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Big visions start with a small step.
Not all of us can do great things,
but we can all do small things with great love.
– Mother Teresa
Meet one girl who’s changing the lives of many.
About five years ago, Mary Grace Henry of Harrison, New York, asked for a sewing machine for her birthday. She wanted to design and sell headbands to pay for just one African girl’s schooling. Now, 11,000 creations later, the 17-year-old has sold enough to give 45 girls living in extreme poverty the gift of an education. Today, Mary Grace is the Founder of Reverse the Course, a social business that funds the education of girls in Kenya, Uganda, Paraguay and Haiti.
“The greatest obstacle to education faced by both girls and boys is poverty,” Mary Grace believes. “Girls, though, face a second hurdle that is far more difficult to address: their culture.”
“When you see a need, act,” says Grace who recently received a World of Children Award. “Dream big, but start small, taking little steps. Each step taken will present both new opportunities and new challenges. Face each one as it comes and then keep going. All those little steps, done with love, will lead you to places impossible to imagine.”
“In many countries throughout the world, girls are viewed as having not just lesser value than boys, but often devastatingly little or no value.”
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