so much more than cake
so much more than cake
We work with local communities, families and individuals to throw birthdays for children. All our birthday parties are contextualized to meet the needs and desires of those being celebrated. While they will all look different, depending on context, they all include; snacks, drinks, singing, party favors, organized games, professional entertainment and of course, cake (or culturally relevant sweet treat).
We want to create a "beautiful day in the neighborhood" by partnering with local communities and families to provide safe opportunities for children to play, imagine and dream. All our "days of play" are contextualized to meet the needs of the community being served. Not only do they provide for children, they provide a welcomed bit of rest for parents/guardians. These days look different depending on context, but they always include; Professional entertainers/children workers, singing, food and games.
For many of us, one of the great treats of summer was going to "camp." Well, we want to share that joy by hosting our very own "kids camps." Our hope is that for every 100 parties/days of play we organize, we get to host a professionally run, multi day experience dedicated to children having a safe space to be a child. It costs nothing to attend. All food and housing is included.
"The Cake" Part: We started in 2016 with a desire to bring joy to children who are part of the growing refugee crisis in the Middle East. The original idea, started with a group of us talking with local communities, families and individuals to figure out a practical way to help put smiles on the faces and hope in the hearts of refugee children. Shortly thereafter, we started throwing birthday parties for the children living in and around refugee camps in the country of Lebanon. Through this, we saw a need for an organization to be started that devoted itself to providing opportunities for refugee children to just be children. Thus, The Cake Collaboration was born. We have been fortunate enough to be able to expanded our focus to include the entire Middle East region. While our programs have also expanded beyond birthdays, we wanted our name to echo something of our beginnings, so we kept "cake" in our name.
"The Collaboration" Part:
One of our primary joys in this project is working alongside some amazing individuals, communities and organizations. The Cake Collaboration hopes to not only provide for the "social and emotional needs" of children, but to also help foster stronger ties in and between communities. Due to this, more than 95% of our team members are from the region in which we serve, giving us a relatively unique ability to creatively partner with not just the big international aid organizations, but to partner directly with local organizations, communities, families and individuals (which is always our preference). When we do one of our programs, we want the "credit" to go to those who are living alongside the children we are trying to help. The only way to make sure this happens is to invest real time sitting and listening to local communities.
With all of this we wanted to provide people with a desire to "help" a clear and simple way to bring joy to refugee children.
We want to come alongside, "collaborate," with anyone who shares our desire to make the world a more hopeful place for children.