9-year-old Hudsyn Toppenberg is answering Eleanor Roosevelt's call for universal human rights for all!

Hudsyn Toppenberg

After you read her interview and visit her blog, you'll never under estimate how a 9-year-old can impact the world.  She has traveled abroad to bring clean water to people in need, attended the United Nations, raised money for a natural disaster, and is honoring Eleanor Roosevelt's legacy of human rights for all. And that's just a few of her favorite things! Hudsyn has a big heart and shares deep, meaningful, wisdom well beyond her years. 

What are you most passionate about in life?  Tell us about 3 of your biggest passions.

Horseback riding is a passion because it has helped me through anxiety by conquering my fears. Human Rights is a passion because I appreciate my lifestyle and I feel it is unfair that not all people have the same opportunities.I can use my privilege as power for those without it. Clean water is my personal passion, and It allows me to express my passion of human rights through one project.

You recently traveled to New York with your mom and attended the United Nations.  Share with our readers what you learned from your experience?

I went to the United Nations with my mom because she had been a delegate for Pathways To Peace (an organization that wants to bring peace to be a sustainable reality in the twenty-first century).  I learned about Equal Pay (women get paid 75 cents for every dollar a man gets paid), sex trafficking, and equal schooling for girls (quality and the right to attend school).

What makes you unique?

One of the the things that makes me unique is that I am not afraid to make tough decisions.  I decided to be taken out of public school at 8 years old because it wasn’t a match with my learning style, and I wanted to do more human rights work. I want to know that what I am learning is impacting the world. I am weird, and I embrace it.

Who inspires you and why?

Alexander Hamilton is someone who really inspires me because Lin Manuel-Miranda brought his story alive in a way that is super fun. I think it’s amazing that he came from nothing and was able to change our banking system.

Eleanor Roosevelt is also someone who really inspires me because she wrote the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights. The UDHR is a document created after WWII of the basic rights of all humans. This includes the right to freedom of speech, and the right to marry whoever you love. Eleanor called for citizen action, and I took up the call.

How old are you?  What do you like to do with your friends?

I am 9 and will turn 10 at the end of 2017.

My friends and I like to listen to Hamilton and talk about horses.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is frozen strawberries because freezing them makes them taste more fruity. Plus it’s super yummy and healthy.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are horseback riding, reading a series called Warriors, by Erin Hunter, and studying all things about Hamilton (usually just the music).

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through your travels and charitable work for the Waterbearers?  

My biggest lesson has been to share what we have because other people can benefit. We can give what have because we have enough of it. Giving is better than receiving to me.

Find out more about Hudsyn by visiting her blog at https://lifeschoollearning.blog/2017/08/27/deadly-landslides-in-seirra-leone/

Cindy Tank-Murphy
Cindy Tank-Murphy


1 Response


October 17, 2017

Hudsyn, you’re a great example of what children can accomplish and use their opportunities to benefit others! Brava!

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.