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from the editor It was a very cold, rainy day in Melbourne. As I was driving to pick up my kids from school, I couldn't help thinking of the many homeless people who would be struggling sleeping on city streets that night. I was thinking of what our family and local church could do to help. Edition #17 is all about Justice. I am so inspired by all these people we featured in this edition, such as Nancy Lublin who founded Crisis Text Line to provide free crisis intervention via SMS message. Justine Flynn co-founded ThankYou, a social enterprise that gives 100% of the profits to help people in need, to end global poverty. Katie Driscoll is passionate about inclusion of models with disabilities in advertising. She is the founder of Changing the Face of Beauty.

Mallory Fundora was only 11 years old when she founded Project Yesu, a non-profit helping orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda. Don’t forget to check out Gifts of Justice, where we highlight products that are not only useful, but also impacting the world. In this edition, we introduce a new section “Student’s submission”. Here you can find two short stories from Aletheia (Australia) and Amelia (Singapore). We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we do! You may submit your drawing, poem, video and short story to I really hope that this edition will inspire you to bring change to injustices you see in the world.

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22. fatherhood: What MLK Taught Me About How to Be a Dad

9. inspire: justice fighters


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20. leadership: the story of a young abolitionist

28. gift ideas: gifts of justice

29. reader's offer

30. student's submission

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this edition’s contributors:

MIA SETYAWAN AUSTRALIA EDITOR & FOUNDER of KIDS NATION MAG Mia is a mother of two boys and a business owner from Australia. She owns an award winning graphic design studio and print + stationery online shop. She also writes a lifestyle blog and volunteers at a local children program.

CAREY CASEY UNITED STATES CEO OF THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR FATHERING (NCF) FATHERS.COM Carey Casey is Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City-based National Center for Fathering (NCF), a dynamic communicator and a compassionate ambassador. Carey serves on the White House Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families.


dr. Tim Elmore united states founder & president of growing leaders growingleaders. com Tim is an international speaker, founder and president of Growing Leaders, an organization equipping today's young people to become the leaders of tomorrow. He is best-selling author of more than 30 books, including Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future and the HabitudesÂŽ series.

Desi Trisnawati INDONESIA food artist & chef consultant inspirational-chef. com Desi is the winner of Masterchef Indonesia 2012 and the first female Masterchef Indonesia. She is the author of 20 Fun Recipes of Strong Heart and creator of the Indonesia's first culinary board game Cooking with Inspirational Chef Desi.

this edition’s contributors:

nancy lublin united states founder & ceo of crisis text line www.crisistextline. org Nancy is the Founder & CEO of Crisis Text Line - an organization providing free crisis intervention via SMS message. She was CEO of for 12 years, which is the largest organization for teens and social change in the world. Nancy was named one of Fortune's "World's 50 Greatest Leaders".

katie driscoll united states founder - changing the face of beauty changingtheface Katie Driscoll founded “Changing the Face of Beauty” (CTFOB) in 2012 to encourage the integration of individuals with disabilities into general advertising and the media. She is a photographer and also a mom of 5 boys and 1 girl. Katie’s daughter, Grace, was born with Down Syndrome.

justine flynn australia co-founder & brand director of thankyou Justine Flynn is co-founder and Brand Director at Thankyou, a social enterprise that exists to help end global poverty in this lifetime. Combining her passion for marketing, business and people, Justine oversees the Marketing and People & Culture teams at Thankyou, and is a member of the Thankyou Board.

mallory fundora UNITED STATES founder of project yesu Mallory Fundora is a high school junior and the founder of Project Yesu a non-profit organization focusing on orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda. Mallory Fundora was the winner of first ever GMA Dove Cares Award in 2016 and also the Prudential Spirit of Community Award in 2017. 7

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justice fighters COMPILED BY: MIA SETYAWAN


justine flynn australia co-founder & brand director of thankyou

When did you start wanting to make a difference in people's lives? Who or what inspired you? When I was 14, I travelled to Indonesia and had the opportunity to visit a children’s foundation. It was there that I experienced poverty first-hand. I was completely changed by the experience and I knew then that I wanted to do something with my life that would really help people. Through my teens, I developed a passion for business and was looking for a way to combine my heart for people with my passion for business. I met Daniel (my now husband) when he was a 19-year-old uni student. He was doing some research for an assignment when he discovered that 900 million people at the time (now 663) don’t have access to safe water. He read stories of people who would spend half a day collecting water for their families. Water that would make them sick. He did some further research and found out that Australian’s spend $600 million on bottled water a year. We all agreed that bottled water is kind of a silly product but we thought, what if we could use all of the profit from the sale of bottled water to provide safe water for people in need? That’s how the idea for Thankyou was born. 10

