Akeem Hector has taken the IB® principles to heart. He is making a difference in the world. He regularly travels to Guyana to help students. Recently, he stopped by his alma mater, Kujawa Elementary School, to pay it forward. Hector donated backpacks and school supplies to 25 students.
Readers first heard of the young organizer in a feature story in InsideAldine in 2013. That was the year he launched the nonprofit KeemCares Outreach. Hector created it as a way to fulfill a project in high school. Eisenhower offers the IB Diploma program. IB students must complete a Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) project.
Since then, Hector has been making a difference here and abroad. Through his nonprofit organization, Hector collects and raises funds. He purchases backpacks and schools supplies to give to children.
This year he donated more than 200 backpacks to underprivileged students in Guyana. He held distribution events in East Canje in Berbice. He also donated supplies in Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara. His last donation event was in Coomacka along the Upper Demerara River.
“Seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids is priceless,” said Hector. “It is my hope that these students achieve their educational goals.”
AISD students can take part in the rigorous IB academic program. Students who complete and are successful in the program can earn an IB Diploma. Aldine ISD offers the entire IB Continuum — Primary Years, Middle School Years and Diploma programs. Hector attended Kujawa Elementary, Wilson Intermediate, Shotwell Middle, Eisenhower Ninth and Eisenhower High. All are IB World Schools.
Debera Thomas praises Hector, who is now a sophomore at the University of Houston. Thomas is principal at Kujawa Elementary School.
Katie Wright of the University of Melbourne conducted 23 in-depth interviews with IB graduates. The grads were from 14 different countries. And they ranged in age from 20 to 63. She wanted to know about the ways in which the IB program may have influenced them.
Alumni suggested several ways in which IB affected them. One key impact included helping them to develop dispositions and skills. These have served them well as they furthered their education and in life.
IB graduates also cited the development of international-mindedness, love of learning, as well as analytical and writing skills. They especially noted the development in critical thinking skills.
Through KeemCares Outreach, Hector is planning another trip to Guyana. Aside from backpacks and school supplies, he is collecting healthcare and hygiene supplies. He specifically needs toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, bars of soap, and underarm deodorants. Hector is also collecting socks and shoes.
Guyana is one of the poorest countries in South America. Hector states there are growing needs among the Guyanese children. He would like to partner with a U.S. medical team. His dream is to provide annual dental and vision examination to students.
“I do what I do because I want students to be successful,” said Hector. “I want them to win at life. I want to show them that somebody cares. If they see that someone cares about them, then I hope that one day they will pay it forward.”
These are profound words from a globally-minded citizen.
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