Hello my dear Amigos. My name is Olivia Caroline Eilers, I am currently a Cornell Junior trying to find her way in life, and hoping to eventually end up in some sort of career that fits into the categories of mental health, global health, development of at-risk communities, and education.
I started this fundraiser as a part of my club, Hope Renewed on Campus, a chapter of Hope Renewed international, which is this REALLY AWESOME non-profit started in Guatemala City by some amazing individuals. HRI has become a presence in some of the toughest communities in Guatemala - the prison system, the ghetto (La Limonada) and the city dump, which is home to thousands of people. What HRI does is help give people OPPORTUNITIES. to grow. to learn. to improve the quality of their lives through academic scholarships and support.
Living conditions in Guatemala are rough. Many people live on less than a dollar a day. The government, like many governments, is a struggling one filled with corruption. Health care for the less wealthy people of Guatemala is sketchy and educations are very hard to get. If you want to go to high school, you have to pay. Not suprisingly, many families choose not to pay and instead, they decide that it is a better decision to get their kids out into the work field to start making money for the family asap.
There's is also the orphan issue. Guatemala closed its doors to international adoption a few years ago and as a result, orphanages in Guatemala are FILLED to the BRIM. Overflowing. Many are about to age out of the orphanage system. What this means is that a lot of kids without families will soon be wandering the streets into the greedy hands of gang recruiters, promising them "that family they never had".
I was born in Bogota, Colombia and my family was too poor to keep me. I lived in an orphanage for a few weeks, and then I was adopted.
I have always wondered what life would have been like if I had not been adopted. Would I have gone to school? Would I have aged out and gone into a gang? Would I have killed people? Would I have gone into prostitution to make a life for myself?
I will never forget the sacrifices and genorosity of people in my life who have gotten me to where I am today. I am so grateful to those people and cannot express how much of a difference it has made in my life.
Here is the part where I ask you for money.
I'm really not trying to make you a poorer person. I'm encouraging you to help make our world a better, more equal world.
One of the biggest reasons for inequality can be summed up in a simple phrase "out of sight, out of mind". When people don't think about something, it tends not to bother them, and as a result, no action is taken. We live in a world, not lacking in resources, but lacking in the DISTRIBUTION of resources.
so take a moment. Think about what living in a different, underdeveloped country might be like. Think about what life could be like. Think about how, if everyone gave $20 and we "leveled" the playing field a bit with a little generosity, poverty wouldn't even exist. Think about the difference you could make in someones life. I know they would really appreciate it.
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