BENEFITING: Lifetides Institute
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2017
This is a universal truth: People protect what they love. So often we hear of other countries - where people need aid to survive poverty and live in their own surroundings- where capacity is poor and opportunity is scarce. But in many parts of our own country, right here in the United States of America, there are communities with dreams but few opportunities. Our charity, the LifeTides Institute, is a small non-profit that lives and operates in and for the Low Country of rural, coastal South Carolina. The coastal region of this part of the United States is visually stunning and rich in natural resources, but it remains economically disadvantaged. Too many children in this region are surrounded by natural beauty, but shackled by poverty, lack of exposure to their own surroundings and the broader world. Still, there is a sense of community here and there are communities with the hunger and desire to do more - but do not have the chance.
Through our work at LifeTides, we know that the youth of this region are increasingly disconnected from their own backyards. LifeTides strives to get many of these children outdoors and in their own natural surroundings so that they can come to really know them. And once they truly know about these currently unspoiled areas— and their own personal relationship to them - then this provides the foundation for stronger caring and stewardship for this region’s future.
Not only does this achieve the goal of stronger leadership and stewardship for the future, but learning outdoors also supports team-building, understanding relationships between people and their surroundings, and fosters stronger interpersonal and coping skills. Recent research even shows that learning outdoors improves cognitive and brain development, especially among younger children.
In his book, Our Kids:The American Dream in Crisis (https://g.co/kgs/pcyyQ1), Professor Robert Putnam of Harvard University provides clear data analysis showing that disadvantaged children, on average, are being shortchanged 45 minutes per day of crucial interaction that more fortunate children benefit from. The LifeTides Institute, through its learning and active engagement with the local environment, can help bridge this time deficit and can reach youth within the Lowcountry Region to have meaningful, hands-on experience and interaction with their local environment and learn about its importance and relationship to them as citizens - to come to know this special area that is their home – and to reduce the dependence upon a virtual-reality world and instead learn about and interact with surroundings that are real and tangible. This investment enables these young people to increase their awareness and relevance in the real world and to become leaders for their future - and to conserve and protect for generations who follow them. People protect what they love. And they can only learn to love through learning, exposure and interaction.
How will we use the money donated? Our team is comprised of all volunteers. We have three main objectives that we need to meet and every penny of the money raised supports only these activities:
- Secure the site of our outdoor learning center. The site is a 10 acre island, connected by a causeway, and serves both as a habitat conservation area (especially for wading birds) and a natural setting for outdoor learning
- Repair an existing dock and build a small gazebo to serve as the stage for our educational programming
3. Maintain & manage environmental features of the island.
Will you please help us with a donation?