PLAY is a collective effort for Madagascar’s children, dedicated to past mentor, Dr. Alison Jolly.
But PLAY would not be possible without many other helpers. Here are just a few of the people that got it this far:
Friends of PLAY
S.O.S. Save Our Species for the lemur radio grant with Centre ValBio
Rotary International for funding the storybook about our ring-tailed mongoose
Professor Patricia Wright for offering us roots to begin with programs at Centre ValBio
Amy Mitchell for this website and all your support for positive change: www.pocketrobin.com
Peter Brown for the awesome logo and contributions to children’s lit: www.peterbrownstudio.com
Richard Mills, Wildlife Tours of Africa, our first official PLAY donor!
Grandparents for your serious support in setting up PLAY.
Mom, for my flights and the insurance to just do it.
And my dad and Maria for wine and food rescues.
Patricia Wright who invited me on this journey and keeps it moving with me
Florent RAVOAVY who fuels possibility through a loving vision for the people
Louise Chawla who shares her insights and support for moving goals forward
Roger Hart who always finds time to give academic guidance & connect me in
Katie Slivovsky who coaches me on conceptual planning & participatory design
Groups that Opened their Doors
Rotary for my studies with Alison Jolly and welcoming me into your clubs
Prof. Anna Nekaris for invitations and creative exchanges at Oxford Brookes
Tharcisse and SBU Study Abroad for teaching invitations and children’s days
City University Environmental Psychology Program, my NYC academic hub
Sarah Lawrence’s Child Development Institute for workshops and resources
Dr. Pia Rebello Britto for including me in the interdisciplinary reading group
Brookfield Zoo for lessons and inspiration gained from your CZL internship
Roots and Wings
MAIED Classmates for your worlds of lessons, friendship, and encouragement
Alice Benash for helping me come up with and structure ideas and approaches
Sue Perna for sharing your home with inspiring ideas for taking on challenges
Conservation groups all over Madagascar for hosting (MICET, MFG, DLC, CVB)
Sue Layden, Susan Lehr, and Christina Grassi who opened doors at Skidmore
SSDS Extended Day for allowing me to try wild ideas and always valuing childhood
Friends, for your patience with my moves, homes for Pebbles and me, and outlets
Everyday lifters: like the coffee shop owners that offer consistently warm mornings