Three students from Langley Fine Arts School joined hands to help their friends who live miles away in Kenya.
Lizzie Porter, along with her friends, Beatrix Koch and Adia Richert – all 10 years old – spent a vacation weekend selling handmade items on the streets of Fort Langley. The move was to raise money for Pa-Moja, a North American charity working with the Langley School District Foundation.
Although the December 18 sale was not as successful as expected, the girls are determined to keep pushing to raise funds for their friends, said Beatrix’s mother Laura Koch, award-winning musician and artist. residency at Langley Fine Arts School.
Lizzie and her friends raised $ 20, which Koch says is not enough. She hopes for active community participation in the future.
“We really want to help as much as we can,” said Lizzie, who is in 5th grade and determined to continue fundraising until the New Year.
Through their partnership, Pa-Moja and Langley School District have undertaken several projects to connect students in Langley with those in Kenya. The Langley School District website says the projects are intended to provide a global education experience.
The charity also offers scholarships to students living around the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in the Laikipia region of Kenya. The volunteer-run organization saw Langley Fine Arts students visit Kenya and Kenyan students visit Langley Fine Arts.
Amber Illis, grade 5 teacher at Langley Fine Arts School, puts the contributions into context.
“A Kenyan student who visited [Langley] a few years ago, said the total raised that year – $ 800 – would cover her entire year of college, including tuition, accommodation and meals, and all of her supplies. She was amazed that the Langley students so willingly contributed a dollar each to help Kenyan students, ”Illis said.
Individuals and community organizations interested in supporting Lizzie and her efforts can connect with them through the Langley School District Foundation. For more information on Pa-Moja, people can visit pa-moja.com, and for donations, details are available on lsdf.org/pa-moja/.
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