March 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Reason2Smile | SLJTeen

What happens when two people—an American and a Kenyan—decide to improve children’s lives? The Jambo Jipya School renaissance happens! When Keela Dates took a year off after college to volunteer overseas, she found it difficult to leave behind the children she taught, many of whom were orphans. How could she help them get the education they needed to break the cycle of poverty that held them back? Along with the dedicated founder of Jambo Jipya School, Christine Mwende, Dates embarked on an ambitious fund-raising plan and was able to acquire 23 acres on which a new school will be built.

Reason2Smile, the foundation established by Dates to support the Jambo Jipya School, has set up a number of donation and fund-raising options for schools and individuals, including a Koins for Kenya program designed for students.. You can also purchase bracelets and art. Donna Rosenblum, a librarian at Floral Park (NY) High School, has already pledged to provide materials to stock the new school library. This could be the service program you and your teens have been looking for-give Reason2Smile a look.

This article originally appeared in School Library Journal‘s enewsletter SLJTeen. Subscribe here.

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