Environmental School 2 Connect Kids

$7,365 of $40k goal

Raised by 104 people in 28 months
Erik Callender  MIDDLE ISLAND, NY
 IN MEMORY OF TELL AND KELY

 In 2014  and in 2015  five of our children died of Malaria.  Two of them, Tell and Kely, particapted in our nature center program in Madagascar. Thousands more  children worldwide  die from this and other 100% treatable diseases every year...  we can change this.

Please JOIN me this Fall to create one of the first Nature Education Centers in Madagascar to teach about Conservation of Nature and Healthy Living  to reduce disease and help children and families live a healthy sustainble life and prevent the death children in impoverished villages. 

 LET'S DO THIS TOGETHER AND MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE!

 
 Every Dollar you donate will be matched  by the Kamal Foundation in Washington DC up to our goal!

FRIENDS MATTER!
All of the items below were made possible by friends and people that we never met but worked with us to help  the following goals: 

2015- 2014 - installed more than 100 concrete floors for families living on dirt floor homes. This  helps reduce disease from parasites  and childhood diarrhea. ( In cooperation with the Kamal foundation an Phil and Mary Gund.

Received NY Emmy Award  for "Follow your dreams" created and directed by Chris Ware which featured some of our Madagascar efforts.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFti2nWrsZ4

Distributed  over 1000 of our "Madagascar Live Volume  Books" to children 7 Countries including the United States, South Africa,  Madagascar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

2014 -Published  "Madagascar Live Volume 1 Children Creature Culture" to raise funds to for our weekly nature center program. This was our first book   to raise funds for our kick start our mission for literacy in children worldwide.

 Tedx Talk SBU
"Follow your Dreams" Erik Callender 
Featured  at 12 min Madagascar efforts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb--5g4Ex4A

Our First PBS documentary "REPTILE RUMBA"
aired on PBS WETA  created and produced by Terry Snyder and  Rember Burthey 

2013 Took village  children on their first trip to a  Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar.  Distributed more than 200 shirts, Lead more than 30 SKYPE sessions with US schools, Provided children  with snack each Saturday. Cold spring harbor highschool Erin Oshan, and Anthony Sinacore teacher coach raised over 2000.00 dollars to support our program.   

2012 formation of "Wildlife Kids Club International Inc." our 501c3 not for profit our mission is to change children's and familie's lives with nature.

2011- 2015  over 100 SKYPE sessions to connect more than 10,000  children and families in the United States to children and families in Madagascar,   Nicaragua, the Philippines, and Borneo Malaysia


  Environmental education rograms  have been provided weekly since 2011 connecting thousands of children  in the United States to  children  who attend our nature center program.

80% the children cannot afford to go to School after the 5th grade and must work as early as 8 years old to help the family survive. Our effort has and will help to change lives for hundreds of children...

I am planning to leave on October 31st 2015  and stay during the construction of one of the first nature education centers in Madagascar. During this time the Kamal Foundation in Washington DC  has offered to  install at least 700 more concrete floors for families in need, and will match every Dollar you donate up to $40,000.

Thank you for taking time to read this, and I am hoping you will be able to join our effort to make a difference ! 

Peace Joy and Happiness Always,

 Love Erik
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Update 10
Posted by Erik Callender
16 months ago
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Dear Friends, SO Grateful to have two days in Silence in the forest and to return to some wonderful news! After one month of endless paper work and emails The Kamal Foundation has sent us funds to begin Building our Nature Center!! Starting next week we will break ground for one of the first nature centers in Ranomafana Madagascar! This Environmental Education Center “School Number #16” will support hundreds of children and families in Madagascar and connect them to thousands of children in the United States.
This truly comes at a very important time for our children and families here! Many of the families of the children who attend the center are struggling to survive and meet basic needs like clean water and healthy food choices…

Join us this Saturday January 2nd for a pre celebration of our Land with the Mayor of Ranomafana Jose Rabemiafara, and our children, and to kick off of our Pen Pals Program that will allow you to connect directly with children and families here!


Additionally the Kamal foundation has agreed to provide us with a portion of the funds to begin installation of more than 1000 floors for families living on dirt floor homes. According to the world bank concrete floors decrease child hood diarrhea by 50% and increase the well being of families by 95%

This trip has been great challenge, and I am grateful to all of you for joining with your supportive messages and contributions!

If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution please visit our Go fund me page or visit our www.gofundme.com/erikthereptileguy

Peace joy and happiness always Love

Erik the reptile guy Callender
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Update 9
Posted by Erik Callender
16 months ago
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ITS A NEW DAAAAY!Here is the new Campaign Video Well not Brand New ! Enjoy Today Peace joy and Happinenss always Love Erik !
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Update 8
Posted by Erik Callender
16 months ago
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Dear Friends, Thank you for all of your advice and support yesterday! I was definitely in the funk but it brought me to a new platform of thought and consciousness! Thanks to the Funk LOL we have restructured our campaign Starting with the name! The New Title is .... Environmental School to Connect Kids Go fund me will contact us tomorrow to take us out of the memorial section.. although it is a memorial we ARE building a school in memory of Kely and Tell the section that may get more support would be the Education section. Thanks YOU Melissa mark and Cindy Christman for making this clear for me!
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Update 7
Posted by Erik Callender
16 months ago
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Greetings from Madagascar! Today was a joyful day! After 2 days of travel we finally made it to Ranomafana! Today we had a talk with the families to let them know whats coming soon! I am hoping reach our goal by this Thursday so we will have the funds to run Nature Center Ranomafana! Please also watch verizon fios 1 Push pause TV today at 4:30pm or Sunday tomorrow at 12:30 Pm Hope you can tune in. Thank you again and please share! :) Peace joy and happiness always Love Erik
Today we visted the land with the kids !
Nature center children:)
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Raised by 104 people in 28 months
Created December 10, 2014
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Erik, enjoy your adventure & keep doing wonderful things for this world!

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continue doing the good work

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I donate this as an offering in Jesus name. You're doing God's work so I donate this on behalf of my church... St. Luke AME in Harlem. Since I can't be there to do it, say a prayer over ground where your schools will be built! #AMEN

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