Red Trunk Project®

Girl sitting in a Red Trunk

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The forces of intolerance and bigotry are on the rise both here and abroad. Much of the world today remains deeply divided by race, nationality, faith, and politics. Too many people — world leaders and citizens alike — think in terms of "us" and "them," and all too often people are automatically threatened by something that is "different."

Five kids standing around a Red TrunkIf there is any hope for the human race to survive, progress, and prosper, the walls that separate "us" from "them" must come down - and this hope for a better world lies with our children; they will inherit this world, and they will become the next generation of leaders and thinkers.  Therefore it is our responsibility is to provide them with the necessary tools — education, understanding, and empathy — in order for them to succeed.

The Red Trunk Project cultural initiative will prepare our children to better understand and empathize with their fellow citizens from around the globe. By introducing today's children to cultures other than their own, Red Trunk Project sparks a global dialogue based on the need to Respect Every Difference (the inspiration behind the color of the trunks), and thus laying the groundwork for a brighter, more inclusive future.

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk

 

Red Trunk Project provides children from around the world with in-depth, hands-on insights to other cultures, thereby replacing divisiveness, hatred, and violence with inclusiveness, tolerance, and a shared understanding of one another. By opening young hearts and minds to cultures which differ from their own — often from distant parts of the world that they might not ever travel to themselves — Red Trunk Project connects children with one another in rich and meaningful ways.

 

THE BASIC MECHANICS

The Red Trunk Project team travels around the globe, identifies and connects with local schools, and interviews the children about their unique cultural experience.  The team records their stories with video and photographs, and collects examples of tangible, cultural artifacts. This material is brought back, cataloged, edited, and compiled, and goes into a Red Trunk. That trunk is then duplicated a hundred times, translated into different languages, and shipped all over the world so kids can explore the trunk's contents and learn about a new culture.

 

In the first year, Red Trunk Project will focus on testing trunks filled with the cultures of our pilot locations:

  •    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  •    Oaxaca, Mexico

 

The Earth
Quote from Helen Keller

Five kids standing around a Red Trunk

The Red Trunk Project cultural initiative will prepare our children to better understand and empathize with their fellow citizens from around the globe. By introducing today's children to cultures other than their own, Red Trunk Project sparks a global dialogue based on the need to Respect Every Difference (the inspiration behind the color of the trunks), and thus laying the groundwork for a brighter, more inclusive future.

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk
Quote from Helen Keller

Red Trunk Project®

Red Trunk Project graphic

Five kids standing around a Red Trunk

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk
The Earth
Quote from Helen Keller

Five kids standing around a Red Trunk

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk
The Earth
Quote from Helen Keller

Red Trunk Project®

Five kids standing around a Red Trunk

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk
The Earth
Quote from Helen Keller

Red Trunk Project®

Red Trunk Project®

Five kids standing around a Red Trunk

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk
The Earth
Quote from Helen Keller

Red Trunk Project®

Red Trunk Project®

Red Trunk Project graphic

Five kids standing around a Red Trunk

A teacher helps students explore a Red Trunk
The Earth
Quote from Helen Keller