This dream is now named “No Backpack Day” Project

This dream has allowed me to give hope and help other children exist and even live. This dream is now named the “No Backpack Day” Project. No backpack day is a day that students in the US go to school without their backpacks, carrying their books and school supplies in their hands or in plastic bags so as to raise awareness for kids around the world, who do not have backpacks. In return, they donate backpacks and school supplies to children in need around the world.  Since this movement started 6 years ago, more than 40 US schools have participated and have donated more than 16000 backpacks, filled with school supplies to less fortunate children in Cameroon, Cape Verde, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Africa and locally in NC. It is my wish that this project will spread to as many schools throughout the US so that no child goes to school without a backpack.nobackpackday

When I grow up….

People often ask me, ‘What are you going to be when you grow up?’ I don’t think that is the right question to ask. The question should be, ‘What are you going to do to help make the world a better place when you grow up, so that other people can exist?’

In the next 20 years or so, I know that major changes will take place in the world in which we live. Whether good or bad, I don’t know. It is going to be in our hands, the youths of today, to make decisions that will be for the good of mankind. I know that the hope and education that our parents and teachers give us today, will be the very solution to the problems that our world will face. We will have to take what we are learning now, and apply it to improve and make the world a better place.

The needy children

Each time I feel tired, lack supplies for the needy children, or think I cannot do it, I see in my minds eyes, those sad faces in Cameroon that lit up, shouted for joy, and hugged me tightly, all because they were offered a backpack, filled with supplies. How can I I take this joy away from them? I cannot afford to.

I dream of a day when another child of African descent will stand on this very stage and tell of a different story about Africa. An Africa that blossoms and shines. I dream of a day where another child of African descent will be standing on this stage not asking for support for the children in Africa, but rather, with pride, talking about ways they can use their talents and resources to help make the world a better place so that other people can exist.  We are all paving the way for this awesome day, and believe me, it will come soon!!!!