Paper boats speak to the child in all of us because making paper boats is something that children from diverse cultures have done for hundreds of years. From rural India and urban Japan to wealthy Kenya and poor America. Transcending status and privilege, this simple, playful and creative act inspires joy and wonder in the hearts and minds of children. In making a paper boat, a child learns to create something new with what they have, and to see their imagination shape reality. A piece of plain paper or scrap of discarded magazine is transformed – two dimensions become three. Imagination takes wing and then takes shape.
Paper boats that embody a child’s dream – a hope that their fragile little vessel will defy all odds, traverse mighty flowing rivers and navigate boundless oceans to reach distant shores. Pushing the paper boat down-stream or launching it on a vast ocean is an act of hope, of faith, of daring to dream…the journey that the little paper boat can take is one of infinite possibility.
As a charity we are working towards a world that unlocks the infinite potential of every child. We celebrate spaces where children can enjoy their childhood, delight in creative learning and which instill in them the confidence to set sail and navigate their own unique journey through life.