The gift of Knowledge

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Rachel Faulkner writes, Can you imagine someone telling you that you couldn’t go to school, even if you wanted?

Can you imagine someone telling you that you couldn’t go to school, even if you wanted? To some people, that might sound great, but after a while, I bet you would wish you could go back. After all, you wouldn’t be able to do much with your life if you didn’t have an education.Unfortunately, for many children, this is a reality. For a long time, while a group called the Taliban was in charge, girls in Afghanistan could not go to school ever. Even now that the Taliban is no longer in charge, some girls remain uneducated. That’s a problem that eleven-year-old Sarosha Hansraj of Dallas, Texas set out to fix. After an inspiring bedtime story, Sarosha decided she had to do something to help poor children around the world. She started an organization called “Children Care for Children”, in which she raised money to help girls in the Darnami School in Afghanistan get a better chance at education. “Now that they are free I think they should have a chance and feel what it’s like to go to school,” she says. But there’s a lot involved with starting your own charity. You have to introduce yourself to strangers and give presentations. Sarosha first gave a presentation to 8 th graders. “I was a little nervous,” she admits. “When I first started to do the presentation I was pretty nervous but then it got better as I did more and more presentations.” The 8 th graders she spoke to helped her put together a basketball “Hoop-a-Thon”, where they raised $2,200! She also decided to sacrifice her birthday presents to earn money for her goal. While that was hard, she wisely says, “Giving makes me feel happy that I have made a difference. Giving doesn’t only benefit the person receiving, but also gives great happiness to the person giving.”Sarosha’s charity is still going strong. She’s donated supplies to 500 Afghan girls and is currently working to give those girls dictionaries. She plans to expand and work in other third-world-countries as well. She encourages people to work to make the world a better place. “No donation is small. Even one dollar can make a huge difference,” she says. “One of my favorite quotes is ‘Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need: the remainder is needed by others’ (Saint Augustine)”.

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