Build a Better World home
• Supplemental materials •
Our four journeys are designed for elementary school children.
Depending on your program, you may use all four or supplement
an existing program. (Other editions
of Build a Better World with additional stories and activities can be ordered from the
CWS website, or from your CWS Regional Office by calling 888-297-2767.)
Settings where you might use Build a Better World II include:
- Vacation Bible School
- Sunday Church School
- mid-week program
- camping program
- scouting program
- 4-H meetings
- any group of children you lead
Imani means "hope" in Swahili (a language of Africa).
Build A Better World! tells four hope-filled stories about children
assisted through the work of CWS that you can read to your children.
With each story you will find:
- Scripture: a related Bible study
- Map: geographic area where journey takes place
- Extend Yourself: includes a black and white,
downloadable take-home sheet (PDF file) to involve the whole family
or to use as a bulletin insert
- For Teachers: several activities, including
ways to support the work of CWS
- Black and white map coloring activities
(4 page PDF file) ready for duplication, and a poster
to display in your learning area.
Giraffes have one of the largest hearts in the animal kingdom.
Use these journeys to encourage your children to be big-hearted
Plan ahead! Gather the materials needed and copy take-home, coloring
activities, and story pages for each child. Find a globe or map
to locate the countries mentioned. You may also want to purchase
a stuffed-toy giraffe or puppet as a prop.
Additional materials featuring Imani are available. For example,
“Thank You” certificates ($1 per package of 10), Imani
stickers ($5 per package of 50), and Imani T-shirts ($10 each) can
be ordered from Church World Service at 1-800-297-1516.
See our website for an order form and other supplemental materials:
Tasks requiring the most preparation:
- Obtain oatmeal boxes and construction paper.
- Prepare the spaces for playing the "A
- Invite a refugee who has settled in your area to speak.
- Download the Extend
Yourself take-home sheet (PDF file, 84kb)
to the Border
- Order a sample blanket for $8 from CWS or borrow one from your
CWS Regional Office.
- Invite someone from your local food pantry or shelter to speak.
- Download the Extend
Yourself take-home sheet (PDF file, 77kb)
Let parents know that their children will be bringing home activity
and story sheets that involve them. Encourage parents to ask their
children about the sheets and what they are learning.
Create opportunities for your children to share their learning and
enthusiasm with the entire congregation via Minutes for Mission,
the children’s sermon, or displays. Invite the whole congregation
to support the children in building a better world!
To cap their journey, the children might plan a “Build a
Better World” congregational carnival. Instead of prizes,
participants receive hand-made thank you notes from the children
for the money they contribute. Include time in each session to prepare
the carnival games that will be played.
Fishing for Funds: In a small wading pool, float “fish”
cut from craft foam as in the Bolivia lesson, and write a dollar
amount on the bottom side of each fish. Players use a small fishing
net to pull out a fish and find out how much their donations will
be! Place donations in the sample fishing net secured from your
CWS/CROP Regional Office.
Can You Spot Imani? For a donation of their choice, let
people “Pin a Spot on Imani” as you would play “Pin
the Tail on the Donkey.”
Walking With Sudanese Refugees: Sell tickets to play the
"A Long Walk" from the Sudan
lesson. This could be laid out on the church parking lot or in the
center of a large fellowship area.
We Walk Because They Walk: Ask participants to collect pledges
for the number of laps they will walk carrying two gallon jugs full
of water around the church (or fellowship hall). Two jugs can be
balanced on the ends of a pole carried across the shoulders.
Food booth: Serve international
Sell Imani T-shirts: Available in adult
and children's sizes.
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