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The Christchurch Girl Changing Lives With Haikus

13-year-old Evie Johnson from Christchurch used her passion to help others.

Globally, more than 10 million children are refugees. They have lost their homes, their schools and their friends.

A world away, 13-year-old Evie Johnson from Christchurch was given a project at school. She was told to use one of their passions to help others.
Evie had seen images of refugee children in boats and she knew she wanted to help them.

“I’ve always loved creative writing” says Evie. “And I know a lot of people like tea-towels”. So Evie put the two ideas together.
Evie wrote haikus and screen printed them on to tea towels.

Crammed boat. Woken seas. Dance in the full moon.

“I feel sad because children shouldn’t have to be refugees. It’s not their fault” says Evie.
“Now I feel happy because I can help them”.

Evie sold 150 tea towels and raised an incredible $1,460 for UNICEF.

UNICEF supports refugee and migrant children to go to school. We provide mental health and psychosocial support to children who have lost so much.

Every child deserves a safe home, an education and a childhood.

Like Evie, you can make a difference for children today. Start your own fundraiser here, or contact Aaron at Aaron@unicef.org.nz to discuss how you can help raise money in your community.