In one community where we are working, families face economic challenges of the hardest type. Many cannot even afford to have their children live with them because they are an extra burden to the family. We seek to improve the education available to children and to make that education accessible to the poorest of the poor.
Children in rural areas face a high probability of working in agriculture/labor at a young age if they do not receive an education. They become part of the family workforce. Without education children of backbreaking agricultural work are also at risk of bonded labor (a form of slavery) or sexual exploitation. By attending an accredited school, they have the opportunity to break out of the poverty cycle and have a better future.
We are working with local ministry leaders and other leaders in these communities to facilitate transformation. Through partnering with a local church-based NGO that operates numerous schools in the region, we opened a school in 2013 that educates approximately 400 students, twenty percent of whom receive scholarships and could not receive education otherwise. Having access to quality education is changing children’s future and helping to transform this community. As a result of this school’s presence, some local businesses have opened and a physician has moved into town and is providing medical care.