Students at Wood River High School in Hailey, Idaho, have the freedom to choose virtually any topic for their senior project.
Sophomore Lily Ward decided to make hers into a fundraiser for vulnerable women and children in Nigeria.
After some research online, Lily discovered SOS Children’s Villages and decided to put her fundraising efforts towards supporting the SOS village in Jos, Nigeria.
“I’m so interested in helping people and learning how other cultures live, plus I want to work with kids in impoverished countries when I’m older,” said Lily, who wants to be a pediatric nurse when she’s older.
As the centerpiece of her project, she hosted “A Night for Nigeria,” a fundraiser that took place on March 6 and raised $600 for the SOS village in Jos
. During the event, which had about 60 people in attendance, a modern dance group performed a dance to traditional Nigerian music. Lily also asked her friends to read stories about at-risk families from Jos who receive support from SOS Children’s Villages (SOS).
Following her fundraiser, Lily will have to present a 30-page report to a panel of judges, explaining what she learned about her topic during her project. When asked what stood out for her about SOS, she talked about the impact of the organization:
“I think the biggest impact that SOS has is how many children they actually help and how they keep them until they’re ready to live on their own…you’re turning someone who is helpless into someone who is powerful and who has everything they need.”