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Written By: mhopkins527
February 3, 2010


A year ago, I studied abroad in South Africa; my experience there changed my life in ways I could have never imagined. During the semester, I volunteered weekly with an orphange called The Ubuntu Crisis Center. These children, mostly female, had been removed from their homes due to sexual abuse or unsafe environments; many of them were also HIV positive. The word “ubuntu” literally means “I am a person because you are a person”; in other words, it is the South African belief in a common humanity. It is with this belief in mind and heart that I would use the Young Visionaries contest grant to help the girls of the Crisis Center develop healthily and provide the HIV positive children with the necessary medication.

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