Suburban Teen Raises Money for CARE

March 4, 2009 10:23:04 AM PST
In the Summer of 2007, Kaelyn Malkoski traveled to Honduras with CARE to help with their educational programs. Eighty percent of Honduras families live at or below the poverty level. Most live on less than $2 a day and many can't afford to educate their children, even though it costs only $20 per year to do so.

Kaelyn became enchanted by the children she met. However, during that trip, Kaelyn witnessed a disturbing sight: a garbage dump in Tegulcipgalpa, where children dig through trash to find things to eat or recycle rather than go to school. The 17-year-old high school student wanted to do something to help those children from the dump. She also wanted to share their story with American children. Recalling how the Honduran children enjoyed the crayons she brought for them, Kaelyn set out to create a coloring book to illustrate their lives. The goal of her "Hello from Honduras" coloring book is to raise awareness and understanding of how millions of impoverished children around the world live everyday.

"I was devastated by the poverty I saw, but warmed by the desire of the people of Honduras to improve their lives through bettering their education and the education of their children," Kaelyn says. "My experience inspired me to help CARE make a difference. That is why I created this coloring book."

Kaelyn's goal is to raise $10,000 to send back to Honduras. If she can achieve her goal, she can send 500 children to school for one year. For a suggested $10 donation payable to CARE, Kaelyn will send a coloring book for your children to enjoy. One hundred percent of the money passes directly through to help children get the education that they deserve. Send your donation to: CARE, 70 East Lake Street, Suite 1430, Chicago, IL 60601. For more information, call 312-641-1430.

CARE ? is the global poverty fighting organization that has been around for over 63 years. It touches the lives of roughly 65 million people in 71 countries.

A POWERFUL NOISE: LIVE EVENT

In honor of International Women's Day, Thursday, March 5, the award-winning documentary A Powerful Noise will be shown in 450 movie theaters across the United States. The documentary features three extraordinary women who are creating change in Bosnia, Mali and Vietnam. The simultaneous national showing is presented by CARE in partnership with ONE and the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.

Immediately after the film, a live town hall discussion from Hunter College in New York City will be simulcast in each theater. The panelists will include:

Madeleine K. Albright - Former U.S. Secretary of State
Natalie Portman - Actress and Activist
Christy Turlington Burns - CARE advocate for maternal health and contributing editor for Marie Claire Magazine
Nicholas D. Kristof ? New York Times columnist
Helene D. Gayle, M.D., M.P.H. ? CARE President and CEO.

A Powerful Noise takes you inside the lives of three women to witness their daily challenges and their significant victories over poverty and oppression. Their stories are both personal and unique, yet illustrate larger issues affecting millions of marginalized women worldwide. Hanh is an HIV-positive widow in Vietnam; Nada, a survivor of the Bosnian war, and Madame Urbain works the slums of Bamako, Mali. They live three very different lives in three vastly different worlds. But they share something in common: Power. These ordinary women are each overcoming deep-seeded gender barriers to rise up and claim a voice in their societies. Through their empowerment and the ability to empower others, Hanh, Nada and Madame Urbain are sparking remarkable and unprecedented changes: fighting AIDS, rebuilding communities, and educating girls.

Many films emphasize the glaring differences between developing and developed nations, creating an "us vs. them" perspective that minimizes the relevance to Western audiences. However, this documentary captivates viewers because it speaks to the common aspirations, the common abilities that all women share.

To find a participating theater, buy tickets or get more information, visit www.APOWERFULNOISE.org.


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