Amanda Fennell was adopted from an orphanage in Bogota, Colombia in 1990
It was around the time of guerrilla warfare, and the orphanage had bomb nets over them, and military was everywhere
Amanda Fennell grew up in New York
Amanda wants to adopt one day
She wants to visit Colombia, her birthplace, but is unsure of when and the circumstances of her situation, and facing her fears
Amanda feels a tremendous amount of gratitude for her situation
Amanda's sister, Lauren, was adopted from the same orphanage four years before Amanda was adopted
Lauren was Amanda's very first friend
She doesn't remember when she found out or realized she was adopted
Lauren was killed by a drunk driver when Amanda was a senior in high school
Amanda has a tattoo of Lauren's fingerprint together with her own fingerprint to format a heart shape
She was bullied a lot in middle school because she was outcasted as a "church kid"
Her "ugly duckling phase" lasted a while, especially since she went into college with braces
I use the word antifragile to describe Amanda Fennell
She has always been resilient and "overly" optimistic
Amanda thrives on stress and a sense of urgency
Amanda decided to attend Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland because of their strong nursing program
She wanted to be a pediatrician back then
Because of the loss of her sister, Amanda almost didn't attend college
Instead of wallowing in sadness, Amanda enrolled at Towson
In a strange way, going to college allowed Amanda to "run away" from her trauma
She wanted nothing to do with the medical field due to the loss of her sister, so Amanda majored in Family Studies and Community Development
She searched for student clubs to join.
Joining Invisible Children club was intimidating for Amanda because it was for the "cool" crowd
She then joined Circle-K service club
She ran for President as a freshman!
Amanda met two of her best friends, Kari Adlington and Jessa Coulter, during freshman year
The Circle-K initiatives were too small and low-key for Amanda, who wanted to do more
Amanda (along with Keri and Jessa) and I met at a Circle-K Convention where I gave a keynote speech
Amanda thinks that I am quirky!!! LOL
When Amanda wanted her Circle-K club to get involved with SHH, she was labeled “awful” and as the “worst President”
Leaving Circle-K to start Students Helping Honduras on campus caused rifts in friendships and personal hate against Amanda
Honduras was Amanda’s first trip outside of the US
She didn’t realize the SHH service trip would have so much of an educational component to it
Amanda met and talked to the families in Villa Soleada when the project had just started
SHH introduced Amanda to concepts like the ethics behind development aid
She helped build the Villa Soleada Education Center, which was the prototype project that later turned into the Villa Soleada Bilingual School
Eduardo “Chilo,” a small boy from the village spoke to the group to thank them for providing the education
The Education Center would provide Chilo his first books and computers ever
Amanda is careful about over-romanticizing development aid and volunteering
“I was so idealistic and naive.”
It was difficult to convince the Towson administration to let the chapter go down to Honduras, then considered the most dangerous nation outside of war zones
Dr. Santiago Solis helped as a faculty advisor and mentor to Amanda
The Towson Chapter raised $13,000 during their first year
They then returned to Honduras with 33 student volunteers
The following year they raised $30,000
During Amanda’s senior year, the chapter raised $53,000
In four years, the Towson Chapter had raised about $125,000 for Students Helping Honduras
Jessa Coulter was the co-President of the chapter alongside Amanda
They didn’t have much of a hierarchy
The chapter members became best friends
Some members spent more time on SHH than on school work
They organized 3-4 events every week
Each semester they did one massive event, like a benefit concert
Having compassionate, empathetic leadership is key
Fundraising was fun despite the sense of urgency
A lot of other chapters envied Towson and Amanda’s success
Leadership Week has fostered competition while building friendships between SHH chapters
Amanda became a community director for March of Dimes after graduation
She posted photos from Honduras all over her desk area at March of Dimes
Amanda was always interested in international maternal and prenatal health
I reached out to Amanda for help, as SHH was under so much stress due to lack of staff members and security threats in Honduras
Amanda saved up for a year working at March of Dimes and quit there to work for SHH on a shoestring salary as the Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Amanda feels really lonely while working out of her laptop in New York
At around 11:30pm one night—I was on the brink of shutting down SHH because of all the turmoil in Honduras and its consequences—I called Amanda to ask her for help and to join SHH
Amanda and I consult each other on everything just naturally, going all in together
Humility is something Amanda and I value in staff members
I needed someone to support me
Amanda doesn’t like being placed on a pedestal
Amanda is as loyal as it gets
At Towson, Amanda had a sense of community and personal success
It’s hard for Amanda to not have that sense of community as she works alone in New York
Amanda’s boyfriend Chris is supportive of her, always
Amanda’s best friends are mostly from SHH, though many of them are far away
Amanda is a social butterfly so it’s hard to work alone for her
“The work day is never over."
She’s learned to pace herself, delegate, avoid burnout
SHH could use some help with grant writing, social media, chapter recruitment
People are much more motivated when they can work face to face, instead of remotely and isolated
There is no reason to constantly second guessing herself as the COO of SHH with all the trust that I have in Amanda
Amanda has to remind herself that there is value in what she does for SHH
Amanda and Chris have started a succulent arrangement business on the side, BEAR STREET COLLECTIVE
The succulent business allows Amanda to interact with other people, something she missed doing
Jessa Coulter and Amanda Fennell are like the Yin and the Yang together
Amanda Fennell drinks a lot of coffee!
Amana is a night owl, working late into the night
She likes being “zesty” with life : )
The person Amanda Fennell was most grateful for that week was her boyfriend Chris
They recently visited Denver, Colorado together
While studying at the University of Maryland, Melissa Frankenberry raised more than $30,000 for Students Helping Honduras. In this episode, she breaks down her process step-by-step and talks about facing her own fears when making the ask.
Ever since Cristy Falcone was a little girl, she wanted to go places on a bicycle with a sleeping bag
According to Cristy, I was an enthusiastic and energetic guy back in college
She had done one previous grand tour, going 1,800 miles from Seattle to San Diego
Her touring pace is about 12 miles an hour
Her plan was to do 45-50 miles per day!
