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You-The Movement, of Kenya, Interviews Jim Killon of Changes for New Hope print story
June 05, 2011
Changes for New Hope, Peru
Interview with Changes for New Hope!
So its only natural that we decided to have a chat, and here is what he had to say:)
You: Hello Jim!
Jim: Hello everybody at You-The Movement. I’m Jim Killon from Baltimore Maryland in the United States. A few years ago, after visiting Nicaragua and Costa Rica, I saw the poverty among the children and wanted to do something about it. I came to Peru in 2009, initially to work for an NGO that said they helped children. After a few disappointing months observing anemic efforts and ulterior motives, I left and decided to create my own project, which is how Changes for New Hope began. Changes for New Hope has been developed to aid children, and by extention, their families, in extreme poverty conditions. It seems like every month a new avenue of the project develops as new needs are realized.
You: Just briefly describe how would go about helping out?
Jim: Initially, we started out teaching English, but after a few
Jim: Credibility. A humanitarian project needs funds, volunteers and materials. No one was going to support a project they never heard of, led by a guy who was unknown in a place they couldn’t find on a map. I understood that would be a challenge, who could blame anyone for their skepticism? I used my life savings to develop, create and support the project until such time as we gained a level of credibility. Now with 6 active groups of children and two more pending we have made a significant impact in Huaraz and our webite illustrates what we are doing. We hope to have 200 children in our project by the year’s end.
You: What role do you think youth can play to be spearhead positive change?
Jim: Probably the single most powerful group in the World today is the youth. The youth of the World outnumber everyone else combined.
You: Tell us,what do you think of You!-The Movement?
Jim: The advantages You-The Movement has today to make positive changes in the World as compared to, say, twenty years ago prior to the internet and social websites, is incredible. The forward thinking that You-The Movement has put into action for humanitarians of every stripe to express themselves and share ideas and develop their ideas and actions can not be overstated.
You: Any parting shots to fellow youth and readers??
Jim: If this was a winning lottery ticket, would you hestiate to cash it in? The issues are monumental, global, people’s lives depend on dramatic changes that need to occur immediately. You see it everyday, you are affected by it everyday. I did not say it first, but I am going to say it again, “I saw the desperate needs all around me and said,’Somebody should do something’, then I realized, I am somebody”.
Jim: As we say here in Peru, “El gusto es mio, gracias.. the pleasure is mine..thank you.