Teen Connects with PC (and Bono) to Make a Difference
By Erica Burman on Thursday, October 16th, 2008
Maybe making a difference runs in the family, because Macallan Durkin, the daughter of an RPCV who served in Botswana, certainly has made an impact. After returning from living in Botswana for three years, Macallan, who is 13, started her own venture called Goody Goodies that sells T-shirts and beading kits in order to help take care of Botswanan children in need.
Recently, Edun Live, a brand of organic T-shirts started by Ali Hewson and Bono (yep, of U2 fame), featured Macallan’s work in their blog, remarking on her inspiring story and noting on her impressive achievements.
Macallan has donated over $2,000 to organizations in Botswana that help feed, clothe, and start fundraising initiatives for children, many of whom are homeless and/or orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
One of the organizations Goody Goodies donates to was introduced to Macallan by PCV Katherine Courtnage. The organization, called Windows of Hope, is a center that provides meals, games, counseling and support to children who are required to stay in school in order to participate. Proceeds from Goody Goodies also go to a center for homeless children called Bana ba Letsati. The center provides meals, counseling, afterschool care, and, for older teens, job placement.
What started out as the inspired efforts of a teenager has turned into a significant source of help for children in need.
For more photos of Goody Goodies’ products visit the Goody Goodies Flickr