JustWorld International

1. HISTORY Founded in late 2002 by former international grand prix rider Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the United States and a registered Association 1901 in France. Local branches have also been established in Mexico and Honduras. JustWorld has no political or religious affiliation, nor do its project partners. While JustWorld is nominally headquartered in Wellington, Florida, it increasingly has had a global presence at various events and has grown significantly over the past eight years. In the past two years, JustWorld has expanded in terms of broad regional project support, growing rider ambassadorship, creation of a tech...
Mar 2, 2015

An amazing close to 2014- cheers to the new year!

Jakelin graduates from Pre-K at Compartir!
Jakelin graduates from Pre-K at Compartir!

Dear Friends,

Thank you for continuing to support our partners in Cambodia, Guatemala, and Honduras. We are excited to share some outcomes from last quarter from our partners and are especially excited to let you know about two particular bits of news:

1. Los Patojos’ new school is now open! Steven brought his droid to show you: http://youtu.be/8fdzTAXpdI0.

After students’ winter break, they returned to study at the new “Centro Socioeducativo Lic. Magno Rudy Romero Arevalo”, named after Juan Pablo’s father who inspired him to follow his dreams. With this transition, their non-traditional educational system has been officially recognized and received national accreditation for Kindergarten-6th Grade, forever changing the history of their community and the education system in Guatemala. 175 students are now enrolled at Los Patojos full time! Their plan is to receive national accreditation next year for 6th-8th Grades and the following year for 9th-11th upon the addition of workshops and vocational training.

2. Phymean, Founder and Director of PIO in Cambodia, has been nominated for the World’s Children’s Prize!

Here’s the ful story: http://worldschildrensprize.org/phymeannoun

 

Additional outcomes:

Los Patojos in Jocotenango, Guatemala:

  • 165 students were enrolled in afterschool programs from October through December.
  • The clinic diagnosed 87 children in October and 66 in November, as well as family members during both months.
  • The nutrition program served 7,726 lunches, 6,513 snacks, and 993 dinners from October to November.
  • Journalism has become increasingly popular. Due to a new available space there has been a production of a semester magazine, an education program on journalism to community members, and a documentation of the activities taking place.

PIO in Phnom Penh, Cambodia:

  • Enrollment in both Borey Keila (BK) and Stung Mean Chey (SMC) have shown an increase of just over 100 students in the past year. Now there is a total of 1,306 students enrolled in school. Of those students, 800 of them are funded and supported by JustWorld, which has provided a complete supply of materials and uniforms for each student.
  • Pass rates have improved, with an 85% pass rate at BK, and an 83% pass rate at SMC. These results are satisfactory since tests have now been standardized to ensure a consistent and valid assessment.
  • Cultural dance performances are a regular feature for PIO. There have been a number of visitors from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Maybank executives whohave come by to watch the performances.
  • At PIO, the children are in far better health conditions than expected. There are numerous visits to the nurse each month, and two visits from Australia Universities that provided treatment and referral to clinics if deemed necessary. This is a testament to the effectiveness of the health and nutrition program run by PIO and sponsored by JustWorld.

Asociacion Compartir in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

  • Compartir held a "Youth Art Festival" to promote art and culture at the national theatre, reaching 800 people. For 90 students, it was their first time being at a theatre and they were the starts of the show!
  • 3,494 children and youth participated in activities at 4 different community libraries
  • 58 children chose a story to take home and explained what they learned to their families- many of whom do not have books at home
  • The school year came to a close with graduations of children and youth in multiple educational areas: pre basic, vocational workshops, artistic workshops, food processing, computer courses, and English courses in basic and advanced levels, which are great achievements for the communities.

We greatly appreciate your genorosity and look forward to many more results this year!

Have a wonderful day!

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Dec 15, 2014

We're not biased. We have the best supporters!

JustWorld Volunteers at PIO
JustWorld Volunteers at PIO

Hello Friends,

We hope you’re enjoying the holidays with near ones and dear ones and even ones from afar. All of our projects have had a fruitful past couple of months and all of their hard work has paid off. Here are the Top 5 updates from each this term:

People Improvement Organization (PIO) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia:

  1. Enrollment at both schools, Borey Keila (BK) and Stung Mean Chey (SMC), remains steady and registration is increasing- 2 temporary classes were added at SMC to host 75 new students.
  2. Pass rates suggest consistent achievement in all classes: BK is at 68% and SMC at 78%. (A more challenging English curriculum was introduced at BK that the students are adjusting to, but will improve learning and their abilities.)
  3. 115 students are enrolled in high school and only two have failed to pass; they will repeat their grade level.
  4. 55 families were visited by the social worker during this term, reporting on the importance of PIO in their children's lives as most do not have the means to support their families with basic food and housing.
  5. The nurse continues to see a large number of children each month, mostly for minor cases. The consistency is evidence of the children's trust in her as well as the effectiveness of her work.

