A dream by Winnipeg Free Press columnist Lindor Reynolds to have a new school constructed in Kenya is now in the building stages.
Reynolds, who is currently on hiatus receiving treatment for brain cancer, had a campaign goal of $10,000 to support the project. Through donations by students, political leaders, colleagues and readers over the last month, more than $14,500 was raised.
Through a partnership with Free the Children, the Build a School with Lindor Campaign will also be able to furnish the school with desks, books, school supplies and other necessities once completed.
“I was raised to believe we have an obligation to share what we have with others. The emphasis on education for girls, micro-economies and self-sufficiencies for communities that Free The Children promotes speaks deeply to me,” Reynolds said. “I’m so touched by everyone who has helped make this school a reality.”
Free the Children co-founder Craig Kielburger said education is crucial to a community’s sustainable growth and development, and is eager to see Lindor’s dream of empowering Kenyan children quickly become a reality.
“The ongoing gift of accessible education this campaign has provided will create opportunities for generations to come,” Kielburger said.
The school will be built over the next six months in the community of Irkaat, located in the Nkori Nkori region of the Narok South District in Kenya.
Donations can continue to be made at buildaschool.ca.