Scandinavia was the hardest part of the trip for Cristy
She used the Kona Sutra touring bike
You must use a touring bike that puts your body in a comfortable position
Most touring bicycles cost $500+
She worked at Bike Works , a bicycle shop in Fredericksburg during her senior year in college where she learned the basics of bicycle maintenance
At the least you should know how to change your tires, fix a flat tire, adjust your brakes, adjust de-railers, and fix your gears
You can get panniers and strap them on the sides of your bicycles to store your stuff
Backpacks are not recommended because it makes your back sweat
She carried 25-30lbs of gear (food, water, sleeping bag, tent)
She went on an unsupported tour where she had to carry all her stuff with her!
“You basically carry your life with you."
Cycling maps are essential
GPS systems for bicycles can cost $400-$500!!
She set up a Facebook page and coordinate a Fundaround page with Colette Eustace
She had to face her fears while fundraising
Her dad gave out fundraising flyers and gave them out at his work
She was moved by her father’s gesture
You need friends and family to support you while on a grand tour
She posted photos and updates during her grand tour
Leading up to the trip, she was scared, nervous, excited, anxious
“The first day was totally ridiculous."
To fly a bike, you have to take it apart and stuff it into a box
On the first day, it poured rain and everything got soaking wet
They had to dry everything overnight on a campsite!
Advice: Put all your stuff in trash bags inside your panniers
In Scandinavia, she saw lots of farmland, coastal sea, beautiful scenery
She ate a lot of picnic food to stay fueled, and also fish in Scandinavia
She ate a lot of sausage in Germany
France has great fruit
She stayed in hostels sometimes, the cheapest ones in Europe cost about 20 Euros per night
She camped out in random places
Her two biggest threats were bike accidents and men
Her then boyfriend went along with her for the first month
She met other cycle tourists and would ride along with them sometimes
Europe has very developed and organized bicycle routes
She regrets not having a gadget to listen to podcasts during the tour
“You can work a lot of things out, alone on a bike."
She loves bicycle touring but got homesick
Her brakes kept failing on her during the expedition for an unknown reason
She got sun burn and saddle sores
In Basil, Cristy got into a serious accident and got badly injured
Her bicycle tires got stuck in a trolly track and she crashed in slow motion
She had to sit down and cry in the shade for a little while : (
She got a beer afterwards to recover
She could barely make it on the bicycle the next day
She ended up sleeping (“nestling”) in her tent in a random community garden!
The owners of the garden plot caught her and Cristy was terrified hearing them rustle around and speaking in German
The German family took her in like a little child, feeding Cristy and even gave her coffee and pastry
Her rain gear was not adequate
Scandinavia has a strong wind going against you
It gets very hot in the summer in France
She’s injury-prone and has scoliosis, but avoided any major injuries
She rode 5-7 hours per day on average
She had to end her trip in Paris and not in Spain as planned because her visa expired
At the end, she felt sadness, relief, homesick
She had to stop putting up photo updates because of a potential stalker
“I can’t wait until my next tour."
After the trip, she slept a LOT but didn’t eat too much
European coffee is very strong and bold
“You’ll be scared every step of the way. But you should do it anyways."
“I was scared during the entire phase of the process."
Before the trip, Cristy was working on a farm and at some odd jobs
Her dream is to work in biotech and live on a homestead
"The mountains are calling, and I must go." -John Muir
Johnny found out about Students Helping Honduras from his classmate George at the Coast Guard Academy
He was a cadet for four years and then was commissioned for five years in Honolulu, Hawaii and then in Seattle
He was a swimmer growing up and into many physical activities
Later on in college, Johnny got into mountaineering and rock climbing
His friend Kyle told Johnny about mountaineering in Colorado and about the fourteeners
He realized that he could combine his passion for mountaineering with his passion for SHH by climbing for Honduras
Johnny focused on "scrambling" which is kind of like hiking but on steeper terrain, like cliffs
He took a year-long alpine mountaineering course through mountaineers.org where he learned skills getting getting out of crevasses
Rock fall was a serious threat
Redundancy in equipment is important for safety
Johnny worked on his cardio and leg strength for fitness training.
You must be able to run 3-5 miles consistently
Everyone handles altitude changes differently, with headaches, appetite loss, vomitting
He did a lot of camping next to his car, which carried everything he needed
Colorado has convenient camping locations and regulations
He carried a water filter with him and get drinking water from a nearby streams
He took food, water, and snacks, emergency gear with him during the climbs
Sunglasses and sunblock are important
Johnny encourages the use of trekking poles to preserve your knees, even if it's a stick you pick up on the side of the road
Johnny had gotten a certificate in fundraising from the University of Washington through a year-long course
He learned to make a website through www.codefellows.org
"Learning about fundraising in the classroom was one thing. Applying it in the real world was a whole new experience."
Johnny used Fundaround.com as the online fundraising platform
He marketed Climb for Honduras via word of mouth, Facebook
Right before the trek, Johnny felt terrified and was full of doubts and uncertainty
He knew that life was uncertain after the expedition, or even during the dangerous expedition
He brought a Honduran flag with him everywhere, including on the expedition. People signed it as he trekked along
People from his church network in Colorado helped him and even joined him during parts of the expedition
Johnny prefers climbing with his friends instead of going alone
Chicago Basin, Colorado, was the most beautiful landscape Johnny witnessed during his expedition
He worried about his fundraising while on the treks and continued to work on it during his rest days back in civilization
He would climb 4-5 days of the week and take 2-3 days off
Camping up in the mountains was peaceful, especially the places with less people
There was the threat of encountering black bears
He saw many marmots!
At one point it started snowing, even though it was August
There were many moments where Johnny felt in danger
Due to frost, Johnny fell and injured his right hip. He kept going despite the sharp pain.
He saw rain, snow, thunderstorms, and even hail
Johnny ate a lot of dehydrated food that he heated up with hot water. They were mostly stews
Johnny's favorite flavor was chicken and rice
The sunrise hikes were breathtaking
When the sun comes up, all your worries melt away
The last peak was Mt. Huron, and in preparation they had brought a champaign bottle with them
He had lost 12 pounds of weight
He loved In-And-Out Burgers when he got home
"The mountains are calling, and I must go." -John Muir
Social entrepreneur Sophia Sunwoo believed in her mission so much that she worked without a salary for the first 2.5 years of starting The Water Collective. To make ends meet, she worked at a bakery during the day and built up the NGO at nighttime.
Entrepreneurial at heart, Sophia built a clothing company (celebrities like Miley Cyrus wore her clothesline) and sold it while still in college.
