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Be a Young Hero!

What if your 'rents weren't around and you had to take care of your brothers and sisters all by yourself? It sounds like a nightmare, but it's reality for thousands of children in Africa. Find out how you can help them!

Young Heroes - A Generation of Orphans

Swaziland is a country in southern Africa. It's one of the smallest on the continent, but has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world, with 42.6% of adults (age 15-49) infected. As Swazi kids lose their parents to the disease, they become orphans who must take care of their younger siblings by themselves. So in early 2006, Swaziland's National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA) created a program called Young Heroes.

Young Heroes - Heroes to the Rescue!

Young Heroes encourages American kids and teens to be heroes by sponsoring orphan families. Monthly sponsorship for one child costs $19.95 for food, and $29.95 for food and clothing. In the future, your donations will also pay for school fees so that Swazi orphans can go to school! So instead of buying those $80 jeans or those really expensive sneakers, why not donate that money to feed and clothe an orphan in Africa?

Young Heroes - Did U Know?

  • 96% of people with HIV live in developing countries, most in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In Swaziland, nearly 40% of pregnant women are HIV-positive.
  • About 70,000 Swazi kids have already lost at least one parent to AIDS.
  • About 15,000 Swazi kids live in child-headed households.
  • Want to sponsor an AIDS orphan? Head to the Young Heroes website for more info!

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    Are You A Hero?

    • Yeah, I sponsor orphans through Young Heroes.
    • I'm a hero cuz I stand up to the school bully every day.
    • I volunteer a lot and help the needy.
    • I saved my cat from choking on a hairball once.

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    SmartSunnyShadow
    I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
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    SmartSunnyShadow
    Dad, obviously. I can't even explain what he does to me!
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    SmartSunnyShadow
    Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
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    AnnaOfExquizurd
    Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
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    drowning
    You go out and you find someone who you can be you with. It's not a hard question to find the answer too.
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