“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” African Proverb
Over the summer of 2018, I was shown the power of this quote on a trip to the Maasai Mara. It left such an impression that I want to help support a learner my age through her four years of secondary school in Kenya. I was so immensely touched and moved by the entire trip but especially by the passion and drive that exuded from each of these special students, who didn’t take a single part of their education for granted. During my trip, I saw how far the locals have come as a community, from classrooms built out of cow droppings, sticks, and roofs made of thin metal sheets, to bricked classrooms with good roofs, windows, and actual desks. From having to walk miles and miles for water, to have a good clean source very close to them. And probably the most important from killing lions, to going to school to be seen as leaders. I was impressed by how independent the community was, that with some help from WE Charity they have been able to come so far. The community was so happy with what they have, and how proud they were of what they have done. And most of all I was impressed by the dedication of the girls at the Kisaruni secondary school.
The girls at Kisaruni are amazing. They practically have their whole life planned out, they know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives and how they are going to get there. Very few kids get to attend schooling in Kenya, it is very expensive and can sometimes take a very long time to get to school. A lot of parents rely on their children to help out with chores which take up a lot of time so then the kids have no time to attend classes or to do the homework. The girls who are privileged enough to attend Kisaruni take their learning very seriously. Classes start even before the sun rises, and in the past, the students have had trouble with going to bed because they want to do their homework instead of sleep. I was able to sit down with some girls and talk. Most of them speak more languages than me, they have pets like goats and cows to take care of and the stuff they learn is much more advanced then what I am learning. They gave us a presentation that involved parts of their culture like singing and dancing that we got to join them in, and after we got to try some delicious traditional doughnuts and tea.
I didn’t feel anything but pure joy when surrounded by these girls. After having had such an amazing experience, I have come up with the goal of helping these inspiring girls achieve their dreams by raising enough money to send a girl to Kisaruni for all four years of her secondary school education. I hope you will help me achieve this dream. The aim is to raise $36,000 to make more than one girls dream come true.
Thank you for your support!