Edward Lorenz coined the term The Butterfly Effect while presenting his findings to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1972. He theorized the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil could affect a tornado in Kansas.
Steve Hartman with CBS news uncovered a story of a man who applied the butterfly effect not to weather, but to kindness.
Steve Rosati gave $50 to two young girls in a diner and told them to do something kind with it. He forgot completely about it until he received an email.
Two girls had sent it, 13-year-old Cate Cameron and her 10-year-old sister Anna. They included a picture of a village in Sierra Leone. The picture was of village children thanking Rosati for his kindness.
Cate and Anna had used his money to pay for a feast in that village celebrating its ebola-free status.
“It was the butterfly effect,” said Rosati.
Sponsoring a teacher to go abroad enables underprivileged children with skills necessary for the success. Skills, like English, that they wouldn’t get otherwise.
They will use these skills to get jobs in their future. In Costa Rica, much of the economy is built on tourism and if ticos (Costa Rican people) know how to speak English they can find jobs to support their families with.
It doesn’t require a large contribution either. A box of markers or $5 makes a difference and can have hugely positive effects on the student and the teacher.
Teachers often find themselves while they make a difference in the lives of their students. They gain valuable experience in another culture and bring it back to help their own homes and communities.
Often, teaching abroad changes their lives.
Make something, anything, happen by helping these students and teachers. No matter how insignificant your contribution may seem it’s the start of a big change.