THE EDUCATION PROGRAM

You will be personally connected to the classroom(s) you sponsor through pictures and video.

EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL THAT EXISTS IN LIFTING INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES, AND EVEN ENTIRE COUNTRIES OUT OF POVERTY. 

When the most basic need of clean water is met, we can then concentrate on education which has been proven to be the single greatest predictor of progress, opportunity, and prosperity. Educating one child ultimately changes the lives of hundreds more. We look for communities that have demonstrated a commitment toward education and have made the appropriate sacrifices to ensure their children receive this great gift. When communities have proven their ability to successfully and sustainably provide instruction but lack an appropriate structure, they become candidates for new school construction which is often a requirement of the government to allow children to continue their education through upper primary school and beyond. Where communities have not yet been successful at providing any type of instruction, we try to help them find sustainable solutions for funding teachers – when they can demonstrate sustainability, they also become candidates for school construction. Where schools exist, but paying school fees poses and extreme hardship, we provide opportunities for school sponsorship. In addition to formal schooling, we support other types of beneficial skills training and knowledge transfer that foster health and nutrition benefits, economic progress, and self-reliance. Women are taught how to improve nutrition in their families through garden box vegetable farming, orphanages and families are mentored through business development, and goats are gifted to families that allow them to both sustainably alleviate malnutrition and to provide necessary school fees.

When an individual is lifted out of poverty through education, families are empowered for generations.  Developing countries are full of smart, hard-working youth who are capable of accomplishing great things.

HELP SUPPORT A SCHOOL BUILD

Circumstances, however, frequently dictate that they walk many miles to spend every school day sitting on a dirt floor which greatly increases their chances of contracting jiggers, they spend every school day sitting under a tree fighting the rain and elements in a desperate attempt to get an education, or they simply don’t have access to this luxury. Additionally, some countries require a “government approved” structure to be in place for the upper level primary grades and beyond which means that many children are not allowed to progress beyond the first few years of schooling. We look for communities that have demonstrated a commitment toward education and have made the appropriate sacrifices to ensure their children receive this great gift. When communities have proven their ability to successfully and sustainably provide instruction but lack an appropriate structure, they become candidates for new school construction. Where communities have not yet been successful at providing any type of instruction, we try to help them find sustainable solutions for funding teachers – when they can demonstrate sustainability, they also become candidates for school construction.

Even when children in developing countries are fortunate enough to attend school, the basic classroom tools so important in providing a good education are often non-existent. A simple textbook and basic supplies can make a huge difference in learning and achievement, but they are usually only luxuries that very few students have access to. When textbooks are present, they are often shared by 3-5+ students at a time.

When an individual is lifted out of poverty through education, families are empowered for generations.  Developing countries are full of smart, hard-working youth who are capable of accomplishing great things.

HELP SUPPORT TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES

When an individual is lifted out of poverty through education, families are empowered for generations.  Developing countries are full of smart, hard-working youth who are capable of accomplishing great things.

HELP SUPPORT A SCHOOL BUILD

Even when children in developing countries are fortunate enough to attend school, the basic classroom tools so important in providing a good education are often non-existent. A simple textbook and basic supplies can make a huge difference in learning and achievement, but they are usually only luxuries that very few students have access to. When textbooks are present, they are often shared by 3-5+ students at a time.

When an individual is lifted out of poverty through education, families are empowered for generations.  Developing countries are full of smart, hard-working youth who are capable of accomplishing great things.

HELP SUPPORT A SCHOOL BUILD

Circumstances, however, frequently dictate that they walk many miles to spend every school day sitting on a dirt floor which greatly increases their chances of contracting jiggers, they spend every school day sitting under a tree fighting the rain and elements in a desperate attempt to get an education, or they simply don’t have access to this luxury. Additionally, some countries require a “government approved” structure to be in place for the upper level primary grades and beyond which means that many children are not allowed to progress beyond the first few years of schooling. We look for communities that have demonstrated a commitment toward education and have made the appropriate sacrifices to ensure their children receive this great gift. When communities have proven their ability to successfully and sustainably provide instruction but lack an appropriate structure, they become candidates for new school construction. Where communities have not yet been successful at providing any type of instruction, we try to help them find sustainable solutions for funding teachers – when they can demonstrate sustainability, they also become candidates for school construction.

Seven out of ten children in rural Guatemala are malnourished, affecting both their physical growth and mental development. Similar malnutrition rates exist across rural Africa. In these areas, square foot gardening in raised garden boxes helps families sustainably improve their nutrition and allows children to thrive.

GIVE THE GIFT OF SELF-RELIANCE

With proper nutrition, mental development stays on track and education becomes more attainable, impacting families and communities for generations. With a proven “learn and earn” approach, families learn gardening, nutrition, and basic business concepts to earn their own garden box and become self-sufficient. As families become more and more successful with box gardening and are able to grow more than they need, they are able to sell the excess and use the income to provide other necessities. Not only does this model improve malnutrition, education, and self-reliance, learning how to grow food for their families empowers them with hope, confidence, and a desire to learn more. Please consider donating one time or as a monthly recurring gift.

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