Why are we doing this? Reflections at the end of our campaign
As we head down the home stretch, I think it's important to focus on what is our goal. Four and a half years ago I had the privilege to meet an extraordinary 19-year old, possessed of a strength and courage I had rarely encountered. He was so self-effacing I didn't know for another year all the hardships he had endured besides not being able to go to high school.
Since then he's attended a year of missionary high school in Malawi, then two years of prep school in South African and now he's in his second year at Dartmouth College. But he's also improved the lives of nearly everyone in his village with his projects, while building a business for his family and sending his sisters and relatives and friends to private schools.
Yes, he's been on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer. Yes, he made Jon Stewart laugh on the air. He's been subject of numerous articles and TV segments and traveled all over the world sharing his story. How has he changed? Has he become haughty and conceited? Not at all. He is still the same boy I met albeit grown into a fine young man. Letting him share his story, which he hopes may inspire other young people to believe in themselves, is why we are spending five years on this project.
Tote board: $107,958. Needed: $2042 to reach $110K gross/$100 net. Nearly done.
Below: one of the two extant photos of WK before we met.
Love to all of you, Tom and Ben