Young Entrepreneur Alert! 10 year old Luca save animals and sings to give hope about a better world

Young Entrepreneur Alert! 10 year old Luca save animals and sings to give hope about a better world

Young Luca Berardi may only be 10 years old, but it has not stopped him from taking action to make his change in the world. Living in Nairobi, Kenya Luca has already started an animal and wildlife preserve organization, recorded a music album about saving the world, and even written a book.

We checked in with him and his mom in Nairobi to learn more about this little hero and his biggest passion in life – saving animals and making the world a better place.

Luca has loved animals since as long as he can remember, and his passion truly shines from his eyes when asked about his favorite animals. He quickly put three fingers up in the air proudly stating: “I actually have three favorite animals!”. He continue by eagerly telling about the Peregrine Falcon (the fastest animal in the world), the Tiger (the largest cat in the world), and the Cheetah (the third fastest animal in the world). After thinking for a while he added: “I actually like any animal in the world… Except maybe slug and snail.”

Luca started his organization Young Animal Rescue Heroes – YARH – one year ago.

“I was reading a book at the library about endangered animals and I thought ‘I could do something’”

When he got home that day he started thinking about ways he could get involved to help the endangered species he had read about. And he came up with the idea to start his own wildlife rescue organization: YARH.

Shortly after the idea for his organization was born he went to an environmental camp and held a speech about his newly founded idea and organization. Afterwards a man from the Giraffe Centre in Kenya, came up to show his support, and encouraged Luca to keep up his great and important work. After the camp and the encouraging words Lucas idea grew stronger and he started doing his first YARH project: recycling paper. “We go to different offices and gather the waste paper, my dad helps me pick it up. After this we sort out the paper and Chandaria Industries come and pick up the paper and recycle it. This way we can save trees.”

Watch Luca tell more about his organization in this video for ’Kids are Heroes’, and take a look at the YARH website.

Luca is not only busy with his organization. Along side YARH he is also making a music record with songs he wrote himself called ‘The World We Wished For’. He has been singing since the age of three, and when he got asked about making a music record it was clear to him what it should be about: how to make the world a better place. “I dream about a world that is a beautiful place without war, deforestation, the animals and the people are living equally.” His first song ‘A Better Place’ sends the message to start caring about each other, and even though times might seem though there is still an opportunity for all of us to make the world a better place. “I saw so much suffering in the world, and I really wanted to make a song to show that there is hope in the world too.” When talking to Luca about recording in a real music studio and making a professional music video, he would rather talk about the song and the meaning he hopes it will have to others:

“It felt great to record the song, I was finally going to be able to tell people that there is still hope and try to make the world a better place.”

Check out the music video of ‘A Better Place’ here.

We thank Luca and his mother for taking the time to talk with us and we are looking forward to see what steps this young little entrepreneur will take next.

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Coconut Spoons & Citrus Enterprises– Aflatoun Stakeholder Meeting in Sri Lanka

Coconut Spoons & Citrus Enterprises– Aflatoun Stakeholder Meeting in Sri Lanka

In a classroom in a Sri Lankan village 9 year old Kasun* sit together with the other children of the Aflatoun and NECY children club. He proudly wears the t-shirt that he got from the village cooperative bank when he and the other kids of the club were playing elle. He had played a great game that day and it had earned him one of the t-shirt he was now wearing. Although it is getting a bit washed out now, he stills wears it as often as he can as a memory of a great day (and of course to remind everyone in the club of what a good elle player he is!). 

Last week the whole group went out to collect the fallen tamarinds and lemons that were lying under the trees. After packaging them they could sell them and make good money for their club. They had all been very excited over their success and by the thrilling feeling of being able to earn their own money. The next day they all went together to the local bank to save the money at their own account for future club activities. Today that same excited atmosphere is in the air, as they are staring a new idea: making spoons out of coconut shells. Sashini* had learned how to do it from her grandmother, and last meeting they decided to try to repeat their last success by making and selling the spoons. 

Aflatoun and NECY

The foundation for stories like these were first created in February 2011 when The Network for Education, Children and Youth (NECY) took the first steps to implement the CYFI Partner Organization Aflatouns' social and financial education for children and youth in Sri Lanka. Together with NECY, government mandated children clubs were set up for children to learn about their social and financial rights and responsibilities, saving and starting group enterprises. The movement currently reaches over 17.000 children and youth. 

Stakeholder Meetings 10th & 12th of September

In order to further ensure the success of social and financial education in Sri Lanka Aflatoun is arranging half-day meetings in Kandy and Colombo on September 10 and September 12. The purpose is to connect the organizations that are working with financial education and inclusion for children and youth in Sri Lanka for sharing best practices and work towards building a country-level network. Read more about the meeting here

 *In order to protect the privacy of the children, Kasun and Sashini are fictional characters. The stories are based on the progress and real events of Aflatoun and NECY children clubs.

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Learning How to Save Changed Abbo’s Life

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The Voice of Youth: Callista learning about financial products

Callista Sandi ,Indonesia – Sharing her experience during CYFI`s regional meeting in Manila, Philippines.

This regional meeting was set in Manila, Philippines Central Bank during the 4th of December 2012. My experience during the regional meeting was amazing, fun, and interesting. It was very understandable too because as a youth in my age, it would be hard to understand these topics that the adults were talking about. But I really enjoyed listening to the speakers because they were interesting and kept us on track. The environment was nice and comfortable, it was very much enjoyable. I got to meet the Government of the Central Bank, Mr. Amando M.Tetangco, Jr. There were also lots of representatives from their country. This meeting marked the importance of Child and Youth Finance issues around the Asia-Pacific region...

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