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July 27, 2012

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BENEFITING: CAMFED

ORGANIZER: CAMFED

EVENT: 2012 ING New York City Marathon - $1 Mil a Mile

EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012

Mileage Tracker: 300

James Kindle

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Hello Internet,

In case you don’t know me, my name is James Kindle. I run, a lot. Sometimes it’s just for me. Other times, it’s for a good cause. For the New York City marathon on Nov. 4, it’s for one of the best causes I can think of: girls’ education. By race day, I’m hoping to raise $100 for every mile I run in the marathon, for a total of $2,700, enough to provide full-year scholarships to nine girls in sub-Saharan Africa through the organization Camfed USA (the Campaign for Female Education; weirdly acronymed, I know). I hope you’ll join me by donating: $25 to provide a month’s scholarship, $100 to sponsor a mile and cover a third of a year’s scholarship, $300 to provide an annual scholarship, or whatever you can afford.

Why exactly should you donate to help me raise $100 a mile to support girls’ education in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, and Ghana? Well first off, there’s no need to use that tone. Second, read on, inquisitive friend…

To convince you to donate, I could tell you that as a teacher, I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of amazing girls (and boys), many of them emigrants from Africa themselves, and all of them have proven that if given the right support, they can attain mind-blowing achievements. The girls I’ve worked with are strong, smart, independent, capable, confident, and selfless in their goals of helping their families; I know these characteristics describe young women the world over. I also know that education shouldn’t be a right that only certain girls receive, though in many places, families do not have the means to send all their children to school, and parents have to choose the child who they think has the best chance of earning a living for the family (usually a son). This is particularly true in sub-Saharan Africa, where 24 million young women can’t afford to go to school.

I could also tell you that there is probably no greater investment that you can make in supporting worldwide medical, economic and family health than helping women get a good education. When given financial resources, millions of women have shown their ability to transform their communities. (See the links below to learn more.) In sub-Saharan Africa, educated women earn 25% more, and invest 90% of that money in supporting their families; are three times less likely to become HIV positive; and have fewer, healthier children who are 40% more likely to live past age 5.

I could even tell you that Camfed is an impressive, highly transparent organization that has the highest Charity Navigator rating and gives 90% of all funds raised directly to the girls. It is an organization that truly understands that a community’s problems can only be solved by the community itself. As a result, their staff is predominantly African. Girls’ communities select who receives financial assistance based on who has the greatest need, and parents are informed at all stages how their daughters will be supported. The girls are given local support and mentorship throughout the process: while attending school, after graduating from school as they start to develop their businesses, and in their life as they become leaders and change-makers in their communities. As an organization, Camfed does not come in to colonize, or convert, or co-opt someone else’s work. They come in to collaborate, and as a result, their efforts are truly driven by and with the people they serve.

I think the real reason you should donate to this cause, however, can best be summed up in the words of another strong woman. Her wise insights are paraphrased below:

“Who [should] run the world? Girls.

Who [should] run the world? Girls.

Who [should] run the world? Girls.

Who [should] run the world? Girls.

Who [should] run this motha’? Girls.

Who [should] run this motha’? Girls.

Who [should] run this motha’? Girls.

Who [should] run this motha’? Girls.

Who [should] run the world? Girls.

Who [should] run the world? Girls.

Who [should] run the world? Girls.

Who [should] run the world? Girls.

[But some of them could use financial assistance to get through school and start their private enterprises.]”

Amen, Beyonce. Amen.

With your help, I will reach my fundraising goal, which will give full scholarships—including supplies, books, clothing, and room and board as necessary—for nine young women for a year (or one girl for nine years, two girls for 4.5 years, you get the pattern). This means nine girls will have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, get good educations, start businesses to support themselves and their families, and become leaders who can help others follow their paths. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

Please donate whatever you can. By yourself or by joining with others, sponsor a mile with a $100 donation, enough to provide a girl with education for four month. Donate $25 and cover a month’s worth of schooling. Go crazy and sponsor 3 miles ($300) in order to provide a full year’s scholarship for one girl. No donation is too small because no act of generosity is ever wasted, especially when there is so much potential in the young women Camfed partners with. And if you donate, I will be sure to shout you out via Facebook, Twitter, Tumbl-Linke-Insta-Pinte-Santa Maria, wherever, and proudly display your name on my Marathon jersey.

Thanks for your time, and hopefully your support.

P.S. Want to learn more about why supporting education for girls is pretty much the best thing you can do, ever, in the world, times infinity?

·      Watch a snappy 18-minute video about the power of women’s education in this TED Talk.

·      Looking for something short, simple, and sweet? Check out this 30-second Camfed video.

