How did you start Charms for Change?
I left my home country Venezuela at six and moved to Colombia. I eventually came to the United States when I was 11 years old. Living in three different countries allowed me to view the world from many different perspectives. These experiences eventually planted the seed of what became wanting to help others.
It all began in quarantine when I started making necklaces out of boredom. After having my friends constantly bugging me to make them some, I began selling them. After many sales, I realized that this hobby could be something more significant, so I decided I wanted to use it to help others.
This led me to discover FH4H. Once I did, I continued to sell my handmade necklaces, but instead of keeping the profits, I donated them all to FH4H to help Haiti.
What is the step by step process behind Charms for Change?
Charms for Change is run 100% through its Instagram (@charms4changee). That is where all its publications take place as well as where all sales happen. When people are interested in buying my jewelry, they direct message me and tell me their custom order. After a week or less, I have it ready. Depending on the case by case hand, either I deliver it or ship it. This has allowed me to sell these necklaces all over the United States.
When the end of the month comes around, I send 100% of the money I made to FH4H.
How did you find FH4H and why did you decide to partner with them?
After hearing about the 2021 earthquake that hit Haiti, I knew exactly who I wanted to help. Having grown up in Latin America, I felt it was my job to help however I could. This led me to discover FH4H. As soon as I found them, I knew they were the people I wanted to work with. Not only because they lived in my same community but also because they have the same goals I do.
Why do you think it's important for young people to take initiative in things like community service?
I think it is essential for young people to take the initiative in community service because Change exists in every individual. Once I realized this, I began my service project to do my part in making the world a better place.