An extraordinary story of how one girl raised $15,000, built 2 schools in Haiti, and inspired her generation to make a world of difference.
Stuck inside on a family camping trip due to miserable weather, 9 year old Taylor DeVos resorted to watching television to pass the time. Unable to change the channel, Taylor was forced to take in World Vision programming promoting child sponsorship. As the minutes passed, Taylor was confronted with the reality of poverty around the world, and her own privilege as a Canadian citizen. Taylor’s heart broke as she realized that necessities she took for granted everyday like clean water, food, housing and education are not available to many of the world’s poorest residents.
Instead of spending Sundays playing outside like other kids, Taylor would be glued to her television set, eagerly taking in the images World Vision placed in front of her from around the globe. As her 10th birthday approached, Taylor expressed a short and simple birthday list: To sponsor a child through World Vision. Taylor’s parents granted her birthday wish, and that is how Taylor met Mesline.
Since then, One Kid Making a Difference has allowed Taylor a large platform from which to champion social justice.
- In 2017, Taylor was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada.
- In 2015, Taylor was awarded the Fort St. John Youth Award for her work with 1 Kid Making a Difference.
- Taylor was also a runner up in TedxTeen’s The Next Big Thing video competition.