Support Girl Education in Kenya Fundraiser Event

My colleague and friend Marcie Simon, who traveled with me to Kenya, and her dear friend Cerise Jacobs, are hosting an event to support girl education in Kenya tomorrow night, Wednesday, November 16 from 7 – 10 p.m.  The details, within a beautiful letter from Marcie, are below.  I created a short documentary film from my footage taken at both the Maragima Primary School and Graceland Girls School will be shown at the event to put real faces to those girls you will support.  The recommended donation is $30 with a goal of raising at least $1,500 to provide one year’s tuition.  Thank you and we hope to see you there!

WHAT: Help send a girl from Maragima Primary School in Kenya to Graceland Girls Secondary School

WHEN: Wednesday, November 16 from 7 – 10 p.m.

Jacobs Residence
280 Lee Street
Brookline, MA 02445

RECOMMENDED DONATION: $30 to help send a girl to secondary school at Graceland Girls School in Nyeri

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To my friends and family,

On July 28th, I embarked on the journey of a lifetime. My task was to be a guest teacher at the Graceland School for Girls, a high school in Nyeri, a district in the northern part of Kenya.

During my time at the school, I fell in love with the school’s mission to provide an education for bright and underprivileged students. No student is turned away because of need and those students who cannot afford the tuition of $1500 per year search for sponsors.

In addition, I also had an opportunity to go to Maragima, a nearby town. While there, I visited the primary school. The school building was falling apart, the water supply was leaking, and the books to students ratio was 1 to 3, hardly an advantageous learning environment. The Head Teacher, rather than asking for monetary support, asked that I try to raise funds to sponsor a student from Maragima to go to Graceland Girls School. (Three students from Maragima have been identified as having the grades to attend Graceland.) The Kenyan government supports students through 8th grade. If the girls don’t go on to high school, they will simply get married and the cycle of poverty will continue. If they attend high school, they have a chance to secure a job and even to go on to university.

On Wednesday evening, from 7PM to 10PM, November 16th, Cerise Lim Jacobs, a good and wonderfully supportive friend, will open her beautiful Brookline home to assist in raising funds to begin the sponsorship process. There will be a brief presentation, including pictures from the school, complimentary drinks, appetizers and desserts.   The recommended tax deductible donation is $30.00 per person. Donations will be accepted by the Friends of Madame White Snake Charitable Foundation, in loving memory of Charles Jacobs, whose philanthropic spirit is with us today. The Foundation will then sponsor a student to attend Graceland. If you cannot attend the event but you would still like to donate, please visit, or  send a check payable to the Friends of Madame White Snake to 280 Lee Street, Brookline, MA 02445.

Thank you so much for all of your support throughout this process. I am really excited to begin this effort to at least make a small step to try to better the situation for girls in Kenya. Please RSVP with your number of guests by October 15th. I hope to see you all there!


Marcie Simon

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