Why I’m Running For Kids

I remember in January 2011 when news of the Egyptian revolution started to spread like fire through news outlets, Facebook and various other social media sites. It was a day of hope as my relatives rejoiced in the news that President Mubarak’s reign was soon coming to a close (he would resign on February 11th).  Yet 4 years later, the country seems to be at more of a political unrest than it had before this revolution began.

My father was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt where he would go on to attain a degree in Engineering from the University of Cairo in 1968. He then came to Canada in 1975 to get his Masters from the University of Concordia and at the ripe age of 58 went back to do his MBA at the University of Ottawa.

It was an inspiration to see my father go back to school that late into his career. He had already accomplished so much that it was hard to believe anyone would want to go back to school when many people his age were thinking of what they would do in retirement. He would always preach the importance of “Knowledge is power” and was always supportive of any educational endeavors  my sisters or I pursued.

Education isn’t cheap though and my father, thanks to his hard work in school and professionally, he afforded me any opportunity I ever wanted. I am always grateful for that, which is why Dreaming For Kids is so important to me. It provides these children with the opportunity to get an education which can possibly alter their future for the better. Perhaps its to post secondary school, maybe it’s a chance to emigrate to another country, it can even be something as little as spreading what they’ve learned from others.

When I look at what’s going on in Egypt I often wonder, what would have happened if my father never left to pursue his education.  I doubt I ever would have been born (don’t think he and my mother would have ever met), but it’s also a reminder of how blessed I am to be in a country where our education is readily available to each and every one of us.  In a perfect world everyone would have access to education and a better life, and through Dreaming For Kids my hope is that we can make that a little easier for some kids. Whether it’s the political unrest in Egypt, an orphanage in Tanzania or a non-profit in Canada, hope is always the first step to a revolution.

By Tarek Kassem

Running For Kids is Right around the Corner!

Don’t forget that on Sunday May 3rd Dreaming For Kids will be Running For Kids!! Join us as part of a relay team to participate in the Goodlife Marathon in Toronto. It’s not too late to sign up as an individual or to put in your own team!

Have you ever been…

Curious to run a race but hesitant or intimidated by how to get started?

An experienced runner who wants to participate in the Goodlife Marathon but don’t have the time to train for the full run?

If so, then this event is perfect for you!  Teams can be comprised of up to eight runners to complete the marathon, so the distance is you wish to run is up to you – 5k, 7.5K or 10k – work with your team on what your relay goal will be! And best of all – Its for a GREAT cause.

Contact us for more details and to sign up info@dreamingforkids.com

GoodLife-Marathon

 

There are still a few weeks to prepare. Check out these 5k and 10k Training Plans from Runners world to help you get ready to Run For Kids!

5K Training Plans (all levels)

http://www.runnersworld.com/training/5k-training-plans

10K Training Plans (all levels)

http://www.runnersworld.com/training/10k-training-plans

 

Secondary school from Amiri’s Perspective

Copy of Amiri Letter

The World Bank Supports Real Learning in Tanzanian Classrooms

Learn more about what going to school is like in Tanzania, why it’s important to help, and who is helping!

Get educated on the “Big Results Now in Education” program put on by the World Bank and other supporters.

http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/07/10/how-tanzania-plans-to-achieve-big-reforms-now-in-education

Secondary school from Swaif’s Perspective

Copy of Swaif Letter

Wanna race?

On Sunday May 3rd we’ll be Running a Relay For Kids as part of the Goodlife Toronto Marathon. Form a team and fundraise for a good cause! Up to 8 runners per team.

Price: $400

Start time: 7:30 am

Contact us for more details info@dreamingforkids.com

Prizes and celebrations to follow.

DFK Presents: Classroom Seven

Last year, Dreaming For Kids’ community and the wonderful donors from Good Hope Orphanage enabled Good Hope Primary School to be completed with the building of Classroom Seven. This allowed Amiri and Swaif to graduate and be our first recipients for our scholarship program.

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We were not only able to build classroom Seven, but a computer classroom as well. Currently, the  students in Civics class draw a keyboard and practice typing from their books. Our hope is to fill this classroom with computers so that the children can practice on real computers. Have an old computer lying around?

Contact us at info@dreamingforkids.com

2015 Focus

We are providing access to continuing education to kids at Good Hope Orphanage Centre, our partner organization in Arusha, Tanzania, through our primary school building grants and secondary school scholarship program. The scholarship program enables these kids to receive high school level education in a safe learning environment with healthy food and passionate educators, providing them with the building blocks for success.

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Exciting Scholarship Announcement!

Dreaming For Kids is incredibly proud to present the first two recipients of our secondary school scholarships – Swaif and Amiri!

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In 2014 we launched the Dreaming For Kids Secondary School Scholarship Program to provide kids access to education who would not otherwise get the opportunity. Through a partnership with Edmund Rice Sinon Secondary School in Arusha, Tanzania, we have had the great privilege of making high school a reality for these two inspiring students, which will empower them for the future.

Amiri and Swaif started their first semester, Form 1 (Grade 8),  on January 12th, 2015. We wish them the greatest success and will continue to keep everyone updated on their progress.

We could not make these opportunities possible without the generous contributions from our supporters, and for that, the entire DFK team would like to say “THANK YOU!”

 

Thanks for a Great 2014!

This is our way of saying thank you for everything over the past year. We could not have accomplished what we have without the support of people like YOU.