Shawn L. Bird

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poem- gift March 5, 2018

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:50 am

You are gifting her a world

that lifts her out of poverty

You are giving her life

to live possibility.

You are rising her up

along with her family

Your gift of tuition

re-creates her reality.



The SAS Interact Club (a high school club, associated with Rotary) is paying tuition for a girl to attend high school in Kenya.  In Kenya the government only educates free to grade 8, after that, families must find about $750 a year for tuition.  Families with many children or living as subsistence farmers have no way to educate their children to the levels that can lift them from poverty.  The students in question come from Barani Primary School.  The sponsorships are supervised by Shuswap Rotary Club and Mombasa Rotary.  If you are interested in sponsoring a student yourself, (100% goes to the students, there are no administration fees) see the contact info at  We have been working with Barani for several years.


4 Responses to “poem- gift”

  1. There is no better gift than the gift of a lift!

  2. huyork Says:

    This is such a lovely poem to support a wonderful cause! It could serve as a basis for another poem, for a wider audience, with the addition of some more specific images—everyday stuff—that would pull the reader in personally.

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