The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” certainly holds true, as evidenced by the interest in a Kamloops YMCA-YWCA feel-good project called The Village.
It was conceived over the Christmas break by Y community staff looking for a project that would encompass families with young children, child-care providers, seniors and community partners.
The inter-generational project became the perfect fit, as Interior Savings and the BC Community Response Network joined forces in funding the project.
The idea was to distribute small wooden village kits, which could easily be built by both young and old hands alike — creating tiny replicas of a village to signify “we’re all in this pandemic together.”
It’s a message YMCA-YWCA family services director Maureen Doll sees as important.
Kits were purchased and delivered to seniors' care homes and also to families with children in local day cares.
The children’s kits included a postcard, on which they wrote encouraging messages and drew pictures to send out to local seniors.