Every Girl is Important Project

$7,710 of $75k goal

Raised by 78 people in 7 months
Diane Rodriguez  NEW YORK, NY
Boarding High School for Girls in Kenya Fundraising Project

Introduction

The academic system in the East African country of Kenya is, unfortunately, one that can not offer equal access to education to all of its students. We are seeking to build a boarding high school in Western Kenya to create an opportunity for Kenyan girls to grow cognitively, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In the last couple of months, we have made significant progress and have already acquired the land on which to build the high school for girls along with architectural plans. But despite these advancements, we still need your help to realize this project.

Overview

There are many young adolescent girls who do not have an opportunity to pursue high school education.  These girls we seek to serve are born into poverty in villages surrounding Eldoret, Kenya, a town near the border with Uganda.  Many of the girls who will attend the school live in villages located a long distance from Eldoret, the site of the high school.  For this reason, we would like the girls to live on school grounds.  The girls are willing to make valuable contributions to society and should have the opportunity to spend their youth as high school students.  The nuns and the girls’ families cannot afford to build the school and thus they need your help. They need a school in which they can gain knowledge and dispositions needed to build a thriving community.  These girls will receive an education delivered by professional educators in the Sisters of Assumption congregation.

People interested in this project have asked how they can participate and help, as well as how they can visit Kenya and meet the young girls.  So we have set up an Every Girl is Important School Project Go Fund Me page to help build the boarding school and for the girls to achieve their dream of continuing their studies to complete high school and go on to college.  All donations go directly toward building the school.

Plan (Structure)

Construction is estimated to begin in December 2016 and be completed by June 2017.  The architect is working pro bono to ensure that the school is finished on the estimated timeline.  Below is the architect’s plan: 




The Land
(Eldoret, Kenya)



People and Country

Located in East Africa, the country of Kenya is home to over 45,000,000 people.

Despite progress, millions are still denied the chance to go to school .

· One million children are still out of school in Kenya. While this is almost half the number in 1999, it is still the ninth highest of any country in the world.

· Primary education is not of sufficient quality to ensure that all children can learn the basics. Among young men aged 15-29 years who had left school after six years of schooling, 6% were illiterate and 26% were semi-literate. The figures are even worse for young women, with 9% illiterate and 30% semi-literate after being in school for six years.

· The proportion of semi-literate or illiterate women after six years of schooling has worsened in recent years: in 2003, 24% were in this situation, compared with 39% in 2008.

Progress in education is not reaching the marginalized.

· The poor, and girls most of all, have far less chance of making it to school. In 2008, in Nairobi, almost all children from rich households had been to school, whether boy or girl. But 55% of poor girls living in the North-East had never been to school, with 43% of poor boys in the region in the same situation. This is, however, an improvement since 2003, when 71% of poor girls and 56% of poor boys in the North-East had never been to school.

The Girls



Leadership Team

Diane Rodriguez, Ph.D.     (Project Director)

Sister Veronica Rop, Ph.D.     (Project Co-Director)

Lissette Bixler     (Project Co-Director)

Gloria Pelaez, Ed.D.     (Project Associate)

Bradley Bixler     (Project Media Services)


PERKS for Contributors

1.) Updates on the school’s preparations

2.) Your name will be included on the wall of donors in the school entrance.

3.) Welcoming Reception in Nairobi – Karen Blixen Museum

4.) Invitation to the Opening Ceremony of the School – Eldoret, Kenya

5.) Personalized safari packages

6.) For donations over $7,000 there will be a Hall with your name

For Personalized safari packages Mr. Peter Sawe from Tersca Tours and Travels will be assisting you:

Website:  www.tersca.co.ke

Emails:
info@tersca.co.ke
sales@tersca.co.ke

Physical Address;
Embassy House, Harambee Avenue, Nairobi Kenya

3 DAYS MASAI MARA ( 2 PAX ):

Day 1: Nairobi/Masai Mara

Pick up from your hotel around 8:00am and drive southwards along the floor of the Great Rift Valley with a beautiful  View Point on the way to arrive in Masai Mara for  lunch. After proceed for evening game drive. The National Park is well known for its rich, tree studded grassland and rolling Hills. The famous Mara is also renowned for its great herds of plain game, lions, leopards and cheetah but also contains numerous elephants and virtually every type of wildlife to be found in Kenya.

Diner and overnight in a Tented Camp/Lodge on Full Board.

