Taking School Supplies to Africa!!
My name is Kiana Petty. I am 17 years old and a Junior at Marin Catholic High School. In freshman year, our Global Studies teacher asked us to find a charity and figure out how to help them. I found the Osiligi Charity which is based in the UK. They have built a school called the Osiligi Obaya School for very poor children in Olepolos, Kenya, just south of Nairobi. My teacher, Ms Maloney, confirmed it is a legit charity and that all monies raised help the children.
"Osiligi" means "hope" in Masaai.
I feel education is especially important for girls in poor areas, so last year I started paying for a little girl's education at the school using money I make babysitting, tutoring, and selling elephant pants from Thailand. For some kids at the school, the meal they get there is the only food they will eat all day. My little girl, named Deborah Nosim, is 5 years old and walks over half an hour on a dirt road to get to school everyday.
Deborah Nosim and I have exchanged letters and photos. My dog, Buster, went crazy when he smelled her letter that came all the way from Africa!
My mom and I just got permission to visit Deborah Nosim at the school over the coming President's Day weekend, and we want to bring some school supplies. We are planning to buy stickers, paper, colored pencils, glue sticks, and a bunch more things they need.
Because my mom works for United Airlines, we have the airfare cost mostly covered. To get from the Nairobi airport to the school (1.5 hours) costs $38 USD each way and to stay at the guest house at the school is $40 USD each night, including meals. A visa to go to Kenya costs $51 USD each.
We are hoping to raise $1000 USD to help pay for these expenses.
If we raise more money, we will give it to the charity to help them pay for operating expenses at the orphanage they just built next to the school. The life expectancy in the Masaai area is only 50 years, so there are kids who attend the school that do not have any parents. The orphanage at the school is also committed to protecting girls from early marriages and other harmful things done to young girls in poor areas.
I hope you will consider making a donation. Even $5 (the cost of ONE Starbucks!!) will help. I am really excited to go and meet Deborah Nosim and I promise to take lots of photos and let everyone know about our trip.
Kiana Petty, MC'18