Once again, thank you to all the donors for the continued support. Your charitable donations will now allow us to purchase much-needed library and laboratory supplies. We’d like you to know that your thoughtfulness and generosity will make a significant difference in the lives of many Kenyan youth and that we are so appreciative of your support.
We could have not done this without jumpstarting our project through MiddSTART!
Dollars Raised: 431%
Deadline: Dec 17, 2011
Total needed: $2,000
Caroline Joyner ’15, undeclared, Northborough, MA
Kennedy Mugo ’12.5, Political Science, Nairobi, Kenya
Otis Pitney ’12, Political Science, Washington DC
Martin Drolet ’12, Film and Theatre, Quebec, Canada
Harry Kihonge ’14, undeclared, Mt Elgon, Kenya
Bobby Joe Smith III ’10, Political Science and Philosophy, North Dakota, USA
Sivhanyaa Ivhanmuse, ’15, undeclared, Australia and Singapore
Kat Carter ’12, Sociology and Chinese, Brooklyn NY
Charlie Wemyss-Dunn ’12, Political Science, London, UK
Maya Neria '15, undeclared, Hasings on Hudson, NY
Helen Goelet '14.5, undeclared, Reisterstown, NY
Kristina Johansson '14, Sociology/Anthropology, London, UK
Fiifelo Aganga '13, Economics, London, UK
Floor El Kumeshi '14, undeclared, London, UK
The project objective is to build a library in the summer of 2012 at Huruma slums, Nairobi, Kenya for New Dawn High School. This school was started with the aim of educating destitute children who would otherwise not have had an education. Ten Middlebury students have undertaken this project and Middstart will help kick start the first phase of the project — comprised of buying textbooks for the Library.
The inspiration for the project is to give an education to children that would have otherwise not had one. Huruma slum is a place where some of the most impoverished and powerless people in the world reside. They live with no running water and electricity, are ravaged by HIV Aids, and live in semi-permanent shanties. The children in Huruma are socialized into a system that constantly reinforces that they can be nothing more than slum dwellers, petty thieves, prostitutes or gardeners for the nearby mansion estate of Runda. We want to change this predicament in Huruma through education – the only leveler in society. With an education, the future is bright for students at New Dawn. We, like Ropo Oguntimehin, believe, “Education is a companion which no future can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate it and no nepotism can enslave.”
The New Dawn Educational Centre (NDEC) serves students from the surrounding villages of Huruma, Githogoro and other surrounding informal settlements. The village of Huruma is proud of the school and supports and protects its efforts. The school serves the needs of the youth who are poor and/or orphaned. There are approximately 160 students in Form 1-4. Due to poverty, all students are on 95% scholarship. Kennedy Mugo ‘12.5, was one of the co-founders of the school in 2006, and taught there as Math and Chemistry teacher until he matriculated to Middlebury. Ten Middlebury students plan to fly to Kenya (summer of 2012) between June 1st and June 30th to build a library for the school. We are doing the fund-raising in three phases: first, procuring funds for buying books; second, procuring funds for purchasing shipping containers for the building structure; third, fund-raising for the furniture to be used in the library. Through Middstart we will fund the most important the first phase of the project: Book purchasing.
We plan to have a blog where we the students will keep the donors posted on every step of the project. We will post video’s pictures and write about the whole experience.
This project is included in these themes: