Friday, June 19, 2009
Inspired by students, spreading the word

From HLN producer Anne Hammock:

 

The email subject line screamed in all caps, "POVERTY IN AFRICA."

 

iReporter Giyen said she thought it was a phishing scheme designed to bilk her out of big bucks and her bank account number. But she opened it "on a fluke" and was stunned by what she found.

 

A group of middle school students reached out to Giyen, hoping she could use her blogging experience to help spread the word about the charity Heifer International. Giyen said the girls' passion and knowledge were immediately evident. "Here are these girls who found something that called to them," she said. Giyen was so impressed she made the road trip from Seattle to Bellingham, Washington, to meet Quinn Rathkamp and Kelsey Wilson.

 

Giyen interviewed the girls on camera and said they were very smart and exuberant about their project. Wilson explained succinctly how Heifer International takes a different approach to helping families in poverty, by providing them with livestock instead of money. Rathkamp added, "The conditions they are living in, like the slums and villages and the war and the genocide and everything, it's way worse that what we can imagine here."

 

Giyen posted the video on iReport.com as well as her personal blog, baconismyenemy.com . She hoped the Internet community would help pass the word about the charity and "these remarkable girls." And she wanted Rathkamp and Wilson to "see that their words have power and even at their age they to affect change."

 

"Small things," Giyen said, "can actually reap big rewards."

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June 28, 2009
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WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA THESE DAYS. I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH WANTING TO HELP OTHER COUNTRIES OUT, BUT WE HAVE TOO MUCH BAGGAGE OF OUR OWN TO SPEND TIME TRYING TO HELP OTHERS. OUR NATION IS IN A CRISIS AND THE CHILDREN ARE CRYING OUT FOR HELP HERE....RIGHT IN OUR BACKYARDS!!! WHAT ABOUT OUR POOR PEOPLE HERE THAT REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO BE ON THE STREETS AND STRUGGLING. WHAT ABOUT THE HOODS, GHETTOS, AND PROJETCS?? SOME PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO BE THERE, BUT THEY ARE HAVING A HARD TIME TRYING TO GET OUT. NEXT TIME YOU FEED AND A AFRICAN CHILD WHO HAS NOTHING, I ALSO HOPE THAT YOU WANT TO HELP OUT THE POOR AND HUNGRY AMERICAN CHILDREN ALL OVER THE STATES.

 

 

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