Kids can help needy families overseas


Samuel Njau, 4, of Nairobi, had heart surgery through the Take Heart project. With recent donations, 13 more kids will have heart surgery. (Take Heart Association Project)

Here are some of the many organizations that help people in other countries who are in need. All accept donations of money, but several also offer activities to get kids involved. Always ask a parent before going online.

●Hoops of Hope. Host a basketball shoot-a-thon and raise money for an organization, which helps orphaned children in poor countries. It was started by Austin Gutwein when he was 9 years old. www.hoopsofhope.org.

●One Hen. Play online games to earn beads for microfinance loans that go to people in Africa. Each bead equals one penny of a real loan. www.onehen.org.

●Ryan’s Well. Help provide clean drinking water to families in Africa through the foundation set up by Ryan Hreljac when he was 10. www.ryanswell.ca.

●Save the Children. Click on “Take Action” and “Become a Fundraiser” to read about other kids’ efforts and to find out how to help with problems such as the food crisis in East Africa. www.savethechildren.org.

●La La Love. See HeartArt by Jacob Stark and Lauren and Erin Allen at www.lalalove.org.

●Take Heart Association Project. Find out about the Hearts for Kids program and some kids who have gotten lifesaving surgeries. www.thapk.org.

●UNICEF. The United Nations’ agency on children sponsors a Halloween fundraiser. Get details at youth.unicefusa.org. Learn more about what UNICEF does by playing the online World Heroes game: www.unicefgames.com/heroes/
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●World Vision. Click on “Get Involved” to find out how to organize a health-care kit-building activity with your school, church or scout group. www.worldvision.org.

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