Reader Greg is an atheist working for the Peace Corps, teaching math and physical science at a girls’ school in Namibia. Besides his in-class work, he’s also spreading the message to his colleagues and community members that it’s possible to be a non-Christian who does good deeds — an important statement to make in a heavily Christian nation.
There’s a problem for the girls attending the school, though:
At the beginning of this year, my school was given a new class of grade 11 students. Many of these students live very far from school, over 80 km for some. A few students were able to find accommodation within the community, but others could not.
Sixteen girls have begun using an unfinished building as a school hostel. The girls sleep on old mattress on top of a dirt floor. This living situation poses many health problems for these students. The community built the room but unfortunately did not have sufficient funds to complete it.
Greg and his colleagues are trying to complete the construction — building a cement floor, installing a ceiling, creating bunk beds, and getting new mattresses. While over $17,000 has been donated for this already, they’re about $1,600 short. If you’d like to donate to the cause, all the information is here.
It would be wonderful to tell the community that the donations to complete the hostel came from a pack of atheists 🙂