In 2014, we were taken to the Birikani (Bear-E-Kan-E) village about 2 hours away from our current school. When we arrived, we went to a mud hut schoolroom where 35 kids sat on rocks in the dirt. The children didn’t have desks, or seats, but they came to learn.
The villagers came and gathered around us. “We need a school”, “please, build for us a school”, “our children need to learn” on and on it went. They even staged a sit-in where the mamas refused to leave until we promised them we would return.
How could we possibly ignore the need? How could we ever go back to a normal life after this? We couldn’t and we won’t.
2 years later we have 7 mud classrooms, a kitchen and library. And we’ve already outgrown them. We need a permanent structure for our school.
150 kids who have dreamed of flipping through the pages of a book. Kids who are eager to learn and share experiences with others. Kids who get to be kids by playing in the schoolyard. Kids who can be freed from fear and shame. Kids who can reverse poverty for their community. Kids who can learn skills and provide for their families. Kids who can change the world for good, now have a space to do so, and we can’t do it alone.
A generous donor has offered to match contributions once they reach $15,000, to help us meet our goal of $45,000. All donations are tax deductible.
We need to start building in the next few weeks to finish before the rainy season comes. Will you help us build before it’s too late?