When it comes to helping others, it is not only the rich and powerful that have the ability to give aid but those with the biggest hearts too. Children from Orion Elementary School in Redwood City, CA have proven this by revealing the size of their hearts and the power of their efforts.
On April 15th, students from grades K-5 held a walk-a-thon to help the children supported by Asante Africa Foundation’s mission. This event was their second fundraising effort for Asante Africa; they had their first walk-a-thon in November 2009.
By working and walking together, 213 children raised $3000 to provide desks for students at Montonyak Primary School in Kenya. Such fundamentals as desks may seem like a small, simple gift, but when the alternative is rocks and a dirt floor; these desks will go a long way to creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment.
To represent their cause, the Orion students made bracelets that they wore to honor their friends in Africa. The bracelets were also symbols of motivation for them to complete as many laps as they could. Each lap walked was hole-punched on a card the students wore around their necks. A hole-punch for each lap and each dollar earned.
Jennifer Loewen was the lead teacher who organized the event. It is through her love of helping children and personal connection with Africa that prompted her to help Asante Africa once again. Mrs. Loewen hopes that by helping children in Kenya, the students from her school will understand that “Africa is a magical and special place that is so different from where we are, but at the same time we all share many similarities.”
Through their hearts and their legs, the children at Orion Elementary have exemplified Asante Africa Foundation’s belief that each of us has the power to help another. As Ms. Loewen says: “We can all make a difference to better the lives of others – no matter how large or how small.”