Yara and Her Race to End Poverty

January 23, 2012
by Cindy Changyit Levin

Yara Holding Up a SignEight-year old Yara is in a race to end poverty. She has decided to join her love of running with a desire to make a better world for children without education by running a charity race for RESULTS.

Along with her mom and sister, she’s been an active volunteer with RESULTS for two years. With RESULTS, she learned about the importance of education for impoverished children in the US and around the world. She has written letters to Congress and even met face to face with her U.S. Representative and both of her senators to ask them to help kids who cannot afford pre-school, basic education and medicine.


Read Yara’s own words about why she cares about RESULTS and visit her own fundraising website. You can even make a donation to her page and help her make a difference in the lives of kids around the world.

“I’m 8 years old and I’m running a poverty race to get exercise and also help other people. I’m running 2 miles to raise money for RESULTS. They help kids in poverty go to school by asking Congress to help. Education is IMPORTANT!

Last year, a lady named Teopista from Uganda came to our school and she talked about why many girls can’t go to school in her country. It was because girls have to do housework and take care of families. I’m kind of sad that some kids in other countries don’t go to school because their families don’t have enough money, so they have to work instead. I remember reading in the Little House on the Prairie books how the boys only went to school in the winter because they were working in all the other seasons. You can’t learn well that way. Some kids don’t know how to read. If they know how to read and do math, they can get a better job later, so they can have food and other things they need.

Even in our country, lots of kids in poverty don’t go to preschool. If you don’t go to preschool, you don’t do well in Kindergarten. If you don’t do well in Kindergarten, you probably won’t do well in first grade and you might be behind in all your grades if you don’t start off well. RESULTS helps Head Start send kids to preschool.”

                                    -Yara Noelle

Donate to RESULTS on Yara’s website


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