This Teenager’s Sweet 16th Birthday is NOT All About Her

This is an example, not only to the young of today, but to us all. We hear so much of people taking and not of people giving, this is indeed an act to be cheerished.

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Nubia Wilson, 16, of Antioch, holds a 17th century Ethiopian Orthodox manuscript at her home in Antioch, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News GroupAn Antioch teenager’s Sweet 16 birthday won’t be a celebration of excess or even focus on her. Instead, it will be used to help orphans half way across the planet.

Nubia Wilson decided a birthday party wasn’t the right thing to do, especially after she volunteered in Ethiopia earlier this year, witnessing first hand extreme poverty and seeing children in the streets walking barefoot to school. The school only goes up to fourth grade, so Wilson is trying to add a fifth grade class. The starting point was telling family and friends in December she didn’t want a big birthday party.

In lieu of birthday gifts, the 16-year-old sophomore at the all-girl Carondelet High School in Concord asked family and friends for donations and raised $2,000 for The Fregenet Foundation, an Ethiopian-based charity that runs a school for orphaned or impoverished schoolchildren there.

“I realized that I could give up…

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