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One Voice for Laos
February 11, 2013
A Testimonial From Lauren Havens

283078_4192223438207_1601558187_n.jpg My name is Lauren Havens and I am sixteen years old. During life, everyone strives for relevance and pleasure. In the limited time we have on this earth, we aim to make an impact on lives other than our own.

The nation has turned to materialism and selfism that blinds many to the abundance of necessities, rights, and opportunities that they should be grateful to have. In turn, we must make an outreach to those in need.

This past year I joined a local group of blossoming humanitarians called One Voice for Laos that dedicates its time making a difference in the lives of the children at an orphanage in Laos.

I have always longed to make a lasting impact on those less fortunate and to do altruistic work, possibly join the Peace Corps or the Doctors Without Borders program.

This fall, I was forced to truly reevaluate my life when I was diagnosed with melanoma. I was reminded to cherish every moment I was given. The situation compelled me to reassess my actions.

I became deeply involved in the One Voice for Laos group this year. As a group of teens we aim to raise money for the Deak Kum Pa Orphanage in Laos.

The money we raise increases the protein intake of orphans, helps with general medical and dental care, maintains the orphanage, sponsors older children to study at outside schools, and more.

Recently, I ran (and performed at) the Cabaret with Sequoia Sellinger that collected money to implement a water filtration station and a month's worth of medical support for the children.

Supporting an orphanage on the other side of the world teaches us that all people are similar and connected. This project gives us sense of responsibility and meaning in the vast network of worldwide connections in humanity.

It is important to revert to basics and bare necessities in this acquisitive world we live in. On the pursuit of happiness and search for pertinent jobs to the welfare of humanity, altruism prevails. Generosity is crucial to mass prosperity and by doing openhanded deeds self-fulfillment is also achieved. As we open our hearts to the world, our unconditional love and care is reciprocated to create a better place for all to live.

Posted by Lauren Havens at 06:32 PM | Comments (0)

One Voice Global is a humanitarian aide organization, based in Woodstock. Our mission is to help Hudson Valley teenagers develop the kind of mindset, skills, and abilities they need to become compassionate humanitarians, social activists and global citizens. We accomplish our goal by improving the lives of orphans and other children in need through fundraising projects, cultural exchange, and onsite service visits to the organizations we serve.

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