Las Vegas teen changing the world
CREATED Apr. 17, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas teenager started his own foundation at just the age of 15 and now Chandler Nielson is 18 years old and changing the world.
Chandler shows us several storage units packed with books, clothes, and mostly medical supplies for his next trip to Ghana, Africa. "This is our other storage unit. We have mostly medical stuff in here."
Chandler first visited Ghana when he was 14. So moved by what he saw, he returned and formed the Reaching Africa Foundation. The foundation collects supplies to support hospitals and clinics in Ghana.
"I went there the first time and went to hospital and saw such need for help and I realized how blessed we are here and decided I could do something to help."
Chandler first visited Ghana when he was 14. So moved by what he saw, he returned and formed the Reaching Africa Foundation.
The foundation collects supplies to support hospitals and clinics in Ghana. Everything from infant warming systems and cribs to orthodontic braces and specialized wheelchairs. Yes, Chandler is focused on Ghana. But make no mistake, this kind of teenager -- with a heart for serving people -- makes Las Vegas a better place to live too.
Chandler is returning to Ghana this summer with his entire family and a team of volunteers including dentists, hygienists, and nurses -- 27 people in all. This teenager (and his supportive family) have managed to raise $1.5 million dollars worth of medical and school supplies.