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We’re flocking to Kenya to train teachers, donate instruments and offer concerts for kids to create lasting impact abroad and locally.
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WHO ARE THESE BILINGUAL MUSICIANS?

Bilingual Birdies teaches foreign languages to preschool kids and it’s all done through live music, movement and puppetry. For the last 9 years we’ve taught kids in preschools, trained teachers, and performed in kids festivals in NYC, SF and Mexico. Today we educate over 2,000 children per week in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Hebrew and English. We engage tiny birds in the most fun way possible while increasing vocabulary, widening their worldview, and getting them excited about learning! 

Sarah, Bilingual Birdies teachers, and tiny birds in NYC!
Sarah, Bilingual Birdies teachers, and tiny birds in NYC!

WHAT’S THE NY <=> NAIROBI PRESCHOOL PROJECT ABOUT? 

We’ve met an amazing woman who leads entrepreneurship trainings with women who own small businesses in Kawangware, Kenya’s second largest slum. Since public school is not free in Kenya the option their kids have is to attend a community-based learning center called Little Ray of Hope. We’ve learned that although Little Ray of Hope is a wonderful place, engaging the little ones with short attention spans is a challenge. We know this is the case in all early childhood classrooms since that’s what our work is all about. So now we’re taking action to share the tools we’ve successfully developed in Bilingual Birdies to help their English teaching skills in their classroom. It’s no secret that strengthening English anywhere in the world sets a child up for a better future. We will offer classes, concerts, and a teacher training program for not only Little Ray of Hope but also for the educators of 5 actual schools there! Imagine the exponential reach this will create by training teachers who will have new students each year over the course of their careers. And we’re overjoyed to partner with Westco Educational Products who was so moved by this initiative that they’ve agreed to donate all the instruments we’re supplying to the schools we’ll be serving there… for free! 

A few girls in Little Ray of Hope, Kenya
A few girls in Little Ray of Hope, Kenya

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU, YOUR KIDS, AND YOUR FRIEND’S KIDS? 

In a time when we’re all rushing to get through our days, it’s so important to think globally and remember that we’re all in this planet together. Although the young children in Kawangware may be very far away from you, they do exist, and deserve to benefit from the highest quality enrichment programs that kids in places like New York City or San Francisco have access to. Everyone knows someone who has a kid! This is your teachable moment to talk with your little ones (or your friend’s little ones) about the significance of giving back and supporting education for children near and far. Our intention is set to create meaningful relationships and lasting impact for years to come. This is the first time we’ll be able to offer our teacher training program abroad, a milestone in which we hope will be the first of many international communities we will serve. We know this experience will enrich us with knowledge we can bring back to our classrooms and truly create a cultural exchange that’s authentic and meaningful for everyone involved for years to come. 

WITH YOUR SUPPORT WE CAN CREATE LASTING IMPACT FOR KIDS IN KENYA AND STATESIDE!!!  

Everything is set in motion! We just need enough funds to cover the cost of our travel expenses, hostels, and ground transportation while we’re there. All of our teachers are donating their time. All donations that come in above the cost of our expenses will be donated directly to Little Ray of Hope. This is an invitation to join us on a journey to create lasting impact for kids in Kenya and stateside. We know this will be an extremely meaningful cultural exchange. Please donate and be a part of this movement so our youngest learners can realize their limitless potential. 

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El guión del video en Español: 

