Update: We just distributed school packs to many of the 40+ kids in the Quito Dream Center. It was very exciting to see the smiles of these kids, most of whom are part of the Quito Dump Recycling community. Without help from ER supporters, many of these kids’ families could not afford the school supplies and uniforms required to attend school. Thank you donors! Check out these happy students.
Now, more than ever, it’s critical to provide kids with school packs as they prepare for fall 2020 classes. The COVID-19 pandemic has created extra value and importance that vulnerable children get these supplies.
First, many of their parents are unable to work with government restrictions and a terrible economy.Already struggling, these families will not be able to provide school supplies and uniforms necessary for their children to enroll in school.
Second, children are no longer able to share school supplies in order to meet protocols for social distancing and sanitization. Now, they must have their own crayons, pens, markers, etc.
Our goal every year is to provide kids enrolled in our Dream Centers and other programs with School Packs so they won’t be forced to drop out of school. This fall, there is even greater urgency to help them be prepared.
Would you invest in their futures? $33 allows us to purchase the packs/supplies and transport them to the field. $99 gives three kids the chance to stay in school; $990 provides for 30. If you can help, click here to donate. Or, mail your check to ER School Packs, P.O. Box 345, Snellville, GA 30078-0345.
Belwop Kids Demonstrate the Value of School Packs
Dec. 1, 2019
School supplies are hard to come by in Nyeri, Kenya. That’s especially true for the Belwop kids who depend on the kindness of others for nutrition, clean water, shelter and educational support.
Long-time ER partner Belwop Child Rescue Center serves children in an impoverished community of Kenya. They take in kids who are orphaned, abandoned, abused or neglected and shower them with love and encouragement.
“Education is a key factor in launching our kids into strong and sustainable futures,” said Belwop Director Veronica Mumbai. “We work hard to ensure each kid has enough supplies, uniforms, transportation and all other support needed for a successful school year.
“In 2019, with the help of Belwop’s personal donors, we were able to put 46 kids through school. Five of the kids passed their exams and completed primary school, and are on their way to high school new next year,” Veronica added.
Belwop is facing the 2020 school year without enough funds to provide for the kids’ education needs. You can provide a customized School Pack for a Belwop child for just $33. $99 covers three kids. $990 provides for 30 kids. If you can help, click here and designate your gift “Belwop School Packs”.
School Packs Boost Quito Kids
Nov. 5, 2019
Imagine being “that kid” who shows up hungry for school every day and barely keeps up with your classmates. When your school says you have to buy your own uniform and supplies to stay enrolled, you learn a harsh reality…your family cannot afford these items.
So you stop going to school. And your future is even more bleak than before.
But it doesn’t have to be this. With your help, ER is changing this outcome for hundreds of kids. In our after-school programs and for several of our partners, we’re providing customized school packs to meet each child’s needs. For some, it’s a school uniform. For others, it’s a backpack filled with school supplies.
We’ve already provided school packs for 500+ kids globally, with a goal of meeting the needs of 1,000+ kids. Recently, the kids in the Quito after-school program received their 2019-2020 uniforms. You can practically see the pride and confidence in their faces! These kids, largely from the Quito Dump Recycling Community, are staying in school and tracking toward graduation.
Would you invest in the futures of kids like these? $33 allows us to purchase the packs/supplies and transport them to the field. $99 gives three kids the chance to stay in school, $990 provides for 30. If you can help, click here to donate. Or, mail your check to ER School Packs, P.O. Box 345, Snellville, GA 30078-0345.
School Uniforms Change Lives in Malawi
(Aug. 18, 2019)
So here’s an easy way to invest in the life of vulnerable child living in extreme conditions. ER’s 2019 School Pack Drive is now underway and our goal is to provide school supplies and uniforms to hundreds of at-risk kids in the nine countries where we serve.
It’s this simple. We help kids who would drop out of school because their parents cannot afford uniforms, school supplies or backpacks. This really happens in developing countries around the world. When a child drops out, their life choices are often severely limited. Despair, drugs, gangs and exploitation often claim them.
But with your help, we can help these children avoid dropping out of school by providing the school uniforms or supplies required for enrollment. To see how it works, watch, Dawn Carnill’s video of kids in Malawi who need school uniforms. We can help them!
Just $33 covers the average cost of one students school needs – these may include uniforms, school supplies and fees delivered to where the children live.
We also need 100 backpacks for children ages 8-18. Approximately 25 of our children can only use solid navy blue or black backpacks because of uniform requirements. We also need crayons, markets, erasers, pencils, colored pencils and pencil bags (please no boxes) that will be transported by volunteers.
