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The Power to Play at the Breman Museum


Children in Africa playing with their handmade toys

What do broken flip-flop sandals, scrap pieces of plastic bags, twigs and string have in common for children in Africa, Asia and the Americas? The items were used by children to create toy sailboats.


As ChildFund’s traveling toy exhibit, “The Power to Play: from Trash to Treasure” continues making its way to museums across the United States, the Breman Museum, located in Atlanta, GA., gears up for an exciting VIP reception.

On Sunday, Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m., donors will gather at the Breman with ChildFund International President and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard and Breman Director Jane Leavey, to formally launch the toy exhibit.

Goddard will speak on ChildFund’s work with deprived, excluded and vulnerable children around the world.

“ChildFund International has long recognized play as essential to childhood development,” said Goddard.

“We are sharing this toy collection as a visible demonstration of how the power to play helps children thrive and become leaders of enduring change in their communities and the world.”

“The Breman is proud to be a part of this amazing tribute to the imagination and resiliency of children to create toys from discarded items in war ravaged countries,” said Leavey.


Image of child sponsor, Eric Severson

Also during the reception a new song, written expressly for “The Power to Play” exhibit will premiere. Musician Eric Severson was inspired by the imagination of the children who created the toys. Severson, a ChildFund sponsor for 30 years, donated his song to ChildFund International.


“I believe in writing music that touches people's hearts, inspires their emotions and enlightens them to issues and feelings they might not otherwise have experienced.”

More than 75 toys are on display Oct. 18 through Jan. 10, 2010 at the Breman Museum, 1440 Spring Street, NW, Atlanta, GA.

For more information on “The Power to Play,” and the children who made these toys, click here.