As We Day makes it’s way across the country, our youngest Heroes, Flynn and Ruby Kirwin, have been featured in numerous publications for their hard work. Kimberly Lochhead wrote a wonderful piece featuring Change Heroes that we would love to share with you.
By Kimberly Lochhead
What’s in a number? A lot of change—even if that number is relatively small. Let’s start with three; the magic number of the online fundraising platform, Change Heroes. Spearheaded by Vancouver’s Taylor Conroy, Change Heroes uses the simple model of one person rallying their network of 33 friends to give $3.33 a day for three months, raising $10,000 to build a school in a developing country.
“Some people haven’t had that moment where they’ve made profound change and aren’t aware that they can do it from their laptop,” says Taylor. “We’re passionate about empowering people to make a massive difference in the world, not just on the lives they’re impacting in Kenya, India or Haiti—it’s about changing their own life trajectory.”
That little number three has catapulted to even larger numbers—so far 146 schools have been built with $1.5 million in donations, thanks to Change Heroes. This proves the smallest numbers can spur the biggest impact. Just ask Flynn and Ruby Kirwin from Niagara, who collectively raised $11,460.94 in 17 days to build a school in Ecuador. And oh yeah, Flynn is nine-years-old and his sister is Ruby is four.
“I think everyone should be able to go to school, but not everyone can,” says Flynn.
The duo knocked on doors, called and charmed family, friends and community members, determined to help other kids receive an education.
“Little kids can make a difference too,” says Ruby.
What inspires Taylor most is seeing the growing scale of what is possible.
“One We Day includes 20,000 people,” he says. “If they did Change Heroes campaigns, that would raise $200 million—just from one room of people from one day of the year. This is the first time youth have access to a tool that is effective enough to make more change than governments, than the biggest corporations and more than celebrities. They are powerful change-makers.”
We couldn’t be more inspired by these youngsters. It’s kids like this that show the importance of We Day and how something small can make a big impact.
Welcome to the Change Heroes in Eor Ewuaso, Kenya,community report!
Eor Ewuaso, a rural community located in the Narok South District of the Rift Valley Province in Kenya has a small population of approximately 1,400 people. Due to a severe wind disaster in 2000, many classrooms of the Eor Ewuaso primary school were destroyed and fixing them is a huge undertaking for a community that lacks funding.
Education is important for the Eor Ewuaso community, but due to lack of resources, the illiteracy rate for boys stands at 20% and 40% for girls since girls are expected to take part in early marriages, which hinders them from attending school and successfully pursuing an education. In addition to education issues, Eor Ewuaso also suffers from lack of access to health care facilities and clean water resources. The community lacks funding on all parts so often times, one latrine is shared among 40 individuals and during drought season, many children are malnourished because there are no trained health practitioners nearby in the village.
#WCW (#WomanCrushWednesday), we’re coming for you. We’re pretty crafty and sly so you won’t see or hear us coming, but before you know it, you are going to be taken over by a sneak attack. The name of this social media vigilante? #PCW. That’s right, #PhilanthropistCrushWednesday. We know what you’re thinking, it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same way. But we at Change Heroes have been harbouring some love for these philanthropists and their do-gooding ways that we need to get off of our chests.
It started with a question, a rather simple question: Why don’t people pay me for what I love doing? Why do I get paid to do ‘stuff’ I really don’t like?
The simple response, and the most commonly used is: well that’s just life. But it isn’t. That is not life. I’m here to show you why.
It’s our generation: Generation Y. Google us and you will discover a plethora of articles, posts and research that bombard with negative information regarding our generation. Research tells us that Generation Y is a bunch of lazy, narcissistic, special, and entitled group of persons aged 18-30. But lets be real, this is not who we are; there is so much more underneath the surface that must be explored.
This is my journey down the road less traveled. And to understand my story, first you need to understand where I come from. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Boston, as it’s a city thats very steeped in tradition. From the deep-rooted origins of our country, to our colleges and universities, to our sports teams — there’s history and tradition spread throughout almost every aspect of life in Boston.
For years, we’ve admired and looked up to Free The Children (FTC) like an adoring younger sibling. We’ve celebrated them in their many achievements, we’ve praised their holistic models, and today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve solidified our partnership with Free The Children in an effort to create EVEN MORE change in a revolutionary way.
And our first project together is…you guessed it…#MINGA
To be honest, we work with pretty kick-butt people. The Change Heroes office is always booming with positive vibes, hard work, and hilarious energy. Sure we may work in close proximity, but knowing we are working to change the world — one campaign at a time — gives us all the delight we will ever need and kicking each others tables really isn’t the worst thing. We have mastered the art of making everything delightful by working in an environment that allows us to do so. For all of you out there still wondering how to make everything delightful, here are 5 tips for everyday life to make it more delightful than it already is.
The first time I encountered Sam Zipursky from Beats for Change was the day after I started interning for Change Heroes back in June. It was the same day I met the entire team. The same day I was brought to a mingler. And the same day I was told to walk around and talk about Change Heroes as if I had been working there for years and not just one day!
About a month later, Sam Zipursky and cofounder Marvin Bruin released the mix they had produced specifically for Change Heroes. Once we heard the mix, it was only a matter of time before Sam was interviewed and the Beats for Change story emerged.
After two very full days of travel, we have arrived at our final destination, deep in the amazon jungle of Ecuador. Minga Lodge has all the appearances of traditional jungle housing. Thatched roofs made from natural vegetation provide shelter from the Amazon’s heavy rains, but most of the lodge is open-air oasis that allows for a harmonious relationship between the jungle and it’s inhabitants.
Minga Lodge was recently purchased by Free The Children within the last couple of years. It’s named after the Kichwa word, “Minga,” which means, “The coming together for the betterment of all.”
It is a word that we have kept with us in our travels. A word that today, we want to share with you.
…For the record, 4 hours of sleep is not enough when you’re already running on fumes from the night before. Everyone talks about how wonderful travel is, the easy-breezy nonchalance manner in which we think about time while on “vacation,” (even though, technically, this isn’t a vacation) but so often we leave out the part about actually getting to where we’re going (which in my opinion, can also be an exciting part of the adventure). And where we’re headed, today…well, let’s just say it doesn’t have the most direct route.
Back to 4 hours of sleep. 6:37 am in Quito has me confused. The sun is rising, ripe as an orange, just beyond the Pichincha volcano; the teeming city of Quito, waking up with the glow, looms just below.
Where am I? Oh yah, Ecuador. Why am I here? Oh yah, this is my job.