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California girl makes a stand against child slavery.

One compassionate 8-year-old girl from California is committed to making a stand against child slavery, and she is using the tried and true lemonade stand method to do it. Vivienne Harr, a Farifax, CA native, recently discovered an image by photojournalist Lisa Kristine of two enslaved Nepalese children, and immediately felt compelled to bring an end to child slavery, reported the New York Daily News.

"They work all day with no hope. I want to give them hope," Han said in a statement. And give hope she did, by vowing to use her #MAKEASTAND campaign to collect $150,000 for the nonprofit organization Not for Sale, which seeks to end child slavery and human trafficking. In early June, reports Inquisitr.com, the girl promised to man her lemonade stand "rain or shine," every day, until she met her goal. With the help of her father, Eric Harr, she took to the Internet to spread her message even further. According to the Daily News, Han has already surpassed her target amount, thanks to her steadfast commitment and the help of New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, who retweeted the girl's message and catapulted her #MAKEASTAND campaign to national attention.

Impressively, 8-year-old Harr created this mission and made the commitment all on her own. "It came from her heart," her father told the Daily News. "All we've done is get behind her as a family." And as for her age hindering her progress? Not possible, says Harr. She has said she's able to be successful in such a big undertaking "because big things have small beginnings. Look at the redwood tree. It started out as a tiny seed. I may be small, but I am mighty. When I dreamed of doing this, I didn't think of all the reasons why I can't, I thought of all the reasons why I must," reported Inquisitr.com.

Sources: New York Daily News, 8/16/12; www.lnquisitr.com, 8/16/12; Make a Stand Lemonade, www.makeastandlemonade.com

Visit www.makeastandlemonade.com to learn more about Harr's campaign, child slavery and how you can #MAKEASTAND,

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