One of my wife’s and my favorite charities is RISE International.
It builds schools in Angola, where founder Andrew Cole went to missionary school before the revolution.
His wife Lynn Cole carried on after her husband died.
I first got interested in 2007 when told of how the organization was building schools for $12,500 while Oprah Winfrey was spending $40 million to construction one in South Africa.
The schools were built by local residents out of mud bricks then.
They cost more now and are now constructed with concrete blocks.
RISE provides the financing, along with ExxonMobil and Educate A Child.
Funds contributed earn a 50-50 match up to $50 from the latter organization through Friday.
In cooperation with RISE, students at South High School in Crystal Lake have exhibited what life in Angola looks like for the last two years.
RISE reports in an email,
“Students at Crystal Lake South hosted their 2nd Walk Through Africa during lunch periods on 2/28.
“They raised awareness and money to give kids in Angola access to education,”
There are now 188 schools which have been financed by RISE International which educate over 135,000 children.