Kids are considered to be the purest and the most innocent in this cruel world. We have collected 5 stories where kids have started their own charities that address local needs as well as international ones.
They found a need in society and set out on their own to fix them. We are hopeful that when others hear these stories, they will understand the impotence of supporting and donating to these non-profit organizations.
It is also quite empowering to hear such stories where kids make a difference. It breaks through the barriers that state that kids are too immature to start a ripple; they have no expertise or experience.
The Kids Who Took The Initiative
Kids Saving The Rainforest:
Aislin Livingstone and Janine Licare saw the rainforests disappear from their place in Costa Rica in 1999. They were only 9 years old then. They saw how this had a negative impact on the animals, especially the mono titi monkey.
They decided to start their organization after observing how their donations were being spent with other rainforests. “Kids Saving the Rainforest’s mission is to serve the wildlife of Costa Rica’s coast and conduct scientific research, train volunteers, promote conservation, and primarily rehabilitate wildlife.
Love In The Mirror:
Jonas Corona was only 6 years old when he would visit the homeless shelter with his mother to volunteer. He saw the adults and kids in need firsthand and was inspired to start his organization. He says, “every kid should look in the mirror and love themselves,” hence the name.
The mission of this non-profit organization is to motivate young minds to make a difference by volunteering and providing disadvantaged youth with essential necessities.
The Ladybug Foundation:
Hannah Taylor was the founder of this organization. When she was 5 years old, she saw a homeless man eating out of a garbage can on a winter day. That was the moment that changed her life. She started this organization when she was 8 and raised over 3 million dollars to fight against homelessness in Canada.
She is also the founder of The Ladybug Foundation Education Program Inc, which is a resource in schools all over Canada to empower young people to get involved.
Hoops Of Hope:
Austin Gutwein saw a video of some children who lost their parents to AIDS in 2004. He was moved by this and wanted to do something for them.
He decided to shoot free throws in basketball to raise money on World AIDS Day. He hit 2,057 free throws to represent the 2,057 kids who would be orphaned that day.
He was able to raise $3,000 through sponsors’ help, and from that year onwards, he organized the “Hoops of Hope”. Thousands participate in this shoot-a-ton and have raised over $2.5 million to empower the orphans with clothing, food, shelter, new schools, computer labs, medical centers, and other necessities.
The Hoops of Hope has shut down, but the medical centers remain.
Free The Children
Craig was 12 years old when he was flipping through a newspaper and saw a short story that reads: Iqbal Masih, a 12-year-old formerly enslaved child in Pakistan, had been murdered because he spoke up for human rights.
Craig had a sudden realization and became determined to do something. He and some of his classmates and his brother started WE( Free The Children, then), an organization that had a mission to free the children and their families from exploitation and poverty.
They have also created WE Villages Adopt A Village, which is dedicated to developing education, sanitation, clean water, health care, income, and food security to empower a community.