The humanitarian group Students Rebuild recently contacted one of our homeschool groups inviting us to take part in one of their projects, and after reading about it I found it to be a very powerful, positive activity. Keep in mind that this project does deal with genocide, so it may not be appropriate for many young children.
Students Rebuild is hosting a project called One Million Bones. To participate, people around the country can create a bone to send in to the project. It can be made out of anything—paper mache, pipe cleaners, clay, wood, whatever you have. That bone will generate $1donation to CARE, which will go directly toward helping people in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo recover from genocide. It will also be used in a massive awareness campaign when one million bones are displayed at the National Mall in the spring of 2013 as a visual reminder of what is happening in this world—something that we vowed, in fact, would never happen again.
If you choose to participate, you can be as creative as you want! You can write a message of hope on your bone, you can personalize it with your name or something else, whatever you like. You can participate as a family, individual, or even a group; Students Rebuild has an excellent page here to help you get organized and set up your own bone building day. You can learn how to make a bone as well as tips on how to ship them and more. Those who want to learn more or teach about genocide today may find other resources at the site to help them do so as well.
Many people might wonder why bones are being used, as they might be a bit of a gruesome image. Students Rebuild remind us that bones are a strong, universal symbol of our humanity, no matter where you are from. They serve as physical proof that people were here, there, everywhere—no matter what happened. Each of us is made up of bones and together as humans, it will take each of us to help one another survive this planet and stop violence like this. For more information, click here.
To learn more about how you can use Students Rebuild in your homeschool community, classroom, or other group setting, click here. For interested youth who might want to do more, or to create a service project of their own, click here.