Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone

Friday, February 26, 2010

My Heart is Full

Two years ago I heard about a new movement and a student-centered program that would teach kids to feel empathy and about the lives of children around the world. Last year I took 4 students on a trip to start the program at my school This year I took 13. 

Today we reached our goal!!!

My Me to We team has built a school in Kenya. That means in a total of 16 months we raised $8500.00 to build a school in the Masai Mara region. According to the Free the Children website:

The Maasai people have little access to education and health care services. Maasailand also has the highest primary school dropout rate in Kenya, a direct result of poor educational facilities, the need for children to tend to cattle and goats, and the lack of educational and health support. Many of the Maasai children who do go to school start their education late because schools are too far away from their communities.

People may ask why these schools need to be built? Well,

Free The Children believes that education is the best way to break the cycle of poverty and end the exploitation of children. By providing primary education to underprivileged girls and boys, Free The Children’s Free The Children's Education Projects are contributing to meeting the goals of the “Education for All” initiative agreed upon at the World Forum for Education in April 2000 in Dakar, Senegal. At this forum, the international community committed itself to providing, by 2015, free primary education to the 130 million of the world’s children who cannot go to school because of the circumstances of their birth. Nearly 60% of these children are girls.

I am so proud. And happy. And excited. And tired! Our final event that pushed us over the edge today was a fantastic Olympic Winter carnival. We had a motivational speaker into the school from Free the Children, then the afternoon was spent outside in the snow playing all sorts of games, selling hot chocolate, and our version of "beavertails"! It was great but exhausting...and now I can say we did it. We built a school in Kenya!

7 Thinks and Thoughts of Others:

hcmurdoch said...

What a wonderful thing to do! I know it takes a ton of planning, convincing, nurturing and work to do that. You have taught your students an invaluable lesson: do for others. And, they will carry that throughout their lives.

Beth said...

Thanks! hcmurdoch, I appreciate that.

Melissa said...

Congratulations! That is so wonderful, and you should feel very, very proud...doing something that benefits others in such a brilliant way is an exceptional display of character :)

SB said...

Way to go Beth. Not only are you busily trying to improve your school, your class, and yourself, you are extending yourself out to the world and building schools. you are amazing!

not too serious i hope

Beth said...

Thank you so much, it feels good. I'm already wondering what we do next? Right to Play? Another Free the Children endeavour? The possibilities are endless.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

That is amazing! Congrats on doing that and thank you for stepping up and showing people what needs to be done.

Jan von Harz said...

Wow that is phenomenal! Great job.

Last Words...

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe