"Centipede children" send USD 10,000 to Afghanistan

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

Czech children, participants of the "On Own Feet - Centipede" movement, send their humanitarian gift to Afghan children for projects realised by the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) group of the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team in Logar, Afghanistan.

The voluntary humanitarian and peace movement “On Own Feet – Centipede“, led by its founder Bela Gran Jensen, is focused on helping children by children. Thousands of children and hundreds of teachers have participated in the movement since 1990 not only from the Czech Republic, but also from Norway, Poland and Slovakia.

"Centipede children" send 10,000 USD to Afghanistan

The Centipede movement funds its projects through selling Christmas Cards painted by children, selling small-scale art objects made by children, organising fund-raising campaigns and receiving gifts.

Cooperation of the Centipede movement with the Czech military has a very long tradition. It dates back to war conflicts in the Balkans, where the Centipede helped children along with Czech soldiers for example in Bosnia and Herzegovina or in Kosovo.

In case of Afghanistan, the Centipede helps predominantly in schooling, education of girls and women, and in a health care area. Czech soldiers of the CIMIC group, 9th Provincial Reconstruction Team in Logar, will use the amount of ten thousand dollars for purchase of textbooks, teaching and painting aids and their distribution to elementary and high schools in the region. The Centipede help opens hearts of local people for Czech soldiers, because these projects contribute to development of the Logar Province and improve quality of life of people.

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Posted: May 7, 2012