These Two Kids Will Make You Want to Give to Charity

Last year, 7-year-old Lylah saved more than $200 by doing chores and donated it all to Toys for Tots. This year, she has a new focus with her giving:

This year I have been saving all year for the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust. My goal is to pay tuition for two kids to attend school for four years. This includes meals and uniforms. I would also like to fundraise to help with improvements. I am reaching out for your help, please donate and lets change the life of someone in need.

You can learn a lot more about the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust here. It’s a wonderful group of people trying to do what they can to instill critical thinking and secular values in an area where superstition runs amok. If you’d like to help out, you can donate through Lylah’s website or give directly to the UHST.

Focusing on a different issue altogether, 11-year-old Delaney McGowan is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and her older sister Erin is narrowly edging her out in the fundraising battle. You can’t let her go down like that, can you? Click on their pages above to donate to either one!

No matter who eventually wins, Delaney hit her goal of $250, and for that, she made a fantastic thank you video (in sign language!):

When this is what their sibling rivalry looks like, their parents are doing something right.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • momtarkle

    In children lie our hopes for the world.

    Having said that, I’ve noticed that these articles, that offer specific opportunities for readers to give, generate few comments.

    Having said that, I suggest that if anyone is moved to contribute to these two little girls’ charities, they first inform themselves of Foundation Beyond Belief, then decide where to direct their contributions. All three?!

    Having said that, I’m gonna go watch futbol.

  • LesterBallard

    Uniforms in a humanist school?

    • allein

      Is there something anti-humanist about school uniforms?

    • momtarkle

      Good point! I’ll bet. But I couldn’t find it.

    • Cyanmoon1

      I always wished we had uniforms when I was in school… they are a great equalizer.

    • Jeff

      Bear in mind it’s a country where the kids being helped may not have enough clothes to wear every day to school. The uniform gives them the chance to be, outwardly at least, equal to other kids whose parents can afford schooling for them.

      • LesterBallard

        Your point about clothes in general I get. Everyone looking the same . . . thinking the same, acting the same. I don’t like that kind of thing.

        • Shiny

          I spent twelve years wearing a school uniform. I did not turn into a conformist robot. None of my class did. Just putting kids in the same clothes doesn’t make them think the same or act the same. That sort of thing takes brainwashing, and that’s what humanist school aims to stop, right?

          Teach a child critical thinking and it doesn’t matter what they’re wearing, they’re still going to be able to think.

        • RowanVT

          How does wearing the same clothing cause you to think and act the same as other people? What magical powers do uniforms have other than “We all work for/learn at/volunteer at the same place”?

          Do you disparage work uniforms as well? Do you think I’m a mindless clone because I wear scrubs at my job, just like everyone else?

          • LesterBallard

            Work uniforms? In theory, but you’re an adult. I’m talking about kids.

            • RowanVT

              It still stands, if you think uniforms cause conformity of thoughts…

              Because while everyone at my job wears scrubs, and the same scrubs, we certainly aren’t mindless drones. We’re still distinct people with distinct opinions. Clothing isn’t going to have any influence on that.

              What those children are taught might be able to do that, but not what frickin’ clothes they wear. You ascribe far too much importance onto the way clothes look. I was 13 when I first started wearing a uniform. It didn’t make me conform to my classmates; we were all very individual people even then. What it did do was make us stop worrying over what we and others we wearing, and instead focus on the person inside the clothing.

              • LesterBallard

                Our experiences are obviously different.

    • RowanVT

      I went to a public school until 8th grade, and from 9th to 12th went to a catholic highschool (where I became a pagan and started my path to atheism). As a result, I went from ordinary clothes to uniforms. And while I wish I had an option for pants, I actually loved having a uniform. It was a great equalizer for those us who were not rich. Focus wasn’t on what was worn, so more focus was put on who we were.

    • LesterBallard

      Guess I’d rather look individually poor, which I did, than conform.

  • Drew M.

    This is amazing!

  • Jonathan

    It’s pretty offensive to refer to ASL as just “sign language”. You don’t call English “speech language”, do you?

    • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

      Before expressing “offense,” perhaps it would be more constructive to consider the intention of the author, which clearly was to celebrate Delaney’s learning and use of American Sign Language (note Hemant’s exclamation mark) rather than to demean it.

      Very few hearing people have any idea that for generations, deaf and hard-of-hearing people have struggled to have ASL recognized and respected as a fully developed language in its own right. A brief, friendly and patient explanation for why the term “American Sign Language” would be more accurate and respectful would probably go a lot further to help bring up people’s awareness than a gripe about how the abbreviated term, “sign language” is “pretty offensive.”

      You might also note that Delaney’s own Youtube page uses the title “LLS Sign Language Thank You,” so apparently she doesn’t think it is “offensive” to shorten the term. Take it up with her.


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