Changing Lives A World Away

Sep. 21, 2012 / By

By Kimberly Miranda, Coachella Unincorporated


A few years ago, my friends and I decided to help nourish children in Africa – and we were able to do so without leaving the Eastern Coachella Valley.

That’s because I am a part of the Interact Club at Indio High School, Rotary International’s youth service club. Our club’s mission is to raise a thousand dollars each year for our Peanut Butter Project. According to Rotary, Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) kills more than 3.5 million children worldwide each year. More children die of SAM each year than of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.

For every $25 our club raises, we are able to provide a child suffering from SAM with a special type of nutrient-rich peanut butter that is used as medicine to treat this disease.

Last year, our fundraisers consisted of car washes and coin drives, but unfortunately we still fell $300 short of our goal. Although we were very happy to have nourished 28 children, we have decided to step up our efforts this school year so we can help more.


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