Hola a todos, Mi nombre es Sarah Farzam. Hace 9 años decidí crear “Bilingual Birdies” una compañía que enseña diferentes idiomas a niños en edad pre-escolar a través de un programa de música en vivo, movimiento y actividades con marionetas. El programa comenzó con sólo 3 niños y actualmente atiende a unos 2.000 niños a la semana en Nueva York y San Francisco. Debido a la gran demanda, como resultado de la eficacia del programa, el currículo se amplió incluyendo actualmente Español, Chino Mandarín, Hebreo, Francés y por supuesto Inglés. En el último año, he tenido la suerte de conocer a una gran mujer llamada Kirsti Tcherkoyan, experta en formación empresarial. Kirsti ha trabajado como voluntaria en Kawangware, la segunda zona marginal más grande de Kenia. Allí Kristi forma y ayuda a mujeres africanas con sus pequeños negocios, tales como la venta de mangos, para crear colectivos entre ellas, de manera que sean capaces de abastecer no sólo a sus familias, si no también a la comunidad, potenciando un crecimiento económico. La mayoría de los niños en Kawangware comienzan su educación en un centro comunitario llamado “Little Ray of Hope” porque la educación en las escuelas públicas no es gratuita, de manera que los niños que no pueden afrontar los gastos de material escolar, uniformes… no van a la escuela. Parte del trabajo de Kirsti consiste en asegurar que las mujeres consigan dinero suficiente para enviar a los niños al colegio. Kristi cuenta que, aunque “Little Ray of Hope” es un centro maravilloso, mantener a los más pequeños involucrados en las actividades escolares, debido a su poca capacidad de atención, es un gran reto. Nosotros sabemos que esto pasa en las aulas de todos los lugares del mundo, y esto es exactamente a lo que me dedico en mi trabajo, así que me he decidido a compartir las herramientas que hemos desarrollado con éxito en “Bilingual Birdies” para ayudar a esta comunidad con técnicas de enseñanza en las aulas. No es necesario decir que mejorar los conocimientos de Inglés de un niño en cualquier lugar del mundo, es una garantía para un mejor futuro. En “Bilingual Birdies” no sólo enseñamos un segundo idioma, si no que además nos centramos en mantener a los niños entusiasmados con el aprendizaje y ayudamos a expandir su visión del mundo. Para nosotros ofrecer todo lo que tenemos y sabemos siempre ha sido parte del plan, así que AHORA nos hemos puesto ¡manos a la obra! Me voy a Kenia junto con 5 de los profesores más energéticos y con más talento, para ofrecer clases, conciertos, y un curso de formación para profesores, no sólo para el centro “Little Ray of Hope”, sino para educadores y maestros de otras 5 escuelas de la zona!!!! Imagínese el alcance exponencial de la formación de profesores que tendrán nuevos alumnos cada año. Ya hemos empezado con los preparativos, todo está ya en proceso. Lo único que ahora necesitamos es conseguir reunir fondos suficientes para cubrir el coste del viaje, hospedaje, transporte entre los diferentes centros… Estamos agradecidos y entusiasmados de colaborar y trabajar junto con la compañía “Westco Educational Products” quienes conmovidos con la iniciativa han donado gratuitamente todos los instrumentos y material con el que vamos a trabajar en las escuelas. Durante los 10 días del voluntariado, esperamos crear relaciones significativas y un impacto que se extienda durante los próximos años. Cualquier donación que nos llegue a través de Kickstarter más allá de la necesaria para cubrir los gastos del viaje, será donada directamente a “Little Ray of Hope”. Esta es la primera vez que ofrecemos nuestra formación de profesorado y nuestro programa fuera de Estados Unidos, y esperamos que este hito sea el primero de muchos, y ésta la primera de muchas comunidades internacionales a las que servir. Estamos seguros de que esta experiencia nos enriquecerá con conocimientos y herramientas que podremos traer de vuelta a nuestras aulas y crear así un verdadero intercambio cultural que sea auténtico y significativo para todos en los próximos años. Por favor, únete y colabora con nosotros en lo que sin duda será un viaje, una aventura. Puedes realizar tu donación, publicar y compartir en tu Facebook, email, contárselo a tus amigos y a todo el mundo. Sólo así nos ayudarás a crear un impacto para los niños. Muchas gracias por escucharnos y apoyarnos. Sin tu apoyo esto no sería posible!

Risks and challenges

This journey is coming up quick! Through the connection we have with our contacts in the schools the dates have already been set for April 8-17. This means we need to raise as much as we can in the next 2 weeks in order to make the necessary travel arrangements.

Also, although our time is our donation with this project, we would like to make a financial contribution as well and are hoping that we can do this with your participation. We can only make this happen with YOUR SUPPORT! Please contact us directly if you are interested or know anyone who may be.

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    Bilingual Birdies Happiest Day CD Download:
    Enjoy 10 original music songs in your choice of Spanish, French, Mandarin, Hebrew or English. This is our 2nd album and all songs are fully in the language that you select. This super fun music will be the background to your daily dance parties at home or in the car! Perfect for preschool kids in your life or gifts for friends with new babies!

