When I found out Cassandra was coming to the east coast, a couple of my friends and I decided to put on an awareness dessert night for her and Justice Rising. At the dessert night, we hung out, tried on jewelry from 31 Bits, ate delicious treats, and most importantly heard the stories of what Justice Rising is doing in the Congo. My friend bought a bag from the Noonday Collection and everyone put in $20 and at the end of the night we raffled off the bag and all the proceeds went to Justice Rising. What seemed like a small dessert night made a big difference. My friends and myself are now more aware of the condition in DR Congo and are able to do something personal about it through supporting Justice Rising.
What got you interested in the cause of education?
During my visit to Ethiopia in the summer of 2014, I met kids of all age as well as adults. Through the help of a translator, I would ask each person I connected with what they would want most in the world if money was not an option. Their answers surprised me to say the least. Some wanted peace, love, a house, but the most popular answer was an education; to learn, to go to school or to finish school.
My teacher heart became so broken for those who are uneducated around the world, not by choice but circumstance. I became passionate about the hope that education can bring someone out of poverty, giving them the tools they need to obtain a sustainable life.
What drew you to get involved with Justice Rising?
As I was thinking of how to make a difference in a world with overwhelming problems, it dawned on me that justice is personal. What I can do personally to bring justice to just one person is enough. I was seeking to invest in an organization whose passion about education aligned with mine. I was flipping through Instagram one day and came across Justice Rising. I fell in love with pictures of the Congolese children whose lives were struck by war, but in whose eyes I could see hope. Hope that receiving healing and education could change the course of history for their country.