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Visit to South Africa inspires young philanthropist

Visit to South Africa inspires young philanthropist

Through her nonprofit Kids Helping Kids, 10-year-old Leah Banuelos continues to work to make a difference a world away.

The idea for Kids Helping Kids came out of Leah’s Solana Santa Fe fifth grade teacher Roderick Gatya’s classroom — each student is given a year to complete a “Passion Project” that helps bring positive change in their community and world.

Leah Banuelos in South Africa.

Last year, Leah sold her handmade essential oil bracelets to raise money for mini solar-power systems for a small rural Zulu village in South Africa. In the village of Mpunulo, people live in small huts and rely on candlelight and fire to cook food and light the night. Leah was...

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