·      Super wonky? Check out this Council on Foreign Relations report which recommends female education as one of the most powerful investments in supporting the medical, economic, and sustainable health of the planet.

·      If you prefer book-length implorations to donate, read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Sheryl WuDunn and Nick Kristof.

 

Note: At left, are a picture of a Camfed scholarship recipient and a picture of the countries within Africa where Camfed works. The remaining pictures are of the talented young women and men I get to teach. To protect their privacy as minors, their faces are not shown.

 

Information from the CAMFED USA FOUNDATION -

The Camfed 2012 ING NYC Marathon team is running to accomplish something life changing: sending 500 girls to high school in rural Africa. Without help, these girls will be forced to drop out of school due to poverty.

But with an education, a girl will be 3 times less likely to get HIV/AIDS, earn 25% more future income and have a healthier, better educated family. 

Working in some of the most rural communities in Africa, Camfed provides girls in need with full high school scholarships throughout their education. These scholarships provide everything from school supplies and textbooks to uniforms and mentoring, helping to make a brighter future for 500 girls living in poverty in rural Africa - girls like Nijalau who says, "With Camfed's support, I'm no longer afraid of dropping out of school. I am confident that I will complete my education."

Will you help our team reach its goal? It costs just $25/month to send a girl to high school for a year, changing her life. 

For more information about the Camfed NYC Marathon Team, visit http://us.camfed.org/site/PageServer?pagename=involved_events

$2,765

MONEY RAISED
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  • James Kindle

    $50

  • Sarah

    $50

  • The Wydeven Family

    $35

  • Amanda Goodman

    $25

  • Lindsey (Galloway) Senway

    $25

  • Todd Chapman

    $150

  • Nicole Levidow

    $18

  • The Mooney Family

    $200

  • Lizrita

     

  • cheryl

    $50

  • Alfredo Cuzcano Cossi

     

  • Shawn Peck

     

  • Holly Andersen

     

  • Peggy Wiltse

    $25

  • Kyrra

    $55

  • Jennifer Wertheim

    $25

  • Erin Gavin

     

  • Jackie Avitabile

    $25

  • Alex Perl

     

  • Kyle Meerkins

    $50

  • Geoff Buller

     

  • Ryan Erdmier

     

  • Rachelle Thorpe

    $40

  • Alicia Hempel

     

  • Deb Bahl-Moore

     

  • Cindy LaBrie

     

  • Edie McDonald

     

  • Joan and Jim Kindle

    $20

  • Pat Ploehn

     

  • Cheryl Duffy

     

  • Bill Scheible

     

  • Madaline Edison

    $50

  • The Gisis

     

  • Emily Dilloway and family

    $50

  • Hannah Wydeven

    $50

  • Lindsey Parsons

    $50

  • Lauren Bates

    $25

  • Taylor Morris

     

  • Rob and Lori Kindle

    $50

  • Kaylen Gores

     

  • Meg Nwachuku

     

  • Katie Flaherty

     

  • Dr. Richard Kimble

    $10

  • Lea Walker

     

  • Joel and Nancy Kindle

     

  • John & Rita

    $100

  • Patrick Tanis

     

  • Chris Stewart

     

  • Mary Russell

    $25

  • Jeremy Striffler

     

  • Brian and Karin

    $75

  • Tara Kroger

     

  • Laura Byard

     

  • Daniel and Stacy Sellers

    $50

  • Rachel Prince

     

  • Noor Hannaney

     

  • Treacy Weldon

    $25

  • Andrew Dahm

     

  • Connie Broughton

    $25

  • John Geske

    $41

  • Kaitlin Lindsey

     

  • Kristi Erickson

     

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102% Raised of $2,700 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $5,550 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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James Kindle

Amount Raised

$2,765

 

102% Raised of $2,700 Goal

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Angela Mugler

Amount Raised

$2,740

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Ervin Lemark

Amount Raised

$45

 

2% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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CAMFED

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0% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Patrick Mkandawire

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melissa mcgrath

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Amanda Goodman

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Jacqui Mooney

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Donor Comments

Kristi Erickson

Kristi Erickson

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Kaitlin Lindsey

Kaitlin Lindsey

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John Geske

John Geske

DONATION: $41

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Connie Broughton

Connie Broughton

DONATION: $25

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Andrew Dahm

Andrew Dahm

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Treacy Weldon

Treacy Weldon

DONATION: $25

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Noor Hannaney

Noor Hannaney

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Rachel Prince

Rachel Prince

Win the race, James! 5 years ago

Daniel and Stacy Sellers

Daniel and Stacy Sellers

DONATION: $50

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Laura Byard

Laura Byard

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