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International Tweens - First edition 2018

Real stories for multicultural kids to read, love and share.

EVERY CHILD COUNTS By

EVERY CHILD COUNTS By Francesca Maffini, 14 LIVING IN CAMBODIA was a truly eye opening experience. I’ve always heard of the poverty and injustice the children go through, but I was still shocked when I saw some of the conditions these children were in. I saw children with torn up “clothes” rummaging through garbage, trying to find something they could make a cent on, while I was walking to school in my freshly cleaned uniform. Although I will never be able to understand the depths of all the inequalities and challenges they face, I finally understand how many basic privileges I have in my life. 48

INTERNATIONAL Tweens Even though they don’t own very much, they are one of the happiest groups of children I have seen ever. How I can get up every morning, walk to my tap, and not have to worry if my water is clean or not. The fact that I have shoes so I can walk comfortably. All these little basic things, made me feel so much more grateful. The thing that shocked me the most is how happy these kids are. Even though they don’t own very much, they are one of the happiest groups of children I have seen ever. They could think that a rubber band is the greatest thing ever. I look back at helping at this amazing school - ABC’s and Rice, and realising that it’s about the experiences you go through, not the things you own. ABC’s and Rice was not only a life-changing place for me, but it is for every single child who goes there to feel safe and loved. Without this school, so many more children in Cambodia would be without an education, meals, and a “family”. The fact that there are still kids out there with these hardships should be motivation enough to do something, anything really. It doesn’t matter if how little it is, every bit helps. So go out there and help change the world.