Local Not-For-Profit Helping Kids in Africa Succeed | News
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - Here in the United States, children go to school. They learn to read, write ... even use computers! But in other parts of the world, education is a privilege, and those lucky enough to go, do so without the basics.
"They don't have folders, the notebooks we have, they don't have books so they can't take home books to read," said Jaclyn Corrigan.
Jaclyn and her husband Dan are members of the local not-for-profit group called Kawelle. The group works to improve the conditions of schools in Liberia and Kenya by collecting schools supplies for students there.
"We are collecting and providing them with backpacks, text books ... everything a school needs to be successful," said Dan Corrigan, the group's founder. "Without education, without being successful, they wouldn't be able to escape the poverty that they're in."
"To the African child, the best gift you can give to them is access to education," said Paul Odhiambo. "When they get these learning supplies, it's the biggest relief to them because at least learning will be made comfortable for them."
Paul Odhiambo is a teacher working in a distressed school located in Kisumu, Kenya. His school is one of two that will benefit from Kawelle's efforts. So far, the group has managed to collect more than $50,000 in school supplies. But shipping them overseas isn't cheap, and the group is struggling to raise enough funds to get them there.
"People are so willing to donate supplies, but we struggle in getting cash donations," said Corrigan.
You can help Kawelle raise enough money to ship the supplies by registering for a unique event the group is holding next month. They're putting a spin on the not-so-traditional "ugly sweater" holiday party, and hosting an "Ugly Sweater 5K Race".
The event will take place Saturday, December 10th at 9 a.m. The starting line will be located at Glen Avenue in Williamsville, between North Cayuga Road and Howard Avenue. Registration for the event is $25 and includes a free hoodie.
"It's a walk, it's a run, you can roller blade it ... anything you need to do to get to the finish line."
The event is open to all ages and families are especially encouraged to come out. But you need to hurry, registration for the event closes on Thursday, December 1st at 11:59 p.m.
For more information on Kawelle, and a to register for its "Ugly Sweater 5K Race", click here.