My name is Niles Sharif and I am raising money for the Frances Kitchen Project, a 501c3 nonprofit public charity that work to better living conditions of the poor in undeveloped and underdeveloped nations of the world. I am the founder and president of the organization. Partnering with local humanitarians, we construct buildings that are used communally to meet the nutritional and general social needs of the poor indigenous populations of the nations in which we work. Examples of projects that we have completed since our founding include a communal kitchen and eating facility for the children of indigenous migrant farm workers in the village of Colonet, Baja California, Mexico, and a recently-completed 4,000 square foot refuge for battered women and children in the town of Vicente Guerrero, also in Baja. This year, we intend to perform projects to assist the unfortunate souls who live in the Tijuana dump and make their "living" by foraging in the trash. In addition, we have been asked to build one of our kitchens at an orphanage and child development center in the war-torn and famine-ravaged African nation of Burundi. Through my participation in this year's LA Marathon, I am seeking to raise the relatively small amount of money that will be necessary for me to make an exploratory trip to Burundi to assess the feasibility of the project we have been asked to undertake there.