Last fall, we at NikeTalk donated $17,204 to Free the Children, a nonprofit organization responsible for building over 500 schools around the world since 1995. For $8,500, the organization can build and provide the infrastructure for a clean, safe, well-lit school building for communities in dire need. Our contribution benefited the community of Salabwek, Kenya. As part of their Fall 2008 Community Report , which I received this afternoon and have made available online, Free the Children provided some additional background material about the community, as well as photos of the new school buildings: • Salabwek is a community of 5,000 Kipsigis people, located near the Massai Mara region of Kenya. • Despite free education in Kenya, 1.7 million children in the country still have no access to education due to poverty, child labour and lack of schools. • The few schools in the region are virtually inaccessible because of the long distances between schools and communities. • Children often walk 3 to 4 kilometres to school each day. • Women and girls in Salabwek frequently spend all day collecting water. • The Massai Mara has the highest school drop-out rate in Kenya and a 90 percent illiteracy rate. • The biggest employer in the region is the agricultural industry, which earns each farming family an average of $130 USD annually. We at NikeTalk donate 100% of our advertising revenue above the basic cost of hosting to charity. To date, we've announced the donation of over $53,000 to charities. By visiting NikeTalk without using an ad blocker, you're helping us raise money for important causes like education, medical research, environmental protection, poverty elimination, and more. For those curious about previous donations, here's a quick recap: Thank you for helping NikeTalk donate over $2,500 to UNICEF! Thank you for helping NT donate over $4,000 to Access Books! Thanks to you, NikeTalk has just donated $3,656 to the UNCF! Thanks for helping NT donate over $2,000 to Operation Smile NikeTalk Donates $2,553 to the American Cancer Society Thank You for Helping NT Donate $2,768.60 to JDRF! Thank you for helping NikeTalk donate $5,000 to Green For All! www.greenforall.org Thanks for helping NikeTalk allocate $6,820 to Kiva.org - now YOU can decide who we loan it to! Though the announcement posts have since been lost, we also donated $2,907 to Gawad Kalinga and $3,908 to Ettie Lee Homes. Thank you so much for your role in supporting these donations. We look forward to sharing more donation announcements with you soon. In the meantime, if you're interested in any of the above causes, please visit their websites and consider offering a contribution. Together, we continue to prove that NikeTalk isn't about commodity - it's about community.