YMAD-Youth Making a Difference is an organization founded in the belief that exceptional youth can make a difference in this world. Their mission is to provide leadership training and practical experiences to these youth, transforming the lives of the participants and those they serve. The training of these youth who desire to make a difference comes in practical ways. Youth often work with children in local schools to improve their ability to speak English, or embark on humanitarian expeditions in a developing country to work with children in rural schools. They work to get needed medical care for, and teach English to these students.
Executive Director, Robert Baird, described his call to action upon visiting northern India and observing the lowly state of the local people. He states, " I am certain that the predictable future for these people will eventually spiral downward with no outside support. Facilities that are falling apart will not be improved, living conditions will decline even more, and children will go neglected with no hope for a brighter future or nurturing environments and relationships.
As one who wants to make a difference in the lives of people around the world, I see this as a region that is in desperate need. Lives can be improved; burdens lightened and hope can be introduced into the lives of these wonderful people.” YMAD website
In 2014 we were fortunate enough to be a part of a fundraising event in coordination with YMAD. The world's largest cardboard fort was created in effort to help raise money for orphans in India. We were able to raise enough money to build an orphanage for 27 girls in Chamba, India. It was a fun event, with a purposeful agenda.
Here is a video of "The World's Largest Cardboard Fort" event:
We continue to be amazed by the work YMAD does and are very proud to be associated with their cause. By purchasing a Good Samaritime watch with a green colored second hand, customers are supporting this philanthropic organization.