March 5, 2011

How old do you have to be to make a difference?

What were you up to at 15? I was a sophomore in high school, hating puberty, loving Tae Kwon Do and whining about Chemistry & Global History classes.

Sophie Brown is, as she puts it, "a 15 year old schoolgirl with a newspaper round." She's up to the usual: going to school, enjoying music and watching TV. But this 15 year old is also up to something extraordinary. A trip to Uganda inspired Sophie to take action and become actively involved in helping children get an education.

It's encouraging to see charity & global thinking continues in the next generation. Western culture has become increasingly consumerist and self-centered. It's hard to think beyond our lives, our immediate world. But our lifestyle is a result of the education we've received over many generations.

Knowledge is a powerful tool and aid in the improvement of a society. Without knowledge, the scope of growth is limited. The benefits of a freely available education are obvious in leading countries such as USA and UK. The ability to attend school and learn should not be a privilege, but a right for every child born in this world.

Sophie is planning a trip back to Uganda in the summer of 2011. More information regarding her trip and goals can be found at her site.

You can help make education for the children of Uganda a reality by supporting Sophie Brown. Whether it is monetary donations, spreading the word or lending a helping hand, every bit counts.

I don't know how many people read my blogs, but if you do, please pass it on so we can help spread the word and raise awareness.