HappyDoll.org connects children around the world using dolls made by children as traveling ambassadors with messages of hope. Each HappyDoll is one-of-a-kind, kid-powered envoy with a simple mission: To make children in challenging circumstances smile. To date, over 700 children have collaborated in New York, North Carolina, Haiti, Japan, India, Honduras, Singapore, Vietnam, and Uganda, sending hope and comfort through their traveling HappyDolls.
WHAT IS A HAPPYDOLL?
It is a special doll decorated, by a child, for delivery to a child in need somewhere in the world. Each HappyDoll is one-of-a-kind, kid-powered envoy with a simple mission: To make children in challenging circumstances smile. To date, over 700 children have collaborated in New York, North Carolina, Haiti, Japan, India, Honduras, Singapore, Vietnam, and Uganda, sending hope and comfort through their traveling HappyDolls.
WHO WE ARE
HappyDoll.org provides the materials, cleaning, shipping and tracking of the dolls. The organization was founded in January 2011 by Nozomi Terao and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the United States Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
WHAT WE DO
HappyDoll.org works with children from all backgrounds, and often with vulnerable children facing challenging circumstances. We provide simple doll making kits to create a unique, plush friend to comfort another child in need—across borders, cultures, and languages.
We also hold doll making sessions at schools, hospitals, after-school programs, special needs programs, events, birthday parties, and even baby showers!
Each doll is a blank canvas in a shape of a doll for children to explore their creativity. We provide an opportunity for children to express their “messages” through decorating their dolls. Most importantly, since the dolls are decorated, then sent to another child, children learn the joy of sharing.
Think of us as a “Doll Travel Agency”. We clean and maintain the dolls and help them to travel the world.
“Where did my HappyDoll go?” By using the tracking number on each doll, children can see where their dolls have traveled through our website.
We want children to know they can make a difference. The HappyDolls travel to expand the joy of giving, and to connect and empower children around the world.
HappyDoll.org visits and holds HappyDoll sessions where kids can make HappyDolls in groups. In the past, we have invited theater group volunteers to join us and combined engaging theater workshops with the happydoll sessions. We customize each session for schools, organizations and events, so get in touch at email@example.com!
HOW IT WORKS
Step 1: DECORATE
We provide all the materials to decorate a doll. Be creative!
Step 2: RETURN THE DOLL
Send back your custom decorated HappyDoll. We will clean them and send them travelling around the United States and the rest of the world.
Step 3: TRACK THE DOLL
Check where your HappyDoll has traveled by entering the tracking number on the doll into our website!
Somebody is smiling with your HappyDoll in their arms.
If you would like to send HappyDolls to these children, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
HappyDoll was inspired by a hospital-based, art therapy project in Japan called the Happy Doll Project and founded by Masako Takahashi, WAP (Wonder Arts Production).
However, HappyDoll is not affiliated with Wonder Arts Production or any other organization.
HappyDoll is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the United States Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.