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Key Club provides educational opportunities for students in developing nations

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There are many options of Yuda Bands to choose from. Northwest Key Club organized this service project to help Kudakwashe go to school.

There are many options of Yuda Bands to choose from. Northwest Key Club organized this service project to help Kudakwashe go to school.

There are many options of Yuda Bands to choose from. Northwest Key Club organized this service project to help Kudakwashe go to school.

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The summer of 2016, I went to the Key Club International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. I met so many people from all over the country that were passionate about service and making a change in the world. There were many workshops I attended, but there was one that really interested me: Yuda Bands.

Yuda Bands are handmade leather and carved coconut bracelets. The word “Yuda” comes from the Spanish word, “ayuda,” which means help, aid or assistance. Yuda Bands shows the importance of education and the effect it can have on one’s life.The money raised from the sale of these $7 bracelets goes to help someone in a developing nation to go to school.

I attended the workshop and I met Phillip, the project manager of Yuda Bands. I contacted him after the convention because I was determined to bring this service project to Northwest. After countless phone calls and emails, I got to see the project come to life.

Last year, we helped Michael, a seventh grader from Zimbabwe, go to school by selling almost 300 Yuda Bands. This year, Key Club is sponsoring Kudakwashe Mutingwende, a student from Zimbabwe. He enjoys reading, playing soccer and wants to be a teacher when he grows up. However, because of his family’s financial situation, it is hard for him to go to school.

“I am always in and out of school and I am occasionally sent home for fee non-payment,” Mutingwende wrote. “I appeal for assistance for school fees so that I can continue with my education as I am on the verge of dropping out of school.”

The sponsored student will not only be able to get an education, they will also get leadership training by the Yuda Band team.

“Selling Yuda Bands to help students in third world countries go to school is the first step towards educating future leaders in impoverished countries,” junior and Key Club co-editor Emily Waterfield said. “The students that are benefited by the money from Yuda Bands will go on to do great things for their countries.”

Many believe that education is an important step for a better way of life.

“Education will help bring third world countries out of poverty, and buying a Yuda Band will help keep students in those countries in school,” Waterfield said.

Northwest Key Club is selling Yuda Bands during all four lunches until January 24th in the front commons and donations are accepted. If anyone wants to sell Yuda Bands outside of school, they may contact social studies teacher Elizabeth Russell in room 229 for more information.

 

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