Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Kaley


Karma for Cara Foundation microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 years of age and younger working to better their communities. Meet microgrant recipient Kaley (15) from Kaneohe, HI. She, other student government members at Kamakau Laboratory Public Charter School and adult members of the community used her award to repair the school’s parking lot which was deemed unsafe for both cars and pedestrians. Additionally, the school does not have a gym, so all students use the parking lot for physical education classes.

  1. What inspired you to start this project? Students were getting hurt from the potholes in our parking lot area where we also hold physical education activities, and parents’ and staff members’ cars were being damaged due to the condition of this parking area.
  2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project? 3
  3. Other than that, how many adult volunteers participated in your service project? 5
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project? 3
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project?12
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project? 300
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you? The condition of the parking area continued to worsen with storms in our area. The heavy water further deteriorated the road and more repairs were needed. The adults on campus helped remedy this problem and were resourceful with other community road projects that were happening in the residential area in our community. We were able to get hot asphalt material to patch the bigger holes with the help of the school’s custodians.
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? Efforts of our student government to provide service to our school and community should continue as a focus of our student leadership group. Since then, other students and more families have focused their energy on repairing the access road to and from the school campus, which is a larger problem. With the assistance of State Representatives (also a parent at the school), funding was released by the legislature to help with some of the larger road repairs.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? As stated in the previous response, this project has motivated students and parents to continue their efforts in fixing the access road leading to campus. The State Legislature has approved some funding for this work and we are hopeful that this is just the beginning to a beautified campus.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? We are extremely grateful for the K4C microgrant in helping us to identify how we (students) could contribute to increasing the safety efforts on campus. Although the materials used so far have been donated by Honolulu City and County as a temporary fix to the potholes, we will be using these microgrant funds within the next 2 months to support the repaving of this area as part of the school’s larger facilities maintenance plan.