We are 'Kids Who Help', a team of little humans who are learning to be agents of incremental change. Please support us in our Walk for CRY on August 28th in Cambridge, MA. Donate whatever you can and encourage us to be active shapers of our future.
The walk is only 3 miles long and will be mostly about fun, games and energy but it will make a difference. Funds raised will be admirably applied by CRY, with it's stellar reputation of enacting change (see their home page to learn more).
Earlier this year (in April) 8 kids in our team (with our parents) walked 2.5 miles in the annual Boston ‘Walk for Hunger’. It was a lovely summer day to walk along the Charles river at our own pace and we managed to raise $650 for food pantries in MA while we did it. Talk about kid power! We played games, hung out with friends, made many snack/treat stops and got some goodies at the end, including nifty pedometers contributed by an Environmental company called ECC. It turned out to be a blast.
Most importantly though, every single kid walked a few inches taller after finishing the walk, buoyed by the feeling that they had made an impact on peoples’ lives and aching little legs not withstanding. My 4 year old even went on a few self motivated trash clean ups in the park after to live up to his new moniker! Predictably, the altruistic glow did’nt last too long but at least helping others appeared on their mental map for a short time. If we can repeat this fun lesson at intervals, who knows….perhaps these citizens of the future may develop a second nature of thinking about others. Isn’t that the only hope for our collective futures…that we all care about and for one another?
We live in a rather dismaying age where the planet is suffering from our excesses, societal values are crumbling and messages of fear and pain vastly outnumber those of hope and joy. For the expatriates amongst us, the situation is compounded by the pangs of guilt we often feel for the sufferings in the country we have left but carry in our hearts. Our kids are growing up with very little perspective on how lucky they are in comparison with many of their peers there (or here, for that matter). In addition, when they do reach the age of independent thought, the truth is that many of them are dismayed at the pain around them and at a loss as to how to process it. The result can often be childhood/adolescent depression and anxiety, or possibly worse…indifference.
So how about we equip our children to take on the world through empowerment and self-confidence?
How about we demonstrate to our kids that every big, overwhelming problem can be broken down into smaller parts that are achievable?
How about we SHOW them that it brings more joy to be a part of the solution rather than be part of the problem?
Our kids might be little, but they are not without some power to shape the world they live in. NONE OF US ARE WITHOUT POWER, though we might feel that way at times. True, there is suffering and unfairness; true, that we cannot single handedly enact the changes we need/want ……but we are not powerLESS. We do not have to shrug off all responsibility out of despair that we cannot change anything. There is such a thing as incremental change….change a tiny bit at a time. It can and DOES change the world, though in less measurable and less glamorous ways than larger acts of revolution. But if we can touch even one person’s life, we have achieved something. And if we can show our kids through example that it’s possible to do this regardless of age, stature or position, we’ve given them somewhat of a moral base to take them through the challenges their future might hold.
So please support us in our Walk for CRY on August 28th in Cambridge, MA.
It is only 3 miles long and will be mostly about fun, games and energy but it will make a difference. Funds raised will be admirably applied by CRY, with it's stellar reputation of enacting change (see their home page to learn more).
Donate what you can and help how ever you can.
Kids who Help.