The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) estimates 30 million street children in Asia and more than one million in Pakistan. Exploration of existing support practices for these children and deficits in terms of sustainability and inclusion led to the foundation of LettuceBee Kids.
LettuceBee Kids is a sustainable business solution to enrich the lives of street children and reintegrate them into society with dignity. The underlying aim is to establish human ties that are deified by race, culture, religion or politics
Evidence shows that the chances of retention for a 'displaced' child placed into a regular school are alarmingly low. A universal reason is: the child's low self esteem; a feeling of not belonging. This gap is why separate 'schools for displaced/under-privileged children' emerge, perpetuating class disparity and making sure that these children remain on the fringes of society. LettuceBee Kids aims to bridge the gap between street children and regular schools through a series of activities that have proven to benefit children at many levels, especially in enhancing their self respect, confidence and acceptance. The emphasis is on arts and crafts, understanding the importance of music, digital literacy, developing a relationship with nature, and respecting their elders to enable social inclusion.
LettuceBee ArtistsWe involve our children in therapy through art sessions. We then convert the artwork into merchandise like greeting cards, stationery, lifestyle & textiles products..
LettuceBee FarmersThe process of sowing a seed and reaping the fruit teaches children patience, responsibility and teamwork. A vegetable garden is maintained and cultivated by the children under adult supervision.
LettuceBee BandStudies show that children who are actively involved in music do better in reading and math, are better able to focus & have higher self-esteem. The children are taught music to form a band and play together which helps them gain confidence to perform in front of large audience.
LettuceBee YoursClose interactions or bi-monthly intergenerational programs for old retired people and children can be a win-win situation for both the age groups. It not only eradicate the "social isolation" faced by the older generation but also help the children to have peer interactions on a personal and emotional level.
LettuceBee LiterateA local university offered their computer labs, where the children are given basic education through Khan Academy and other online resources and accelerated programs.