Opportunity for Children to Attend School July 8, 2013
Poverty-stricken students in the African bush had no opportunity to attend high school nearby. So graduates of GSM-sponsored education in Kenya, inspired the local community to build a GSM high school. Named the Dirk Alison High School, it is now a well-established and growing school whose students have achieved high scores on national exams. More and more students attend the school and more classrooms are needed.
Locals have built the brick walls for the two new classrooms. But, it has no roof. The Beaverton-based IE team began a fundraising project called ‘Raise the Roof’ to raise $4,222.43 to pay for the roof. Funds have been coming in and only $456 is still needed for the roof, along with $1400 for 16 windows. The IE team members already stepped up to donate the money for three doors as well.
“The torrential rainy season is coming in September,” said Liesa Gilbert who has been working hard with the IE team to develop the IE website so that more people will know about the need for school children to receive a basic education. “Currently some of the 150 students meet under trees for lack of a roof (in Uranga, Kenya).”
Additional donations can be made by going to IE website www.GSMinternationalEducation.
Besides accepting donations, throughout the year, International Education raises funds for students, teachers and schools in Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, India, Mongolia, and Bangladesh by selling art and gift items at various locations.
Art originals include framed and unframed Ugandan watercolors and batiks, and colorful African print dresses. Beaded necklaces made by Ugandan widows through micro0finance programs are also for sale at the IE booth. Shoppers will also find assorted earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings – often handmade with crystal, pewter, glass, and semi-precious stones. IE offers handbags, purses and cards which make nice gifts as well.
ONGOING VENUES: The IE team is looking for opportunities to sell their art and crafts in a corner or section of a store or coffee shop. (Please contact the IE Satellite Co-Leaders, Laura Fribbs or Lynda Wienk, to discuss the possibilities by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
For example, Hans and Lia Middelhoven, owners of the DUTCH AMERICAN MARKET & IMPORT in Beaverton where they offer authentic Dutch and European delicacies and house wares (www.Dutchstore-Oregon.com), help support IE by displaying a selection of locally made jewelry, with all proceeds benefiting GSM International Education.
Also, this summer, stop by the IE booth at the Lake Oswego’s Farmers Market 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Millennium Plaza Park in downtown Lake Oswego at 1st and Evergreen. Saturdays, July 13, August 24 and September 7.
Because additional seating was needed in the Beaverton office lobby, currently, only books and cards are available for sale at the Beaverton headquarters.