AUSTIN, Texas -- A Go Fund Me campaign, called “Every Child Needs A Family”, was started by a recent Vandegrift High School grad to raise funds for special needs orphans in Africa.  

The cause is especially close to Petros Johnson.  

"I was a kid that was found malnourished on the streets of Ethiopia,” said Johnson.

Now 19-years-old, Johnson has come a long way. He was adopted by an Austin family after being taken in and cared for by the nonprofit, Americans for African Adoptions.

"I see posts every now and then about kids that are needing homes and stuff and I know I'm one of the blessed ones.  I bet it's hard to be in an orphanage and realizing, oh no one wants me,” said Johnson.

That is why Johnson started "Every Child Needs a Family." He's raising money for eight special needs orphans in Liberia and hopes the donations will cover fees related to International Adoption. 

Johnson has received lots of support, especially from his cross country teammates.

"A lot of kids sent me really meaningful texts and people said this is absolutely amazing and there needs to be more people like me,” he said.

Johnson said this type of community involvement is part of his plan.

"A lot of people that may live their day to day life thinking, ‘Oh I don't have this or oh I don't have that.’ Maybe they'll also see there's  people out there either starving or maybe people that are needing homes, especially kids,” he said.

In the meantime, Johnson continues to be these kids' ally.

"I feel like giving back and encouraging the people that are having a hard time in life will motivate them,” he said.

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