This past meeting, we were fortunate enough to hear from Dr. Andrew Otieno about the school that he founded. What an incredible cause! Hearing about Dr. Otieno and his wife’s mission of helping girls get the secondary education they need to succeed was inspiring. It is not often that someone is able to give back in such a meaningful way, especially to those who really need it.
I think what makes the school special is the philosophy behind it. Dr. Otieno spoke about how everyone in the school wears the same uniforms, so that everyone is equal. He said that about half of the girls come from wealthier backgrounds, and the other half come from incredibly poor situations, both from a family and financial setting. Once everyone is on an equal playing field.
The school does not only provide a 4 year education, but also room/board, food, uniforms, supplies, and everything else that a student could need. Not having to worry about where one’s next meal is coming from or where one’s next set of clothes is instrumental in a successful and conducive learning environment.
The initial funding for the school came from from a second mortgage, and donations from friends. This act of compassion The motto “good enough for the richest and open to the poorest” sends such a stunning and inspiring message that people can get behind. I am doing what I can to make sure I get as many supplies as I can for this cause. Education is the key to the future, but it starts on such a basic level as providing food, water, and shelter for some students first. I hope others can one day emulate the school’s model and this could be a step in the right direction for a healthier, more educated world.