Writing for a cause

  • May 22, 2007
{mosimage}TORONTO - At the ripe old age of seven Caroline D’ Souza penned her first two stories and sold them to family and friends to raise funds for needy children in India.
The now 10-year-old Caroline handwrites and illustrates the 15-page stories, then her parents type them up on the computer, photocopy and staple them together. 

“I just like using my imagination a lot,” the Grade 5 student at St. Dominic Savio Catholic School in Toronto said.

Caroline’s first story, called Tools or Toys, is about a boy who learns the difference between tools and toys. Tools can be dangerous and cause hurt while toys are for everyone to play with. Her other story, A Dream Come True, is about a girl who raises enough money to buy a unicorn by helping around the neighbourhood.

She’s sells the stories for $1 or $2, so far earning a total of $500. 

At the suggestion of her father Kevin, Caroline donated all the money to We Care, a registered charity in India that her father’s family started five years ago as a 75th birthday present for Caroline’s grandmother. It has since grown into a public charity helping to educate primarily women and children.

Caroline puts her earnings into a trust her parents opened for her called We Care 4 Children with the funds going to support the children’s education wing of the family charity. 

“I hope that other people in the world can experience life that a lot of kids like me experience,” said Caroline. 

Her latest story is about children who try to help their mother adjust to a new culture after moving to a new city.

“For a lot of my family that’s happened,” said Caroline, who’s family lived in the United Arab Emirates before moving to Canada. 

Her mother, Lovina D’Souza, said she hopes this experience will simply teach her daughter how to be a good person and spread the love around.

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