Growth Through Learning was founded in 1997 by Roger Whiting from Holden Massachusetts, to support bright girls whose families are in financial difficulty and cannot afford to send their daughters to high school.
During a trip in East Africa, Roger had a conversation with a young woman about why she wasn’t in school. She told him that her parents could not afford school fees – there is no free high school in East Africa. When he returned home, Roger talked with his friends about what he had learned and established GTL.
Roger’s cousins Ann Kynast Maddox, David Kynast Gordon, and Nancy Gordon shared with us a bit more on the Late Roger’s family background; Roger Whiting was one of 6 Kynast cousins through his mother, Irene’s, family. They remember him as the energetic, creative and comedic leader of our escapades.
Cousin David remembers Roger sharing with him the deep knowledge he’d acquired about various woods and his passion for creating. And he remembers that Roger was always ready to help out when someone was in need. When Roger caught fire about girls’ education in East Africa and founded Growth Through Learning, we recognized that he had found his true vocation. The name of the organization reflects his own life experience.
“Our entrepreneurial grandfather would have applauded the GTL organization. Our numbers-oriented grandmother and movie-making teacher aunt would have been happy so many girls have been helped. Our parents would have delighted in Roger’s finding of a wonderful vocation. And we cousins stand a bit in awe. We are grateful for the chance that Roger’s organization gives us to broaden our support to the global level, helping girls in East Africa in their quest for learning. “