Help Benard Rebuild Kapsigot

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Raised by 183 people in 2 months
Hello! My name is Benard Kibet, a graduating Colby Senior. My journey to Colby College and interest in the development sector, started with Kapsigot Primary School in the small community in Kapsigot, Kenya. This school has made a permanent mark in my life, as it gave me a caring, educational, and resilient background that has enabled me to climb the ladders of education and to seek ways of developing my community. I am continually moved to reward this school by making it a better place for other students to realize their potential and opportunities in their lives, which will benefit the community at large.

Kapsigot is center of excellence. In last year’s Kenyan Primary National Exam, Kapsigot Primary was leading in our region and 6th in the Sub-county. Moreover, 100 percent of its students were accepted into good high schools across the country, Kenya. The school’s excellence in the national exams comes from the commitment of the school, parents, and hard working students who see education as the only way of bringing change in the community.

I started giving back to this school after I joined high school as a mentor. During my first 2 years at Colby, I won the Davis Projects for Peace  grant twice, which I used to build a new classroom for kindergarteners and to develop a water project to serve the school and the community.

New Classroom for kindergerteners. (Summer 2015)

Water Project (Summer 2016)

Yet, there remain more challenges to work on. Half of the students are still studying in mud-floor classrooms that need to be smeared with mud every week. During the rainy season, students have to scoop the rainy waters that seeps through the “wooden walls” and flood the classrooms. The openings on the walls, as shown by the picture below, make classrooms environment chilly during the cold seasons. This makes class environment unfavorable for studies. Therefore, the school still needs four classrooms to have better facilities for all its students.
One of the four Classrooms

After graduating next month and before I start my year as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in August, I would like to help build two of the four classrooms. I would like to seek your support to facilitate this project. This project will need $15, 000 to build two classrooms, $7500 for each class. If we go beyond the target, we will build all the four classrooms and if we are below the target, we will build one and use the remaining amount to buy classroom facilities.

Every dollar will count and my community will really appreciate your help in creating a better learning space for the students. This is a challenging task but any contribution you make will go a long way in supportining my community. 

Thank you for reading this and supporting me in my cause to realize the dream of providing better studying environments in my village. I hope that one day, students will follow their path and realize that with every successful stride comes the responsibility to create opportunities for others. 

Here is the link to my two projects in my village:
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We hit our target of two classrooms yesterday!!!! You have allowed about 70 students every year to study in a conducive learning environment. This will be of great impact in my village!!

I am very thankful of your generous donations and your caring aspect. As indicated in my proposal, if we go past our target, we can target one more classroom but if we are not able to raise enough money for the third classroom, we will use the remaining amount in buying classrooms facilities like desks, tables and chairs.

So if you have not had a chance to donate, your donation is welcomed and will be of great impact in my community.

Thank you again for your generous giving. Let’s continue to request our friends to support us as we target this third classroom. If you have any question send me a text and I will be happy to answer.

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Hi friends,

We are at 97% of our target of building two classroom at Kapsigot!!! We have done an incredible job to get here and I am sure we can get our target.

I really appreciate your donations towards this project. Lets finish it strong and meet our goal that we can give students at my village an opportunity to study in a conducive classroom environment.

Each dollar you donate will have an impact on education in my village. If you have any question, I will be happy to answer.


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Hi friends,

Today is the 26th day of our fundraiser and we are at 92% of our target of building the two classrooms!!!! We have done really great work within that short period. I really appreciate your generosity in supporting my cause of improving studying environment at my previous primary school in Kenya.

I would like to give a special thanks to the anonymous donor who gave $5,000. This is a milestone contribution towards our target and I really appreciate this.

We are now below our target by $1268. If you have not had a chance to donate, you are still welcome to donate. Continue to share this cause with people within your network and I am sure we will hit our goal soon.

Thank you again for your support. Your donations will have a great impact on education in my village and I really appreciate this.
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We just hit the target for one classroom!!! Thank you so much friends for your contributions and sharing this fundraiser. This will really go a long way in supporting education in my village.

We now have one more classroom to get our target. We have been doing a great job and I am sure we will get our target of building two classrooms. Share this fundraiser with people within your network and if you have not had a chance to donate, you still have time to.

Thank you again for your amazing support!!!
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