Q&A With May HALO Effect Honoree Eve Nerima
Eve Nerima is an 18-year-old high school student with a unique vision and unrelenting commitment to helping others. Originally from Kenya but currently residing in Texas, our HALO Effect honoree for the month of May has drawn on her own personal experiences to not only build compassion for those less fortunate, but help them build better lives. As the chapter president of the Junior World Affairs Council (JWAC) of Dallas/Forth Worth, Eve has devoted her time and energy to raising awareness for children's causes around the globe. From organizing food and clothing drives to holding marathons and other fundraisers, she is a fearless agent of change.
Check out Eve's full bio here and check out our exclusive Q&A below to learn more about all of her amazing work!
Congratulations on your HALO Effect award! Can you give us a little background on what Save the Children's Junior World Affair Council (JWAC) does? How does it differ from the larger Save the Children organization?
Save the Children's Junior World Affairs Council is part of the larger World Affairs Council that has over 45 similar organizations in the Dallas/Forth Worth area. JWAC, as we locally call it, is purposed to help my fellow high school students gain insight, understanding, and information to keep abreast of international affairs. We participate in international community service projects like the Save the Children Marathon Run as well as host Cultural Corners that enable high school students gain insight into the day-to-day life of someone living in another country.
What is one of the most meaningful projects you've completed with Save the Children's JWAC?
The most meaningful project that I have been fortunate to complete with JWAC would be the Save the Children Marathon Run that was on October 19th, 2013. This run brought together students from both sides of our friendly high school rivalry in an effort to raise money to help kids survive, thrive and save lives in the hope of a better future. In collaboration with Save Children, our teams and other teams in the United States and around the world raised a total of $92,512. The money that we helped raise continues to help over 74 million children who benefit from programs organized by Save the Children here in the U.S., as well as around the world.
From your experiences living in Kenya, you've witnessed firsthand how many children are in need of help. How can other young people become educated on the world issues that may not affect their daily lives?
Over the short course of my life, I have found that information destroys ignorance. My experiences while living in Kenya act as a torch to educate people about the need to be thankful for the small luxuries that we are fortunate to have. Most of my peers aren't able to connect to other worldly issues since they are stuck in their own bubble, but through sharing our experiences, we all become knowledgeable of our surroundings.
Can you describe some of your responsibilities as president of JWAC? What a huge accomplishment how did your involvement in the organization lead to holding such an important position?
As President of JWAC I am responsible for organizing community service projects such as the Save the Children Marathon Run and Kiva Loans project and supervising the Cultural Corner presentations. Being President takes so much more than the simple task of overseeing projects. JWAC members would look up to me for leadership and guidance. My experiences made me a role model to them and even though most people would run from such a high pedestal, I knew I had to step up.
If someone wanted to become involved with Save the Children, where should he/she begin?
If someone wanted to get involved with Save the Children, I would advise them to start at their school or community. As long as you're passionate about a cause, anything is achievable. I would also advise them to get in contact with Frances Moore, the Fundraising Manager of Schools & Community Organizations. Any leader needs a strong confidant and she happened to be mine.