Ana Dodson & Peruvian Hearts: How Your Kid Can Fight Against Poverty
Sometimes, all it takes to strike a chord with a child is to simply hear about what other children their age are accomplishing. When it comes to these inspirational kids making a difference in our world, there are no shortages of examples to share with your own children. One of these persons is Ana Dodson who founded the charity, Peruvian Hearts.
Adopted from Cusco, Peru when she was just 3 years old, Ana moved to Colorado with her adoptive parents. Filled with curiosity about her background and Peru, her parents finally allowed her to make the trip to Peru in 2003 when she was 11 years old. During her visit, Ana was intensely moved by the extreme poverty of some of the children of Peru, particularly those in the orphanages. Realizing that their fate could have just as easily been hers, Ana immediately made the choice to do all that she could to help them.
Ana initially began collecting teddy bears and books to give to the children of Peru, which later progressed to collecting school supplies, and finally grassroots fundraising leading to the birth of Peruvian Hearts in 2003. Today the mission of Peruvian Hearts is to transform the lives of Peruvian orphans and children living in poverty through improved education, proper nutrition and health care, and to raise awareness amongst youth about poverty and the overall importance of service.