When a birthday is approaching, most nine-year olds ask their friends and family for the coolest technology or the latest toy. For Nikhil Lal and Sohail Sajdeh, they decided to do something different. “We learned about child labor in school, so we wanted to donate money to help children in India go to school instead of to work,” said the fourth-graders from Illinois. Nikhil and Sohail found out about AIF’s Learning and Migration Program (LAMP) and asked all of their friends and family members to forego presents; instead they asked everyone to donate to LAMP. Leading up to their birthday party, the two young boys ended up raising over $800. The funds raised will end up providing 16 children of migrant workers an education for one whole year.
“Even though we did want presents, it was better to give the money. We felt proud giving. I think everyone should skip presents and donate to children. If other people do this, they can help make the world a happier place.”
Would you like to have friends and family donate to AIF for a special occasion of yours?