Posted by: sugarae97 | February 17, 2012

AOW – Orphanage in Kenya

Out of the ruins of a tragedy a miracle can arise. When 24-year-old Anthony Omari took a machete slash to the face while defending yet another attack on his mother’s orphanage, the future of the orphanage looked dismal. But when a caring college student interning in Kenya found out, he knew he had to help. After all, it only takes one person to start a movement.

The key to one person making a difference is to involve other people. Ben Hardwick, interning from New York, was a man with a bright idea. He knew he was ill-equipped to help secure the orphanage himself, so he turned to the only resource he had available, the internet. By using a social network, he was able to catch the attention of thousands of people with a picture of Omari and his newly stitched wound. Hardwick used the internet to reach out to people for help, but there are other ways to start a movement. This can be accomplished through articles, mailings, television, phone calls, email, or simple word of mouth.

The next step is to appeal to people’s compassion and state the need. Ben Hardwick did this by putting out a simple request, $2000 for a security fence. His audience responded with an overwhelming generosity. The orphanage received over $80,000 back! Hardwick’s choice of a picture touched the hearts of all who saw the posting. Making a reasonable request combined with a good reason will prompt others to get involved.

One person can make a difference, but they can’t do it by themselves. It takes that one person to catch people’s attention, spark compassion, state the need and present a solution. With the help of others, you can change lives.

 

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