Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Kaina


Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities.  Meet Kaina (17) from Miami whose project is called One Page Closer which she initiated as a junior in high school. Kaina and volunteers supply fully stocked bookshelves/mini-libraries to low income students that include young adult books (that students are more interested in)–not necessarily just academic reading books.

  1. What inspired you to start this project? For me, literature has always been a method of escape–a permanent fixture in the consistency of my short days–the best companion on 2 am nights, and the most reliable friend. All the books that sit on my overflowing shelves have played some significant role in my life. Whether it be that of a friend, a mentor, a teacher, a much needed hand of comfort, or a wake up call. Every novel that has graced my hands has parted with relatively similarity, instilling a bit of wisdom with each closing chapter. And so, to realize that there are kids out there missing out on all of this–because of their socio-economic backgrounds or circumstances–commanded me to action. To do something to help, to make the enjoyable literature that hooked me on reading in the first place accessible to others. To make some sort of impact, whether it be on one or five hundred individuals, every person counts.
  2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project?  20
  3. How many adult volunteers participated in your service project? 5
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project? 50
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project? 10
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project?  1000
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you?  The support of the community around me and how willing people were to help.
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? When working towards a good cause, the support of your community can really help facilitate the success of any initiative/project. People have wonderful hearts and are more than willing to help.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? The bookcases One Page Closer donated, which were made possible by Karma for Cara, will be used by kids and teens for years to come. They will introduce them to literature they can actually love and hopefully foster lifelong readers.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? It was essential to the project. Without it many of the donations we made would not have been possible.