 KM

42 COUNTRIES

Team

Ana

Ana

«A 22 year old Spanish girl with a 6 year old spirit, who still thinks she lives in her own fairytale and that some day she will become an astronaut-ballerina. She will bring children her explosive happiness.»

On a (slightly) more serious note…

Ana is passionate about international relations, having recently worked in the Spanish Mission to the United Nations in New York. Since then, her curiosity to learn more about the situation of people around the world first hand, has increased -not every problem can be solved in a meeting room! TOY will allow her to do just that, getting closer to children in many different countries to learn about them and find new ways to improve their lives. She has never lost her creative spirit, and really enjoys writing and painting for TOY!

Ludo

Ludo

«A 26 year old French boy, born with one extraordinary gift: storytelling. He can turn any situation in an ‘Indiana Jones’ adventure, and he will bring children his energy and his captivating stories.»

On a (slightly) more serious note…

Ludo studied international business both in Reims (France) and Dublin (Ireland). Since he was little he always dreamed to become an entrepreneur – actually, his dream job at age 8 was to sell ice creams in China (true story). For the past four years he worked in strategic planning and finance in a large consumer goods company. This experience makes him the ideal candidate to manage TOY logistics, budgeting and planning, exactly what Ana finds most boring!

 

Contact us!

email: toy@the-other-you.org





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