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Richmond students fundraise for education equality in Ghana

A group of Richmond Secondary students is calling for donations to help fundraise $1,000 for girls in Ghana to go to school.
Create Change RHS
Richmond Secondary students (from left to right) Chantal Lee, Inshal Kabeer, Jessie Yang, Lili Roth, Caleara Mai and Taima Gheriani are the executive members of the school's Create Change RHS club. Photo submitted.

A group of Richmond Secondary students is calling for donations to help fundraise $1,000 for girls in Ghana to go to school.

Create Change Richmond – formed by Grade 10 student Caleara Mai and 15 other members – was created in partnership with the Create Change Now Foundation to raise money to build a school and to provide school supplies for students in Ghana.

Mai, who is the leader of the club, felt her luxury of receiving an education in Canada can help close the gap of education inequality overseas.

“I found myself really lucky … I had parents who were focused in providing me and my siblings an education,” said Mai.

“Starting a club with my friends and school mates was a way to bring education to people who doesn’t have the right access to it, while sharing the knowledge that there’s still education inequality in the world.”

In addition, the club is hosting peer-tutoring, editing and translating sessions to help give back to the community.

Mai told the Richmond News that they had to turn away from traditional fundraising methods due to COVID-19.

“We’re doing different things so that we can get the community to help out while we help them in return with things that we can do,” said Mai.

Chantal Lee, one of the vice leaders of Create Change RHS, added that girls around the world also “deserve” an equal opportunity for an education.

“We think education is something (everyone) is supposed to have because it’s a basic human right, but there are other countries that cannot provide this kind of privilege especially when they have a choice, most people send the boys for an education rather than the girls,” said Lee.

“We’re really trying to help push this message out that there are still people who aren’t entitled with the same rights as we are and we hope to achieve more through this project.”

Donations can be made on their website at createchangerichmond.wixsite.com/createchangenow

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