"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and you lived well."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I had learned at a young age that I would never to able to fully repay the people in my life who had saved me, no matter how hard I tried. The older I got, the more I realized that it was important to give back in life, especially to those that cannot save themselves. The following are organizations I work with and have affiliations with.
ChildFund International--Sponsor to Marvin
I am currently a sponsor to Marvin, an eight year old boy who lives in Honduras. His mother has made me his godmother, so I guess I am more than just a sponsor! We communicate via snail mail, and his mother has taught me so much about honoring the little things in life. Marvin has two younger siblings as well.
To sponsor children like Marvin, please visit https://www.childfund.org.
Kiva and Kiva Zip--Micro Loaner and Trustee
Kiva and Kiva Zip are organizations that loan money to small businesses in third world countries, and more recently, in the United States. Their philosophy is based on teaching a man to fish. Kiva Zip has been an amazing addition to Kiva's platform, allowing me to connect with individuals around the world and help grow their small businesses.
To make a loan, please visit http://www.kiva.org.
Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force--Education Sector
I recently was able to join the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force to help bring an end to trafficking in Minnesota. Trafficking does not just include sex trafficking, but the trafficking of labor and humans as well. Working in the education sector has helped me realize how big of a problem this is in our own schools in Minneapolis. Last year, 36 cases were reported in the state, and the average pimp makes $500,000 off of women and men ages 11-17.
To help bring an end to human trafficking, please visit http://mnhttf.org.
Langa Township, Cape Town, South Africa
I recently began working on a project to help the people of Langa create a food kitchen to help feed those with little to no food. If you are at all interested in helping work on a project abroad, please feel free to contact me, as we need all the help we can get!