Written on October 8, 2013 at 10:41 pm, by Scott
Education is Power (EIP), an East African charity registered in Canada, is run by Dave Cuddy, Outdoor Educator at Strathcona Park Lodge since 2005. He founded the organization in 2008 after his experience in the Canada World Youth Program. He continues to run the organization as a volunteer through a network of volunteers and no administration costs.
“I am so grateful for all the support from Strathcona Park Lodge towards Education is Power. Back in 2006, Strathcona Park Lodge donated a large portion of funds that I had to raise to go on my Canada World Youth exchange which allowed me to start this whole project!” says Dave.
At 7pm on Saturday, October 12th at Shot in the Dark Café in Campbell River don’t miss the Education is Power Fundraiser Extravaganza. Come support EIP, check out great local artists, perform on the Open Mic and engage in the presentation. Performing artists include Shane Philip (Winner of Vancouver Island Music Award’s Best Live Act), Helen Austin and Daisy (Helen was the winner of the International Song Writing Competition and a Juno Finalist in 2013), Judy & Bruce (Acoustic duo from the Comox Valley), Kyell Erickson (Carhi 2013 Alumnus), and DJ Marcel Marechal. Entrance is by donation.
All proceeds go directly to help disadvantaged African leaders study at African schools, with the end goal of using their education to help their community develop sustainably. Education is Power has supported 25 students to date and there are many more students on the waiting list in need of funding. The target for the fundraiser is $1700, which is the same amount it costs for one year of university tuition in Kenya and it is also the amount that was raised at EIP’s fundraiser in Kenya last February. This was an astounding support from locals who contributed greatly in comparison to the average salary of $1.50 per day in Kenya. Dave Cuddy organized that event with other Kenyans involved in EIP. He will do a talk with pictures and video at the October 12thfundraiser.
Cuddy is also calling out to teachers in the region to take on the project with their students and support an EIP student while also having Skype meetings with that same student they raise money for. He is available to do talks with pictures and videos up until November 10th this year or next spring when he returns from his fourth trip to East Africa. He can be contacted firstname.lastname@example.org or learn more at www.educationispower.org.