She remained in the corporate world for several months after college. But for Sophia Sunwoo, creating social impact was her calling. She quit her job, and began working at a bakery in New York. With co-founder Josh Braunstein, Sophia created The Water Collective to help provide clean drinking water to partner communities in Africa and India.
In this episode, Sophia talks about the challenges of working in the developing world as a female leader and dealing with petty community politics. You'll also learn what it's like to run an NGO with a co-founder and why for Sophia it's like "like a marriage without all the fun parts."
Sophia was listed as a leading force for social entrepreneurship on the Forbes' 30 Under 30 List in 2016.
www.omprakash.org - a site that connects NGOs, people, and projects
Show Notes & Summary
While in college, Sophia started a clothing line out of her dorm room with her roommate
She wanted to be a clothing designer since she was 9 years old
Miley Cyrus wore one of her hoodies
Despite her success, Sophia was unhappy
Sophia sold her company while she was still in college so she could do what she was passionate about
She was inspired by a professor asking his students to do something about climate change and social impact
She regimented a very strict schedule while in college to accomplish everything
She wanted to enter the nonprofit and social impact industry but nobody would offer her a job due to her lack of experience. She got rejected every time!
She returned to the corporate world, at a art consulting firm
She learned to project manage, production schedules, conflict resolution in the corporate world
Within 7 months, Sophia was ready to quit the corporate world
Her parents took a step back and trusted Sophia and her decision
Sophia met her co-founder, Josh Braunstein, at the bar on the day she quit her corporate job
Sophia worked in a bakery while starting The Water Collective
Sophia had never met an Asian American social entrepreneur for her first five years in the social impact space
Josh's Jewish network was supportive of their work. The Korean American community was less willing to support Sophia because charity is not a part of their culture as much.
Immigrant parents have a hard time understanding the risky decisions that their second-generation children may take in entrepreneurship or social entrepreneurship
You need to leverage your immediate network early on to be a successful social entrepreneur
They had many false starts in the beginning and projects kept falling through for an entire year
Co-founder Josh Braunstein had worked in the nonprofit industry, specializing in clean water. He had noticed that many projects simply did not work on the ground.
They noticed that many water systems stopped working after a few years
Maintenance, troubleshooting, and finding spare parts were largely unaddressed
Super high-tech or electric-powered water systems were problematic due to technical problems
Sophia found partner organizations in Africa mostly on-line
They received an email from a farmer in Cameroon who came from a village that did not have access to clean drinking water
They hopped on a flight to go meet the farmer in Cameroon
It's extremely difficult for NGOs to work in Cameroon, such as roads not being paved. Mud roads got washed away when it rained.
The Water Collective had dealt with much of the legal work finished during the first year to make things easier for the second year
Managing community relationships and dynamics is challenging due to competing interests that people within the community may have
Each community has a village chief and it is crucial for The Water Collective to foster those relationships
The Water Collective never fully funds a project so that the community can feel as if they are true stakeholders by fundraising and building
Working with different village chiefs is challenging, as they may or may not have the support of the community or certain members
Seemingly small relationships within the communities are important
Sophia believes that you can always create a system or process that can help you, even when managing key relationships or choosing partner villages
The Water Collective vouches each community where they ask questions, observe, and gather anecdotal data to see if the community would be a good fit as a partner
Sophia is all about testing ideas, getting feedback, and iterating
Sophia is a Tim Ferriss fan!
Sophia needed a confidence boost after being in a country where women are not respected as much and where people don't know how to handle a women in a leadership position
People gave her more authority when she told them that she was American
People from work would invite her for a meeting but would cross the line with their romantic approaches
People would make offhand comments about Sophia because she was a woman
She now does not show a hint of her feminine side when in these communities. It's awkward for her because she's all about women's rights and equality.
She picks her battles when it comes to standing up for women's issues in developing countries because she wonders if it is her responsibility and it takes away from her efficiency getting the projects done
Someone of power in Cameroon is usually overweight, since that means he is wealthy enough to eat a lot. Sophia is a tiny Asian girl, the opposite of what most leaders look like.
Demonstrating a sense of self-worth is important for women in development aid, not accepting sexist comments or unwanted advances or being treated as a plaything
The co-founder relationship is complicated, it's "like a marriage without all the fun parts"
You can go from being best friends to not talking each other constantly. It can get very emotional.
Building a startup is an emotional process
"It's always about execution. It's never about the idea."
A close staff member in Cameroon passed away recently, and dealing with death was difficult for Sophia and Josh. They considered closing down and became depressed.
The Water Collective has an important gala coming up in New York
Sophia and Josh meet at least once a week, usually in person
In one community, the intra-community problems were too deep that The Water Collective could not moderate even with the help of moderators and political leaders. The community chief did not have the support of his community
It was not in Sophia's philosophy to try and be the white knight that would throw money at the problems the community struggled with to try and solve it for them.
They had to abandon that particular community partnership
The Mundame community partnership is Sophia's proudest project
The Water Collective has a rigorous water maintenance program
They teach the communities how to fix and repair the systems so that it becomes second-nature, kind of like how everyone nowadays know how to use a smart phone
The Water Collective uses mostly water catchment systems where they will get water from a stream, and sometimes wells
It's important for Sophia that women are involved in the communities
Sophia and Josh worked for The Water Collective without a salary for the first 2.5 years
It's important to stay on the pulse when it comes to fundraising so you can evolve
It's important for an NGO to have a strong Board that can financially contribute a certain amount each year
Sophia like to host intimate, private dinners to update key donors
Sophia finds Board members that she can get along with and will support each other
They found Board members by searching for specific qualifications
Sophia likes to meditate and write down how she's feeling about certain projects
Sophia loves the Tim Ferriss Podcast!!
Sophia is currently coaching social entrepreneurs secure revenue for their projects at sophiasunwoo.com
Social entrepreneur Marquis Taylor started Coaching for Change by racking up $15,000 in credit card debt. He believed in his mission that much.
Marquis Taylor grew up in a rough, gang-riddled neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles. For him, basketball was the only thing that mattered. Using his talent and dogged work ethic, Marquis got a scholarship to play NCAA basketball.
After college and a number of years in the real estate industry, Marquis took a giant leap of faith forward. He left it all to start Coaching for Change to help vulnerable students become college and career ready. Coaching for Change organizes business training, mentorship, and academic support through the one thing that he loves: basketball. The organization works with low-income, disengaged high school students who are on the verge of dropping out.
