By Michael Tinley ‘18
Although helping those less fortunate is the constant standard at Brother Rice, having nine-hundred Crusaders pitching in to contribute to a cause on another continent during the holidays has all key ingredients to a positive outcome.
The Mukuru Slum in Nairobi, Kenya, is one of the most poverty-stricken and overpopulated areas in the capitol. With dangerous industrial work surrounding the slum, a child’s future is often already forged the moment he is born, thrown into a cycle, six-hundred thousand people strong.
Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders, the Ruben Centre in Nairobi, and Brother Rice High School are all committed to giving the poorest and most vulnerable children of the Mukuru Slum a chance at earning a valuable and life-changing education. This is why our Crusaders dove into their closets to find the ugliest Christmas sweaters they had in order to dress down in support of providing a graduating Ruben Centre student with a scholarship to secondary school.
Crusaders were asked to give a baseline donation of $2.00 to dress down, although many graciously donated more. All of the money raised is going into a scholarship for a deserving student, wanting an escape from a continued life of crime, drugs, and poverty.
Junior David Wolf said, “No matter what or where, it’s a great feeling to be helping those in need.”
Senior Jack Zampillo agreed, adding, “We are blessed to be going to a great school where we can receive an excellent education. There is no reason why we can’t make an effort to ensure other children also receive that gift, no matter their situation.”