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Rachel Castellano on One Voice For Laos. Teen Bio #2
by cassandrahastie
 Ripple effects from the One Voice For Laos project on local teenagers
December 03, 2012 09:11 PM | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Rachel and Wanalee
Rachel and Wanalee
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Rachel Castellano wrote the piece below about her experiences with One Voice for Laos and her reasons for being involved with One Voice for Laos. Rachel, the author of this heart-warming piece, is pictured here with Wanalee, an orphan from Laos......

 

I joined One Voice for Laos with the intention of doing what I could to help

children across the world. I had no idea I would actually travel there, and experience

something that would truly change my life.

What started out as a fun project with

my friends, turned into a huge part of my life that I'm incredibly passionate about.

It's hard to contemplate the amount of things I've learned from the

experiences I've had with One Voice for Laos. Not only was I able to travel to Asia

and immerse myself in an unfamiliar culture while making long-lasting connections

with the most amazing children I've ever met, I gained confidence and experience in

organizing and carrying out fundraisers back at home.

The other teenagers who I traveled with would agree that it was just as eye

opening to see the differences between the kids at the Deak Kum Pa orphanage and

us, as it was to see the similarities. They loved sports and hanging out with their

friends. I had conversations with them that could have easily been with an American

teenager. The part of them I will remember forever was how happy they were. They

smiled and laughed the same amount, if not more than American kids who have

their own room, good food, clean clothes, and the latest electronics.

I'm proud to say that I helped raise money for these children who I would say

I look up. By our fundraising efforts, they were able to obtain healthier and more

nutritious food. This project showed me that a small group of concerned citizens is

enough to make a difference. This gave me hope that although there is a lot of evil

and unfairness in the world, there are a lot of wonderful, capable people out there to

fix it. They just have to find the desire and will power to do so.

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