His Mother Gave Him A String Of Beads. It Was About All He Owned When He Left Home, Maybe Forever.

A young boy is thrown out of his home by his step-father and forced to leave his country in fear of his life — alone. And that's just the beginning.

His Mother Gave Him A String Of Beads. It Was About All He Owned When He Left Home, Maybe Forever.

Here's the full comic of Ebrahim’s story. Reading it, it’s hard for me not to thinkabout all the children arriving at U.S. borders over the past year, fleeinginconceivable violence at home in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. How terrible can things be that 5- and 7-year-olds are leaving theirfamilies for the unknown? I learned more here and here.


If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.