I feel a bit like a proud friend at a wedding who introduced the wonderful bride and groom. Last month, I wrote an article about my new buddy Marilyn Scott-Waters, known as The Toymaker, called Use your superpowers for good: how to align your creative gifts with work that pays. After I interviewed Marilyn for the article, I was talking about it to my best friend Desiree Adaway, who is the Director of Global Youth Programs for Habitat for Humanity. Desiree got excited about the work that Marilyn was doing with paper toys and contacted her. The result is The Paper House Campaign.
As a way to help Habitat advocate for housing, Marilyn designed a cut-out paper house that can be decorated by youth around the world. "These paper houses are meant to be reminders to government officials that simple, decent housing is on the hearts and minds of their constituency," says Habitat. Parents, community groups and schools can work with their kids to color the houses, then send them with letters of support to their local representatives. Each paper house represents a home for a family.
This collaboration supports Marilyn’s mission to help grownups and kids spend time together making things, and Habitat’s mission which is to provide decent housing for everyone.
Thank you Desiree and Marilyn for using YOUR superpowers for good! May this project bring huge smiles to the faces of many children and families who experience their own roof over their heads for the first time.
My kind readers: please pass on information about this project to other parents, schools, churches and community centers. The Paper House Campaign.