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    Bilingual Birdies Hello Friends AND Happiest Day CD Downloads:
    Enjoy two albums for a total of 20 original music songs in your choice of Spanish, French, Mandarin, Hebrew or English. All albums are fully in the language that you select. This super fun music will be the background to your daily dance parties at home or in the car! Perfect for preschool kids in your life or gifts for friends with new babies!

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    Happiest Day CD Download + Kids Tshirt + Mug:
    Sip coffee in an awesome mug while you rock out to our music as you get your kid dressed stylish and legit for preschool! Or just drink the coffee, dance, and gift the t-shirt to your friend who just had a baby ;)

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    1 hr Private Yoga Lesson in NY with Catalina:
    In NY only, Catalina Piedrahita will give you an outstanding yoga class in your home or office space. She brings all the beauty and richness of her native country Colombia right into your session and is appropriate for beginners to intermediate level students.

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    1.5 hr Private Yoga & Meditation Class in SF with Sarah:
    In SF only, Sarah Farzam will guide you in a fun, light, and happy yoga class in your home or office space. Her classes are for beginners to intermediate level students and will leave you relaxed and energized.

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    1 hr Voice Lesson with Sarah Blackburn:
    Advance your skills on how to sing on pitch, carry a tune, and impress all of your friends in karaoke! SB's stress-free approach is super fun and brings great results! (Available in person in NY or via Skype.)

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    1 hr Live In-home Concert with Saxophone Player Berta Moreno (in NY only):
    Jazz up your next dinner party with Berta's tunes that are out of this world. Straight from Madrid, Spain, her music is enchanting, engaging, and inviting. You will be the coolest person in the world for having her play live music at your next function.

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    1 hr Live In-home Concert with Sarah Blackburn and her Ukulele (in NY only):
    SB will mesmerize the guests at your next party with her original music and popular covers while she plays ukulele and sings like a bird. Everyone will be left feeling happy and hopeful after her show!

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    1 hr Business Consultation Skype Call with Sarah Farzam:
    Sarah has built her business over the last 9 years in one of the most difficult cities in the world with hard work and focus. She will guide you on how to get your idea to the next level by identifying opportunities, creating a strategy, and encouraging you to take action. Appropriate for new entrepreneurs or people exploring if entrepreneurship is right for them.

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    1 hr Outdoor Photo Session with Šara Stranovsky (in NY only):
    Šara is a mind-blowingly talented photographer of people and things. She will take you on an outdoor adventure to give you a memorable photo session and leave you with 10 magical images that are artistic and unique.

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    1 In-home Private Group Lesson (in NY or SF only):
    Organize a group of your favorite friends to have a one-time super fun 45-min exclusive class filled with live music, movement, and puppetry in your choice of Spanish, Mandarin, French, Hebrew or English. SF families can select from Spanish or Mandarin. All families will receive our Hello Friends CD download.

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    A Bilingual Birthday Party for your little one (in NY or SF only):
    We will jam with all of the families attending your little one's big day and truly make the birthday kid stand out! Sessions are 45 minutes and include live music, puppetry and a bubble dance parties. All families attending will receive a CD download card as their party favor.

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    1 Person Concert in Your Preschool:
    One of our Bilingual Teaching Musicians will come to your kid's school to lead 45 minutes of high energy and interactive fun in your choice of Spanish, French, Mandarin, Hebrew or English in NY or SF only. SF can select from Spanish or Mandarin.

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    Concert with BB Band (in NY or SF only):
    Get excited for a 45 minute live music concert with the three-piece Bilingual Birdies Band in your child's school! This is a chance for kids to learn new words in Spanish, French, Mandarin, or Hebrew. The band consists of a guitar player, percussionist and trumpet player.

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    1 Two-hour Professional Development for Your School:
    Invite the teachers in your school for an afternoon of exploring the best ways to engage diversity in the classroom by incorporating music and movement in this highly engaging PD.

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    1 Full Day Business Consultation with Kirsti Tcherkoyan a Gazelles Business Coach. The Gazelles Business Coaches are trained on a very specific system to help companies grow. She is one of 150 trained Gazelles worldwide. This day will change the future of your business and life.

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