Thankyou launched the baby range in July last year to help get child and maternal health programs for families in need in Nepal and Zimbabwe. What’s the inspiration behind it? We launched the Thankyou baby range to tackle some pretty crazy statistics. Right now, every 103 seconds a mother dies in pregnancy and childbirth and globally 2.7 million babies don’t reach their first month of life because they don’t have access to basic health care. I was pregnant when I first heard these stats and it was so overwhelming to think about being in a situation where you weren’t sure if your baby would make it through their first month of life. At Thankyou, we believe it’s possible to lower these statistics and literally save the lives of mothers and babies. That’s why every Thankyou nappy and baby care product funds life changing child and maternal health programs for mums and bubs in need.

Result to date for the baby range? What's next for Thankyou? Since launching the Thankyou baby range in July last year, we’ve funded child and maternal health programs for 77, 314 people in need.

"Dream big and dare to challenge the way things have always been done." justine flynn

We’ve seen first-hand the impact the Thankyou baby range is having in countries like Nepal and we’re really excited to announce that we’ve a just broken ground on two new birthing centres in rural Western Nepal that will provide women with a safe place to give birth and receive both antenatal and postnatal care.


For the past few months we’ve been working with mums, dads and industry experts to make an even better Thankyou nappy with improved absorbency. The nappy’s triple-layer technology is now even more absorbent and draws moisture into the core to keep bubs drier for longer and help prevent nappy rash. These are starting to roll out on shelves at Coles and Baby Bunting.

Advice for kids/youth who want to be a changemaker? At Thankyou, we love this saying by Muhammad Ali: “Impossibility is not a fact, it’s an opinion”. Dream big and dare to challenge the way things have always been done.

My "justice" hero: My school teacher who inspired me to learn more about how we can help people in need around the world.

Favorite quote “We rise by lifting others” – Robert Ingersoll 11


"Look around, you will see needs or problems and instead of waiting for a “grown up” to take care of it, do something!" malory fundora


mallory fundora UNITED STATES founder of project yesu

Tell us how it all started? I started Project Yesu in 2011 when I was 11 years old. I had met a group of children who were traveling around the US with the Ugandan Orphan Children’s choir in 2010, I didn’t realize at the time, but meeting them would change my life forever. In October 2011, I sat down to write my Christmas list for my parents, I realized there was nothing I needed or wanted. I thought about the children in Africa. So, I sent my parents an email with my Christmas list with one thing on it: to help Africa. Then my parents and I sat down and talked about what I wanted to do and how I wanted to help. That is how Project Yesu was born. I traveled to Uganda for the first time in 2012 and was truly at home.

Result to date? What's next for Project Yesu? I started my education sponsorship program in 2013 this program provides education to children in the village of Musima, outside of Jinja. Currently there are 250 children in the program, and 176 have a sponsor and are attending school. Then in 2014 I started my feeding program in the Acholi Quarter, a slum area outside the capital city of Kampala.

We started feeding 50 children, by the end of the first week we were feeding 100 children each weekday. Today we are feeding 450 children daily. This year we will be constructing a building in the village that will provide classroom areas where we can do vocational training, and community programs as well as be used by the local pastor as the church. My big dream is to one day build a school and be able to provide quality, affordable education for all the children in area.

Advice for kids/youth who want to be a changemaker? I would like to tell them that they are never too young to make a difference in the world. It doesn’t have to be 6,000 miles away in another country. It could be in their school or in their neighborhood. Look around, you will see needs or problems and instead of waiting for a “grown up” to take care of it, do something!

My "justice" hero: Mahatma Gandhi Favorite quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world" Mahatma Gandhi 13

nancy lublin united states founder & ceo of crisis text line

When did you start wanting to make a difference in people's lives? Who or what inspired you? I think I always wanted to help other people. When I was really little I used to pretend I was Wonder Woman. Then in high school and college I was part of a lot of social change things. And eventually I made this my whole life!

Why did you start Crisis Text Line? I was the CEO of and our members started texting in with personal problems, from bullying to depression to abuse. The messages were heart-breaking. So, I started working on Crisis Text Line as my side-hustle.

Result to date? What's next for Crisis Text Line? To date over 36 million messages have been received since August 2013. But we are just getting started! We expect to double this year ... and again next year.

Advice for kids/youth who want to be a changemaker? Don't wait. Don't bother with a plan or an organization name or logo. Those things are not important. What matters most is that you are making a difference in someone else's life.

