Donor Spotlight: Darlene

Roseline is a One Girl Can scholarship recipient who, recently graduated from university this year, despite a global pandemic. While her success is due to her hard work and perseverance, knowing she had the support of Darlene, gave her the confidence and belief that she could accomplish anything she puts her mind to.

Darlene supported Roseline’s scholarship through all four years of university. She tells us her One Girl Can journey in her own words.

How it all started

After 25 years of owning and running a business, it was time to retire and move on to ‘funner’ pastures. I always felt the desire to make a difference in someone else’s life¬–to mentor, to support, to assist in ways I had not done before.

In 2016, when I was searching for some form of giving back, I was introduced to One Girl Can through a friend. When I attended my first IWANTtoBE fundraiser, I was impressed and I think it should be called a ‘Fun Raiser’ to be honest–it is so much fun.

I chose One Girl Can because it is all about women and their personal and professional development and I have always believed in the power of women. I appreciate that it is owned by a woman and I feel I have a direct impact.

I opted to support Roseline from her entrance into Murang’a University of Technology until her graduation for continuity and to really give her the confidence that I was with her all the way. It is a very amazing experience to see her development and progress.

RELATIONSHIP

Through our emails and letters over the four years, I can really understand directly how this organization has and is changing her life. Our exchange of letters have been so exciting to read and enjoyable to see the continual progress she has made.

She is a passionate and dedicated student and given her last year was during a pandemic, she never doubted she would succeed and complete her goal of graduation. Well done Roseline! I am so very proud of her.

If I could be with Roseline, I would give her a huge hug and give my heartfelt congratulations to her for all the hard work and effort she has put into her life, which has really just begun. Roseline has shown me that she is hard working, kind, empathetic and loves her family above all.

Even more, I know she is a lifetime friend as well and can’t wait to hear from her as life unfolds in ways never before experienced.

GIVE BACK SOMETHING

My personal decision to support Roseline has more than exceeded my expectations because I absolutely know that I am making a difference. Roseline has told me this numerous times and her appreciation is not only herself, but from her family who she speaks of so lovingly.

The power that these girls carry with them into their communities is immense and lasting. The gift of education is a gift that just keeps on giving, it truly does.

After attending last year’s virtual fundraiser and the impact I was able to make for Roseline, I chose to sponsor two more girls, Munyu and Naomi and I have every faith that they will do well.

I’m so happy that I am able to make a difference for these girls, who are destined to change the world.

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What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a high school student

$50Help fund tuition for a high school girl

$250Fund six months of high school for a girl

$500Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board

$21Fund six months of high school for a girl

$42Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board

$84Fully sponsor two girls for one year, including tuition and board

What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a university student

$300Co-sponsor a university student

$500Buy a laptop for a first year university student

$1000Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year

$3500Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop

$25Co-sponsor a university student

$42Buy a laptop for a first year university student

$84Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year

$292Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop

What can my donation provide For a Build A School

$50Buy 35 cinderblocks to help build a wall in one room.

$100Buy 4 bags of cement to help the building of the dormitory.

$250Buy a door and framing for the dorm.

$10Your monthly donation buys 44 cinderblocks to help build a wall.

$17Your monthly donation provides a window.

$25Your monthly donation buys a furniture for the new dorm.

What can my donation provide For a Unrestricted Donation

$50Your donation can help to give one desk and bench for two students.

$100Provide school spirit with two sets of sports uniforms for 25 girls so they can stay active while at school.

$250Further the voices of tomorrow with one desktop computer for journalism club.

$10Outfit a girls sports team with two sets of uniforms.

$50Promote performance and fine arts education for girls by supporting with musical instruments for music and dance groups.

$66Can help provide a water tank adequate for drinking water for a whole school.

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