Kenyan-born woman uses Canadian education to build school for students in her home country

A remarkable, young woman born in Kenya is using her Canadian education to combat tough issues faced by students in her native country.

Samara Visram graduated from the University of British Columbia in May with a bachelor’s degree in environmental design. She has been working hard to design and build a high school for her home country, Kenya.

“I have always wanted to come to Canada to study just because I thought having this education, and having all the experiences that I would gain here, would help me in achieving my goal,” explained Visram, who’s also the founder of CARM Schools Kenya.

Her mission for the school is to empower Kenyan students, from Grade 9 to 12, with a level of education that will encourage them to become change-makers.

“For me the real vision behind the school is that it acts as a hub for development for the entire community,” Visram said.

Having seen poverty first hand and the struggles young people faced in Kikambala, Kenya, Visram have been dreaming to build a school since she was a teenager.

“When I realized that education wasn’t provided to the county, I knew that I had to build a school and that became my dream,” she recalled.

Visram received all the necessary certifications and approvals from the community and county of Kenya, and has partnered with the local Catholic church, who generously donated the land towards the project.

Since fundraising efforts began less than a month ago in Canada, Visram has received $35,000 in donations. It’s enough to get her started, but she still requires more.

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