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December 16, 2020 Wednesday 03:12:27 PM IST

U-M student raises 30K to build school in Malawi

International Edu News

Simon Kim, a freshman at a University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, raised $30,000 through a social media campaign to build a new school building a small rural village in Malawi. Using TikTok videos, Kim raised funds in less than three months to finance the school building, which will benefit hundreds of students from the city of Mphasi, located in central Malawi. The community has a large school population with limited classrooms. Currently, Mphasi has 750 students—400 girls and 350 boys—and six classrooms, with more than 100 students to one teacher in each grade.

Using the tagline the catchphrase “Keep It Wholesome,” Kim started posting positive messages and videos on TikTok earlier this year, aiming to use its one-minute video format to try to impact people’s lives. During quarantine, with the lockdowns and more kids facing mental health issues, Kim’s videos began to get more visibility and support. He was able to start raising money for different events and small projects.

(Content Courtesy: https://news.umich.edu/u-m-student-raises-30k-to-build-school-in-malawi/)