At 6 Years Old, This Kid Started A Nonprofit To Let Ugandan Youth Play With Legos, Too

“Imagination is your most important tool.”

Micah Slentz is helping the children of Uganda build a better future, one Lego brick at a time. The 11-year-old from Orange County, Calif., is the founder of the nonprofit Play Well Africa, which gives used Lego bricks to kids who've never played with them before.



Every Lego creation starts with an idea, as does every nonprofit. When Micah was 6, he begged his father for an expensive new Lego set, and his father told him that many kids in places such as Africa don't have any Legos, let alone the number of bricks Micah already had.

The next time Micah and his father passed by the same toy store, Micah once again asked his father for a Lego set — but this time, he wanted to send it to Africa.

Now Play Well Africa has given the gift of Legos to more than 1,000 children in Africa — including kids in Kenya and Botswana.

"Kids in Africa and parts of the world don't really have any toys to play with at all," Micah, now 11, says in a video published by 60 Second Docs. "You need to realize that you have it so lucky. You have the opportunity to eat and have toys. These kids need kindness because they have nothing."

It's not just any toy that Play Well Africa sends, though, it's Legos. The Danish building blocks help kids develop creativity, fine motor skills, teamwork, communication, problem-solving skills, math skills, and persistence, according to Arina Aktova, Early Years Centre Coordinator at The Scots College.

"Lego is an educational tool in an architectural way, in an artistic way, in a mathematic way," Micah adds. "They're an important way to expand minds at a young age. Imagination is your most important tool."

After becoming an altruist at such a young age, Micah will likely continue his charity work into his adult years. "Kindness can be anything you want it to be," he says. "Kids can change the world by just helping every single day."

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