When 3-year-old Emily discovered that there are young kids just like her battling illnesses that cause them to lose their hair, she wanted to do something about it. She decided to give her own hair to a child in need. “I don’t want any kids to be sad that they have no hair,” she says in this heartwarming video. “What I want to do is give them my hair.” Emily agreed to cut her hair on one condition–her favorite Rapunzel doll had to get her hair cut too. Of course, Emily choose her favorite hair-cutter in the world to perform this operation, her Uncle Matthew.
“What Emily did, that was most meaningful to us … was that Emily was willing to give something that she had a lot of, something that could be of great meaning to another person,” her mother Amy James wrote. “We hope though, is that as Emily matures she will learn to make her own selfless decisions that inspire and bring hope, even if there is a cost.”
You can read more about this heartwarming story at: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/watch-3-year-old-girl-donates-hair-kids-cancer-article-1.1714482#ixzz2va6vH04V
- casie tindell
The Hope Team would like the personally thank all of those that came out and supported the organization this past Sunday, March 2nd at Hope 4 Africa Night 2014. There was a great turnout and excellent company in the Embassy Suites in Des Moines, IA. The event nearly doubled last year’s total amount raised to $8,486.39! This is the most we have ever raised at this event for our educational programs in Kenya. The auction was a complete success as well! Items ranged from Coach Hoiberg signed basketballs (Go Cyclones!) to weekend getaway packages. Several members gave wonderful speeches about the organization, followed by a speech by H4A founder, Moses Bomett. Overall, it was a very fun evening.
Thank you once again for your continued support!
The organization wouldn’t be able to carry on without you!
To see photos from the event click here.
In Central Africa Republic over a year of sectarian violence has deprived thousands of young students of their education.
What was an already weak education system has been completely destroyed, with 500,000 of 662,000 primary school students dropping out in the last year. Hundreds of schools have been repurposed as shelters for displaced citizens, sites for armed groups, or destroyed and looted by extremists.
Since the conflict began, UNICEF has built 94 temporary learning spaces for more than 18,000 children impacted by the conflict, helping them to continue their education and rebuild their lives. School offers the opportunity to focus on the future and take a break from the terrible hardships such as looting, sickness, and murder that many young children have seen through the conflict.
UNICEF is dedicated to providing care, protection, and educational resources for children worldwide during times of conflict and war. To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Central Africa Republic, read the related article by Helene Sandbu Ryeng.
Microsoft, in partnership with Intel Corporation East Africa and the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA), will launch the 4Afrika Youth Device Program in Kenya.
The program enables students and schools to own devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops with flexible and personalized financing options. The program will also help finance educational applications, online services, or data plans to make those devices as useful as possible.
“Through the program’s pilot in Kenya, we want to equip youth with critical 21st century ICT skills that will contribute to the growth of Kenya’s knowledge economy and facilitate the use of eGovernment services,” said Patrick Onwumere, Microsoft 4Afrika Youth Enablement director.
The program’s goal is to develop technology skills in African students and to promote digital inclusion worldwide. The program will start in Kenya, and will look to move to Egypt, South Africa, and Nigeria.
Learn more from the full article at allAfrica.com.
In light of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday yesterday, I would like look at the ways has educated and influenced adults today. Seuss was a timeless author whose books captivated readers and bestowed life-long lessons through his messages. From The Lorax to Oh, The Places You’ll Go, to Green Eggs and Ham, Seuss has subtly yet effectively given readers his advice on how to live a meaningful life.
Click here to discover the 5 Things Dr. Seuss Can Teach You About Life.
Dr. Seuss’ book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! was published in 1990.
- casie Tindell