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Sparked by African teen, Palo Alto nonprofit funds education around the world

Former Paly students nurture website that links needy students to U.S. donors

by Chris Kenrick

Matt Severson was a student at Palo Alto High School in 2006 when he made the first of his many visits to Africa.

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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 16, 2013 at 10:17 am

It's heartening to learn about the outward-looking work started by these Palo Altans. The School Fund website demonstrates the partnerships between donors and the students they help. Well worth a look.
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Posted by Debbi
a resident of Nixon School
on Sep 16, 2013 at 7:35 pm

A great example of what our hometown students are capable of! So impressive.


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Posted by carol
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

So impressive Matt. Keep up your wonderful work you have lots of support in this community.


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Posted by Catharine Garber
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

Matt has done amazing work through The School Fund. If you want to learn more about The School Fund, I suggest you attend his fourth birthday celebration for his organization this Nov 3rd. You can let me know of your interest and I will forward you an invitation. Cath@fgy-arch.com


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Posted by nienke
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I agree. It's an amazing and inspiring place in stark contrast to what we have grown up with and having lived in other parts of Europe, Africa is 'eye opening'. Well done with your venture!


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Posted by Admirer
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 20, 2013 at 9:36 am

Great work done with a vision to support less fortnate people around the world! Very inspiring and motivating for us all. Good luck to you Matt and team.


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Posted by Solon
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

The reason they can not afford school is oppressive governments, elites seeking privilege, lack of fundamental Jude's-Christian value, religious o not, failure to spot western civilization values, lack of security , lack of public order, lack of choosing leaders, lak of integrity in courts police goverment and business, lackmof capitalism and private property which motivates people and honors their work, group or tribal identity Rther than inividuals identity, and superstition,ALL play a bigger role than "poverty" which is not n economic concept but a political one, and more a correlate than the cause.
Compare e g Texas once a part of Mexico, with adjacent Mexico. Same soil same water same sun sme people to a large extent, then compare above.


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Posted by Solon
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm

And I am very very proud of Matt.


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