MILLBURN, NJ - Harris Goldstein, 20, of Millburn is planning a solo thru hike of the Appalachian Trail to raise money $10,000 for Joy House Education Center in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Beginning in  Springer Mountain, Georgia and ending in Mt. Katahdin, Maine, the nearly 2,200-mile journey is his most ambitious goal to date. 

A sophomore at Tulane University studying International Development, Goldstein has a large interest in helping those in need throughout the globe. Through his extensive travel, he has encountered the real-world struggles that face many people around he globe.

During the summer of 2014, Goldstein spent a month in Tanzania where he volunteered at an orphanage called the Living Water Children Centre. Located in Arusha, a city in the northern portion of the country, this orphanage was started by the Kimaro family in 2003. The orphanage now houses over 50 children, whose parents have either passed away, are currently sick, or are unfit to raise children. 

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In 2016, Goldstein competed in an Ironman distance triathlon to raise money for the Living Water Children Centre Fund, a 501c3 organization created in 2008 with intentions to benefit the orphanage. Nearly ten years later this organization funds projects in Tanzania, Kenya, and Haiti, impacting hundreds of children across multiple continents. 

Goldstein is the youngest board member ever elected to the Board of Directors for the Living Water Children Centre’s Fund. The Joy House Education Center oversees three Mukuru-based schools, with over 600 kids attending these schools. The Mukuru slum is among the poorest slums in all of Kenya, with crime, drugs, and prostitution seen daily throughout the region. Like the children at the LWCC, many of Joy House’s students are orphans as well. Despite limited access to water, sanitation, and healthcare these children remain resilient and excited to learn.

Over the past several years Joy House has been successful in educating its students, with several students attending some of the top high schools in the region. Recently, though, the school has struggled to yield positive results, due largely to under funding. Many qualified teachers have left Joy House to teach elsewhere due to their low wages. A lack of school supplies (desks, books….) is also to blame for the center’s current struggles. 

Every donation is tax deductible, as LWCCF has 501c3 (tax exempt) status. If you are unable to donate I urge you to spread the word about this fantastic organization.

For additional information on Goldstein's journey or to donate, please click here.