Serena Williams has swapped the tennis court for a building site as she celebrates the opening of yet another school that she has helped build by hand.
The mission of her non-profit organisation, The Serena Williams Fund, is to ‘help individuals or communities affected by senseless violence and [ensure] equal access to education’. Recently, Serena has partnered with the Helping Hands organisation in order to build the Salt Marsh Primary School in Jamaica.
The opening of this primary school marks the 3rd school that Serena has helped to build. Previous secondary schools were created in partnership with Build Africa Schools in Uganda and Kenya.
Two years ago, she opened The Serena Williams Secondary School, Matooni, which she has noted in her autobiography as one of the landmark events in her life. Not only was she involved in the manual construction of this school but through the extensive humanitarian work in the country, she has continued in her philanthropic pursuits.
The schools were built and fitted with electricity, computers, and other teaching aids in order to promote a more efficient learning environment for the students whom represent the exceedingly underprivileged in the region.
While many celebrities have simply donated to non-profit organisations, Serena Williams has continued to whole-heartedly engage in the construction of each school, hammer, nail and paint brush in hand.
We hope that more individuals of wealth and influence will follow her lead and focus on improving education across the globe.