200backspacks was created to help families in the Caribbean meet the expensive costs of buying school supplies, thus enabling more children to attend school. I understand the importance of basic supplies, such as notebooks, pens, and pencils, fundamental items we often take for granted here in the United States because they are so accessible and often a dime a dozen. In many areas of the world, including the Caribbean, children go through the school year without necessary supplies. Hence, our mission is to empower these children through education by meeting their needs for basic school necessities like stationery and backpacks.
Too often children miss school because they lack basic school supplies. Unfortunately, parents must frequently make hard decisions, choosing whether to purchase school supplies or food with limited funds. This is an outrage, when collectively, we can do much more for our communities. As the founder of this organization, I’m especially moved to act responsibly for the children of my community because not too long ago, I was one of those children. Being given such a wonderful opportunity to better myself, morally, spiritually, and academically, in the United States, I feel a great sense of responsibility for struggling families and children, especially those of my native island of St. Lucia and the shores of the Caribbean. I embrace the belief that our lives are a gift given not just to fulfill our own destiny but also to enable the less fortunate the ability to fulfill their own destiny. This is the law of the universe, the way things were meant to be.
200backpack fosters the belief that we are indeed each other’s keepers and ultimately teach the children that we impact to embrace that philosophy. We encourage them to not only be grateful for our acts of kindness and our expressions of responsibility to our community but also to pay it forward.
I’m honored to be part of such a dynamic organization, fulfilling my own purpose to help, care for, and love all children, because they are the most vulnerable amongst us and ultimately the leaders of tomorrow. To maintain the integrity of our organization, we do not solicit financial contributions. Instead, we ask members of our circle of influence, including the community, the church, friends, and families, to donate school supplies to our organization.
I feel a sense of moral responsibility to this project and its mission because no matter where I live, St. Lucia will always be my home and the shores of the Caribbean my backbone.
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Look at the man in the mirror; then ask yourself what can I do to impact positive change in the life of a child.