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Boston Marathon 2014

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I need your support. I am running the 2014 Boston Marathon. I’m running for a group of dedicated students in the Boston Public Schools who participate in international treks to build schools in developing communities through a program called buildOn.

buildOn has built more than 500 schools over the last 20 years, in remote areas of countries like Brazil, Senegal, Malawi, Nepal, Haiti, and Nicaragua. At the same time, buildOn’s after school programs in the U.S. facilitate urban youth to engage in local community service.

There are two things that I appreciate about buildOn. First, this program is giving international service experiences to students who may otherwise not have access to them. Additionally, the organization considers itself a social movement instead of a charity, and this guides their international work develop a partnership with the community as they break the cycle of illiteracy. buildOn never enters a community that has not requested their presence.

Your contribution, and everything I am able to fundraise through my marathon participation, will help the Boston buildOn Chapter toward their goal of $156,300 needed to send 24 high school students from the Boston Public Schools to live with Malawian villagers. The students will start the school construction by excavating and mixing concrete to start forming the foundation. To get an idea of this effort, and the local service events in Boston, check out their Facebook page,, and this video

Since the treks are funded almost exclusively by marathon runners, I know that your contribution to the organization’s success and the students’ experiences is mission-critical, and not funding that goes towards the organization’s overhead. This makes every mile of training all the more meaningful. So join me in transforming the lives of students in Boston and around the world.

Donate anything you can spare here and be in touch with any questions about how you might get involved further.



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