Each month, END7 honors one student who has made a significant contribution to our growing movement of young people dedicated to seeing the end of NTDs. For her incredible work during the month of May, we are proud to honor 11-year old END7 supporter Sophia.
Sophia, a sixth-grader in an International Baccalaureate school, first learned about NTDs in an article in Scientific American. Right away, she knew she wanted to get involved in the cause and decided to focus her International Baccalaureate Exhibition Project on NTDs. “I was concerned about the symptoms of these diseases and how many people have them,” she shares. “I was surprised at how little it takes to help them! I knew then what I was going to do for my Exhibition. I looked up NTDs and the link for END7′s homepage came up.” Sophia decided she wanted her project to support END7. “I wanted to help provide medicine to people, so I came up with the idea to hold a yard sale for my Exhibition action. I raised $878.50. That’s enough to treat 1,757 people! Along with the donations to my personal fundraising page, that brings the total up to 2,086 people so far! Now, I am working on my presentation for Exhibition day. I hope my presentation makes more people aware of the 7 NTDs and makes them want to help eliminate them. Because together, we can see the end!”
We are so grateful for Sophia’s commitment to END7 and are excited to see our community of young supporters grow. If you or a young person you know want to get involved in END7’s work, contact student coordinator Emily at Emily.Conron@sabin.org to learn how you can get started!