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A School in Mitenge

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THE STORY:

Would you be so hungry for an education that you would walk 4 hrs each way, each day to attend school? That's what some students in the small village of Mitenge, Zambia do EACH DAY so they have a better chance at life. Others parents want to offer their children a better opportunity so they spend almost everything they earn to pay tuition, and house and feed their children at friend or family households closer to schools. We have a difficult time understanding this level of commitment, and consider education a right in this country. It's very different in most of Africa. Advocates for Success in Africa ("AFSIA" - a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization) provides educational opportunities for students in Zambia, and has recently agreed to help build a school in Mitenge, so students in the area can progress into High School without having to walk 4 hours each way, or board with friends or family members in another town. I've decided to dedicate this first "Hike the Dome" fundraiser to the students and families in Mitenge. All proceeds will go toward a joint project between AFSIA and the local community to build a grade 9-12 school in Mitenge. Please join me in meeting our goal this year, on our way to helping the youth of Mitenge soar!

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