Elizabeth Castrillon Jimenez
I was accepted by UNICEF to run in the NYC marathon this November to fundraise for early childhood education in developing countries. Early childhood is the most significant period of development in our lives, establishing the cognitive, emotional and social foundation upon which we build our futures. But early childhood education is not guaranteed for nearly half the world’s children.
I'm actually a product of an early to middle childhood education program in Colombia myself. When I was eight, I was selected to join a social program that established 20 music schools in the most depressed communities of the city. I played violin in the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Medellin, which was a key experience in my personal development. The experience introduced me to the world outside of Medellin, and what I saw and learned from traveling with the orchestra led me to New York City today.
Through my experience with the orchestra, I became aware of the kind of impact that an effective social program can bring to underserved communities. Providing quality education at early age to these children is one investment that can truly make changes for better in a long run. So I want to bring you guys together to work for these children in developing countries, and make a positive impact in their lives.
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