Here's a summary of activities that Chichibud has developed since its inception.
CHICHIBUD » ACTIVITIES
Reading Corners – through a grant from the German Embassy and local book donations, Chichibud created colourful reading corners for over 300 early childhood institutions.
The Friends of the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library Monthly Storyhour – each year Chichibud has assisted the Friends in organising volunteer readers, refreshments and art supplies/comic books for the close to 70 children who attend the interactive monthly sessions largely from inner city areas. Each month Chichibud organizes the attendance of a group of approximately 30 children aged 6 to 12 years old from Western Kingston who are chaperoned by young adults from the community who started off as Storyhour attendees themselves.
Donations to the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) – each year Chichibud has also coordinated book donations under different themes including grief/bereavement therapy, regular adult readers, Caribbean literature, and children’s picture books.
School Supplies – From 1998 - 2010, Chichibud partnered with New York City-based NGO JAMPACT to provide school supplies and Christmas treats for 5 inner city schools in Kingston, and continues to work with them on other projects.
Hospital Activity Boxes – Annually Chichibud has organized the collection of toys, art and reading materials to create activity boxes for Jamaica’s 18 children’s wards.
Teacher Training – Chichibud has organized trainings in literacy and bereavement therapy for educational staff islandwide.
CULTURAL / ART ACTIVITIES
Murals - Chichibud has over the years worked with area youths to design and create colourful community murals as well as 4 large sheet murals, intended to be donated to children’s hospitals.
Tivoli Resolution Project - In 2010, following a spate of violence in the western end of Kingston, Chichibud organized a phototherapy project through funding from the Jamaica National Building Society Foundation. Known as the Tivoli Resolution Project, professionals in the field of photography, psychology and art therapy volunteered their time to teach basic photography principals and counsel the 10 teenage male participants selected through community contacts. This project resulted in 2 exhibitions, one at Kingston’s Grosvenor gallery in October 2010 and one at the Jamaican Consulate in New York City in February 2011. Importantly, the project also resulted in the majority of the teens returning to school and/or entering into a form of gainful employment and life skills training. The Tivoli Resolution Project also sparked the formation of a new Jamaican NGO dedicated to the use of arts in counseling, called the Inscape Foundation.
Annual ‘Soul Power’ Summer Camps – each year since 2001, following a spate of violence in the Western end of Kingston, Chichibud has worked with community members to organize up to two weeks of field trips to educational and cultural locations for children aged 6-14 years old. Teen chaperones are trained and they organize reflective activities after each field trip. All supplies acquired (balls, jump ropes, cards, dominoes, crayons) are then distributed amongst schools and community centres in that community.
Play Therapy – in 2011, to continue assisting with the therapeutic needs of children in Western Kingston, Chichibud sourced and provided play therapy materials and refreshments for students engaged in regular sessions with a child psychiatrist within the community.