When 5-year-old Norah learned about children in poverty around the world, she asked her mom if she could do something to help. Her mom, Ana, didn’t hesitate. Sponsoring a child with Compassion seemed like a practical way for Norah to make a difference. So the day of the Compassion Sunday event at their church, they chose to sponsor a young girl named Dermene from Togo.
A few months later, Norah smiled as she slid her business plan across the table to her mother. This plan would be Norah’s first step in her fight against poverty. Norah outlined her idea to craft everything from scrunchies and earrings to bookmarks and keychains to raise money for Dermene. Her business name? Norah Creates.
On most days, Norah, now 6, loves playing with her friends and sledding when it’s snowing outside her Michigan home. But when Norah sits down for her homeschooling, she isn’t just a first grader. She’s an entrepreneur. Her math lessons include calculating her product costs. Writing and reading exercises are spent communicating with Dermene in Togo. And her projects include sewing and creating products to sell — with 100% of proceeds going to fund Dermene’s sponsorship.
In 2021, a local coffee shop supported Norah by hosting her craft show. People from the community lined up out the door to purchase one of her amazing creations. All items were handcrafted by Norah and priced $1, $2 or $5 so she could do the math herself. At the end of the day, Norah counted her earnings — a grand total of $700! This amount would more than cover a year of sponsorship for Dermene and double Norah’s earnings from the previous year.