Change the world. It just takes cents Organization
Global awareness is one of the values taught at Herzl RMHA Upper School in Denver. As a part of the curriculum on world studies, the eighth-grade students elected to do an in-depth study of the genocide in Darfur from a global and Jewish perspective. After learning about the situation in Sudan, the students rallied to act on behalf of the Darfuri children, with the goal of giving them back the educational opportunities lost and destroyed amid the conflict.
Their organization, Change the World. It Just Takes Cents, is built on the premise that everyone has loose change and, if collected, it, along with other fundraising events, could help reinstitute education for children in Darfur. Along with the fundraising, the students embarked on a campaign to raise public awareness about the genocide and became very involved with efforts to divest from Sudan, attending rallies and participating in public speaking engagements. They even stood alongside Governor Bill Ritter as he signed the Colorado Sudan Divestment Bill.
The students used the funds they collected to rebuild the destroyed D-Kaire School in Korma, Darfur. They also established an e-mail connection with the D-Kaire students, sending them messages of hope and encouragement and reassuring them they have not been forgotten. Their enthusiasm and determination inspired the next generation of eighth-graders to join their efforts and speak out against genocide.