Global Backpack Project

Global Backpack Project's mission is to encourage a desire for learning by helping children feel prepared for school. With the help of local communities and partner organizations, we seek to make a difference in the lives of children, just as they seek to make a difference for themselves and their communities.
Jul 7, 2015

Greetings from Global Backpack Project

Greetings! 

School is out and summertime is well underway in the Pacific Northwest. For many kids, summer is a time to hang out with friends, explore, have adventures, be silly, and maybe try something new. The worries of school are put on hold for a little while... as kids take the time to be kids, organizations serving low-income families are working hard to provide needed services for children, youth and families during the summer months. At Global Backpack Project, we will be collecting and donating backpacks and school supplies to children. We want to ensure that as many kids as possible will start off the school year with the necessary school supplies for a successful year. 

We are sorting through many donations and will be delivering backpacks and school supplies to children and youths in Portland in August. We look forward to sharing pictures of deliveries with you and thank you for your support. You are making a difference in the life of a child and it really counts. 

Cheers!

The Global Backpack Project Team 

May 4, 2015

Backpacks and School Supplies Delivered

A day of celebration for the school
A day of celebration for the school

Greetings,

The school year for 600 children started out with great excitement as backpacks, school supplies and uniforms were provided to the girls and boys attending the Bwetyaaba Primary School. 

In the words of Stephen Ssemutumba, Executive Director of the Butakoola Village Association for Development (BUVAD), the day was a big success:

Many many thanks for the donation. That transfer was well received and the donations were delivered on 10th Feb 2015. It was great excitement all over and that day was donations day until dawn. The parents and guardians, the parents school management committee of Bwetyaaba Primary School, BUVAD staff, the teachers and well-wishers were present.

600 children received backpacks and supplies, 2 thunder arrestor systems were set up; one on another classroom block and the other at the school chapel as advised by the school management committee, and 80 girls and boys received school uniforms.

I wish to extend to you the many thanks from the children, the school teachers at Bwetyaaba Primary School, their parents and guardians for this support. Everybody said thank you very much to GBP and all of those that made this donation.

Many many thanks Always!

Stephen

 

With gratitude, 

The GBP Team

Children show their excitement to receiving packs
Children show their excitement to receiving packs
Local tailor takes measurements for school uniform
Local tailor takes measurements for school uniform
Children lining up to receive backpacks
Children lining up to receive backpacks
Apr 7, 2015

Education outlook in Oregon

Greetings, 

As we enter the second quarter of 2015, we are gathering backpacks and school supplies to replenish our inventory and ensure the girls and boys in our community have all the tools they need to finish out the school year. The day-to-day struggles of children and families continue, but in numbers there is strength, and we are truly grateful for your belief in the work we do.

Children First of Oregon released its 2015 report highlighting the well-being of kids including stats on child abuse and neglect, poverty, education and health & safety.  The report is grim, but we can help to make things better, each in our own way.

Some key findings from the report include: 

  • Child abuse and neglect in Oregon has declined by only 2% since 2003 – despite falling by 25% nationwide.
  • A child in Oregon has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor – even if one of her parents works.
  • The child poverty rate has increased 10% since the Great Recession ended – and 25% since it began.
  • Oregon Head Start is the state’s only public pre- Kindergarten program with just 28 programs in the state and room for only 12,360 kids – leaving 65% of eligible children without access.

Futhermore, according to the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon had 72 percent on-time graduation rate for the class of 2014, and is one of the lowest graduation rates in the country. On a positive note, Portland Public Schools which is the largest school district in all of Oregon, improved its graduation rate by 3.5 percentage points, from 66.9 percent for 2012-2013 to 70.4 percent for 2013-2014.  

This is the reality many children and families living in our community face each day. But with your continued support, we are able to say, "we care, we believe in you, you can succeed." 

With gratitude, 

The Global Backpack Project Team  

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