Kelowna, BC – One the first day of our group organization, we had a lot done. We were a dedicated team of eight with a wonderful woman named Nicole, to keep us on track, and we had already partnered with We (previously Me to We) to excel us even further. Ahead of all this, we had decided that our group was here to help others. We wanted no one thinking, “they’re just teenagers.” So, we set off- to raise money for an endowment fund. A perpetual scholarship that could be given out once a year so that a boy could attend highschool. Our goal was $25,000, and we needed it by 2018. At the end of this timeline, all of us, individually, had to raise enough money to go on a youth trip and meet the students we sponsered.

The founders of the group, two twin boys by the names of Sasha and Finn, had decided why and when we needed to start fundraising, before the meetings even began. We were all passionate so we worked as hard as we could. Our first successful fundraiser made us over 10% of our final goal. It was a bake sale. 


Vancouver, BC – After being asked to attend We Day 2016, all of us quickly decided it would be a fun experience. For most of us, it would be the second or third time going, though. We were invited backstage, and we got a tour around one of the biggest arenas in BC. Emily, a woman who works for We, made it possible for all of us to have special treatment and make the best connections with We on our journey. While we were there, Telus asked us to pitch our charity – We Are Change Nation. Hoping for a matching program, we went in prepared, with our scripts laid out in our heads. All of us brainstormed for weeks prior to get the perfect stance on our subject. 

My Ideas – Everyone seemed to think it was so interesting that we were funding a boys’ school. Yes, correct, not a girls’ school, as we had repeated countless times. I would see the blank expression on their face. There already is a girls’ school in that community. That doesn’t mean the end is near-equality is a want, a need, globally. Education is a survival tool. But when the fight for equality is giving the girl’s a school when the boys have no access to it, it ends up being counter productive. No matter how many different reasons come up for education being important, it keeps circling back to sustainability. Education teaches how to create a stable community for generations to come. It teaches students to be doctors, lawyers, all the things they still need in a developing community.  When my friends went to Kisaruni in the summer of 2016, they watched as the boys peered over the fence in admiration and envy. Inequality still occurred, even if we weren’t looking for it. This summer, they had a feeling of relief when they found out the boys’ school was near completion. We wanted to help anyways. That’s why we created We Are Change Nation, to bring education from nation to nation, in hopes of changing the world. 

1 Comment » for Makena
  1. Jeana says:

    The crux of your writing whilst appearing agreeable orylgnaili, did not settle properly with me after some time. Somewhere throughout the paragraphs you were able to make me a believer but only for a very short while. I however have a problem with your jumps in assumptions and one might do nicely to fill in all those gaps. When you actually can accomplish that, I could undoubtedly be impressed.

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