从来没有一个地方给她（释梵 女 15岁 雅礼中学高一学生）带来如此大的震撼！2010年暑假，在父母的带领下，她第一次来到百科上所说的“非法居住地”——肯尼亚基贝拉贫民窟，这个地球上最不适合人类居住的地方。
There hasn’t been any place that gave her such unforgettable memories. In 2010 summer, Maya with her parents went to Kibera Slum, the place Wiki regards as “district of illegal residence” and “the most humanly inhabitable place on Earth”.
Poverty, HIV, malnutrition, drop outs, homeless, violence and crime were at the time so strange to her, who was yet to be 10. She clearly recalls that the gifts she brought ran out, that kids with wistful eyes asked for a chance to pat her hair, that kids wanted to have a photo shot with her, and how they grasped her when she left. Kibera lives within her heart since then.
Time flies as Maya moved to the U.S. with her parents and lived there for the following two years. Her father studies at Stanford as a scholar, and she goes to JL Stanford Middle School. In Palo Alto, the picturesque green, balmy warm sunlight and advanced educational resources often reminds her of Kibera. Clusters of Cabins, landfill-like streets soaked with sewage, and the innocent, purely-smiling children never left her mind. The colliding life style and culture of China, the U.S, and Kibera sparked a shock, and also questions in her.
Maya grew up,and started to focus attention on poverty and education. She managed to learn any limited info about Kibera and read Poor Economics by ABHIJIT V. BANERJEE and ESTHER DUFLO in J-PAL of MIT.
为了直面问题，更为了深入调研并帮助基贝拉孩子们，2015年寒假，她动员父母一起再次前往基贝拉贫民窟（未成年人不能单独前往）。这一次，她走访了社区、私立、教会、国际援建等不同体制和规模的十四所校，对当地学校校长、老师、家长及学生做了大量的访谈，取得了超过千份的调查问卷。期间她不停地给哈佛大学肯尼迪学院的教授写请求学术指导的邮件。当我们欢度春节时，她却独自飞往了美国波士顿，参加哈佛原创演讲比赛，她直面所看到的基贝拉贫民窟公益问题，将她在基贝拉贫民窟的调研所见，以More Than Walking USD为主题，在哈佛大学做了四场演讲，期望能引起人们的思考。
In order to pierce into the core of the problem and help kids in Kibera, she persuaded her parents to go to Kibera Slum for the second time. (No entry alone into Kenya for kids under 16) This time, she visited 14 schools including community, missionary, private and internationally donated schools of different structure and size, delivered questionnaires, and interviewed students, parents and teachers. Meanwhile, she writes to professor Khwaja from Harvard Kennedy School to ask for academic instruction. While everyone celebrated Spring Festival, she flied to Boston herself to attend Original Oratory Tournament in Harvard. The speech titled “More Than Walking USD”, which reports her findings about the phenomenon in Kibera, was given 4 times. She hopes to make people think about the problem in this world which is often neglected and misunderstood by the majority of them.
(Charity is no symbol of any nobleness. What makes charity effective is our sense to take it as a plain, long-lasting obligation and our working for this obligation as atonement instead of honor. Only in this way can we face the shadows behind our charity and receivers of our help, and the fact that we need to help others as much as their need our help.)
In kibera, a ramshackle cabin becomes a school simply after adopting a few hungry kids. Schools are the only place kids find to have fun and enjoy a full meal in. Being in lack of anything, kids seek for the first stage of Marslow’s hierarchy of needs as their only goal. As children pile up in the ramshackle cabin, the parents and community tries to raise every bit they find and scrape together a school with branches, mud, and metal sheets, and a new “formal” school is born (That's basically the most common history of Kibera schools). Kibera lacks teachers, text books, classrooms, anything but kids’ passion to learn. In Nubian “Kibera” means “Woods” the fascinating beauty on Earth. Maya wishes the kids in Kibera can absorb knowledge and march to independence in “woods”, and come back to develop their home into the truly fascinating beauty on Earth.
她坚信教育改变命运，明白一个人的力量是有限的，在当地爱心人士的帮助下，她发起创建了SHARA CLUB，这是一个十岁就开始在心中萌芽的公益梦！梦想，情怀，行动！现在，SHARA CLUB小团队已现雏形，SHARA助学金正资助13个品学兼优的基贝拉高中生，部分受助学生即将来雅礼中学交流访问。同时在对肯尼亚教育部官员的访谈及社区走访中她获得重要信息：因肯尼亚高中数量严重不足，每年有近20万初中毕业生辍学，主要是贫民窟学生，而接受完整的高中教育是贫民窟孩子走出贫民窟改变命运的关键！面对这个巨大的问题她没有掉头而去或装作视而不见，而是选择了挑战，今年暑假，她将再次前往基贝拉贫民窟，去规划心中更大的梦想：为基贝拉建立一所以雅礼冠名的国际高中。她希望向更多的人传递信息，希望有更多的小伙伴加入SHARA CLUB，一起帮助贫民窟的孩子们走进世界（出生在非法居留地，他们成了被排除在世界之外的存在），走向属于他们的美好明天！
Maya believes that education changes people’s destiny, and the power of a individual is limited. With the help of local charity workers, she built up SHARA CLUB, a Charity dream that sprouts at the age of 10. With the dreams and will to take an action, SHARA CLUB charity team is now ready! SHARA Education Fund now helps 13 outstanding students in Kibera, part of them are soon visiting China. Meanwhile, the interview to educational department’s officer and community visits gave her critical sources of information: Because of the lack of secondary schools, about 200,000 primary school graduates drop out of school every year and slum students make up three quarters of this 200,000 desperate students, and secondary school education is the critical point above which Kibera students get to change their fate. Confronted by this problem, she chose to challenge it. This summer, she is going to Kibera again to plan her further goal---to build a Yali’s international school for Kibera. She hopes to spread the message to more people, with more SHARA CLUB members, we could help more Kibera students march toward the great world and their bright future!
Maya believes that charity is just a normal part of normal people’s life, a gateway to show our thanks to the world we live in; she believes that more Chinese charity organizations can make their way beyond just China, and join the international club of charity. And on the way to this, she will never be alone.