7 Charities Founded By Children That Are Inspiring Us All
These kids are truly remarkable! They all saw a void and filled it with charities that are helping others! Check out these 7 charities founded by unbelievable children.
1. The Ladybug Foundation
Mission: End homelessness.
Founded by Hannah Taylor at age 8.
When Taylor was five years old, she saw a man eating out of a garbage in the middle of winter. The sight filled her with sadness and the repeating question of "Why?" Hannah wondered whether homeless might end if everyone shared what they had. Three years later, she created The Ladybug Foundation, an organization that asks businesses for spare change to give to the homeless. To date, it has raised over $2 million. The most simple and powerful part to the story is the beginning. When Taylor's mother noticed how bothered she was by learning that some people have no home, she told her, “Sometimes when you worry and feel sad about things, if you do something to change the problem, your heart won't feel so sad." Sounds like good advice for anyone.
2. Free the Children
Mission: End child labor
Founded by Craig Kielburger at age 12
While he was looking for a comic in the paper, Kielburger found the story of Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani boy who was sold into slavery at the age of four. When he was freed at age ten, he became an activist for children's rights all too soon before he was murdered. According to the Free The Children website, Kielburger was inspired by the sizeable voice that came from a small body such as Masih's. His charity was born after he gathered a group of seventh grade classmates to free children, empower children, and help them believe that a lack of years cannot keep anyone from effecting change.
3. Alex's Lemonade Stand
Mission: Find a cure for childhood cancer
Founded by Alexandra "Alex" Scott at age 4
Cancer patient, Alex Scott, simply made up her mind that she wanted to help find a cure for her disease. Like many kids who want to raise money, she took to her front yard to sell lemonade. Since she first set up shop, her little stand turned into a national fund-raising movement, complete with a staff, a board of directors and celebrity endorsers. Sadly, Alex passed away in 2004 at the age of eight. Her legacy lives on as ALSF continues its mission to help find a cure.
4. Kids Saving The Rainforest
Mission: Save the rain forest (SUHprise)
Founded by Janine Licare and Aislin Livingstone at age 9
What started as a small craft-stand on Costa Rican roadside eventually grew into a non-profit dedicated to protecting the environment. In the beginning, Licare and Livingstone sold painted rocks in 1999 to raise money for their noble cause evolved into an organization running several programs that promote environmental education, protect wildlife, and preserve the natural habitats of the rain forest. All their hard work has seen results: according to a recent study, the endangered titi monkey's population has gone from 1,200 to 3,700.
6. Hoops of Hope
Mission: Find a cure from HIV/AIDS
Founded by Austin Gutwein at age 9
In 2004, Gutwein watched a video of children in Africa that lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. He realized that the only difference between him and these children was that they were suffering. He was so moved by their stories that he decided to do something to help them. According to the charity's website, he shot 2,057 free-throws on World AIDS Day in honor of the 2,057 children that would likely lose their parents on that given day. Through sponsorships from his friends and family, Gutwein raised nearly $3,000, all of which went to the aid of 8 orphaned children. Since then, people have joined his cause and, together, have raised over $3 million. The funds raised are used to provide orphaned children with access to food, clothing, shelter, a new school, four dormitories, two computer labs, teacher houses, and two medical testing facilities which Austin was told would save an entire generation.
7. One More Generation
Mission: Save the planet and its wildlife
Founded by Carter and Olivia Ries at ages 8 and 7, respectively
Carter and Olivia Ries wanted to make a difference. When Carter was 8 and Olivia as 7, their aunt adopted two cheetahs for them from South Africa. It was then they learned the significance of endangered species and why it was even necessary for the two children to adopt a wild animal. After weeks of research, the duo decided to start their own non-profit, OMG: One More Generation, to help educate young and old about the plight of endangered species, so they could be here with us for generations to come. Today, these audacious children have traveled the world spreading their message and have even developed a curriculum for elementary school students to help develop their awareness of environmental issues and implement healthy habits that will keep our planet thriving for the next generation...and beyond!