BENEFITING: HARAMBEE FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2014
As a small way of showing my appreciation for all those who have made a positive impact on my first 35 years, I'd like to celebrate with a significant contribution to an organization making an impact around the world, the Harambee Foundation.
Child sponsorship is a primary focus of the Harambee Foundation right now and currently costs $55 per month to send a child to high school. This fee also takes care of their basic needs (food, clothing, room & board, etc.) at a boarding school. Child sponsorship is so important to the Harambee Foundation because it makes a powerful, direct impact on a child's life by giving them the opportunity to go to school, which is an opportunity that these kids would not ordinarily have. It also creates leaders and a group with vastly improved professional opportunities in the community of Kaptagat.
My orginal goal was that in celebrating, we would raise enough money to support two children, Silas and Isaac, for a full year. However, in the first few hours my AMAZING FRIENDS and FAMILY raised nearly all of that. Let's see if we can truly change the lives of these two young men. Can we raise enough to support them for the remainder of their high school career??
A sponsorship for Silas and Isaac will go a long way to ensure they continue their educations and certainly improve their opportunities for the rest of their lives. What's more, the Harambee Foundation was formed by a group of American college students so 100% of these funds directly supports children in Kenya while also providing these young leaders genuine experience in improving the world while they finish their educations and begin their careers.
If we are able to raise the $3960 required to support Silas and Isaac through high school, I'll travel to Kenya before they graduate to meet them and work on behalf the Harambee Foundation with a group of their volunteers.
Any money raised above the NEW goal of $3960 will go toward purchasing cattle for orphanages that the Harambee Foundation supports. A cow provides much of the nutrients that a child in Kenya receives and a cow, which costs $300, helps make sure that those children have access to the milk they need. Let's buy some cows so these kids can get the milk for free!
I hope you're still reading and if so, please enjoy this note from Luke at the Harambee Foundation about Isaac, one of the two young men we're aiming to support:
"Isaac Kiplagat is an extremely gifted boy who had by far the highest grades in his village and has been accepted into Tambach Boys School, one of the most prestigious high schools in Kenya.
Many of the children we sponsor want to pursue a dream career and earn a living so that they can provide for their families and in some cases, lift them out of poverty. This is a noble dream for a 13 year old to have. Isaac has told us that he dreams of becoming a pilot. However, as we spoke with Isaac it became clear that he had much larger ambitions and a very giving heart. When asked about his dreams he explained to us the needs of the people in his village and how he wanted to help them. He was very intelligent and observant to be able to understand the needs of his village but also very thoughtful and compassionate as he told us about how he wanted to help others.
Given the chance to receive a higher education, Isaac could become a leader in his community. With your help, Isaac will get the opportunity of a lifetime: To pursue his dreams, while gaining the skills he needs to serve those in his community. "
Luke at this to say this about Silas:
"Silas Kosgei is an intelligent young man with a bright future. He received the highest score at his K-8 Primary School on his Kenyan Standardized Exam. His score was high enough to earn him a place at one of the top high schools in Kenya.
Silas’s goal is to become an accountant. He grew up on a small plot of land where his family grew corn to support themselves. Since his family had always struggled to make ends meet, Silas has dreamed of being able to get a job so that he can lift his family out of poverty.
By supporting Silas, you will be giving him the education he needs to be able to break the cycle of poverty for his family."
WOW!! I hope you'll join me in changign the lives of these two young men and supporting the efforts of these outstanding American college students.