Students at a small parochial school in Palm Beach Gardens raised more than $3,200 so that impoverished teens living in Kenya can go to school.
Their inspiration came from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church & School Rector Rev. Jim Cook, who spoke to them this spring about the cost of education in the west African country of 46 million people where HIV and AIDS are prevalent.
“There are so many young people in Kenya who dream of going to high school,” Cook said in a news release. “And yet, they are living in circumstances of harsh poverty, very often unable to afford tuition expenses. These young people often live in large families with a parent or grandparent struggling to provide life’s basic necessities.”
Cook challenged students to raise money through the end of the school year to help send Kenyan teens to school through contributions to the Mama Ada Foundation, according to the release. The foundation’s mission includes providing scholarships and giving seeds to farmers so they can feed their families.
It costs about $350 to send a Kenyan student to school for a year, according to the release. The St. Mark’s students had a goal of sending 10 children to school. They brought in contributions weekly for collection Wednesdays and Fridays.
Elementary school students have been contributing to the challenge since the start of the second semester, and part of the proceeds from the middle school snack cart annually support the foundation.