My name is Reese Kennedy, a sophomore at Stanford and new member in the Cal Alpha Chapter of SAE. Komera is an extremely effective charity my family has been involved with for several years. We traveled to Rwanda, an amazing country recovering miraculously from a tragic genocide, to see the work that Komera does. Above you can see a video on Komera and pictures of my family's visit. We brought new uniforms to a school, where the children were fascinated by my younger brother; many had never seen a white kid their age! I met a little girl Beli who ran a 5k fun run next to me and my dad in bare feet, smiling and laughing the entire way. This trip changed our lives.
In a sentence, Komera has a program, through education, community and sport, to unlock a massive underutilized resource in Rwanda -- its women.
My SAE brothers, other Stanford friends and I are rallying together to raise money for Komera. So that our group can get immersed in the important work Komera does, Margaret Butler, its Executive Director, has given us free tickets to Komera's Benefit in San Francisco and my parents are sponsoring a bus to get us to and from Stanford for the benefit. This will be a great opportunity for us to build community while supporting another.
We are asking for your support. In Rwanda, it costs $1250 to send a young woman to University for a year. This also includes her living expenses! Our goal is to raise enough money to send 4 young women to University this year in Rwanda through Komera. Let’s make it happen! Indeed, let's blow away the goal and make it 8!