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11-year-old student Kalina Benhamou raises $1,000 for Caravan to Class during Global Giving Challenge
Sausalito, CA - (November 24, 2011)
Kalina Benhamou raises $1,000 during Global Giving Challenge
Kalina Benhamou, an 11 year old student from Laude San Pedro International School in Marbella, Spain and a dedicated team of classmates, Yana Rovner, Olivia Iturmendi Gamble, and Josh Martin raised roughly $1,000 for Caravan to Class in a series of bake sales at their school.
When Kalina Benhamou heard about the Global Giving Challenge, she contacted Executive Director of Caravan to Class, Barry Hoffner, and said that she would like to help raise money for the Mora school project. Kalina mentioned that she and her friends would organize some bake sales to both raise money and awareness of illiteracy in Africa.
Two weeks later, she reported back to Caravan to Class, "There were four of us and we sold everything; there was nothing left. We sold cakes, cupcakes, cookies and fizzy drinks." Her parents, Franck and Zora Benhamou were so proud of what the kids had accomplished that they supplemented the amount raised.
...seeing children like Kalina and her team, inspired towards social justice issues like illiteracy, gives me great hope for the future.
Caravan to Class’ main focus is to invest in education and reduce literacy rates, village by village, in some of the world's most underserved places in West Africa. However, seeing children like Kalina and her team, inspired towards social justice issues like illiteracy, "...gives me great hope for the future," says Hoffner. He adds, "This is almost as important as the work we are doing in our villages due to the philanthropic leveraging impact the students can have on their community."
Caravan to Class is a registered 501c3 which seeks to bring education to villages in Mali and across Africa, one village at a time, by engaging diverse communities of supporters.
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