Birdlet is a cause that originated in my heart. The idea was born on a recent trip to Peru, where I saw many children walking several miles to school in impoverished areas. When I came outside the Ollantaytambo train station from Machu Pichu with my family, I met a young boy who was asking passengers for money. With my limited Spanish, I asked him “¿qué escuela vas?” (What school do you go to?). The boy responded with “No escuela.” (No school). A lady who was standing nearby told me in Spanish that they had no money for school. I didn’t have any Sols (Peruvian currency), so I gave the boy some candy and granola bars that I had in my bag. I was delighted to see the smile on his face, but devastated by the thought that he wasn’t able to go to school.
After leaving, I couldn’t get the thought out of my head. It hurt me to know that there were kids who didn’t have access to an education. I talked to my parents about the boy, and I decided to help children who don’t have access to quality education. I gave my dad a $20 bill and a pen, telling him that I wanted to donate what I had to the children in need.
After coming back to the United States, I decided to collect school supplies and donate them to the children in Peru. But, I realized that there was a high cost of shipping to other countries. Then after doing some research, I found out that there are more than 15 million children living under the poverty line in the United States according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. So, I decided to start helping children everywhere by starting to help in my own city: Charlotte, North Carolina. After gathering some friends, I started collecting supplies from various neighborhoods to donate these supplies to schools with less funding and to help children in my city who didn’t have the same access to supplies and materials. That is where Birdlet started.
I truly wish, that in my lifetime, we will see every child on earth with access to a quality education.