SWR student to donate $10K grant to orphanage in Kenya

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08/18/2013 4:15 PM |
COURTESY FILE PHOTO | Students from Shoreham-Wading River’s Global Awareness Club in Meru, Kenya, in 2011.

COURTESY FILE PHOTO | Students from Shoreham-Wading River’s Global Awareness Club in Meru, Kenya, in 2011.

A Shoreham-Wading River High School student won a $10,000 grant last month and plans to donate the money to help an orphanage in Kenya.

Julie Lindell, 17, volunteers in the school’s Global Awareness Club and is involved with Hope Children’s Fund, a nonprofit organization that operates an orphanage in Meru, Kenya.

Amway, a worldwide distribution company, awarded 10 grants last month in its annual Amway’s Who Cares Challenge: Youth Leadership Contest. Each winner received $10,000 to give to the nonprofit organization of their choice, according to Amway’s website.

“The children already have the motivation and foundation for success and with a solid education they will have the ability to go out into the world, support themselves and give back to their community,” Julie wrote in her entry essay, called “A Helping Hand for Hope. “The children have hearts of gold and with an education they will be able to combine the two to do incredible things and change the future of Kenya and their communities.”

jennifer@timesreview.com