Donations will fund educational grants for sustainable, preventative programs that help people in struggling communities help themselves.

Two years ago on a trip to Africa, I met a family of urban refugees who had traveled to Nairobi from Sudan. Their tale was a harrowing one. The husband was killed and a child had disappeared. Yet they still felt fortunate to have escaped Sudan, despite the many hardships they currently faced, challenges of hunger as well as discrimination. They were a family of eight living in extreme poverty. While they knew that education would be their only hope for a future, even with great sacrifice, they could only afford to educate two of their children. Due to their lack of resources, they were forced to choose which of their children would be afforded the opportunity to have an education. Looking into their eyes, especially those of the children with no chance at a better future, broke my heart. When I got a call from South Peninsula Jewish Community Teen Foundation (SPJCTF) I jumped at the opportunity to find a way to make a difference in the lives of those who have not received from the world that with which I have been blessed. Funds raised will go to help populations in need in the Jewish community as well as the broader community, both locally and globally.

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