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6 kids that are making a difference

If the kids can do it, why can’t we? Kids don’t take no for an answer and if they want something badly enough they will make it happen.

Meet these six amazing children that have set their sights on projects close to their hearts and are making history as they teach us adults that one person, no matter how small, can make a big difference.

1. Jax is a nine year old from Texas that loves rhinos, so much so that he even started his own website to raise funds and create awareness. Drawn to these endangered beasts because of their resemblance to dinosaurs, Jax is spreading the word about the plight of the rhino. He regularly talks at schools and has been featured in a number of newspapers and on TV shows – he says that he has big plans to continue his mission to teach the world about the rhino. I can’t wait to see what those plans are.

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2. Rachel Beckwith from Bellevue in Washington, aged 9, tragically died in a car accident – leaving behind a legacy in her wake. Her aim was to raise $300 to help supply clean water to poor African countries and she wanted to do this by her ninth birthday. She sadly left the world, only a month after her ninth birthday, and $80 short of her goal. However news of her death kickstarted a flood of donations in her name and she ended up raising over $1 million for her cause.

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3. Eleven year old Melinda Jack of California sold lemonade, $800 dollars worth of lemonade. She raised funds for starving school children in Swaziland and her donations surpassed her goal of being able to feed 50 hungry children for one month. Fellow kids in her area emptied their piggybanks for her cause and came together to feed those less fortunate.

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4. South African boys Eli and Joshua Simms are twins who held their ninth birthday party in aid of the rhino. Party invitations called for donations and the boys also gave some of their own birthday money to the cause.

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5. An eleven year old Ghanian schoolboy, Andrew Adansi-Bonnah, set out in 2011 to feed the famine struck nation of Somalia. His campaign took off at a rapid rate and in the beginning his dad even donated his entire month’s salary to the charity set up by his caring son. Today he has raised money for countless causes across Africa and is often called upon as an inspirational speaker, despite his young age.

Andrew Adansi-Bonnah

6. Oliver and William Harper, both aged 5, are also adamant that clean water be provided for children in Africa. In order to raise money for their chosen charity they have been climbing challenging mountains in their home of Yorkshire. After seeing a programme on TV, these two cousins were determined to raise enough cash to supply over 500 children in Uganda with clean water, health education and toilets.

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Janine Avery

I am the first to confess that I have been bitten by the travel bug… badly. I am a lover of all things travel from basic tenting with creepy crawlies to lazing in luxury lodges; I will give it all a go. I am passionate about wildlife and conservation and come from a long line of biologists, researchers and botanists. I am the general manager of Africa Geographic when I am not out exploring Africa.

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