In 2007, eight girls from New York watched Oprah’s TV show one day. The show was called “The Little Boy That Oprah Couldn’t Forget”. It was about a boy from Ghana, Africa who had been sold into slavery, a practice that happens in that country every day. The story touched their hearts and they wanted to help. The girls learned that a group was able to rescue children for about $4,300 each. So the girls decided to raise the money by selling handmade bracelets. Their first time selling the bracelets, the girls raised $1,000!
The girls went on to create One Is Greater Than None, based on the idea that even one person can do something to make a difference. Now they also sell necklaces and t-shirts and have helped rescue dozens of children in Ghana! Recently, they have also begun helping an American group called Remote Area Medical (RAM) that provides free medical care to people in poor rural areas. This video tells all about One is Greater Than None.
- Here is the website for One Is Greater Than None.
Topics for Discussion:
- What would it be like to live in a country that sells kids into slavery?
- Do you believe, as the girls do, that one is greater than none? If so, what can you, ONE person, do to make a difference?
- One truly is greater than none. So be “one” who does a good work, no matter how small, today!
- Check out the Kids Turn Central website for ideas of simple ways you can be “one” who makes a difference!
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.