Day 2: Masai Mara full day

Spend full day  in the Park, game viewing with a visit to the Mara river where you will have a chance to see many animals and possible Picnic Lunch.

You also have an option of visiting Masai villages or going to see the animals.

All meals and overnight in a  Tented Camp/Lodge (Meals Full board).

Day 3:  Masai Mara/Nairobi

Pre-early game drive then after late breakfast depart to Nairobi.

OPTIONS FOR ACCOMMODATION:

Mara Sarova Tented Camp (Luxury)      USD. $1,537 Per Person
Mara Sopa Lodges (Moderate)                 USD.  $772 Per Person
Mara Leisure Tented Camp Budget)      USD.  $685 Per Person

(**Prices are approximate**)

INCLUDES:

1.) Transport with safari Mini Van with top Up
2.) All park fees
3.) 3 meals a day except first breakfast and last lunch.
4.) Services of a qualified English/Kiswahili speaking driver guide.
5.) Accomodation.
6.) Airtickets to Eldoret return

Please remember that any contribution is appreciated regardless of the value. Donors will be regularly updated of the school's progress and will receive various perks based on their individual donations. If you can't help financially, you can support the girls by spreading the word around with friends and social media platforms around the world.

We hope you can help and join our team in making this school a reality. Every contribution counts and we'll be grateful for anything that is offered.

Thank you all!


- The "Every Girl is Important" Team
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Update 4
Posted by Diane Rodriguez
1 month ago
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Dear Friends and Family,
It is my pleasure to introduce the "Every Girl is Important" Project Documentary. This short film is a compilation of my experiences working with the schoolgirls of Eldoret, Kenya back in December. After weeks of editing we have compiled the girls' stories, struggles, and ambitions into an intimate documentary that presents their situation and how the project will better their lives and prospects for the future. Please share with potential donors
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCGRFNlqbhY
Documentary
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Update 3
Posted by Diane Rodriguez
2 months ago
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Dear Friends and Family,

I would like to invite you to attend the premiere screening of the documentary entitled, Every Girl is Important, on Monday, February 27 at Fordham University at Lincoln Center 12th floor at 5:00 p.m. Please bring a friend.

https://www.fordham.edu/info/26651/every_girl_is_important

Sincerely,
Diane
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Update 2
Posted by Diane Rodriguez
2 months ago
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Wow and thank you! The "Every Girl is Important" Project has hit over $7,000! Please take a look if you haven't done so already and help these girls out in any way you can! Every donation counts! On behalf of our girls, I would like to thank the 67 donors who have supported the project thus far. Please visit our new website www.everygirlisimportant.com and share with your friends and family. The screening premier of the documentary Every Girl Is Important will be Monday, February 27 at Fordham University at Lincoln Center at 5:00 p.m. 12th floor. I hope you could join us! More good news to follow soon.
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Update 1
Posted by Diane Rodriguez
5 months ago
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Dear Donor,
We want to wish all our friends a heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving. We thank you for donation. Most of all, we thank you for your interest in Every Girl Is Important Project. We continue to make progress towards our goal to build the school. Up to this day we have raised $5,000. When we reach $30,000 we will start construction, which will include four classrooms, the cafeteria, and the dormitory. We have planned two major fundraising events for the Spring and I will write again when specific details are available.

Thank you again for believing that Every Girl Is Important. I will keep you posted with more news.
Sincerely,
Diane
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$7,710 of $75k goal

Raised by 78 people in 7 months
Created September 16, 2016
Diane Rodriguez  
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$50
Shawn Post
2 days ago

What a wonderful documentary and an outstanding cause.

$30
Anonymous
10 days ago
AB
$50
Abby Baruch
1 month ago

Tikkun Olam!

DD
$25
Deirdre Danaher
1 month ago

This is a very worthy cause. I look forward to seeing the movie about this school and helping to bring this dream to fruition.

KL
$50
K L
1 month ago
JK
$100
Joe Kazemi
1 month ago

Well done, Diane. Great work. Worthy cause. Proud of you. Glad to contribute.

CC
$100
Cate Crowley
2 months ago

What beautiful work! The film preview is compelling. I am proud to be your friend!!

LH
$50
Linda Horisk
2 months ago

Diane, I applaud your efforts for the young girls of Kenya and wish you the best in helping them fulfill their dreams. Linda Horisk and Alex DeBenedectis

RF
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Rogelio Fernandez
2 months ago
KM
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Kelly Milnes
2 months ago
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