If I were a rich girl…

2 09 2009

For the past few years, I have wondered, usually when I am so bored for reading content that I resort to TMZ, who the hell Paris Hilton is and why does anyone care.  Now she has competition on that stage with the Kardashian girls – I still am not sure how many of them there are or why I should want to know how many they are.  I’ve never seen them act in anything and as best I know, the Hilton girl and the Kardashian ones got their TV series after somehow bombarding us for months in tabloids, as if the attention wasn’t enough for them.

A better question could likely be asked in why are we so interested as a society in girls who have no significant accomplishments in life outside of their genealogy and bank accounts which keep them in high fashion and open doors for them to stroll through with menial talents?  What is appealing to us about knowing who their latest love interest is or what they purchased at the drive thru or how they wore their hair today?  Obviously there is some interest, even though it may not be with you or I specifically, because their faces are still plastered on every magazine or tabloid or gossip show.

If these financially affluent ladies were opening halfway houses or soup kitchens instead of poorly dubbed albums and clothing lines, I am willing to bet we would not see them in the papers or even know their names.  Drama sells.  Sex sells.  Bad girls sell.  Good girls just don’t.

A prime example is Akash Mehta.  Never heard of him?  I am not surprised.  He is an eleven year old boy and the founder of Kids for A Better Future.  A philanthropist since he was 7, he has published a book about the families who to this day suffer health problems from the Union Carbide leak in India.  He has raised funds for children forced to be soldiers in the Congolese army and girl’s schools in Afghanistan.  He is currently drumming up support for a UN bill that would protect the rights of children (which the US is one of only two UN nations that have not ratified the proposal).  And his parents take him to India to allow him to work as a volunteer.

And there’s Zach Bonner, who at age eleven, walked from Atlanta to the White House to draw attention to his cause, which is homeless children in America.  His philanthropy began in 2004 after Hurricane Charley (he was six then), he founded a local organization he called the Little Red Wagon to help collect and donate items for victims of the hurricane.  Elton John is one of his single largest financial contributors.

Katie Nylan is 9 years old and has created Katie Kares, an organization she hopes will help work to end homelessness in the US and around the world.  Through the help of her community, she was able to put together a carnival where she had various tables representing different countries in Africa.  Admission was only $10 and each guest received a passport.  As they visited the different ‘countries’, they were able to get their passport stamped while learning about that country.  Donations went towards purchasing mosquito nets and making improvements on homes in the area of Mozambique, which is where a child she has sponsored through a relief organization lives.

These youth are not all wealthy or born to the Rockefeller-esque lifestyle, but with what they have they are doing more than those who do have that silver spoon dangling from their noses have ever done.  I’d love to read an article that Khloe Kardashian has decided to give clothes to charity or that Paris Hilton is working to feed the hungry.  But I am instead left to hear that Paris went to a restaurant after spending the weekend in Las Vegas and getting wasted at some club there; or that Kourtney thought about aborting but decided that she’s gonna keep her baby.

Coincidentally, if you would like to help young philanthropists make a change and meet their goals, click here.  Donations can be volunteer littwork in your area or financial or even words of support and spreading the message of their actions.

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