Inuit children to Toronto

We'd like to touch a tree, go swimming and to a restaurant! We've read about these things but haven't experienced them and we'd really like to with your help.
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Hall Beach
Education
Hall Beach, Nunavut
Canada
2 Team Members

Short Summary

Thank You!  Wow! This is so amazing!  We've reached our Indiegogo goal of $10,000 which was all we thought we could hope for and we are very grateful for all the support.  We are still short of our ultimate goal though and need approximately $10,000 (now $6,000 - we're soooo close!) more.  So if you've come to help us and see the goal has been met, please consider continuing with your donation.  Every penny goes towards the kids.  If you have contributed and not received an emailed thank you, please email us direct at hallbeach5@gmail.com.  A number of thank you's have bounced back as undeliverable.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

The video is of elders building an igloo to celebrate the return of the sun.  We thought we'd share a little of our culture in the hopes that you would like to share yours with us.
We'd like to touch a tree, go to a restaurant, ride on a bus, swim in a pool and go to the mall.  All things we've read about but never experienced. We love our life up here above the Arctic Circle, in the land of the midnight sun, but we'd like to expand our horizons.  That's what this trip is all about.  Hands on, experiential learning.  We'll be travelling to Toronto to visit parks, the zoo, museums, universities, malls....you name it, we hope to do it.  But we can't do it without your help! Airfare alone is going to cost us $25,000 for our small class of 12 with chaperones.  Our hamlet has 700 residents - you can see the problem!

What We Need & What You Get

We actually need $40,000 (now $30 000 with 3 free flights, and food and venue donations!) for the whole trip but we're hoping to raise at least $10,000 online.  We've raised $9,000 through table sales, errands and through our website at www.hallbeach5.wix.com/toronto and through direct email transfers to hallbeach5@gmail.com (no paypal fees) but we need much more. Now we understand that you work hard for your money, so we want to share a little bit of the North with you in exchange for your generous donation.  We will send you some awesome little bits of the Arctic... an e-card written in Inuktitut, a CD of pictures taken locally, a vial of Arctic ice chips, an ulu for cutting up your caribou, seal or pizza, a small carving made of soapstone, walrus tusk ivory or caribou antler.  Delivery dates for perks are estimates only.  As you can imagine, just getting items out of the Arctic can sometimes take quite a while.  Everything comes by air, people, parcels and food. Sometimes blizzards slow things down!

The Impact

Why is this project so important and why should you contribute?  Well apart from the bragging rights of having a little piece of the Arctic in your little piece of paradise, you'll be giving these students an amazing opportunity that they wouldn't otherwise have.  As you can imagine, life in the Arctic can be hard, brutally so, but it can also be beautiful.  These students are bright and enthusiastic and have tremendous potential to help their people in the years to come.  To do that, they need an education and to see the value of that education, they need to travel and see a little of the outside world.  We hope to spark their interest in further education, to help them dream of becoming doctors, nurses, lawyers, social workers, and business people  - all desperately needed here in Nunavut.  We want to give them an experience to talk about and refer back to in the years to come and to see life the way children in the south do, however briefly.

Other Ways You Can Help

Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:

  • Share our website with your friends and neighbours and ask them to share as well.  The more people who see or hear about our campaign, the more likely it is that the kids get to go on their dream trip.
  • Use the Indiegogo share tools to share on Facebook, Twitter, Google + etc.


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$14,775CAD
raised by 129 people in 2 months
148% funded
0 time left
$10,000 CAD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on March 30, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $10CAD
    Emailed Thank You Card

    We appreciate all donations large and small and would like to acknowledge everyone's contribution to our fundraising efforts. To that end, we would like to send an email Thank You card created by the students of Grade 5. The card is giant sized and is being held up by some of the students you will be helping. It is written in both English and Inuktituk, which is a syllabic language and quite beautiful to look at. We are grateful for your help!

    15 claimed

  • $25CAD
    CD of pictures from Hall Beach

    An emailed thank you card and a CD/DVD with pictures from in and around Hall Beach. Beautiful pictures of the local flora and fauna as well as the people and landscapes of the area. A real treasure and a glimpse of this beautiful place.

    40 claimed

  • $50CAD
    Vial of Arctic ice chips

    For $25 you get your very own vial of Arctic ice. Now, we can't guarantee that it won't be melted by the time you get it, but it will absolutely begin it's journey 100 miles above the Arctic circle in the land of the polar bears and walrus, hand packed by Inuit children speaking Inuktitut.

    6 out of 200 claimed

  • $150CAD
    Ulu

    An e-card, vial of Arctic ice and an ulu. An ulu is traditionally known as a woman's knife. It is a curved blade with a wooden handle and is used to scrape and cut hides, carve meat off bones and lately, cut pizza. An extremely useful tool and a great conversation starter. Be the first of your friends to own one!

    21 out of 50 claimed

  • $500CAD
    Carving

    All of the above and a handmade carving (sculpture) from a local Inuit carver. The carving may be out of soapstone, walrus tusk, caribou antler or other material which the carver has available. Walrus tusks are made of ivory which will be accompanied by the proper export permit.

    1 out of 20 claimed

  • $1,000CAD
    Sealskin Mittens

    All of the above plus a beautiful pair of sealskin mittens. Seals are hunted for food to feed entire families and every part of the animal is put to good use. Sealskin mittens are highly prized for their ability to shed water and keep the wind out on harsh winter days. Your mittens will be handcrafted by a talented Inuit craftsperson especially for you. Guaranteed to keep your hands dry and toasty.

    6 out of 20 claimed

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