CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Area students are lending a helping hand to young people a world away.
CMS students have designed a line of t-shirts, and they're asking the public to vote for the best one.
All proceeds benefit schools and education in South Sudan, a cause near to the heart of Charlotte resident, Bol Meywal.
Meywal and his family came to the U.S. from South Sudan in 2001. His memories of the war torn country are vivid.
"When I was in South Sudan, just to go to school, we have to walk about 10 to 15 miles," he said.
The long walk, the least of his troubles.
"You have to worry about being captured by the northern armies on your way to school," said Bol.
He graduated from Myers Park High School and later, Belmont Abbey College. Bol is now working with local non-profit Mothering Across Continents and the Any1Can Project.
"Last year, 2,000 students painted t-shirts about seven global issues that they cared about. A judging panel selected 21 of those for the competition," said Elizabeth Peacock with Mothering Across Continents.
"So, now anyone can go to anyonecan.org and vote and choose their favorite designs. It's a dollar per vote and you can vote as many times as you want," she said.
Alyssa Chapin is a senior at East Mecklenburg High School.
"We were always kind of lackadaisical at first, because we didn't understand what the importance was. But, when we hear stories like Bol's and what they fought for to get education, that's when it hits you how lucky we are," said Chapin.
All it takes is one vote to make a difference.
"We hear all the time, we really want to make a difference. I know there are issues. I don't know where to start. And so we see the Any1Can project is a way to get them started and changing the world now," said Peacock.