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Happy Children’s Day!

Childhood is so wonderful! Specially if you have a family who loves you, teachers who love you, friends who love you, siblings who love you…and it ends very quickly!

So enjoy the time you have now! Be creative, be silly, be adventurous, be curious; laugh, say jokes, jump up and down, have crazy hair…and if you are lucky you will continue to do these things even when you grow up.

It was 28 years ago, in March, that BAI was founded, and I still remember my students and many of them keep in touch with me, and now have children of their own.

This has been an extraordinary experience and what makes it so is YOUR LOVE!

And here are two photos of the founders of your school when they were children!

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An Easter Message to My Students

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Be Brave Enough to Do What is Right

Hello everyone!

I have been talking to you about loving yourself enough,   for your own benefit and that of others. But sometimes loving ourselves requires a lot of courage.

This is a quality that one must develop in order to succeed in life, to attain our goals, to do our best, even at the face of adversity. Sometimes life presents us with difficult challenges and we must have courage to face them.

I think this subject requires that all of you discuss it with your teacher and talk about it with your parents and friends.

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I really hope you follow these lessons ideas, because there will be  many times in your lives  when you will need to be a courageous person, and your bravery might even save lives!

 

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Love Yourselves Enough

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LOVE YOURSELVES ENOUGH

Hello Students and Teachers,

Today  I will talk  about  a very important subject, which is : LOVING YOURSELVES ENOUGH!
All through your lives you will encounter all sorts of people: people who are kind, people who are not, people who mean well and people who do not; people you can trust and people you cannot trust, people who will do good things for you and people who will not.
While you get old enough to know what  sort of people you are dealing with you should rely  on the experience of your parents, and of the people who really love and care for you.
You will always find a bully, who is ready to make fun of you; or a classmate who is not empathetic to your needs and feelings.
You have to love yourself enough to be strong, to not give in to these person’s insults, to be strong enough to ignore them or to ask them to stop being disrespectful.
You have to love yourself enough to do good things for yourself, actions that will make you a better human being, and to say words that will not harm or offend anyone else.
You have to love yourself enough to avoid talking to strangers, because if you do not know someone you don’t know if they are going to act in a kind way towards you or if they are going to take advantage of you.
You have to love yourself enough to listen to what your parents and teachers tell you that is good for you, and be strong enough to resist temptation.
There will always be classmates or people who will try to make you do things that you know are wrong. Resist! Resit with all your might! And if you find that it is very difficult to resist, tell your parents or teachers immediately, but never, never do something that you know to be wrong or hurtful.
Never, ever, accept the invitation of a stranger or even people you might know casually, who tell you they will give you candy or toys or a puppy if you go with them. Never go with anyone except your parents or a person they give you permission to go with.
If you are in a public place, like in  a movie theater, or a park, or the beach,  for example, and someone  touches you, immediately move away and tell your parents or an adult.
You should always take care of yourselves. Always love yourselves enough to do it.
We are living in difficult times, this is why you should be especially careful and respectful of your parent’s and teacher’s rules.
People who love you enough want you to be safe and happy.
So remember, love yourselves enough to take good care of yourselves and to think before you react.
I know this is especially difficult. Most of the time we just react to other people’s words or actions. But it is far better to think before we react. This  will give you time to think if what you will say is either helpful or kind; it will give you time to think if what you are about to do is good for you or not.
A long time ago, when I was in the university and I was just 16 years old there was a girl in our group who loved to make other people feel bad. She used to make fun of every other girl and laugh at them. When she saw me  she would laugh at me and say things that she thought would make me react angrily. But I always resisted.  Never reacted. On the contrary, I always ignored her. Eventually she got tired of not getting a reaction from me and left me alone.
Many years afterwards, we met at a party and she came to me and told me: “Lilian, I have always admired you, because of all the girls I teased and made fun of, you were the only one who ignored me. I am sorry.”
So many times it is better to ignore the bully, unless they are doing physical harm to you, then you should tell and adult immediately.
There is a saying by a great german author and  philosopher who lived many years ago, his name was  Friedrich Nietzsche, he  said:   “Whatever does not destroy you, makes you stronger.”
This means that all that you live through, the sad and difficult times, will make a better person out of you.
So always love yourselves enough to resist what is not good for you and to do what will make you a better human being.

 

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YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Today I have a video, just for you!

YOU ARE IMPORTANT
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Strength in Unity

I can’t begin to tell you how proud and thankful I’m am to ALL OF YOU, your parents and staff for the results of our fundraising campaign to help Australia!

It is a clear example of the power of unity!

We decided upon a common goal and everyone contributed with great enthusiasm to achieve it.

Here are the results/

These are DOLLARS!

Be proud of yourselves because as you can see there is strength in unity!

We can continue doing a fundraiser every year in order to help our own community and different causes!

I shall let you know next week to which association I donated the money and will publish the receipt.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

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PHOTOS FROM AUSTRALIA

Everyone is trying to help the little creatures in Australia. It is very heartwarming to see the empathy and compassion!

 

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THANK YOU ALL!

This past January 20th was a super special day for me, because of the love you all expressed through words, song, and music.

I felt humbled and honored to receive such expressions of love and to inspire you to become better human beings!

I would like to thank you again, students and teachers, for your love and kindness. I was specially amazed at the 1st graders who donated $140.23 to help the animals in Australia! I am sure we are making a difference and would like you to know I donated another $148. 27 , so the total amount donated came to $288.40 and I am including the receipt so you can be sure YOUR effort is really helping these little creatures who suffered so much with the fires in Australia.

Some of my administrative personnel also gave me money to donate on their behalf and together with an amount I put in, I was able to donate $200.00 Dlls to help the animals too.

I am very please, to say the least, with the incredible support  from all of you and the sales you have been having in order to help our brothers and sisters and animals of Australia. This is what being compassionate and empathetic really is!

I congratulate all of you and know that you make me extremely proud!

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LIBERIA CHIMPANZEE RESCUE

So here we are at the end of our first semester and ready to welcome the new year 2020!

I am  constantly   surprised at how fast time goes by, especially when I see all of you and realize how much you have grown and how tall you are!

As for me I am getting older too, but I am not getting taller, rather I am shrinking! Hahahaha, I used to be taller than Miss Monica, my daughter, and now she is the taller one!

One of the things I am so grateful for in my long years of living is being able to contribute to the aid of innocent and defenseless beings, who would not survive without the help and love of humans.

One example is Lucy! Remember her? Our adopted chimpanzee?

I am happy to post a video the Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue Sanctuary sent me, so you can see for yourselves  how the chimps live and how they are helped.

 

I wish that all of you grow up to be kind and compassionate human beings who will always find ways of helping others in need, including all animals.

We are all connected. We are all part of the Universe. We all deserve to live, be healthy and happy.

I send all my love and best wishes. Thank you for being part of my life!

Teachers and students: HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A MOST REWARDING NEW YEAR!

See you in January!

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