No matter how old your kids are, they can use their own talents to change the world.
“I believe that everyone can do something,” says 11-year-old Tyler. “It’s just whether they want to set their mind and heart to it.”
Tyler has turned his big dreams of bringing clean water to communities in Africa into reality. So far, he has raised more than $18,000 with his lemonade stand — and he’s not done yet!
Ready to get your kids started?
We’ve made it super easy to create a lemonade stand just like Tyler. You can host a lemonade stand in your neighborhood, at your church, or even set up a virtual event. Grab the directions here!
Feeling adventurous? Go beyond traditional lemonade with one of these great juice recipes from around the world:
Limonana, or frozen mint lemonade, is a favorite summer drink in Israel.
- 3 cups of ice
- 1 cup lemon juice (about 4 large lemons)
- 1/2 cup mint leaves (about 40 stalks with stems discarded), plus a few more to garnish if desired
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.
- Garnish with mint leaves, and serve immediately.
Mango lassi is a popular yogurt-based drink from India.
- 4 very ripe mangoes
- 2 cup whole milk yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- 8 teaspoons honey, more or less to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom (optional)
- Peel, seed, and chop the mangoes. Puree them in a blender.
- Add the yogurt, milk, honey, and cardamom. Puree until the drink is frothy.
- Chill in the refrigerator, or serve immediately.
Nuoc chanh muối
Nuoc chanh muối, a salty limeade from pickled limes, is a classic drink from Vietnam. This can be served hot or cold.
- 2 pickled limes or lemons
- Sugar (to taste)
- Water, club soda, or lemon-lime soda
- Place 1/2 of the pickled lemon or lime into each glass.
- Gently smash them with your spoon. Add ice.
- Fill each glass with water, club soda, or lemon-lime soda. Sweeten to taste.
- Stir well and enjoy!
Kids who changed the world — and themselves
Adelaine and Lukas studied about slavery in their homeschool history class. They wrote their members of Congress to urge them to consider legislation that addresses human trafficking, a modern form of slavery. After a family vacation to Washington, D.C., Representative Esty says their visit to her office inspired her to back the anti-trafficking bill that is now law. Learn more
Caleb from Colorado, far right, is now 11. He read about kids his age who didn’t have clean water to drink. He decided to run for them – one mile at age 8, 5K at age 9, and a half marathon at age 11. “Some days I didn’t want to get up [to train]. But then I’d think about kids who had to get up and walk, carrying heavy water.” He’s raised over $45,000 to bring clean water to kids around the world.
Kids at a next-door public housing project and Brown House Ministries talked about children in developing nations who struggle to go to school and get health care and good food. In response, they made and sold handmade Christmas cards, and raised enough to sponsor three children in Rwanda, India, and Ethiopia, whom they correspond with regularly.
Camille, now 13, was 6 when she began decorating Alaska-themed rubber ducks for her family’s shop in Juneau, Alaska’s thriving cruise ship tourist district. Profits from the rubber ducks have purchased over 500 live ducks to be given to families in need across the globe. “I never would have imagined it would get this big,” says Camille. “I can see I’m actually helping people.” (©World Vision/photo by Chris Huber) Read more
Simple ideas that make a big impact
- Meet the needs of your community and donate to a local shelter or food bank.
- Help feed others spiritually and donate to a church ministry.
- Go global! Donate to World Vision to help the world’s most vulnerable children and families in nearly 100 countries.