My name is Wesley and I am a senior school student at Vancouver College. I love playing basketball, hiking, and watching football. I’ve been fortunate to have lived in Africa for two months with my family. While there I was touched by how warm and welcoming the people were but also disturbed by the abject poverty of people living in townships just next to modern cities. I had seen homeless people before in Vancouver but they were always adults not young kids. I kept thinking about how my friends and I live and wondering why I was so lucky. After we returned home I kept seeing the faces of the kids I saw playing in and around townships and wondering where are their parents and why aren’t they in school? The first night home in my comfortable bed I made a promise to myself that I would do what I could to help kids who didn’t have the opportunities that I did.
I love learning and as I look forward to attending University I felt it was time to act on my desire to help. I am thrilled to be supporting the work of Imagine1day, a charity founded in my hometown, focused on exactly my goal of helping kids in less developed countries. Their focus is Ethiopia, which has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. It is my goal to travel to Ethiopia the summer of 2022 (using my own funds) to work on the Anole school.
I am connecting with people in my community and network, and actively seeking partnerships with community groups and other non-profits. I know there are lots of great causes that need support but if you go to school, or did at one point in your life, you are more blessed than over four million Ethiopians today. Please consider a donation.
If you have questions, comments or suggestions you can reach me @ [email protected]