La Salle Prep students raised more than $5,000 for Mwangaza College in Kenya during Lent.
Students raised more than $5,000 for Mwangaza College in Kenya during Lent.
The college will use the funds to buy food, water, books, and other necessities. The money also will go toward updating technology and -- if there's enough -- building a basketball court.
"I'm proud of our community for digging deep to help a school so far away," said Kelsey Powell, director of service and deal of women at La Salle. "This money will help our friends in Kenya."
The Kenyan college is one of many learning institutions supported by schools in the Lasallian Region of North America. Last year the region's schools donated close to $200,000 to their far-away counterparts, which they refer to as their "twins."
Students raised money for the Mwangaza College during Lent by bringing in donations and by selling coffee and muffins during breaks at school. Focusing on their fundraising during Lent, said senior Emma Ly, shows "how we can dedicate the 40-day period to concentrated efforts in helping others."
Powell said the fundraiser demonstrated the spirit of Lent.
"Lent is about sacrifice and giving of alms," she said. "This fundraiser is a perfect way to observe what Jesus is calling us to do."