Marquis Taylor is an Echoing Green Fellow and CNN Hero.
echoinggreen.org (Echoing Green is a social innovation fund that acts as a catalyst for impact. With access to funding, grants, and strategic foundational support, they can accelerate the positive vision leaders have for the world. )
Show Notes & Summary
California is not all palm trees and sunshines as people may think
He saw the worst and the best of humanity growing up
Marquis struggled through school, unable to read until the third or fourth grade
Basketball was his one escape, his "one and only motivator"
Marquis describes himself as a mid-range player who was like a "gnat"
Over the summer during high school, Marquis trained three times per day
He trained under Wayne Slappy at UCLA during the summers
Marquis noticed that the NBA players focused on the little things
He worked in the sub-prime mortgage industry, kind of like as Cristian Bale's assistant in the movie The Big Short
After college, Marquis wanted to make a lot of money
When the industry collapsed, he moved to the Mississippi Delta for a new job.
Marquis felt like he was in the third world being in the Mississippi Delta seeing all the dirt roads and lack of opportunity
They call these areas Mail Box Communities because everyone is living off welfare
It was there that Marquis realized the importance of education and how privileged he was relative to the people there
Witnessing the poverty, Marquis decided to become an educator to help
He got a master's degree in education but realized he didn't want to be a teacher
He started Coaching for Change without much of a fallback plan
Marquis truly hustled to start Coaching for Change, from sleeping on couches and in his car to getting into credit card debt
"It's not rocket science. It's persistence and hard work."
The program evolved from just training high school students to become basketball coaches
Coaching for Change then helps the students get jobs, graduate from schools, and mentor middle school students
"People label these kids we work with as the bad kids. I believe that they are just misunderstood."
These kids have a lot of things to deal with at home, such as parents being in jail
"Through small successes, young people begin seeing that they CAN actually do this."
Coaching for Change started with just 15 kids
Some of his high school students had never met a person who was in college
One of his high school students was struggling in school because he was dealing with his father being imprisoned for drug dealing. He overcame immense challenges and became a mentor to middle school students and is now attending college
His kids are required to organize sporting events, like 3v3 basketball tournaments and run them like businesses, selling t-shirts, running concession stands, charging entry tickets
The learn the elements of business through a fun process
Marquis racked up $15,000 in credit card debt to start Coaching for Change and to keep his promise
He won the Echoing Green Fellowship and $70,000 award by being honest
"When you put forth the work and effort, luck will follow."
Principles, teachers, and parents have competing interests
Marquis stresses the importance of fighting for moments and embracing them
The public schools pulled out of Coaching for Change because they did not want the organization to start including charter schools in their program
Marquis hadn't realize the dark side of politics behind education system until then
They had plans to impact 350 kids from 7 schools and all the public schools pulled out of the program just because Marquis wanted to also include charter schools in the program
There is intense competition for funding between public and charter schools
They had to shut down their programs as a result
Schools are able to custom design the programs like the Nike ID Lab
The students Coaching for Change works with have a 6,000-hour learning gap (equivalent to 5 years in the classroom by the time they are graduate due to a lack of extracurricular activities compared to students who enjoy them in higher-income neighborhood
He had to start all over again, going from seven schools to just one
Instead of working district by district, Coaching for Change started working with individual schools
Marquis was inspired by Geoffrey Canada, the founder of Harlem Children's Zone
Geoffrey Canada has the ability to mesmerize a room through his story telling
People tried boycotting Geoffrey Canada's Harlem Children's Zone whey it was first starting off due to its audacious nature
The secret to recruiting busy college students is to get them passionate about the project by having them meet and spend time with the kids in the program. They also get paid, which helps.
Most high school students are too busy with school work, video games, and their social lives to do much else. But Chris Cao, a 17-year-old senior at Thomas Jefferson High School is raising the bar for his generation.
At age 15, CNN Hero Chris Cao became a social entrepreneur. He started Reboot for Youth, a nonprofit organization in northern Virginia that recycles, repairs, and delivers refurbished computers to youth in need.
His core team is made up of his friends who go to different high schools in the Fairfax area. Each Saturday, Chris gets the team together at a friend's basement to further their mission. Of course, pizza is essential at these gatherings.
In two years, Reboot for Youth has delivered 418 computers (as of October, 2016) to youth in the Washington D.C. area, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
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Started the operation at the basement of his friend's house
Chris Cao has several online classes at his high school
He spends his weekend like any normal teenager, hanging out with friends and catching up on school work.
Chris was tutoring a kid named Sebastian who couldn't afford to have a computer at his house
"Students in our very own neighborhood don't have access to computers."
Chris began tinkering with and fixing computers at age 10 by watching YouTube videos
Chris's parents were supportive of his interest in computers
Chris's grandfather was a doctor from Vietnam and worked in philanthropy, offering free medical care to the poor in Vietnam
The process of becoming a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization was "tedious" for Chris. He found most of his information on WikiLinks.
It's difficult to juggle school work, a social life, and Reboot for Youth simultaneously
Homework gets in the way of running Reboot for Youth
Chris has a great team he can rely on
Chris was only 14 when he started Reboot for Youth, and because of his young age it was difficult to get adults to see them as a legitimate organization
Every Saturday the Reboot for Youth team meets for two hours at a friend's house. They form an assembly line to repair the computers together. Pizza is essential at these meetings.
Families in the Washington DC neighborhood could submit a request for laptops on the Reboot for Youth website
Reboot for Youth uses Keepod USB drives to provide operating systems for the refurbished laptops.
The first international shipment was to El Salvador
Sometimes Chris focuses his attention towards his personal issues and away from Reboot for Youth, which is frustrating for him
Sometimes Chris gets overwhelmed, feeling like his back is against a wall and there is nowhere to go
It was extremely difficult for Chris to take his AP exams while Nickelodeon was filming his efforts all day
Chris Cao describes how he felt when CNN called him for the CNN Heroes program. He was happy that Reboot for Youth could finally display their work to the entire world. The showing resulted in many laptops donated.
At first not everyone believed in Chris nor in Reboot for Youth's mission
Chris felt a tremendous amount of pressure not to let down his donors, but he used it as motivation to work harder
When the Reboot for Youth team encounters a disagreement, they make decisions by voting and through peaceful means.
