Help Hailey Pirc McDowell Join Library Deliveries and Safari - Kenya


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My name is Hailey McDowell.  I am a ski racer, flutist, and full-time reader. I also play roller derby. Travelling has always been in my blood, maybe because I have traveled out of the country almost every year for as long as I can remember because my mom's whole family lives in Slovenia. I'm a 7th grader at Los Alamos Middle School, and last year, Mrs. Allen introduced the African Library Project to me through a few school book drives. I was immediately interested. These days, I am doing a Passion Project as part of my GATE curriculum. I am studying Rusinga Island, life and education there, and how ordinary people can help and make a big difference. I am really excited to gain a bit of experience volunteering in developing countries, and I hope to help make a difference in the lives of the children on Rusinga, to change the world, even if it is on a relatively small scale.

I am an enthusiastic reader and I’ve read a lot about education (or lack of thereof) in various parts of the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 98% of girls and 96% of boys do not graduate from high school.  About 48 million youth are illiterate and more than 1 in 3 adults can’t read.  Educating people will not only let them read and write, but will also help them understand illnesses, how to preserve ecosystems and how develop an economic safety net. It is commonly known that  one of the better ways to change the world is by educating women. I know that the biggest hurdle to leap when attempting to educate anybody is gaining access to books. Project Humanity and African Library Project are working directly with African schools to build libraries to provide the youth of many African countries a chance to learn more than just common knowledge.

When I go to Kenya in June, I hope to help the alleviate the struggle with education (even if it is on a small scale) by building libraries to help the youth of Rusinga Island learn. I hope to make a difference in a few children’s lives. I also hope to gain experience in volunteering in third-world countries, and have a unique adventure.

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  1. Petra Pirc McDowell
  2. Allen Hadley
  3. Rebecca Howard
  4. Elizabeth Byrd
  5. Jacqueline Reardon
  6. Carl Gable
  7. Joan Primak
  8. Bob Lee
  9. Cyndi Wells
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Petra Pirc

This will be my first trip to Kenya!  I’m really looking forward to help open…

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Hana Oshima

Really looking forward to be going to Kenya and Zambia to help others.  Thank you…

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