VANCOUVER (CP) - Four young girls have learned they're not too small to make a big difference - even thousands of kilometres away from home.
Stella Wong and classmate Madeleine Pollard Hyde, both 12, along with Maciel Pereda and Anna Robinson, 13, are recording books on tape for blind children in Guyana.
They began the project last year when they were in the same split Grade 6 and 7 class.
Their teacher suggested recording the books to give to a nurse who works with blind children in the South American countly.
Madeleine, Stella, Maciel and Anna call their group - Girls Go Guyana! Their work is part of the International Youth Millennium Project that involves 6,000 children in 62 countries.
So far, Girls Go Guyana! has sent two books-on-tape from the classic Narnia Chronicles series to the English-speaking country.
Although they're in different classes this year, and Maciel and Anna have started high school, the girls continue to record books.
Most kids feel powerless until they get involved
While it takes a long time, the girls say giving blind children the gift of literature is extremely rewarding.
"They can't afford braille books and they don't know how to read braille (anyway), so it makes me feel really good," says Anna.
She says this project has made her realize that she has the power to help people and make a difference in the world.
'We're children now but in the future we'll be the adults making the decisions so I feel it's good to get involved now."
The Youth Millennium Project (www.youthmillennium.org) was started last January by two Vancouver women who wanted to get young people involved in local and global issues.
Rebecca Slate, a teacher who co-founded the project that partners with UNICEF, says most kids she's talked to are keenly aware of issues such as violence, illiteracy and hunger around the world.