In Spring 2012, as nine Virginia Tech undergrads we embarked on a journey that changed our forever. We traveled to Lugano, Switzerland with what seems like the whole world at our finger tips. We traveled Europe, ate gelato, and made new friends.Then, in a blink of an eye, an in-class assignment during our study abroad semester turned into a real world project,The nine of us set our sights on traveling to Africato implement a curriculum we had been creating.
"We left Kenya having never smiled a smile so genuine, our hearts were forever impacted by our new family at Bambakofi."
We worked with primary school students at the Bambakofi Academy. Bambakofi is a boarding school started and funded by a Swiss nonprofit, ATKYE. When asked what they want to be when they get older, each Bambakofi students replied with an ambitious goal along the lines of a surgeon, lawyer,bank manager, scientist or teacher. The students are bright, talented and personable; they just have insurmountable obstacles ahead of them. Funding is the only thing holding these students back from reaching their goals and bettering Kenya.The Taaluma Project was created as the tool to create change. Education is a foundation in America, but for most in Kenya it is an unattainable privilege. The Taaluma Project will change this. Our orginial mission was to raise monetary funds to provide scholarships to fund the graduating class of Bambakofi through secondary school for four years. Over the years we have been able to grow and expand our mission. We now serve several regions in Africa! We are also launching our Project Impact program to ensure there are socially concious individuals entering our workforce and socity.