Why another way?
We beleive and practise Nelson Mandela’s words: „Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
In he developing countries of Africa, one, and probably the most important way, to rise out of poverty is education. Children are open-minded and curious about the world, without any pre-conception or hatred. When these poor children have an opportunity to learn, they are happy to discover a new world. And the emphasis here must be on OPPORTUNITY!
First, one has to overcome the barriers of family, religious traditions, gender inequality and financial problems in order to seek opportunity for education. Second, even if parents understand the importance of educating their children new questions arise: Can they afford to send their children to school? Is there even a school near enough?
We beleive that every child should have access to education regardless of family background, religion, gender or the country’s political situation.
Our programs’ aim to give the opportunity for talented children in poverty to change their world. We do this by organizing (1) a support programme through which individual children can be sponsored to go to school and (2) a support programme for schools in slums.
Are we too optimistic or ambitious? We can only answer this with another thought from Nelson Mandela:
„It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Why Another Way?
Why do we think we do it differently:
The „difference” is expressed by our Operational Principles:
- Verifiability – the delivery of donations, the usage of funds and whether they went to the right place are regulary checked and documented.
- Accountability – we check that donations have been used in the intended way, if needed, we stop the funding.
- Continuous, frequent communication and reporting – at least four times a year, with photographs and school reports
- Long-term sustainability – opportunity to fund a child all the way to finishing university
- Our potential to extend and expand the program to other areas of learning (sport, art, etc.)
- Maximum support, minimum substraction– we aim to provide that all donation be in deed spent directly on support of the children and not for the support of the system.
- Our programs have been developped through personal contacts, personal experience and real on-site experience. We aim to take into consideration the local needs and the ideas of the locals who contribute to our program.
- All of our organisation’s money are spent to help our goals. Donation sent to a child is delivered, all in one.
- Board members do their work as a charity without getting any money for it
- We don’t give aid or simply money: we provide school fees, pay teachers, build schools, pay bills (electricity or internet). In this way we ensure that the donations are used for what they were intended for.
Areas of Operation
a) to raise the level of education by
- building new classrooms (donation through purchasing brick tickets)
- providing electricity (for example to use solar panels)
- donating school equipment e.g.: stationery, maps, desks, books, sport equipments
b) organizing volunteers involved in teaching
c) organizing school competitions, with prizes in each grade (gifts from donors)
d) providing internet access, computers, and other commumication devices
e) helping internship students by building new institutions
f) helping the school to have better security
g) supporting the school’s own sustainability projects
- helping those children to catch up who fell out of school for reasons beyond their control
- continuing the financial support for our selected children who got accepted into grammar school and university
- providing stipend for learning
- helping talented children to get education in their own form of art (dance, music, visual arts)