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The Karat School Project

Submitted by: Sherry Auerbach, Los Altos Rotary Club

Project Description:
The Karat School Project (KSP) was founded in November 2017 by Evelyne Keomian in Palo Alto. Evelyne was born and raised in the Ivory Coast of West Africa. As a female and the youngest of 7 children she experienced poverty and was limited in her exposure to a proper primary education. Consequently, she resorted to selling water on the streets to earn money so that she might continue school and often attended school without being enrolled so she could learn to read and write. Despite facing the challenge of early teenage pregnancy, Evelyne’s passion for education endured and she went on to acquire a college degree in her adult life.

The KSP is a non-profit organization providing education to children ages 5-12 and includes books, school supplies, meals, and clothes to the students. The program also aids the community by the installation of clean water source and sanitation stations, women’s educational and health programs, and an option for renting land for farming. KSP offers an after-school program for children who aren’t enrolled and also teaches basic computer skills and skill learning for mothers at the school.

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Project Contact:

  • Evelyne Keomian, CEO, The Karat School Project, ekeomian@theksp.org, (510) 228-9981
  • Sherry Auerbach, KSP volunteer and Los Altos Rotary member, briancomet@aol.com, (650) 793-1633