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This fundraiser ended on 09/30/11

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The Run for Tendaba Village hopes to increase access to education for children in The Gambia.

School lunches cost $0.02/day per student, and yet this small cost is a limiting factor in sending children to school. The goal is to pay for two more years of school lunches to continue from our 2009 fundraiser.


In 2009, thanks to David White, I had the pleasure of visiting Tendaba Village with Dr. Buba Misawa of Washington and Jefferson College. Dr. Misawa highlighted for me the simplicity of giving back to a community - he donates countless hours to educate his students on the realities of the ground in The Gambia and post-colonial Western Africa. In a community such as Tendaba Village, a little bit of money and effort can go a long way. Parents are required to pay for school uniforms and school lunches for their children, but most are too poor to afford that.


School lunches cost roughly $0.02/day and yet THIS IS A LIMITING FACTOR FOR SCHOOL ENROLLMENT. The Run for Tendaba aims to raise enough money to pay for school lunches and uniforms for two years for the entire village's school-aged children. Additionally, if enough funds are raised, we would like to help fund the construction of a library for the elementary school in the village. The uniforms you see in the picture are the same uniforms donated in 2007 by students visiting from Washington and Jefferson college.

During my trip, I learned that the cost of doing nothing is too great. With a $20 to $100 donation, you could help buy 1000 or as much as 5000 school lunches - or enough money to pay for 3-15 children's school lunches for a year.


The fundraiser will include friends and family running in the 2011 New Haven Road Race in order to raise funds for the village. Participants will be running either the 5K or 20K, and will be directing their own friends and family to this page to centralize the donation efforts. Dr. Misawa has agreed to deliver the funds to Tendaba and therefore 100% of the funds will be going to children - 0% overhead (other than the small percentage held by this site ~7%). The funds are not tax deductible.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns regarding this fundraising effort. My email is Once again, your donations make a significant difference in helping give children growing up in extreme poverty afford school. I thank you all who read this, and thank you in advance for passing this on to friends and family.

This year the participants are:

Doug Hausladen - 20K
Abigail Roth - 20K
Jane Dennet - 20k
Andrew Barthel - 20K
Erin Gustafson - 20K
Kate Polin - 20K
Nathan Marshall - 20K
Jonathan Coombes - 20K
Pedro Soto - 20K
Paul Orland - 20K
Win Davis - 20K
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