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We built a school classroom in Kenya, Africa!

Some of you may already know that The Fifth Person donates a percentage of our profits to charity and philanthropic causes. Of this, a certain portion is donated directly, and the rest is invested in a fund that generates recurring dividend income for donations down the road.

In 2019, at one of our live events, we announced our biggest donation to date when we gifted US$15,000 to build a school classroom in Kenya, Africa. It’s been two years since, and it took some time to get done, but we wanted to share the terrific piece of news that the classroom is finally built!

We worked with Village Impact, a Canadian charity that’s dedicated to bringing education to students in rural areas of Kenya, to build the classroom which is part of Safina Haji Secondary School located in Haji Farm, Nakuru County, Kenya.

Here’s what Village Impact had to share with us:

“Your classroom is built and the students at Safina Haji High School are enjoying the classroom immensely. It is actually one of their science labs. So they learn and use the classroom for experiments. They have a new principal, Madame Purity. She is amazing and is helping to make the school thrive and progress. The school has about 75 students. They learn and practice chemistry and physics in the labs.

The secondary school’s initial build was completed in the 2016, meaning that four classrooms, the admin block and washrooms were completed to get the school started. The labs and two additional classrooms were added to the school after the 2016 initial build and we were able to finish the second lab with your funds.

When we open a high school, normally we have two grades — grade 9 and 10, that have the majority of the student population. We add the labs when there are national exams candidates sitting in grades 11 and 12. Those are the specific grades that will use the labs more often for their practicals for the National exam.

The government charges a fee of between 4,000-5,000 Kenyan shillings (US$40-50) per child per semester. The families living in this community are peasant farmers and they are also part of the resettled IDPs who are still trying to build their lives.”

We want to sincerely thank all our members and readers who’ve supported us all these years, because we didn’t do this alone – ALL of you played a part in helping to build this classroom as well. Education is a multiplier effect, and this school will last for many years to come. You have made a positive impact that will change the lives of so many students in Kenya.

On behalf of everyone at The Fifth Person, thank you all so much. 🙏🙏

Adam Wong

Adam Wong is the editor-in-chief of The Fifth Person and author of the national bestseller Lucky Bastard! which made the Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller's List in 2009 and Value Investing Made Easy which made the Kinokuniya Business Bestseller's List in 2013. In 2010, he appeared on U.S. national television on the morning show The Balancing Act. An avid investor himself, Adam shares his personal thoughts and opinions as he journals his investing journey online.

12 Comments

  1. Very proud of you guys, and very happy for the students who will be able to learn in a more conducive environment.

  2. Well done guys!

    Nothing is best gift to the Kenya children by giving them the right knowledge; just like what I have been learning from the 5th person community. Thank you to our coaches for sharing the knowledge!!

    I am proud to be in the community!!

    Diana

  3. WOW!!! So proud of you guys!! Your generosity surely brightens the lives of these students! You guys deserve to be successful in life and everything you do. God Bless you all abundantly.

  4. It’s truly wonderful that you are contributing back in this way. Keep doing this and the compounding will never end!

  5. Your generosity extends beyond your sharing your knowledge in shares. Hard to find such people in a rat-race society. May God bless. wyeo.

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