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New York Students Start Organization To Help Children In Africa

New York Students Start Organization To Help Children In Africa

(Photo courtesy of DONOVAN BERTHOUD/HERALD)  

A worldwide campaign to raise awareness about Ugandan rebel Joseph Kony has officially hit Mepham High School.

When Jessie Almont of Mepham High Schoolfirst saw the Kony 2012 video, she became outraged.

"I was really upset by it," the 17-year-old said. "When I saw all those kids, I thought about what would happen if I was in Uganda. I have a younger brother and I thought about what would happen if he was there."

The next day, Almont sent the YouTube link of the video to her principal and the school administration.  After sharing her ideas with the faculty, Almont and many of her classmates came together and created Mepham Kares, a global outreach program that aims to support countries in Africa.

"The Kony video inspired us to do something, but we did not want it to be all about the "Stop Kony" campaign," Almont said. "We wanted to help the children."

In less than three weeks, the students created Mepham Kares, a website for the organization, a Twitter account with more than 50 followers and aYouTube page. The organization has five committees and more than 30 members.

Assistant Principal Jennifer Carne said that she is so impressed that the young activists used the power of social media to make a difference. (more)

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Article by Danielle De Souza, BellmorePatch | Read full article here

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