Make Change Work is a youth movement working towards increasing awareness in our generation of the suffering people undergo and providing encouragement and means to people so they can help eradicate it. We work through clubs in our schools and individuals in communities. We are determined to achieve our goal; and all share the belief that we can and we should make the world a better place through our little acts of giving.
When I was in the fifth grade, my mother suggested that I forego my birthday parties and invite only a few friends over instead. I wasn’t happy. Parties meant presents, and I was really looking forward to those. She also "suggested" that I donate my birthday money to a charity called Project Drishti. It was a group of dedicated doctors who conducted free eye operations for poor people in India. I didn’t want seem selfish, so I went along with this suggestion. As time passed, this became an annual ritual of mine. I received photographs of the people who were operated on because of my contributions; and seeing these photographs made me feel good. I liked doing what I was doing but I didn’t give it too much thought. In the eighth grade, however, everything changed. A little girl (a construction worker’s daughter who lived on the roadside) had an accident and needed an operation urgently. Coincidentally, my money arrived just at that time and was used to save her eyes. Once better, this little girl,went to the photo studio in her best dress and took a picture to send to her “Anna” (big brother) in America. This was her way of saying “Thank you”. I didn’t know her and she didn’t know me, but she transformed my world that day. I had never lacked anything, and had always taken my well-being for granted. However, a little girl across the world who called me big brother had to depend on others for even the basic right of vision. It was inconceivable for me to imagine myself in that position.This seemed completely unfair. I felt ashamed of my indulgences. I was struck by the inequalities of this world and realised that even a little bit of giving could make a big impact on someone’s life. There are so many people in this world like her who can be helped with a little effort on our part. Making a difference in this world has become a passion of mine.
Our mission is to convince all members of our generation of the good we can do and the power that we have together towards solving the world’s problems starting with the most tragic one, extreme poverty. My vision is to see a world where people can take care of themselves but still compassionately look out for others.
Join us in our efforts. Helping others does not require a huge sacrifice. Giving up a movie, coffee, or soda once in a while can go a long way towards providing education, food, or healthcare in many countries across the world.