In 1987 I was living in Bolivia and witnessed countless young children who didn’t go to school because they either couldn’t afford it, the school was too far to walk to, or they had to stay home and help take care of their families. It broke my heart to see the cycle of poverty passed down to the next generation. I promised myself that someday I would build schools for underprivileged kids in foreign countries so they could have a chance to get an education and escape the cycle of poverty.
I remember drawing a picture of a school I wanted to build in the future. When I got home to the U.S., I posted that drawing in my kitchen. Every time I looked at it, I said to myself, “Some day... ” I said that for twenty years. One day, I finally decided, “Enough procrastinating, why not make some day today?”
Amazingly, a few days later a friend called me to let me know he and a few others had started a charity called World Teacher Aid, which focused on building schools on Kenyan refugee camps. When he invited me to sit on the board, I agreed. Today we’ve built multiple large schools in Africa and we continue to build more through social entrepreneurship.
Here are five lessons I’ve learned along the way:
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