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Robert Cassidy Finds Purpose in Making a Difference in the Lives of The Less Fortunate

Robert CassidyA dedicated philanthropist, Robert Cassidy has amassed more than 20 years of professional experience, having spent the last decade as the president and CEO of the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Holy Royal Arch Masons. In the course of his duties, he is responsible for acquiring sponsors and donations for the scholarship drive, as well as trying to raise revenue for the organization. He frequently works to provide scholarships to deserving college students, as well as financial assistance to the less fortunate individuals who are struggling financially and need assistance to get back on their feet.

Robert Cassidy and MEPHGCHRAM’s goal is to sponsor approximately 15 students per yearMr. Cassidy is a retired sergeant major of the United States Army with 26 years of active service experience serving every rank of leadership. He joined the military in 1983, and has been awarded the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Services Medals, eight Army Accommodation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, and other prestigious awards and recommendations. He attributes his success to the military, and his family. Mr. Cassidy studied human relations and business administration at Saint Leo University. He is a member of the Sergeant Majors Association. In years to come, Mr. Cassidy wants to establish a shelter for the homeless, open a food bank and continue to award scholarships to deserving students.

If you would like to make a contribution in the form of girls’ and boys’ clothing, backpacks, shoes, school supplies, toiletries, gift cards, or monetary donations through the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Holy Royal Arch Masons, please click here.

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Kenyan Girls’ Scholarship

Kenya Girls’ Scholarship is a nonprofit initiative whose mission is to help Kenyan girls receive a college education. Founded by Worldwide Who’s Who® member Dr. Mary Muchiri, the charity raises funds to provide disadvantaged Kenyan girls with the opportunity to receive a scholarship to attend Daystar University, which is located in Nairobi, Kenya. If relevant courses are not available, another Christian college is recommended.

As gender stigma persists among many Kenyan communities today, educating girls has not been considered a priority issue; however, to break the cycle of poverty, it has become a major goal for Kenyan girls to pursue education and obtain college degrees. Dr. Muchiri noted that most parents, faced with the decision to send either their son or daughter to a university, will send their son. This perpetuates the reality of very few women in positions where they can effectively impact their generally patriarchal cultures. “The only way to free women in Africa from poverty and to participate in decision-making is through education,” Dr. Muchiri added.

Saved Through Fire Book CoverDr. Mary Muchiri started the Kenya Girls’ Scholarship when her book, “Saved through Fire: A Family Experiences Kenyan War of Independence,” was published after her mother’s death. Because her mother only received a second-grade education and valued higher education for girls, Dr. Muchiri decided to dedicate all the profits from the sales of her book to a scholarship fund in her mother’s honor, which she named the Josephine Wambui Kimori Scholarship Fund. The scholarship covers tuition, room and board, medical insurance, transportation, summer courses, spiritual activities, library, computer, and other university fees.

Dr. Muchiri has authored three books depicting her experience growing up in Kenya and the culture clash she faced when her family moved to the United States. They explore life lessons that anyone who seeks to improve themselves can connect with, regardless of their culture. Through her books, Dr. Muchiri hopes to interest others in Kenyan culture and inspire them to donate to her cause.

Dr. Mary MuchiriDr. Mary Muchiri currently works as an English teacher at Taylor University, located in Upland, Ind. She received an undergraduate degree and a teaching certificate from the University of Nairobi, in Kenya. Dr. Muchiri began her career as a high school teacher in Kenyan institutions in 1970, and taught at a science teachers’ college from 1971 to 1974. From 1980 to 1981, she continued her education at The University of Manchester, located in the United Kingdom, graduating with a master’s degree in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). In 1994, she earned a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at Lancaster University, which led her to teach in Kenyan universities from 1995 to 2001, when she moved to the US. Dr. Muchiri’s greatest achievement would be having a positive impact on the lives of other Kenyan girls by helping them pursue the same opportunity for college education that she received.

For more information about the Kenya Girls’ Scholarship or to make a donation, please visit the Josephine Wambui Kimori Scholarship Fund website.

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