For the Costa Rica project, the Reboot for Youth team had to refurbish 20 computers in one week all the while they had to go to school and finish homework. They stayed up until midnight to finish the project.
Chris is learning to be a leader through trial and error.
He picked up his leadership skills while a freshman intern at an IT firm in DC. The CEO of the company taught Chris Cao about leadership, recommending him books like Good to Great.
The CEO selected Chris as a project manager even though he was only a freshman in high school, leading a team of developers to make a website for the company. He had to lead people who were older. Chris doesn't think he was a great leader when he did that.
He learned many leadership skills at the internship that he can use for Reboot for Youth
The CEO saw in Chris drive and the willingness to learn and progress as a person
Chris believes that the youth today are very inquisitive and self-motivated to further themselves
Intrinsic self motivation is important for Chris
Having parents who were not too strict has helped him
We live in a world where Asian Americans are underrepresented in the media and in leadership positions. Chris wants to be a trendsetter for Asian Americans.
Yang Yuanqing, the CEO of Lenovo tweeted at Chris after watching CNN Heroes to congratulate him
Lenovo donated 75 new laptops to Reboot for Youth, which became a turning point for Chris
Chris is now finding a new group of high school students to run the local operation so he can head out to college
Chris plans to expand the international reach of Reboot for Youth
"You're never too young to make an impact. I've met entrepreneurs younger than me."
Chris is grateful for his family and brother who have helped him along the way.
Ned Norton could deadlift 660 pounds. But that's one of his smaller accomplishments in life.
Ned is a social entrepreneur and a Top 10 CNN Hero from Albany, New York. He is the founder of Warriors on Wheels. In this episode he tells his story all the way from growing up as a scrawny kid (like me) and how that motivated him to become a competitive athlete and power lifter. He became a fitness trainer and trained several Olympic athletes, helping them win gold medals.
But even that wasn't enough for Ned Norton. He needed a greater challenge. Through a series of random events, he began to train a friend who had been paralyzed from an accident. Soon, many people in wheelchairs and with physical disabilities like spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, and traumatic brain injuries began to seek his help.
So in 1988, Ned started the nonprofit organization, Warriors on Wheels, opening a gym at his home town specialized for individuals with disabilities. At one point, he trained five members at his gym to bench press 300+ pounds.
Through his newest initiative, The Hercules Project, Ned ships free fitness and rehab equipment to individuals with disabilities in more than ten countries, including Mali, Darfur, Guatemala, and Somalia.
Ned has a saying at his gym: every person who comes in our front door will become their own success story.
Show Notes & Summary
Ned Norton was a scrawny kid growing up
When Ned was 12, his uncle gave him a set of weights, which was a great discovery for Ned
At his peak, Ned was deadlifting 660lbs
He loves going to the gym, he can't wait to get there each day (like me)
"It becomes part of your life. Like brushing your teeth."
Ned Norton is 58 years old
He got his dream job, to work at a gym. He became a trainer.
He worked with a few Olympic gold medal winners
He was a strength coach for three Olympic teams, basketball teams, football teams, bodybuilders
He learned about a 20-year-old guy who had gotten paralyzed after falling off a tree. The kid was so depressed that he was suicidal
Ned started training him at the gym, which instantly boosted the kid's confidence and self-esteem, eventually leading him to return to college and find a job
Nobody at the hospital could believe he was the same guy. This inspired 6 other people from the hospital come in to train with Ned
He had no specialized equipment
They called themselves the Warriors to have a cool name
The guys were making social and psychological transformation through Ned's training
60 people began to seek Ned for training after a story was published in the local newspaper
Ned saw the need and formed a nonprofit organization to help his disabled trainees
They get that feeling of well-being, confidence, progress, positivity
He found an abandoned floor in a public housing project which he was able to use for free for the new facility
People thought he was crazy for working in the "projects"
He charges a fee at his gym, but if people can't afford it, they don't need to pay
Less than 25% of his members are paying
When Ned got the phone call from CNN, he thought it was some kind of joke from the fire department guys
So many times things were so tough he was on the brink of closing the doors
It was on the day that Ned was contemplating how he was going to close down the gym and sell the equipment that he go the phone call from CNN Heroes
The ups and downs of running a nonprofit organization is extreme
Ned does it ALL ALONE. He runs the gym, he does the social media, the website, takes care of his family
The CNN glory gave Ned about a year of fame and funding. After that, he has had to return to the grind. "It never ends lol."
He was out meeting celebrities, movie stars, and on TV. Soon after, he was back in the projects hustling and grinding to keep the gym afloat
Raising money is the most frustrating thing about running Warriors on Wheels
Ned has a hard time asking for money (he's like a giant teddy bear)
After being on CNN, people with disabilities from all over the world began contacting him for help
A guy from Cambodia asked for help for landmine survivors and that sparked the Hercules Project where Ned sends resistance bands for free all over the world
Ned partnered up with the United Nations Mine Action Service
He will be sending workout equipment to Cali, Colombia (I'll be there during October-November, 2016)
He sent equipment to patients from a mental hospital in Somalia, where people had been chained down and their muscles had atrophied drastically
One girl in his program lost a leg to bone cancer at age 18, then at 24 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which put her on a wheelchair, then she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to get a double mastectomy. Yet she still never misses a workout.
Ned has a strict morning routine where he works out at the gym and/or goes for a long run to "outrun the thoughts in his head."
To help the people in wheelchairs bench press 300+ pounds, Ned followed the strategy: Less is More. He only had them do 3-5 bench press sets per workout using his 6-8 weeks program.
Because his athletes dominated so many competitions, Ned eventually felt like he was the "evil coach" from the Karate Kid movie lol
I decide on the show to name our home gym at the Villa Soleada Children's Home the "Warrior's Gym Honduras"
Ned read up on Arnold and Franco's workout tips during his early days, before the internet was available
Arnold said to Ned in a seminar: "Don't ever do any of the workouts I talk about in the magazines. I never did any of them!"
Ned's "go-to" fitness resource is Muscle and Fitness
"Once you get hooked into enjoying it [fitness], it opens up a whole new world for you."
"You can always do more than you think you can. Never give up."
"You've only tapped into 40% of your potential."
