When Ryan Hreljac from Ontario Canada was just 7 years old, he could not understand why so many people in Africa had no access to clean drinking water, so he decided to do something about it. He raised the funds to drill his first well about a year later. To date his foundation, “Ryan’s Well” has built more than 600 wells in 16 countries serving more than 800,000 people.
In addition to Ryan’s story, Kids Are Heroes features more than 200 heroes from across the globe, all under the age of 18, who are accomplishing incredible things for humankind, animals and the environment. These kids are baking cookies to support the homeless, training puppies to become assistance dogs, helping senior citizens learn to use the internet, empowering girls in Africa through education, funding cleft palate surgeries and raising money for cancer research.
The accomplishments go on and on, and it all started with the vision of 9-year-old MaryMargaret who held several fund raisers so she could buy hundreds of MP3 players to give to hospitalized children. The web site she helped create now serves as an inspiration for other kids to take action all over the world! Perhaps the most amazing thing about these kids is that they do not crave nor want the recognition or fanfare; instead, they are all about raising awareness for their causes and getting other kids involved.
And it is indeed working. Both children and parents are becoming inspired to act because of what they have experienced through the KAH web site. One hero’s mother writes, “Since joining Kids Are Heroes in 2008, my son John has taken on a new sense of responsibility and commitment to making the world a better place. He has benefitted immensely from his association with Kids Are Heroes and has received far more than he has given.”
Kids Are Heroes does not dictate to children what they should be doing. Instead, they help kids find their passion and support them. They learn so many things from giving back. They are called upon to speak in public, they learn about team building, resource management and most of all what it feels like to do something that serves another human being, which teaches them empathy. Children learn that there is more to life than their own selves, and their outward-focused involvement helps to shape them into compassionate leaders.
“NorthStar Entertainment, LLC is committed to creating and developing valuable, relevant productions that enrich the lives of those who view them,” says Terri Wilson-Armand, NorthStar’s owner. “To this end, we are very selective of the projects we produce. We’re so excited to partner with the Kids Are Heroes organization and to have the opportunity to show the world some of the amazing accomplishments these kids have achieved. We adults can learn a thing or two from these young leaders!”
To learn more about Kids are Heroes, visit their website at http://www.kidsareheroes.org. For more information on the documentary series, please call 240.483.4624.
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Kids Are Heroes is a non-profit that empowers, encourages and inspires children to become leaders through volunteerism and community involvement. We do this by showcasing and supporting children who are making a difference through their selfless acts of giving.
We teach children to follow their passions at an early age. This will instinctively stay with them throughout their entire lives.