It’s the day after Christmas. Your fingers are probably paper cut from unwrapping gifts and next to your heap of goodies is most likely an even bigger pile of packaging.

But don’t just throw it away. There’s a better use for it. And no, it’s not recycling, at least not in the traditional sense.

Donate it. Poor kids in Africa will happily make toys out of your throwaways.

It’s the brainchild of Avik Maitra, a recent graduate from Colombia University, who during a fellowship in Africa, noticed local children making playthings from cigarette cartons and cornhusks.

This gave him an idea. Create toys out of old junk and distribute them to local kids. His only requirements are that they’re cool, cute, forward-looking, fun, engaging, and imaginative. Amazing and heartwarming!

For more, visit Avik at Radecology.

Via inhabitat.