Dare to Dream Scholarship Fund
Pilot Dorcas Gichuhi sharing her story with girls at the Dare to Dream event in Nairobi, Kenya, May 2017.
What is Dare to Dream all about?
At Dare to Dream we have one goal: to inspire girls to live their dreams.
We do this by hosting events at which inspirational women share their stories with girls from disadvantaged communities. Our goal? To show girls that "If you can dream it, you can do it!"
What has Dare to Dream achieved so far?
Over the past 3 years, we've hosted events in South Africa, Albania, Kenya and Uganda, reaching more than 1.500 girls!
The response to our events is always overwhelmingly positive, but we are also often asked: "What about after your events? How can we help the girls go after their dreams?"
Our events are always hosted in collaboration with local schools so that the girls have the support of guidance counsellors and teachers. But the biggest challenge remains the poverty they grow up in and the fact that their parents can't afford to send them to school until they are eighteen.
Why the Dare to Dream Scholarship Fund?
Many of the girls who attend our events at some point can no longer afford to go to school because their parents need them to start earning money to help support the family. Often, this is when they are only 12 years old.
With the Dare to Dream Scholarship Fund, we want to take the next step in growing our project: we want to help girls who are in need of financial support finish their education.
This year, our dream is to help 3 girls who attended our event in Kenya finish high school.
(Left to right: Juliet Asiko, Grace Nyawira, Roseline Nyambura.)
Who are we funding?
Juliette, Grace and Roseline are the top 3 students of their year at St-Veronica School in Nairobi, Kenya. Each girl scored an average of more than 80% on her exams this past year. We believe that if they can finish high school, these girls have a bright future ahead of them, so we promised that as reward for their hard work, we would pay their school-fees for the coming year.
Juliet’s parents work in small business selling mandazi (fried bread). Grace has 2 siblings and her mother runs a small shop and Roseline’s mother has a small grocery shop.
What does it cost to attend school in Kenya?
Attending school in Kenya costs 600 euro per child per year. The families of these girls are struggling to afford their school fees, and we'd like to help them.
What do we do with your donation?
- Your donations go to the Dare to Dream account, which is a registered non-profit organization in Belgium.
- We transfer the funds straight into the bank account of St-Veronica school in Nairobi, Kenya.
- 100% of your donation goes straight to the girls' school fees. (Any extra money we collect is used to sponsor new girls to keep attending school.)
- All donors will receive an email at the end of the school year to let them know how the girls did. (Please make sure we have your email address.)
When do we need to pay the schoolfees?
We need to pay their for 2018 schoolfees by the end of November to secure their place.
How you can help:
- Make a donation (no matter how small!)
- Organize a fund raiser in your community
- Share our campaign
Thank you for reading this message. Any and all contributions are deeply appreciated.
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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me personally on sabine (at) daretodreamproject (dot) org