Cultural Care Au Pair (CCAP) child care coordinators Valerie Rempe, Wendy Jarrett, Janice Gibson and Sheila Thompson hosted a talent show in Brookhaven last month to benefit Kids First, a national program to support children in need worldwide.
The talent show featured performances by children from host families and their favorite au pairs from around the world and raised more than $600 through ticket and concession sales, which will be matched by CCAP for a total of $1,200.
For the past few years, Kids First has supported an orphanage in Russia, buying the children computers, books, sports equipment and much more. In March, Kids First purchased the biggest item on the orphanage’s wish list, a school bus.
The money raised at the Brookhaven event also will support three new Kids First initiatives: Ubuhle Babantwana, an orphanage in South Africa; Casa do Zezinho, an arts center in Brazil; and St. Mary’s, a school in New Orleans that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Since 1989, Cultural Care Au Pair has placed more than 60,000 au pairs in American homes. The program, regulated by the U.S. Department of State, allows qualified young people with experience to live in the United States for one year and provide child care for families while taking college courses and experiencing American culture.
The CCAP au pairs in Brookhaven and Buckhead are from Germany, Sweden, Poland, Thailand, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Moldova, Panama, Russia, China, South Korea, Argentina, Czech Republic, South Africa, Australia and Venezuela.
To become involved with the Kids First program or learn more about hosting an au pair, call Rempe at 404-846-0903, or visit www.culturalcare.com.