NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One mid-state high school student has inspired hundreds of his peers and adults to not just discuss this problems half a world away, but to become a solution.
When it comes to high school, sophomore Wabi Tela said there is no success without a little hard work.
Tela has created a movement to help kids in a country half way around the world, who are often called Street Children.He first met these kids on the streets in parent's home country, the Republic of Congo.
Often they are orphans of war, refugees or ex-child soldiers.
"Some of them were 7-years-old, some of them were my age; yet they are going around the streets by themselves this," said Tela.
What bothered Tela most was that the children kids were just like him; a son or daughter of Congolese parents, but these kids lived with only the clothes on their backs, often dirty and torn.
"So I was thinking, why is it not like here where these children would be taking care of? What's the problem?" said Tela.
Wabi took his concerns to his fellow students at Father Ryan High School and after educating his peers; dozens of boxes were being filled with clothes.
With help from his school, Wabi was able to create a non-profit called Kemi's Friends, named after his little sister whose name means, 'God is taking care of me.'
Through the organization students from several high schools donated 12 boxes full of clothes.
"I was just touched by the fact that people were touched by this (mission)," said Tela.
Right now the high school sophomore is working to fill more boxes with clothes to let the kids in Congo know someone is looking out for them.
"That there are people here who live lives of prosperity and everything; that have not forgotten about your existence and that we want to take care of you, show you love and you have not been forgotten," said Tela.
The first shipment of clothing took $1,400 dollars to send and will take six months to get to Congo by boat.
If you would like to help with donations for shipment or with clothing, visit Kemi's Friend's.