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Weʼre raising £3,000 to support Blessed Hope Academy with basic food for its wonderful kids

Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya

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I was lucky enough to volunteer as a teacher at Blessed Hope Academy in Kibera, Nairobi and it was truly an eye-opening experience. The teachers and the kids really left a mark on me with their kindness, happiness and generosity. I was welcomed like a local and when I had to leave them, it was heart breaking.They taught me a lot of life lessons in such a short time and they made me realise that nothing is impossible if you really want it. As I am unable to move there and dedicate my life to it as a volunteer for family reasons, I have decided that I can at least help them improving the school conditions.

I am aiming to raise £3,000 to provide basic food for the kids for the whole year. This will be a huge help for the school and for the parents, as 66% of them is unable to pay the school fees of $5 dollars a month, despite this being the cheapest for a primary school with a meal program in Kibera.

Please dedicate 5 minutes of your time to read more about Kibera and Blessed Hope Academy and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do support with anything you can. There are no small donations, anything at this stage can help to give the kids a chance for a better life!


Kibera is the biggest urban slum in Africa and one of the biggest slums in the world. Living conditions in Kibera are tough and beyond our imagination. In most of Kibera there are no toilet facilities. One latrine (hole in the ground) is shared by up to 50 shacks. Once full, young boys are employed to empty the latrine and they take the contents to the river. Unsurprisingly, this practice has made the river water unclean to drink and the biggest cause of typhoid and cholera in the region. The unemployment rate of Kibera residents is 50%, and even for residents that are employed, the average salary is less than $1 per day. Receiving an education is critical to these children if they are to have an opportunity to escape Kibera.

Blessed Hope Academy was founded in 2012 for this reason. It is the cheapest primary school to attend in the Kibera slums with a meal program (per Networks for Voluntary Services – Kenya), and still, the parents struggle to pay. The goal is to change the face of the Kibera slums through education. The vision is that gaining an education will become the norm for the children of Kibera, rather than the exception.


In order to support the school, I have decided to go out of my comfort zone and partecipate to a series of sport events. Those of you who know me well will understand how tough this is for me as I am just not a sporty person at all! But this is for a good cause, so here is my plan:

September 27th: I start a 6 weeks Martial Arts course to get fit in a short time. It is going to hurt like hell, especially the 6:30am early start...

December 9th: I will be running a 5K race in Battersea Park in London as my first baby step towards something bigger. Just to embarrass myself even further i will be doing it dressed as Santa.

April 15th: my first 10K run in Brighton. Hopefully it will be warm enough to cope with the wind from the sea. But it is England, so who am I kidding?? It will be freezing!!

June 30th: my second 10K run, this time in Richmond. Maybe warmer? Hopefully running quicker than my first 10K run?

September 2018: to be confirmed, but the idea is to be running a HALF MARATHON in Windsor! That would be the final torture test for me!

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. " Nelson Mandela

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  • Giulia Cacciatore6 months ago
    Giulia Cacciatore

    Giulia Cacciatore

    6 months ago

    Thanks to the generosity of all family and friends we are now 50% off the target ! It is amazing to see that the kids can now have food for 6 months. The money previously used by the school to provide food can now be used to hire another teacher and cover one more class. A big thank you to all of you !

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  • Giulia Cacciatore6 months ago
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    Giulia Cacciatore

    6 months ago

    As you might know, I moved out of the UK and I am now living in Barcelona. This impacted my run schedule, as I could not join the 10k in Brighton, but ran a 10Km in Barcelona on 27th May. I managed to make it under 1hr which was a big thing for me. 55m and 32s, not too bad considering I am out of shape! I am going back to the school in 3 weeks, so I need all your help with the fund raising please!

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  • Giulia Cacciatore1 year ago
    Giulia Cacciatore

    Giulia Cacciatore

    1 year ago

    So we made it! We are now at 1/3 of the total raising! Thanks to everyone who has been so generous to help the kids at Blessed Hope Academy! I managed to complete the 5K on Saturday in 27 mins and 10 secs, which is good time for me considering that I have never run a race before and I have done it in a Santa suit at 1 degree :) Now onto the next challenge...

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Page last updated on: 7/31/2018 9:07 AM



  • Yvette


    Jul 31, 2018

    Such a great initiative!! You have my full admiration and support!




    Jul 9, 2018

    Da parte di Leonardo nella speranza di poter aiutare di persona e in maniera piu' concreta! Tutti noi ti ammiriamo molto per quello che stai facendo!! Valentina, Maurizio e Leonardo


  • Lucio Gervasi

    Lucio Gervasi

    Jul 8, 2018

    Sei una persona speciale. Per sempre lo sarai per me. Hai un grande cuore con questi bambini e ti stimo molto per quello che stai facendo.


  • Georgina Recio

    Georgina Recio

    Jul 2, 2018

    Giulia,espero que estés disfrutando de tus niños y que les ayude la aportación.Un saludo!

  • Martina Fiorelli

    Martina Fiorelli

    Jun 29, 2018

    Con tanto amore ❤️


  • Niels Van Huyck

    Niels Van Huyck

    Jun 29, 2018

    What a great initiative!! Good luck with the project!


  • Elise Cockley

    Elise Cockley

    Jun 28, 2018

    What a great cause - because of people like you, change happens in the world! Look forward to hearing all about it on your return. Brava!


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Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." Mother Teresa "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw

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