So I'm currently an affiliate with Seeds 2 Empower, a new organization that makes up and ships boxes of seeds to schools, villages and orphanages in Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan. (Being the uber-activist I am, I wrote up a Facebook 'Note' about S2E, find it here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=411192603402&id=605451553&ref=mf, it explains our mission and views.) Basically we collect seed packets from donors, ship them in a box with a disposable camera (with a self-addressed envelope and money for postage if deemed necessary due to postage rates per country/city) and then wait for the camera to come back. We donate seeds to help start or supplement communal or family farms, thus giving the recipients a way to sustain themselves with food and extra crop to sell; the money can then go towards buying more food/household necessities, health care, water and sanitation, schooling, whathaveyou.
My question is this: is there a way I can create and include a crafty element to further ensure success? We're NOT fundraisers, we in fact do not take cash donations, only seed packets. I'm thinking of something like peat pots or biodegradable starters for seeds, or small tackle-boxes for storing and organizing seeds (I use this with my own farm). I have to think relatively small, though, because though the administration covers shipping cost, we don't want to have much more than 4-lb boxes shipping to recipients due to an outrageous increase of posting after that weight.
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!!!