Eleven-year-old Capri Everitt recently hit the prime time news when she visited the Philippines bearing the unique story of traveling the world singing the national anthems of the countries until she hits her goal of 80 destinations.
Most children her age would be in school, but Capri chose to take a break from a normal childhood to help orphaned children with her unique advocacy. Inspired by child activist for female education Malala Yousafzai, Capri uses her talent to encourage people around the globe to support children in need through SOS Children’s Villages.
“I love to sing, and I wanted to do something where I could use my voice to help other children,” said Capri during her visit to Manila. She has memorized 80 anthems in 41 languages.
“I wanted to sing national anthems because I want the children of these different countries to be able to sing with me,” she explained. She even shared as she did on ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol that the Philippine national anthem is her favorite because of its catchy tune.
Capri and her family have been traveling non-stop for the past four months for their project “Around the World in 80 Anthems”. So far, they have visited countries like Argentina, Peru, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and the Philippines.
Capri’s mom, Kerrie, also shared how they thought doing something challenging as a family would be sure to catch the attention needed for a cause which they feel people should care about. “We are doing this, because we want to help orphaned and abandoned children all over the world,” Kerrie said.
The Philippines is only the 30th country on their list, and the Everitt family still has 50 more to go in the next five more months. They have been traveling since January.
“We also wanted to do this as a family and use all of our talents,” Kerrie added. Apparently, she and her husband, Tom, planned the family’s itinerary for the entire trip, while Bowen, Capri’s nine year-old brother, blogs about the family’s experiences from each country they visit.
Helping SOS Children’s Villages
“We could have just donated our own money to SOS Children’s Villages and that would be the end of our contribution, but we wanted to spread more awareness and raise funds for SOS, because we believe that it really works,” shared Tom, pertaining to the organization’s alternative model of childcare.
SOS Children’s Villages is anchored on the belief that a family provides the best environment for a child’s growth. Therefore, children who have lost the care of their parents are welcomed into one of the homes inside the Village, to be cared for by an SOS mother whom they can call their own. These children are raised by their own SOS mothers until they finish college and are capable enough to look after themselves as independent and productive members of society–just like any other child growing up with the support of her own family.
When it comes to selecting SOS mothers, the organization chooses women who are “strong, stable, self-assured, and religiously secure.” She starts first as an “aunt” who helps around in the Village while undergoing up to two years of training on childcare, then finally, when she is ready, she gets a home and children of her own to look after.
“We have had the pleasure of meeting some SOS mothers, and we have been so impressed with how committed they are. It’s tough to raise children that are not your own—and it usually involves taking care of six to ten children—but the commitment and the love that they have shown their children is so touching,” added Kerrie. “We also found that the Villages seem to provide such a safe haven within the community where children can play and be secure,” enthused Capri.
In the Philippines, SOS Children’s Villages is located in eight different provinces. It was first established in Batangas, and is now also in Davao, Cebu, Tacloban, Iloilo, Calbayog, Bataan, and Manila.
For more information on SOS Children’s Villages Philippines and details on how to help, log on to www.sosphilippines.org.