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Help for Kibera

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Barbara Lester via Crowdrise
September 11, 2011

Just started this on 9/11/11. Let's see how much money we can raise for the Kibera School for Girls before I visit there in January!  See more

BENEFITING: SHINING HOPE FOR COMMUNITIES

EVENT DATE: Oct 16, 2011

Barbara Lester

THE STORY:

Dear friends:

In January, I will be going to Nairobi at my own expense to volunteer for a month at the Kibera School for Girls. The school was established by an African who grew up in Kibera (Kennedy Odede) and an American (Jessica Posner). They are running an amazing school for girls as part of Shining Hope for Communities.  Educating a girl in places like Kibera means she will earn more, invest 90% of her earnings in her family, be 3 times less likely to become HIV positive, and have fewer, healthier children more likely to live past age 5. Currently only 8% of girls in Kibera ever have the chance to go to school. Please donate and provide HELP FOR KIBERA in honor of my 55th Birthday on October 16, 2011. All the money raised goes directly to the program. My goal is to raise at least $1500 for my 55th.

The Kibera Slum of Nairobi houses 1.5 million people (nearly 50% of Nairobi’s total population) on less than 5% of Nairobi’s landmass. The people of Kibera live in an area the size of Central Park. It is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. Life expectancy in Kibera is 30 years of age compared to 50 years of age in the rest of Kenya. Half of all Kiberians are under the age of 15. 1 out of 5 children in Kibera do not live to see their fifth birthdays. There is no running water to most homes in Kibera.  To obtain water, residents must purchase water from private vendors, paying two to ten times what is paid by a Nairobi resident outside the slums. Kibera’s 1.5 million residents share 600 toilets, meaning that on average one toilet serves 1,300 people. 66% of girls in Kibera routinely trade sex for food by the age of 16.   Many begin as early as age six. Young women in Kibera Contract HIV at a rate 5 times that of their male counterparts.

For every extra year of schooling, a girl’s income is increased 25 percent. Women and girls reinvest 90 percent of their income into their families—compared with 30 to 40 percent for a man.  As an educated mother, an active, productive citizen, and a prepared employee, she breaks the cycle of poverty—for herself, for her family, for her community.

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$1,203

MONEY RAISED
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  • Barbara Lester

    $25

  • just an old friend

    $25

  • Maus Family

    $50

  • Tim Peterson

    $200

  • SHOFCO Board Member Betsy Teutsch

    $18

  • Kathryn Atwood

    $50

  • Linda and Steve Lester

    $25

  • Suzanne and Max Lester

    $30

  • Linda and John Komara

    $50

  • A friend

    $100

  • Linda George and Jillian Torres

    $50

  • Darrin and Nan

     

  • Kathryn Thomas

    $25

  • Johanna

    $55

  • Matt & Erin Kingsley

    $100

  • Frank & Denise Bainbridge

    $20

  • The Hwang Family

    $100

  • Kathy Walker

    $50

  • Elaine Cheung

    $20

  • Terese

     

  • Chuck & Ellen flynn

    $50

  • Susan Murie

    $50

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80% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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The Team: $1,203 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Barbara Lester

Amount Raised

$1,203

 

80% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Linda and Steve Lester

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Catherine Archer

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Travis swede

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Donor Comments

Susan Murie

Susan Murie

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Chuck & Ellen flynn

Chuck & Ellen flynn

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Terese

Terese

5 years ago

Elaine Cheung

Elaine Cheung

DONATION: $20

You rock Barbara! 5 years ago

Kathy Walker

Kathy Walker

DONATION: $50

Happy Birthday!!!!! 6 years ago

The Hwang Family

The Hwang Family

DONATION: $100

Many Happy Returns, Barbara Imo ("aunt" in Korean and what the boys call you)!!! Love, Us 6 years ago

Frank & Denise Bainbridge

Frank & Denise Bainbridge

DONATION: $20

6 years ago

Matt & Erin Kingsley

Matt & Erin Kingsley

DONATION: $100

What a great thing to do for your 55th! I found you through the New York Times. Thank you for your help! 6 years ago

Johanna

Johanna

DONATION: $55

Happy 55th -- here's $55!! 6 years ago

Kathryn Thomas

Kathryn Thomas

DONATION: $25

This story is giving be hope and renewed strength to volunteer once again in efforts to re-elect Pres. Obama in the face of epic congressional obstruction designed to damage the economy. Cynicism and lies cannot be allowed ( not to mention unlimited money) to take this country back to GOP control. 6 years ago