BENEFITING: UNICEF USA
I am Vidya Iyer, an 11-year-old sixth grader from Des Moines, Iowa. I wanted to take a minute of your time to tell you about something that has become very close to my heart.
Ever since Ebola has been in the news, I have been reading about it with my mother. The heart wrenching pictures I saw on various newspapers and websites were hard to believe! Was this really happening?! One article was about a child, a 2 year old who came in to Monrovia with her sick mother. The mother collapsed and died outside the hospital, and the cleaning crew came and took the mother’s body away. The child was left behind! Oh my gosh! The pictures would not let me sleep that night, the more I read the more anguishing the facts became. Ebola is fatal in about half the people infected with it. About 10,000 people have died so far and about 3,700 children have lost one or both their parents to this terrible disease. They were expecting this number to double by the end of the month.
These poor children were having their world fall apart in front of their eyes. How horrible would it be to not feel a mother’s kiss again, a father’s hug, a family meal with laughter all around, all this gone in a flash for no fault of their own. I was determined to do something for these brothers and sisters of mine from a world away. I have $69.50 in my piggy bank and when I told my parents that I wanted to send this money to the Ebola orphans they agreed to match my donation.
When I found that UNICEF matches donations dollar for dollar, I was super excited to do something substantial.
I have named my fundraiser, Operation Ebola Orphans.
Every little bit that you can give counts! Every little bit goes towards rebuilding the lost homes and broken lives of these innocent children. Every little bit makes a difference, I am determined to make a difference and you can too!