The majority of backpack recipients are children who attend after-school/outreach programs run by ER or our partners in Ecuador, South Africa and the Philippines. Funds will be distributed to ER partners around the world to help even more children meet their school supply needs.
Would you invest in the futures of vulnerable children like these kids in Malawi? $33 allows us to purchase uniforms/packs/supplies and transport them to the field. $99 will give three kids the chance to stay in school, $990 will provide for 30 kids. If you can help, donate here. Or, send your check to ER School Packs, P.O. Box 345, Snellville, GA 30078-0345.
School Packs Help Refugees
Longtime ER partner Pan de Vida shared some exciting news regarding ER’s School Pack distribution program in Quito, Ecuador. Pan de Vida’s Oscar Aguirre said this year the school supplies were distributed not only to Ecuadorian kids, but also included Venezuelan and Columbia children. Most of these kids are currently in Ecuador to escape life-threatening conditions at home. Oscar said additional supporters provided funds to extend the school distribution much further.
“In total we were able to help 157 children (Ecuadorian, Venezuelan and Colombian),” he said. “The total cost of the school supply list was $45 (per child), including the hygiene kits that schools now require. We were blessed with a provider and another donor that contributed to the total cost.”We are so very thankful that ER was able to partner with us on this. It was beautiful to see the children excited with their new supplies and the moms with tears of joy,” Oscar added.
Kids Response to School Supplies? Joy!
The staff members of ER partner Youth Mobilization have big hearts for children in greater Manila who get left behind educationally. Last week Youth Mob shared “thank you” photos of children who received supplies. Notice the joy in their faces!
Youth Mob’s Mackie Custodio said the funds provided through ER allowed them to provide supplies for 100 children in elementary school through high school. Supplies include bags, shoes, pens/pencils, folders, lunch boxes, notebooks, socks, and more. The school year restarts in June for these children.
While school in the Philippines is free, most of the families served by Youth Mob are unable to consistently provide mandatory school uniforms and supplies. In time, many kids end up dropping out of school, which leads to life-long struggles.
ER is helping to fill this gap. Our goal is to provide for 1,000 kids with supplies and/or uniforms, based on their school needs. Through June 2018, we’ve met the needs of 427 students! For $33 each, we deliver School Packs to kids in our programs or our partners’ programs.
This is actually a big deal. Having the proper supplies and uniforms allow these kids to meet minimum requirements for enrollment, stay even with their peers and develop the self-confidence needed to live sustainable and fulfilling lives.
Together, we can change the outcomes for 1,000 kids!
We’re raising funds to purchase school packs customized for each area we serve. We’re giving packs to kids in the Quito Dump After-School Program, South Africa Dream Centre, Manila Children’s Home and to the children of the families served by our partner organizations.
School Packs Keeping Kids in School
(Sept. 6, 2017)
There is a serious problem in many developing nations. Children drop out of school because their families cannot afford school supplies and uniforms. This lack of education practically guarantees a lifetime of poverty and a lack of hope.
We have a plan to solve this problem. It’s simple and very doable. We’re going to provide school packs to 1,000 at-risk kids in several areas we serve. Places Ecuador, South Africa, Philippines, Haiti, Malawi and India.
Our plan involves delivering customized school packs (stuffed with school supplies) to these kids though staff, partners, volunteers and work teams.
Yes, 1,000 packs!
ER staff and leaders have spent much of the last year strategizing on how to create more measurable impact in the work we do. Our conclusion? Providing educational support to families is a top priority. It’s the one thing that can pull them out of poverty and give them a chance to change their situations.
When children have an education, they are employable, have self-confidence and enjoy real hope for the future. These children will grow up knowing they can earn a living and help their families.
Education is a game-changer for families who previously had no option to improve their situations. The sad truth is that many kids drop out of school in developing countries because their families can not afford uniforms or school supplies.
Together, we can change this!
We’re raising funds to purchase school supplies, uniforms and packs customized for each area we serve. We’ll be giving packs to kids in the Quito Dump After-School Program, South Africa Dream Centre, Manila Children’s Home, and to the children of poor families served by our partner organizations.
It costs about $33 to purchase the packs and supplies and transport them to the field. $99 will give three kids the chance to stay in school, $990 will provide for 30 kids.
Click here to donate. Or, send your check to ER School Packs, P.O. Box 345, Snellville, GA 30078-0345.