He calls his best friends at the gym "the smelly monkey butts" lol
Ned trains people with Down's Syndrome. They oftentimes are good at powerlifting and bench pressing because they have shorter limbs.
When people come into the gym for the first time after recovering from an injury, they have terrible self-esteem
Sometimes doctors, family, and people at the rehab office focus on telling their patients what they can't do, what not to do. Whereas Ned talks about the amazing things they will be able to do after his 3-month training program.
In today's episode, we have Jessica Heinzelman ("a white woman who doesn’t discriminate against lovers based on race") and Teddy Ruge ("an educated, angry African--a rare species in the development sector").
They are the founders of Jaded Aid: A card game to save humanitarians (Wayan Vota, the third co-founder, couldn't make it for the call). As friends, they loved to drink and laugh together. And all three worked in the international development aid sector.
One day at a bar in Washington, DC, the three founders realized that existing power structures and humanitarians’ propensity to take themselves too seriously were inhibiting honest dialogue about the industry that could catalyze transformative change for improved results.
They decided to create a card game similar to Cards Against Humanity, except that this one would be for development workers, created by development workers.
They used Kickstarter to fund the idea. Within 48 hours they surpassed their goal, eventually raising $50,000+ on the platform. They were featured on several news outlets and sales began to climb.
As a humanitarian who has worked in Honduras since 2007, one card in the deck made me laugh out loud: “giving up any hope of a stable relationship.”
Learn how these founders created Jaded Aid to help the development industry... all the while making beer money and having fun.
Show Notes & Summary
They crowdsourced the card idea to the online community of aid workers
They received more than 2,500 admissions for card ideas
They held design parties to get feedback
Jaded Aid is fashioned very similar to Cards Against Humanity
There is a donor card (a statement with a blank or question) that is read out and recipients submit their proposals to answer or fill in the blank using the recipient cards
Jessica talks about the process they went through to come up with their cool logo, a play on the USAID logo and the donor-industrialization of the industry. Also the black, bleeding heart inherent cynicism of the industry
How the three co-founders divide up their roles despite their busy lives
"It helps that we're friends first and co-founders second."
Why friendship makes the working environment vibrant
If you love it enough, you'll make the time
When overachievers find something that is fun and worthwhile, they'll figure out a way to do it
The co-founders see Jaded Aid as a side hobby. They all have other full-time jobs
"If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it." LOLOL So true!
It's harder get the stuff done that's not fun, like how to move product around
Jessica explains what a design party looks like for Jaded Aid, where there are lots of people and alcohol. They ask for feedback and watch for reactions and get people to weigh in what they like/dislike
The expansion pack coming out soon has the theme: Peace Corps
Themes on violence and sexual assault were deemed "too much" and were tossed out
Their $50,000+ Kickstarter strategy was simple: Wayan
Within 48 hours they had reached their funding goal
Jaded Aid was featured on many major news outlets despite not having tried that hard to get their attention
The founders had tapped into a particular sentiment of frustration in the industry that nobody else was willing to talk about. They were addressing a taboo and doing it in a funny, real, and approachable way.
Once you get one major media captures your story, the other media sources jump on the bandwagon to not to miss out
The cards can take you to some crazy places and the combinations are nearly endless. They can be benign, uncomfortable, outrageous, squirm-worthy
The Diva Cup is a menstrual cup that can be re-used
Shipping through Diplomatic Pouch Services
Jaded Aid ships internationally, although it can be expensive
It's a very dedicated and loyal market but not huge enough to make Jaded Aid profitable enough for the founders to work full-time on it. It's enough for beer money.
The founders want to be a part of the effort to change the industry. They love their work and the humanitarian in themselves and want to help the industry pivot for the better
They want to act as the trigger for conversation, innovation, and improved impact in the industry
"Here are the problems. Let's discuss them out in the open."
They can't ever stop working in the development industry though, since they have to keep generate new ideas for cards lol
Today’s guest is our very own Caroline Gray, a staff member here at Students Helping Honduras. She began teaching in 2011 in a low-income neighborhood in Bridgeport, Connecticut through Teach For America. Her first year there, she taught reading and writing for grades K through 8. She then taught third grade for two years.
Caroline moved to Honduras in 2014 to teach third grade at our Villa Soleada Bilingual School, helping her students achieve 1.6 years of growth in reading each year. And she did that twice. She is now the Academic Director of the school.
You can follow her on her personal blog at carolineegray.wordpress.com
For show links, go to www.shinfujiyama.com/carolinegray
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She oversees the curriculum
Why Honduran parents want to send their children to a private bilingual school
The tuition for bilingual schools can range from $100-$400 per month plus material costs in northern Honduras
The Villa Soleada Bilingual School's tuition is around $25/month
Caroline shares the story of a student from Villa Soleada who has been making tremendous growth despite coming from a challenging home-life and having parents who are illiterate
The evolution of the bilingual curriculum at the school, especially aligning the content taught in Spanish and in English
In Pre-K and Kindergarten classes, the majority of the classes are taught in Spanish
As they move through the grades, less Spanish is spoken and more English is spoken
By the upper grade levels, the majority of classes are taught in English
Teacher training at Villa Soleada Bilingual School has evolved tremendously, going from a few days to five weeks
We use the S.M.A.R.T. (Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound) framework when setting goals
We assess the students three times per year in phonics, sight words, reading comprehension, and math
Our school shares many values with Teach for America. A big one is in the belief that all students regardless of where they come from deserve equal access to an excellent education as their wealthier peers
We also align with TFA in the belief that great behavior management and high quality instruction can lead students to find success in the classroom no matter where they are
Time management is Caroline's greatest challenge
Caroline has many self-doubts and insecurities, only being 27 years old and running Villa Soleada Bilingual
Her Spanish was poor when she began in Honduras
Caroline understands her limitations and reaches out to a wide range people who support her
A special shoutout to Maxie Gluckman
Caroline loses sleep when she is worried about her students who come to school with black eyes or when families are assaulted
She understands the need for a holistic pathway out of poverty to supplement the work that the school is doing
Teachers who didn't succeed at VSBS failed to become a part of the greater community in El Progreso, which serves as an outlet. It gives them a way to relax and make friends. Small things like joining the local gym
The teachers who succeed have the heart for this kind of work. They have a sense of purpose.
The students who come from wealthier neighborhoods have superior early childhood education. The children from lower-income families have to catch up already in pre-K and Kindergarten.
