Textbooks for Education in Kenya
Two years ago on our last trip to Kenya, Tanya and I, along with three other Explorers—Fred Kurtz, Jim Heywood, and Ed Charbonneau—decided to start a textbook fund for Kenya school kids. You can read the original post here. All four of us each kicked in $250 to buy as many textbooks as we could with our total of $1000. It was a big hit, and just the beginning it turns out.
This year we reached out to our Explorers once again—those on our two 2015 Kenya photo tours—and amazingly, this time we raised $3200. $3200! Wow, I couldn’t believe it. We really do travel with some very generous people.
So, on our last day in Kenya, Explorer Sue Wolfe, me, and my dear friend Henry Miwani—the guy I affectionately refer to as Super Maasai—made our way to the local textbook store to purchase new books. This year we selected a different Maasai school than the one from two years ago, and prior to purchasing the books, we received a list of the exact titles they needed.
Our total order was over 1,000 books. It took several hours for the bookstore clerks to get our order put together, but Henry and I stayed with them until it was completely finished.
Henry counted each and every book as the cashier rang them up and placed them in their boxes.
It was a long afternoon with about one hour to spare before our flight for home took off, but we successfully purchased and packaged the entire order. This week Henry delivered them to the school and sent us pictures which you can see in a slideshow at the end of this post.
What a great day! Thank you to all of our incredibly generous Explorers and to Henry for the time and effort he put into this project. Without Henry, we would never know for sure if our generous efforts were really getting to the people we all desperately want to help.
Education is Africa’s only hope and thanks to the generous individuals who travel with us, we’re all helping to make a difference. Thank you to the generous Explorers below.
Dave and Shiela Glatz
Whitney Hellman and Dave Beré
Mike and Cindy Spain
Pam and Jim Cote
John and Suzy Onysko
Here’s a slideshow with a few more pictures.