From a passion to a vision, the story of Our Kaleidoscope Planet takes us from a kitchen table in rural England to the communities and schools of our amazing world.
In January 2020, whilst sat at a kitchen table in a small village in Oxfordshire, England, an idea was born. It would work, it would inspire and it would happen. In March 2020 the world went into lockdown. The need to unite and care became even more apparent.
Relay / verb / receive and pass on information or a message.
To pass something on, whether that be knowledge, support, or just a friendly smile, unites people and makes them feel a part of something much bigger. If our future generation, the decision makers of tomorrow, come together, break down barriers and work towards the same objectives they will make discoveries that are both fascinating and inspiring which will ultimately result in a more compassionate world. Our Kaleidoscope Planet starts at the very beginning, in the communities and schools of our world.
Back in 2009 Claire Joy, the founder of Our Kaleidoscope Planet, visited the island of Zanzibar, off the coast of East Africa. During her stay she volunteered for a small grassroots charity and painted colourful murals on the walls of a dark, sun-deprived bedroom in the middle of Stonetown. The room belonged to Abdul, a 16 yr old quadriplegic boy who, following a swimming accident, was housebound. With phenomenal English they sat down and chatted about the world and his passions, one of which was football. Opening up a map of the world, he asked where Brazil was, followed by England. 'But they play against each other, how can they be so far away?!' His genuine shock at the vastness of our world and the concept of where we all fitted into it ignited something inside Claire.
Following a career in apparel product development that took her to places such as Bangladesh, Malaysia and Hong Kong, the arrival of Claire's own children made her reflect on our world today and the one that we are all facing tomorrow. The many people and cultures that she has experienced and embraced have always held her fascination and this has now inspired her to make a difference, for the sake of our future.