Change for a Change – 8th Grade Midvale Students Raising Money

FROM: Steven Besel – Music/Humanities/History Teacher

Midvale School District

“The eighth grade social studies class was studying Africa and learned that education past eighth grade in much of Africa is difficult at best and in many cases not possible due to the cost associated with it. They decided, after discussing it, to see what they could do to help change that for at least one person if not more. 

I contacted Dr. Vincent Kituku who lives in Boise, having migrated here from Kenya. He helped to start a nonprofit organization to help students in Kenya and helped to start a school for girls. The organization is called Caring Hearts and Hands of Hope. Their website is https://caringheartsandhandsofhope.org/. The school is Caring Hearts High School in Kenya. Their website is https://www.caringheartshighschool.com/. We found out that it costs $675 to send a student to school for an entire year. That includes room, food, supplies, computer, clothing, health care, and safety. Our goal is to raise at least the $675.

Children have public school until the eighth grade in Kenya. They have to pay to go to school. Because much of the people of Kenya are impoverished, they cant afford to pay for school forcing many into forced child labor or destructive relationships and lifestyles. Dr. Kituku and the  Caring Hearts and Hands of Hope organization set out to identify these vulnerable and often orphaned children, and get them the education they would need to change their lives and the lives of their families.

We, here at Midvale school, through the leadership of the eighth graders, are partnering with Caring Hearts and Hands of Hope to raise money in hope of sponsoring at least one child for a year. The hope is to make this an ongoing project each year.”

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