BENEFITING: UNLOCK FOUNDATION
According to a UN report, 40% of students in Namibia do not have access to a reading textbook or have to share with two or more peers. Erkki Tauya Junior Secondary School in Onakyale Namibia, where I volunteered as a Harvard undergrad in 2010, is no exception to that rule.
In 2014 I ran my third Boston Marathon to fundraise $10k+ for the school to build a new library. With the generous help of hundreds of supporters we finished the library construction in 2015. Since then the school has been in dire need for books, computers and other resources to make it truly usable.
This year I'm running the Reykjavik Marathon and Hood to Coast (a 200 mile relay race) in the same week in August to raise $20k to make Erkki Tauya School's library a centerpiece of learning for the community. All funds raised will go directly to the school's staff via the Unloack Foundation, a registered nonprofit that's collaborated with the school previously.
Some more of my thoughts on foreign volunteerism in Namibia here: http://www.worldteach.org/2163/