Carmel Valley student to help build school in Ghana


Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) junior Claire Bolton will be traveling to Abeadze Dominase, Ghana, for three weeks in July to help build an elementary school with a small team from Empathy FX International ( based at UC Berkeley, California. This is a non-profit venture whose mission is to build and sustain schools in rural areas, using education as a means to help disadvantaged areas. Claire was put in touch with the organization through her membership in Key Club at CCA, which does voluntary work for good causes.

A handful of participants have been selected for this program which involves working for five-eight hours each day to build the school and work with the children, teaching them a variety of subjects, such as English, math, science and art. The group wants to send over more supplies for the Ghanaian students, while creating bonds between a group of American students and a group of young Ghanaian students — to enhance everyone’s understanding of the world.

Claire was keen to take part in something worthwhile that would make a positive different to the lives of others and take her out of her “comfort zone.” She added that “It is my belief that education is for everyone, not just those born into privilege, and I want to spread this message one student at a time. One in four kids in Ghana, Africa, is not literate which is crazy. I really want to help change that.” To raise funds for the project, Claire has already held a garage sale, delivered leaflets for local businesses in return for a donation, and is currently planning a series of bake sales in June.

To donate to help equip these impoverished children with the right to a proper education, visit