I’m starting a new school in Southwest Asia￼! I always thought it would be cool to do something like that, but I didn’t realize I would get the opportunity so soon.
If you follow me much, you know that I’m involved in a service organization called “Days For Girls,” which creates and distributes reusable menstrual hygiene kits for girls and women all over the world. I’ve blogged about it and posted on Facebook.
A couple months ago, a Christian minister reached out to me on Facebook to learn more about our humanitarian service and Days For Girls. I directed him the the DaysForGirls.org website, and started teaching him more about it. He was excited for a new way to help the girls in his community, but he also expressed the need for a school there.
This minister, explained that there was no school in the town for the Christian children. There are about 40 of them, ages 4-15.
His concern was that if people aren’t educated, it’s harder to understand the Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ, so he wished for a way to provide education to these children. At that time, it was just a wish. Then I asked him how much it would cost. He didn’t really know, but he started to look into it.
First he hunted for possible places to hold a school. Land was somewhat expensive, and so was rent, it seemed. Our conversation took place over a couple of months. I didn’t really feel confident that I could help him. But I kept chatting with him, and he kept searching.
He finally found a building that would serve the purpose for only $250 in rent per month! He informed me, so I asked him to write a list of all the supplies, materials, teacher’s pay, etc. that would be needed to start and run the school. He went, without a vehicle (since his bike got broken), to all the merchants necessary to price out everything.
I knew I could help him when he reported that the monthly cost to run the school would be about $500. Wow, that’s so cheap! I knew I could figure out a way to help. The start up cost is higher, of course, to purchase all the desks, uniforms, books, and other items needed, which totaled about $4,200.
Again, that is cheap by American standards, and I know many generous people who could help.
I even have a friend, who will be going there in August, and will be able to visit our little school! My dream is to visit the school myself in a year or two.
Are you one of the generous people who will help start our new school? You can donate by clicking here.
If you wish to be a founding sponsor click here.
Thank you for your generosity!