The first year medical school class at UT Houston has voted to support an organization called Project Wezesha (http://www.projectwezesha.org/) for our international class charity this year. Every year the new first year class has raised more and more money for worthy projects such as building wells in Mexico and Guatemala and sponsoring a school lunch project in Kenya so that children there could eat daily.
Project Wezesha was started in 2009 by Rai Farrelly, a close friend of one of our classmates. She traveled there for school and fell in love with the children — so much so that she decided to go back and try to make a real local impact on the education system there.
Primary school in Tanzania is free, but secondary school is often too expensive for families to manage, so her efforts are literally providing a whole new future for these children. Out of her own pocket, Rai has provided scholarships for 15 children to attend high school and, with additional fundraising, has begun construction of Mgaraganza Village’s first ever secondary school.
At present, if children wish to continue with secondary school, they have to walk for up to 1.5 hours to another village’s school. As future doctors, our class feels a great calling to help and heal others in the world around us. Almost certainly, the surest path to greater opportunity and health is the introduction of education into a community. Here in the United States, we are so fortunate to have easy access to education up through the high school level. This is not the case in many other areas of the world.
It’s easy to feel that your donations to a large multinational organization are lost in the multitude of donors and projects. Our partnership with Project Wezesha is just the opposite; it is personal and the results are immediately palpable. The Mgaraganza villagers are invested in this project, and the school will be run by the Ministry of Education in Tanzania when completed. The design and construction efforts are community-driven.
Our goal is to raise $25,000! We hope you will join us in our cause. Let’s build that school in Mgaraganza!
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Thank you for your consideration!!
Special thanks to PayPal donors:
Katy Massey, David Hnatow, Neda Jooya, Philip Boyd, Ryan Null, Kent Wong, Rachel Barnum, Even Amundsen, Greta Kwedar, Joseph Andracchio, Thanhson Nguyen, David Biediger, Jonathan Miller, Jeffrey Actor, Robert Kier, Marylee Kott, Kathleen Clark, Stephen Alexander, Julia Tailey, Jillian O’Donnell, Mary Allen, Renee Roederer, Matthew Bean, Christina Adame, Whit Richardson, Matthew Hnatow, Andrea Gaspar, Ahnonny Nguyen, Philip Olasky, Spenser Piercy, Trea Ward, Wee Khen Lai, Mohamed Arafat, Robbie MacGregor, Brittany Meyer, Brian Chou, Alex Sparkman-Royo, Andrew Torres, Esther Ng, Anastasia Pemberton, Susan Lack, Mary Kay Laurent, Dan Leyendecker, Lizzie Gibson, Gina Sardis, Rebecca Roberts, Callon Nichols, Safina Hossain, Merissa Garvey, Drew Gerdes, Grace Lee, Tracy Nguyen, Josh Atkinson, Clinton Yu, Ashleigh Barron, Jenn Lehmberg, Alpna Agrawal
(And the many who’ve donated through other means)