12-Year-Old Crochet Whiz Is Using His Talent To Raise Money For Kids In His Native Ethiopia

Kudos to Jonah for his charitable work!

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Jonah Larson is a 12-year-old on a mission to change the world in an unexpected way: through crochet. The talented young fiber artist has fundraised enough to build a library for kids in the village in Ethiopia where he was born, and now, he’s raising money for a science lab for these students halfway around the world.

The Wisconsin tween also teaches crochet, does speaking engagements and has authored books, including “Hello, Crochet Friends! Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happy.”

Doing what makes you happy is a theme in his work.

“He gives presentations to kids on ‘do what makes you happy’ even if it’s not what everyone else is doing,” his mother, Jennifer Larson, told People.

All of these endeavors are a result of his passion for crocheting and the beautiful work he’s created, and he’s been hooked from the start.

“It really was a fluke that I discovered crochet,” he told Simply Crochet. “When I was 5 years old, my aunt gave us kids a bag of craft items she no longer wanted, and when I was looking through it I found a pointy thing. I asked Mom what it was and it was a crochet hook. She didn’t know how to crochet, so she helped me find a tutorial on YouTube.”

He finished his first crochet project, a dishcloth, that very day. From that first tutorial, Larson quickly moved on to bigger and bolder projects.