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Local nonprofit group raises $74K for Kenyan teachers and students

A Los Altos-based nonprofit organization that helps people in Kenya raised a record amount of money at last month’s major fund- raiser.

The Kilgoris Project’s 10th annual Marketplace pop-up boutique generated $74,000 – surpassing its goal of $70,000 – according to organizers. The two-week shop at a storefront in Town & Country Village in Palo Alto sold handmade items from Africa, the U.S. and other countries.

“We are so grateful for the community’s support,” said Kilgoris Project founder Caren McNelly McCormack, a Los Altos resident. “It’s always nice to see return shoppers and meet new ones.”

Profits are earmarked to support Kenyan teachers and meal programs for students, McNelly McCormack added. The meal programs consist of a breakfast, larger and more filling lunches and a fruit snack at the end of the day.

“All of this allows the kids to have good attendance, excel in school and stay healthy,” she said.

The nonprofit group also raised money for its end-of-year campaign, which provides food to several schools in rural Kenya. The Kilgoris Project plans to serve 468,000 meals in 2019, McNelly McCormack said.

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