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Day 271: Vancouver Kids are Changing the World

Kids are changing the world but I think a lot of us are just not seeing their impact. After all the bad news that has been in the press lately about Vancouver I am happy to share some great news about my fine city. Even better the news is about young kids that are changing the world. I did a give on Day 235 to support two local Vancouver kids that opened a lemonade stand to help raise funds to build a water well for the Obakki Foundation. (also a local Vancouver initiative). Their whole school was involved and $8000 had to be raised to support this project.

You need to watch both videos. The first video is my interview with the kids which you may have already seen. The second video is an interview with many of the kids from the school after they had reached their goal. The effect it has on these kids is amazing, we can all learn a lot from them and get the Kleenex box ready – you will need it.

Day 271: Give 271



We don’t always know the impact tour giving has had but as you can see every “give” does help. I din’t donate a huge amount of money ($20.00) but together with everyone’s help we built a water well. I am so proud that I was part of this project for two reasons:

1) This water well will change the lives and save lives of so many in Africa that are in such great need.

2) The impact this project has had on these children will last their lifetime. It’s not a lesson that can be bought but it can be taught. If we take the time to teach our kids the effect their giving will have on the world they will understand how they to can help. This is the generation that will change our world for the better if we teach them.

Thank you Cypress Park Primary for all you have done to change the world. To the kids, the parents and teachers you have set an example we can all learn from.

Please favourite and share this video on YouTube so we can inspire the world and show how children are changing the world.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)