How to Give

Thank you for your desire to make an undeniable difference in the lives of many girls in Kenya through the Kenya Vulnerable Girls Education project.  I had committed in a previous post to share how you might give.  Here’s two ways:

1.  If you are a Microsoft employee, you can do so via the Microsoft Employee Giving Site: Login to http://give ; click on Match Now
 Search for “World Vision International” ; Add to cart
 Go to Cart ; Enter gift details
 IMPORTANT: Enter “Kenya Girls” in Purpose field
Remember to request Microsoft matching funds to double your gift!

2.  The second way to give is via my peronsal campaign site hosted by SeeYourImpact … please visit http://seeyourimpact.org/members/margo 100% of your donation will go directly to World Vision and will be designated to the Kenya Vulnerable Girls Education project.   On this page, you will also see a 3 1/2 minute video describing the first school project, St. Elizabeth’s Secondary School for Girls.

I’m on London right now, making my way back to the US this afternoon.  I am working on my next blog post about the existing schools we saw, and the children we met.  I’ll post it middle this week, as I would like to put in a few photos so you can see what I saw.

But, here’s a taste 🙂 …  One little girl, Nancy, walks 16km to primary school as it’s the closest one.  She leaves her home at 4am to walk the 16km to get to school by 7am.  Amazing.  I was so struck by her strong will to become educated that she would walk that far most days.  I was also struck that, in a culture where girls are valued for the dowry they will bring when married, Nancy’s parents would actually support her to go to school.

Seeing Nancy and others like her, and knowing there are parents who right now support education for their girls if there’s a way, gives me confidence that with more schools and more teachers we can make an impact on the lives of several thousand girls.

About margoday

Making a difference in people’s lives at home and internationally is central to who I am. I have been deeply involved in funding the building secondary schools for vulnerable girls in Kenya and took a one-year personal leave of absence from Microsoft to focus my energies on raising funds and awareness for the Kenya Child Protection and Education Project, partnering with World Vision. This project is positively affecting 17,000 children in four areas in the North Rift Valley of Kenya by providing access to quality education, building schools, deepening community advocacy for the education of the girl child, and transforming community attitudes toward early marriage and harmful cultural practices. I've held posts as the former national co-chair for the World Vision National Leadership Council for Child Protection, Board of Advisors President for the Renton/Skyway Boys & Girls Club and past founding board member of SeeYourImpact.org. Professionally, I am vice president of U.S. Education for Microsoft Corp. I lead a team responsible for the U.S. Education strategy and sales to K–12 and higher education customers across the U.S. Through partnerships, programs and technology, Microsoft plays a significant role in helping institutions and educators transform learning that makes a real impact on educational outcomes and helps students realize their full potential. I have more than 31 years of experience in high-technology software sales, marketing, business development, and partner and channel management, and at Microsoft for the past 14 years holding previous roles of Vice President, West Region SMS&P and Vice President, US Partners. I was honored with the 2014 Circle of Excellence, Platinum Club Founders award , 2006 Microsoft Most Inspirational Woman award, and in 2012 was nominated for the Anita Borg Women of Vision Social Impact Award. I live in the Seattle area and enjoy backpacking, boating, cycling, scuba diving, skiing, golf, adventure travel and, when it’s rainy outside, attending concerts and theater as well as enjoying a great glass of wine.
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