My "justice" hero: Nelson Mandela Favorite quote: Never be too proud or too busy to stop and pick up a penny in the rain.


photo: peter hapak / crisis text line

"Don't wait. Don't bother with a plan or an organization name or logo. Those things are not important. What matters most is that you are making a difference in someone else's life." — nancy lublin



photo: changing the face of beauty

katie driscoll united states founder - changing the face of beauty

When did you start wanting to make a difference in people's lives? and Who or what inspired you? My entire life I have strived to give to others. I have a love of photography and wanted to use my gift to world's largest minority. My daughter Grace, has Down syndrome and is always inspires me.

Why did you start Changing the Face of Beauty (CTFOB)? Because there are approximately 1 billion disabled people globally (roughly the size of China) with 57 million of them residing in the US. They are the world’s largest minority. People with disabilities and their family and friends have tremendous buying power and are incredibly loyal and passionate to brands that support them. At 18% of the US population they are a larger demographic than Hispanics in the US at 13%. People with disabilities represent more than $200 billion in discretionary spending. When coupled with family and friends that number grows to $8 trillion annually.

Result to date? Since 2012, more than 100 brands in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom have joined our campaign. We committed over 100 companies globally to include models with a disability in their advertising in 2015. We have partnered with GAP in Miami and Tori Spellings clothing line “Little Maven”. We also helped put the first woman with Down syndrome on the runway at New York Fashion Week 2015. Read more about our results here.

What's next for CTFOB? We're creating a stock portfolio of quality disability “stock imagery” to be used by advertisers, and a media program designed for college marketing and business students explaining the impact of inclusion on the disability community. We also want to provide companies with a statistical analysis demonstrating the value of including persons of all abilities in advertising. We will continue to partner with companies who support Changing the Face of Beauty’s commitment and to host events throughout the year that raise awareness and attract companies to the idea that inclusion sells. 17

photo: changing the face of beauty

Advice for kids/youth who want to be a changemaker? Dream big, Follow your dreams, Associate yourself with people you make you better and lift you up! Explore your passions, be a good life long student, and stay kind always.

My "justice" hero: Eunice Kennedy

favorite quote: "Be the change you want to see in the world."



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the story of a young abolitionist by: dr. Tim Elmore


eet Zach Hunter. He was a relatively quiet, unassuming teenager, but what’s happened with his life is quite remarkable.

As a young teen, Zach became aware of the phenomenon of modern-day slavery. Every year, he learned, millions of children and adults around the world are bought and sold by traffickers who trade them like commodities. Zach was amazed to learn this happens even in the United States.


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Zach’s parents encouraged him to do something more than just write a paper about the slave trade. So, he began to study the issue, researched web sites, lined up interviews, and eventually studied the historical roots of the slave trade. He learned about William Wilberforce, an abolitionist who fought against the slave trade in England back in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Wilberforce became a hero to Zach, a role model. In fact, if you ask Zach Hunter to introduce himself, he’ll say, “My name’s Zach. I am an abolitionist.” Zach launched a little movement called, “Loose Change to Loosen Chains.” He speaks at high schools all over the country, raising money to buy slaves and set them free.

He has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America and other national broadcasts, raising awareness and challenging people to step out of their own comfort zones and help. His ultimate goal is to stop slavery entirely. And the movement he started is no longer a small endeavor. Tens of thousands have jumped on board and are involved now. When I last spoke to Zach, I observed, “You are quite a leader.” He looked down and shook his head. Zach Hunter doesn’t see himself as a leader, but he is one, and he’s effective because he’s leading the way in an arena where his passion and strengths lie. Zach is a young man of stellar character. But he wasn’t compelled to be a “good boy” by some word-of-the-month program. He was challenged to solve a problem, to lead the way and make a difference. He said YES to a call and he’s changing the world.


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What MLK Taught Me About How to Be a Dad BY: carey casey


“We don’t take black money.” Those were the cruel words my father-in-law, Dr. Little, heard when he was a young man at a public golf course in 1959. “Good,” he responded. “Because money is green.” He left his cash on the counter, turned around, and walked out the door to go play a round of golf.


ater, he and his friends were escorted away by police for playing on a “whites only” course.

Rather than exploding into a violent rage, as many others would have done, Dr. Little stayed calm and held his head high during his arrest. That highly publicized event and his example of a dignified man were instrumental in the future of the golf course, which would be integrated a few years later. I find myself reflecting on my father-in-law’s story. I am also reminded that Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream” speech was about being a father. It was about envisioning the future he wanted for his children, and then working to make that dream a reality. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” he said.

More important than a man’s circumstances — his race, his socioeconomic status, his custodial or marital situation — is the way in which he handles his circumstances and envisions the future.

