A five year old girl once became very sad when she saw a man eating out of a garbage can on cold winters day. The little girl was then quite curious and started to ask lots of questions including, “If everyone shared what they had, could that cure homelessness?”
This little girl started to learn about hunger and homelessness and spoke to lots of people about homelessness in their community. She collected cans and jars and decorated them to look like ladybugs and raised over $5,000. And so it began.
10 years on, this once curious little girl is now an inspirational teenager who is actually making changes in her world. Hannah Taylor founded the Ladybug Foundation in 2004 when she was just eight years old. Ladybugs are meant to be good luck, and Hannah believed the homeless need lots of luck so that’s why she called it the Ladybug Foundation.
Hannah’s work and that of the Foundation has raised about 2 million dollars directly and indirectly for projects across Canada providing shelter, food and safety for homeless people.
Watch this short video to meet Hannah and learn about her vision. A simple vision born from thoughts like ‘someone’s hungry… no one should be hungry, someone needs a house… everyone should have a house and someone doesn’t have any love… everyone should be loved’.
Hannah is also a published author, having written Ruby’s Hope, a beautiful children’s story that inspires hope and caring, and empowers its readers to get involved and make change no matter what their age.
Today, the Fish Chick thanks the Ladybug Foundation for all their amazing work with homelessness in Canada and, to Hannah, thank you for being such an inspiration to others, adults and children alike, about making change in our world.
See you in the pond,
The Fish Chick.