We are a non-profit dedicated to ensuring the education, health and safety of at-risk women and children in the developing world.
We envision a world where every child has equal access to quality education and healthcare. We envision a world where children of all races and nationalities are free from exploitation, sexual abuse and forced labour. We envision societies that nurture, protect, and educate children, thereby eliminating poverty and its tragic consequences.
Successful programs embrace the complex nature of the development process, and introduce holistic solutions where possible. For example, our micro finance programs incorporate advocacy on education, sanitation, and human trafficking prevention and our scholarship programs recognize that malnutrition and sickness can interfere with schooling and thus provide food stipends and healthcare. A problem as complicated and complex as poverty demands a similarly complex, thoughtful, and well-planned solution.
Through our nearly 20 years of experience, we have learned that cultural nuance must be a core element of program design. We recognize that values, priorities, and capabilities not only change from one country to another, but also from one village to another. Perhaps, more importantly, we recognize that opportunities vary greatly from one community to the next. Whether our target beneficiary is landed or landless, urban or rural, or young or old will determine the type of services we provide them.
Charitable funds are finite - particularly for international organizations - and we owe it to our donors and our target communities to expand our resources carefully and smartly. We believe that investing wisely means supporting projects that will: a) achieve sustainable results for entire communities or b) capitalize on the "multiplier effect" by investing in those who promise to pay forward the skills and knowledge they receive.
We believe that we can get a lot more mileage from our investment if we augment what already exists. In the case of our core education programs, for example, this means supplementing (v. replicating) the government education system through transportation programs, scholarships, and tutoring. Unlike some of our counterparts in the charitable sector, we don't build private schools or fund private scholarships. We must invest in improving the government system rather than turning our backs on it.
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