This is the inspiring story of four 8 year old girls who decided they too could help other children and took matters in their own hands.
At Unity Foundation we believe that the betterment of the world can be accomplished one act of kindness at a time, and no one is too young or too old to contribute.
This month, four 8 year old girls ratified our conviction.
Ambre, Chiara, Emma and Pauline thought of celebrating their 8th birthday together. When they were thinking of what to do to make it special, the girls decided to give up any presents and used the occasion to raise funds for other children.
Their moms, moved by this initiative, contacted Unity Foundation to help them organize a birthday campaign in favor of community schools in Malawi, and so, an online fundraising page was set up and Project ACEP was born.
A birthday party was planned: there were games, there was cake but also some serious talks, as the kids actively participated during the presentation made at the party by Fernand Schaber, President of Unity Foundation.
As they learned about some of the realities of the children in Malawi, they could understand even better how the generosity shown by the birthday girls would impact the lives of some of their peers in that country.
Currently, Unity Foundation supports its local partner Bambino Foundation, who has until now successfully established 41 community schools in Malawi, providing quality basic education to almost 3000 children in remote rural areas. The amazing thing about the schools it is that the communities themselves own and are in charge of their functioning, and not any foreign NGO, thus preventing any unhealthy dependency.
As one can imagine, the reality in Malawi is quite different from ours in Luxembourg. The villages are really remote, during raining season some aren’t even accessible to the outside as small currents turn into rivers which cannot be crossed.
In some cases, the children do not have pens and paper to write, however their eagerness to learn is always present. They usually have one black board in the classroom where children can have early writing lessons. Some communities have invested money in small slates on which the kids can write. Before they would just write letters with their fingers in the sand so naturally, the slates motivated them even more to learn.
By the end of the party, Project ACEP had raised not only 1,167 euros, but also awareness on the importance of universal child education.
On behalf of all the beneficiaries in Malawi, Unity Foundation would like to wholeheartedly thank Ambre, Chiara, Emma and Pauline for their generosity. We wish you girls a happy birthday and all the best for 2014.
Project ACEP is truly an inspiration to us all.