by Karen Miyamoto
Several months ago, I had the honor of connecting with an amazing girl named Denae Holler. She heard about ZOE through a friend of a friend and came up with the idea to collect instruments for the children at ZOE Children’s Home in Thailand as a part of her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Through a series of email conversations with our office, she inquired what some of the needs were and one of the things mentioned was that ZOE was really short on instruments for music therapy. Denae is a musician herself so she thought this was the perfect project for her and that it would be an awesome way to be able to use her passion and skill for doing good.
She shares, “I had to do an 80 hour project that made a lasting impact, so along with collecting the instruments for ZOE International, I created a website that entails the causes and effects of human trafficking. I was really happy with the instruments I collected. It was incredible to see the way the community responded with generous donations when I put out flyers. Of course I would have always wanted to collect more but I am happy with the work I put in.”
Denae also told us that she learned a lot about how human trafficking happens in the United States and globally by doing a lot of research online which was needed for her website. In addition to the new education she gained about trafficking, she learned how to network and use her resources in order to collect the instruments.
Now a junior in high school, Denae has been a Girl Scout since she was in kindergarten. That’s 12 years! Why has she continued being a Girl Scout for so long? She answered, “What I like the most about Girl Scouts is that it teaches young girls to believe that they can be whatever they put their minds to. It inspires girls to follow their dreams and shows them how they can make an impact in their community and beyond.”
Thank you, Denae from the entire ZOE family. Your dedication, hard work and passion to make a difference in the lives of our precious children means so much to us! Great job!