"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"
These words from Fred Rogers, the beloved host of "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood," ring truer with each passing day. For GCA freshman Cameron Northern, being a "helper" isn't just a nice idea, it's a way of life. "The word 'help' occurs 623 times in the Bible," she explains. "Maybe God is trying to tell us something." While still a young girl, Cameron heard activist and scholar Twesigye Jackson Kaguri speak at her church about the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in Uganda, an organization that provides home and schooling to children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Cameron felt so moved that she pledged to raise money for the children of Nyaka. After writing a simple letter to friends and family, Cameron was surprised to receive donations from many people, including many she'd never met. She would go on to raise $868.48. Soon after, Cameron committed to fundraising for Nyaka each year.
This year, Cameron created the "100 for 100," a call to action meant to raise $100 dollars per day for 100 days, equaling $10,000. Cameron shared her story and vision with all three of chapels at Greenwood Christian Academy, where she attends. To support her vision, GCA is hosting a dress-down day. For $1 per item, students donate to support Cameron's mission and make a difference in the lives of the children at Nyaka.
Are you interested in becoming a "helper"? Would you like to donate or get involved? Contact Cameron at firstname.lastname@example.org to contribute to the "100 for 100," or visit "The Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project" to learn more.