Earning the trust of the community and parents has been challenging for Caroline. It took years for her to build that trust, especially in an environment where parents are used to foreign staff members coming and going each year
The school is looking to provide more extracurricular activities to the students
The Summer Enrichment Program allowed children to participate in many extracurricular activities
Caroline is the head soccer coach of the school. Our team has lost almost every single game, but our kids have learned to play with heart and humility; to lose with grace and dignity; to improve.
The first and last victory of the year was huge. It was 120 degrees outside. The victory was for the team and for the school and the entire community. The entire community cheered on the team and celebrated.
Caroline's goal for the team is to continue improving technical skills and approach everyday with courage
She wants our kids to be on par with their peer in high performance schools in the US by the time they graduate from our school at the 9th grade
The kids who graduate would go onto a bilingual high school in the city or continue to work on conversational English with us
Fluent English speakers can work at the growing tourism and call center industries, even as managers.
Jobs that require English pay much better in general in Honduras
Get ready for our very first graduation ceremony in the year 2020!
Michael Driscoll was an active member of Students Helping Honduras during his time at Virginia Tech, helping build several schools in El Progreso. During his senior year, he served as the Chapter President on campus.
Upon graduation, as his classmates were signing contracts to work at high paying corporate desk jobs, Mike took a different path. He became a middle school teacher in a low-income neighborhood in Miami through Teach for America.
After serving TFA for two years, Mike flew down to Honduras to work for the Villa Soleada Bilingual School as a 4th grade teacher.
In this episode, Mike talks about his experience with TFA in Miami and what his days are like now living and working in Honduras.
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"The idea of sitting in a desk for eight hours everyday wasn't appealing to me."
"Some days I felt like... what am I getting myself into!?"
"There were days I did not want to get out of bed."
A day in the life of Michael
The meal plan of a typical teacher at Villa Soleada Bilingual School
What the gym in El Progreso is like
Michael compares the teacher training process between Teach for America and Villa Soleada Bilingual School
The biggest difference that Michael has seen between schools in the US and in Honduras: unexpectedness
Many teachers at his school in the US transferred out to other schools due to their unsatisfactory experiences
His goal this year is to help his students reach 80-100% proficiency in grade level math and 1.5 years growth in reading levels.
Mike is working on a CRM (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) program in his science class
Mike is collecting data and tracking the progress of his students
Each week Mike has been highlighting a specific character trait with his class. This was inspired by the KIPP schools. This past week he highlighted grit.
"Grit is about never giving up. It's trying your hardest. And doing your best."
Something has been keeping Michael awake at night, worried.
What the first day of school was like for Mike, working for Teach for American and then at the Villa Soleada Bilingual School
On the first day in Miami, one girl says to him, "Middle School fucking sucks!!!" That inspired him to make sure nobody finishes the year with that mindset.
"This is when I figured out what it meant to have high blood pressure."
"My students are like my cup of coffee in the morning."
His biggest challenges in Miami were to get kids to listen to him, behavioral management, low test scores
What his weekends are like in Honduras (salsa lessons, tutoring friends in English, gym, night out in town)
Mike's favorite dance club in El Progreso is Zona 504. They have air conditioning!
He encourages people interested in working at Villa Soleada Bilingual School to come visit the program first for a short period of time
Don't miss Mike's moving shoutout, Academy-awards style.
In this episode, Natalie Jesionka and I discuss volunteer travel and current trends in the NGO industry. Some of the questions asked during the episode:
Natalie is a lecturer, reporter, and human rights advocate. Natalie is the founder of the Prizm Project, the first human rights education organization for young women. She has researched human trafficking, the arms trade, and women in conflict throughout Asia.
She is also the Editor of Shatter the Looking Glass, a human rights and ethical travel publication examining the complexity of moving across borders in the modern world. She serves on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA. She is currently a sociology professor at Rutgers University.
Natalie and I originally met in Thailand in 2010 where she was a Fulbright Scholar.
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Social entrepreneur Caitlin McHale is the Co-Founder and Director of Project Esperanza (esperanzameanshope.org), an NGO dedicated to serving the Haitian immigrant population of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in the areas of education, social aid, and community development.
They run a group home for street children and two school projects, mainly for children from the "Batey" slum communities near the sugarcane fields. In the D.R., it is said that nearly half a million Haitians live in 400 Batey slums. Many children from the Bateys face trafficking, indentured servitude, prostitution, a sense of "statelessness," and illiteracy.
Caitlin began volunteering in Dominican Republic while an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech. Upon graduation, she left everything behind to pursue her calling to grow the nonprofit organization. She continues to live on the Caribbean island, now married and with children.
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There are many ways to help orphans and children who have no home to go to, and there is a heated debate to figure out what programs are best or in some cases harmful.
Traditionally, orphanages helped these children. As the years have gone by, foster care, family reunification services, and adoption have become the dominant options. Today, some people are skeptical or even against the idea of orphanages, believing that it's an outdated and sometimes harmful way of helping these children. Recently, J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, tweeted a series of criticisms against orphanages and young people who volunteer in such institutions. In one tweet, she says, "Orphanages cause irreparable damage, even those that are well run."
Dr. Richard Mckenzie is a professor emeritus of economics and management in the Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. He has taken on a life-long mission to support and advocate for high quality orphanages in the US. As a child, Richard grew up in the Barium Springs Children's Home in North Carolina. He has conducted research studies and surveys of orphanage alumni, collecting data on their life outcomes.
He is the author of a number of books, including: The Home: A Memoir of Growing Up in an Orphanage, Miracle Mountain: A Hidden Sanctuary for Children, Horses, and Birds Off a Road Less Traveled, Home Away From Home: The Forgotten History of Orphanages and Rethinking Orphanages for the 21st Century.
In today's episode, Dr. Mckenzie defends the role of orphanages in today's day and age.
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Two college buddies studying engineering--Greg Mcgrath and Wes Meier--started EOS International with no money. They had to travel on chicken buses, ox carts, and by foot for years in Nicaragua. Today, their NGO provides under-served communities with access to low-cost appropriate technologies that generate income, improve health, and preserve the environment. Together with other engineering students, they began working in Mali (where Wes served for the Peace Corps) and in Nicaragua.
