Slavery’s youngest opponent is winning
Vivienne and her lemonade stand
Gandhi was one person, Martin Luther King was one person, Mother Teresa was one person, why can't you be one person who helps?
~ Vivienne Harr
by Curt Kinkead
Tucked into mountains thrown up by the near-by San Andreas fault, right in the middle of a county in California best known for being the spiritual center of the Western World, in a charming little town called Fairfax lives an 8-year-old girl named Vivienne Harr, who is doing as much as anyone to make sure Marin retains that lofty distinction.
Like many other youngsters before her, Vivienne has a lemonade stand, but unlike others, she wants to help end child slavery through her lemonade sales. Since last May, she's taken in over $250,000! It all started when she happened to see a picture of two Nepalese boys holding hands while carrying large slabs of stone on their backs in slings over their heads, like adults. Horrified that other children were forced to live that way, she decided to start a lemonade stand to raise some money to help put an end to child labor and slavery. Aided by her supportive parents, “Make-A-Stand! Lemonade: The Sweet Taste of Freedom” was born.
At first, she sold her lemonade for $2 per glass, but since she took her father's advice to give it away for "whatever's in your heart," she started averaging $20 per glass. The money goes to Not For Sale, a non-profit headquartered in nearby Half Moon Bay, which aims to end human slavery in our lifetime.
Vivienne's parents, Alexandra and Eric Harr, have surely played a huge role in their daughter's success, but one visit to her stand left no doubt in anyone’s mind about who's in charge, and if she needs help, she'll ask for it. It really is her project, and Vivienne really is as compassionate and committed as her parents think she is.
She has already decided, at the age of eight, that she wants to spend the rest of her life making a positive difference, however she can. She thinks compassion without action is just feeling sorry for someone. That attitude alone almost guarantees that we are going to be reading more about this remarkable young lady in the future.
Cases of Vivienne's organic lemonade are now available from her website. She says what makes it so good is the blue agave nectar she uses instead of sugar. Why don't you try some?