Auction at Hotchkiss supports Kenya institute
LAKEVILLE â€” Hotchkiss School students raised more than $11,000 dollars at a recent auction to benefit the Womenâ€™s Institute for Secondary Education and Research (WISER) in Kenya.
Affiliated with Duke Universityâ€™s Global Health Institute, the mission of WISER is to improve educational, economic, and health outcomes for girls; create gender allies in boys; and promote community-wide enhancements in health and development.
For the past two years, WISER@Hotchkiss has been particularly involved with WISERâ€™s all-girls boarding school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, a village where only 5 percent of girls make it to high school. Some Hotchkiss students have visited the Muhuru Bay area during a service trip there during spring break.
Some Salisbury Central School students are now making friends in Muhuru Bay, too, through a pen pal program sponsored by the WISER Club at Hotchkiss.
â€œEleven thousand dollars goes a long way in Kenya. It can buy books, beds, school and medical supplies and equipment,â€ said Stephanie Thomas, the club advisor to WISER at Hotchkiss. â€œThe auction was a wonderful way to have students, teachers, parents, and the whole community come together for an important cause, and to make such a large impact in the lives of many.â€
For more information about WISER, visit wisergirls.org.