Learn how these two young social entrepreneurs built up EOS while they worked full-time and how they distribute products and services that provide clean water, drip irrigation, biogas, fuel-efficient ovens, and solar power throughout Nicaragua and El Salvador.
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When sloths are in trouble in Suriname, people call today's guest for help. Social entrepreneur Monique Pool is a CNN Hero and the founder of Green Heritage Fund Suriname. She's rescuing homeless sloths in South America who are facing deforestation of their natural habitats. It all began from a chance encounter at the animal shelter that led to her facing what history called the "sloth Armageddon." She is also helping other animals in Suriname, such as anteaters and dolphins.
Learn what a rescue mission looks like, how she built an animal sanctuary in her own house, and why she wakes up at 4am.
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Kelly Phoenix is the former Executive Director of Nourish International, a non-profit organization that partners with communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty. With the fundraising efforts of their 60 campus chapters, they've invested in 113 long-term, community-based programs to fight poverty. Learn how this NGO reached this level of success.
In this episode, you'll get a behind-the-curtains look at what it's like to be the Executive Director of a growing nonprofit organization. Kelly talks about the things that keep her awake at night as well as the issues and tasks that get her excited. Learn about the tools, books, habits, traits, mindset, and conferences that helped Kelly in her journey.
Kelly is currently heading Nourish Insurance. Check it out at nourishinsurance.com if you'll be volunteering abroad and need travel insurance nourishinsurance.com
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Social entrepreneur and CNN Hero Jock Brandis is the founder of The Full Belly Project. He is the winner of the MIT Ideas Award and the Purpose Prize. He is known as the modern-day Thomas Edison, having invented the "holy grail" of sustainable agriculture and more. His universal peanut sheller and other appropriate technologies have helped tens of thousands of people in many countries across the world. His nonprofit organization works out of a factory in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Jock is an old guy with a great sense of humor. He made me laugh out loud many times during the episode in between his inspirational stories. He talks in depth about embracing failure in this episode.
This episode is mostly about Jock's involvement with... peanuts!
"The peanut (or groundnut as it is called in West Africa) is an important subsistence crop to hundreds of millions of people across the world. Not only is it important nutritionally, as it provides a convenient source of protein and 30 essential nutrients, but it is also an important source of income for these communities. Often referred to as a "women's crop" in Africa, women traditionally grow, harvest and shell them to supplement their families' diets, but also as a product to bring to market." - The Full Belly Project website
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Sebastian Africano is the founder of ENASA, a consulting firm for fuel-efficient cooking stoves. He now works for Trees, Water & People in Colorado as their International Director. Sebastian manages TWP's clean cookstove, solar energy and reforestation programs in Central America and Haiti.
In 2008, Sebastian worked with SHH to replace 30 traditional stoves with 30 fuel-efficient cookstoves in Honduras.
If you're deciding whether to become a social entrepreneur or to work for a traditional non-profit organization, this is your episode. Sebastian talks about and compares his work as a social entrepreneur in Central America and in East Africa vs. his non-profit desk job at TWP.
He discusses the lifestyle differences, and the different skills required for the two kinds of work.
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Social entrepreneur Kunal Doshi is the founder of Brighter Children, a non-profit organization that sponsors educational costs for students around the world who couldn’t otherwise go to school. The Brighter Children team is made up of Millennials looking to make a difference while still working full-time.
In this episode, Kunal speaks about how his team–despite their busy schedules–leverages evenings, weekends, and network to fund schools and scholarships for children around the world.
We are very lucky to announce that the Villa Soleada Bilingual School is now being sponsored by Brighter Children. Their team will be visiting us in Honduras this year.
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CNN Hero and social entrepreneur Nancy Hughes is a 73 year-old grandmother and the founder of Stove Team International. They have distributed more than 56,000 fuel-efficient cooking stoves in Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Nancy Hughes was widowed at age 65. In an effort to fight the loss, she went on a medical mission trip to Guatemala. It was there that she witnessed a woman who's hands had been burnt shut for sixteen years. At age two, this Guatemalan had fallen into an open cooking fire. Her team opened up her hands through surgery.
Nancy Hughes found out that cooking stoves were a leading cause of death around the world, causing eight times more deaths than malaria. The indoor air pollution caused by the smoke (equivalent to smoking four packs of cigarettes per day) was causing lung disease, asthma, and many health problems, especially for women and children. Inefficient cooking stoves required a high volume of firewood, contributing to deforestation. Nancy wanted to prevent these problems by developing and distributing fuel-efficient cooking stoves.
"Just do it," Nancy thought to herself. So she contacted her Rotary International club in her hometown in Eugene, Oregon to start Stove Team International. They started stove-making factories in the backyards of local entrepreneurs in Central America. Together, they have started seven factories in the region.
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Social entrepreneur Jacob Lief started the non-profit organization Ubuntu Education Fund in 1999 at age 20 with the goal of transforming the lives of children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His interest for South Africa began on a trip that he took there as a young high school student.
Over the years, Ubuntu created a comprehensive, child-centered, community-based development plan for the townships of Port Elizabeth. They provide world-class health and educational support to the orphaned and vulnerable children in Port Elizabeth, including those with HIV.
Ubuntu highlights the difference between merely touching a child’s life versus transforming it. Check out his book, I Am Because You Are.
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CNN Hero Yash Gupta was a freshman in high school when he began collecting used eye glasses to distribute to children around the world who couldn't afford them. Since then, his nonprofit organization Sight Learning has collected more than 26,000 eye glasses, giving them out in Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, and India.
In this episode, Yash talks about the Tae Kwon Do incident that sparked it all, what it was like driving around with his mom to collect the first glasses, and his quest to grow his nonprofit organization (NGO) while studying full time as a sophomore at the University of Southern California.
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Social entrepreneur David Schweidenback is the founder of Pedals for Progress, an NGO that collects used bicycles in the US, shipping them out to 38 developing countries including war-torn Nicaragua, Honduras, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
In 25 years, this nonprofit organization has delivered 147,830 bicycles around the world. David Schweidenback is a CNN Hero, and his NGO has been recognized by Forbes Magazine and the Skoll Foundation, among many others.
Learn how bicycles can help spin forward a city's economy.
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Rye started CFK as an undergraduate ROTC student at UNC-Chapel Hill. He grew the nonprofit organization while simultaneously serving in the US Marine Corps in Bosnia, the Horn of Africa, and Iraq.
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