Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have an idea or a personal goal and simply not have the means of accomplishing it, to lack the guidance or resources to even try to pursue it? Today we are here to ensure that, tomorrow, all children of the world have the chance to realize and act upon their potentials.
My name is Sahil, and two years ago as an excited college volunteer sitting in on a seminar at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York, I learned that millions of children around the world lack the basic necessities for survival, but they also lack something equally important. As humans, we thrive by learning from others, creating ideas, and giving back in some tangible way. Unfortunately, for many children, the opportunity to survive may exist due to efforts by aid organizations, but not to thrive.
So I decided to create that opportunity for the world’s children. I Co-Founded PENdulum Global, a small organization with a goal of empowering vulnerable adolescents around the world through a yearlong mentorship program and service projects. As our first mentorship recipients, we have paired 10 adolescents affected by HIV/AIDS in Swaziland, Africa with 10 American mentors in a digital pen pal program that inspires these adolescents to think about their futures. As HIV carries a lot of stigma within many global communities, we want these kids to realize that they are more than an illness.
In 2016, as we finish this first mentorship program, we will begin a campaign of social change, Today for Tomorrow, asking these 10 adolescents to come up with community service projects to execute in their communities with the remote help of their mentors and local help of supporting nonprofits.
This fundraiser is an effort to raise $10,000 for these service projects, which may include providing water filtration systems, helping peers get school supplies, educating members about HIV (as stigma for HIV is primarily derived from a lack of education), planting community gardens, and creating short films to share their experiences. I believe that if we can empower adolescents in developing nations to take on leadership roles within their communities, then we are paving the way towards nations that are not just surviving, but also thriving. Please support our Today for Tomorrow campaign.