Do you model self-control? Do you remain calm and rational, even when others are becoming bitter … perhaps even violent? Can you hold your head high because you know you are acting like the dignified man you want your children to see? Do you communicate to your children that the world is a good place and that the future is bright and colorful? Or do you act as though the world is a bleak place to live? When I think about what other fathers — black, white, Asian, Latino, poor, rich, married, divorced — have been through, I am motivated to hold the mantle just as high and to walk with dignity.

We can all learn something from Dr. King, Dr. Little, and Championship Fathers across the globe …


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I am reminded to be mindful about what my children see through my eyes and how they envision the future. What are your deepest longings for the world in which your children grow up? How do you want them to see you? The future? Tell your children what you dream for them. My dad was there for Dr. King’s speech in Washington, D.C., August 1963. Years later, I said to my dad, “I wish I could have been a grown-up back in 1963, when all that was happening with civil rights.” My dad said, “No, Son, you’re going to be part of something even greater.” Today, I’m convinced he was right.

"More important than a man’s circumstances — his race, his socioeconomic status, his custodial or marital situation — is the way in which he handles his circumstances and envisions the future." CAREY CASEY


The National Center for Fathering ( is a national nonprofit organization that offers innovative tools and resources that inspire and equip fathers to be more involved with their children in order to give each child a better future and to create a positive fathering legacy.

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30g caster sugar 60g full cream milk 3 egg yolks


30g corn flour

Beat egg whites and lemon juice in a separate bowl until soft peaks form by adding sugar slowly/gradually.

40g vegetable oil


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justice through the eyes of an 8-year-old me by: Aletheia Yosaviera (James Ruse Agricultural High School, australia) “IT ISN’T FAIR!” That phrase was probably one of the most frequently used words in my eight-year- old life. Especially, when it came to my parents punishing me for what my little brother did (anybody feel me?) but see, even the eight-year-old me yearned for a sense of justice. Justice is “the quality of moral rightness” and it’s giving the right treatment for when somebody does the wrong, or right, thing. Our world can seem really unfair, for both the 8 year olds and the 50 year olds, but we aren’t powerless. We don’t have to be a judge or a lawyer to give the bad guy his punishment.

For the kids: Be a light wherever you are. If there is any bullying in your class, or somebody is being mistreated, speak up and stand up for the truth! Tell them what they did was wrong, and why. Often, both the bully and the victim is hurting. So, continue to be a friend to them. Go up to them, give them a chocolate bar. Hopefully, they’ll pay it forward the next time it happens.

For the parents: Be an example to your kids. They watch how you deal with ‘adult’ situations so make sure to always stand by the truth. Yeah, the world isn’t always fair. But when you fight for what you believe in, the world is sure to notice. And impart wisdom into your kids. Let them know of some issues in the world, like slavery, but always remind them their power to change the world is in the way they treat other people. Teach them right and wrong. Because our future justice is in their hands. The world won’t always be fair. But fight for what’s right, and you’re a force to be reckoned with.


student's submission

a willing heart by: Amelia fung (united world college south east asia, singapore)


'willing heart,' to me, means giving your passion to lend a helping hand, even when no one tells you to. You do it because you know it’s right. Several months ago, 23 kids from Grade 5 went to Willing Hearts.

It was our first visit, and we were going to put stickers onto the food packages. As I stuck on stickers and piled the packages up with a group of classmates, I imagined the smiles that were going to be on the people’s faces when they received their meals.

Willing Hearts is a soup kitchen providing food for people that can’t afford food, and might otherwise starve. As a class, we all worked to earn money to buy packets of rice and proudly carried them inside the kitchen.

The more I imagined this, the happier I felt. I knew the guests were waiting for so long every day for their meals. I realised how lucky I was to have food so easily every day.

As I walked around the kitchen, I saw many people, chopping vegetables, cooking in large pans, and everyone had a smile on their face. It made me smile too, watching everyone work together. We were immediately greeted by kind people. That’s when I realised we were not the only ones with willing hearts there! Dozens of people had offered their willing hearts and volunteered. It impressed me how so many people were selfless to help. They didn’t do it for the money or anything, but because they wanted to, and that inspired me a lot.

Some people might not be as fortunate as I am, and that inspired me and strengthened my willingness to help in every visit. I learnt a lot from the visit, and so did everyone else. It was like the more I filled their buckets, the more my own bucket got filled too. I learned that service becomes a lot more meaningful when you do it out of your own willingness, like all those people I saw volunteering at Willing Hearts. I can’t wait for my next visit when I can help out again!


Kids Nation Magazine - Edition 17 May / June 2017  

Edition 17: Justice. World's first free digital magazine, dedicated to empowering kids around the world, with global contributors

Kids Nation Magazine - Edition 17 May / June 2017  

Edition 17: Justice. World's first free digital magazine, dedicated to empowering kids around the world, with global contributors