Los Patojos in Jocotenango, Guatemala:

  1. Los Patojos has been receiving worldwide attention for the benefit it provides to children and youth in Jocotenango as a result of founder and director Juan Pablo's recognition as a 2014 CNN Top 10 Hero! Juan Pablo is our second partner to receive this huge accolade and testament to his work.
  2. 16 out of 20 students receiving scholarships passed school this year!
  3. The health clinic served 304 patients, ranging from a 1 month old to a 79 year old with the main cases being for respiratory, metabolic, and gastrointestinal issues.
  4. 7,678 lunches were served in addition to 7,916 snacks and 975 dinners for students staying late to participate in the "Institute of Cultural Action"'s break dance, photography, art, and theatre groups.
  5. The students finished out the school year at Los Patojos and await an exciting new change- when they return to classes in January, it will be at Los Patojos' brand new center down the street!

Asociación Compartir in Tegucigalpa, Honduras:

Fact: only 45% of children between 4 and 5 years old attend pre-school. This rate is even lower in rural areas. In total, 6 out of 10, i.e. 1.1 million children and youth, fall outside of the system, affecting not only their self-esteem, but also their competitiveness and productive capacity.

  1. 3,158 boys, girls, and youth participated in reading activities in community centers and libraries.
  2. 100 children were invited to watch a movie at the university- 90% of them had never been to a movie theatre before and had an unforgettable experience.
  3. They held a book fair, science fair, and art festival, integrating 300 people in each community.
  4. They've recovered public spaces that were once dangerous and now operate activities in them, a great benefit to the community.
  5. The communities and educational centers they work with have been getting more involved as the 'bibliomovil' has become an example and inspiration to other institutions in the country. It was also recognized by the national university.
  6. *Bonus*: The journalism group interviewed Ronny Salinas, a journalist from Radio America, produced a spot on children's rights, and visited the most important radio network in the country, Emisoras Unidas!

“Each day, leaders emerge and we are privileged to see the great potential that exists within these communities. Truncated by lack of opportunities, through JustWorld they have these opportunities to succeed and be good citizens.”

                                                                                                                                         - Asociacion Compartir

Thank you for your love and support!

Yours Truly,

The JustWorld Team

Los Patojos
Los Patojos' Juan Pablo, 3rd from right, Our Hero
Danza Folklorica- Compartir Student Performance
Danza Folklorica- Compartir Student Performance

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Sep 19, 2014

Successful together- see what you've helped us accomplish!

Sreang
Sreang

Good morning,

We're happy to announce our partners' latest achievements and hope you'll enjoy reading about them.

Thank you for being part of our team and helping to make a difference for our students!

People Improvement Organization (PIO) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia:

On May 4, 2014, PIO celebrated its 12th anniversary. However, this isn’t the only event that the program has to celebrate. The events that have taken place at PIO these past few months have given its supporters much to buzz about.

Children at all three schools have all received uniforms, school books and all necessary equipment for their learning. The library stock continues to grow with regular donations from visitors and volunteers, with a current stock of 4,586 English books and 670 Khmer books in the library. Not only are PIO’s classrooms well stocked, their students are also achieving great success. Students have maintained their high pass rate of 80-85%, and the pass rate for seventh grade (new high school students) stands as high as 92%. Students continue to achieve top places in their class for Khmer Literature, Mathematics, and English Literature. There has also been a rise in the number of students studying at the high school or university level, increasing from 102 students in the spring to 115 this summer!

The most significant trend in PIO’s growth has continued to be the improvement of their social work program. Teacher Thavy – the program’s current social worker and former kindergarten teacher – visited the homes of 76 students between the months of February and May in order to investigate student absences and to ascertain what steps PIO can take to assist these very poor families. Read a case study about one of PIO's students, Sreang, here!

Los Patojos in Jocotenango, Guatemala:

The most exciting event at Los Patojos has been the recognition of its founder, Juan Pablo, as a CNN hero. Juan Pablo’s work at Los Patojos was honored for its creation of a safe haven for children in the town of Jocotenango. We are so proud of Juan Pablo and Los Patojos! Watch CNN's video on Juan Pablo and Los Patojos here!

Building on this good news, the program at Los Patojos continues to excel. The success of the nutrition and medical programs keeps students healthy, strong, and able to focus at school. The nutrition program continues to feed a small army of hungry students, serving 11,625 lunches, 13,311 snacks, and 990 dinners, while the medical clinic has been busy as well, seeing 394 patients (167 men and 227women) between the months of April and June.

Additionally, Los Patojos received an official invitation to attend the Youth Congress and hosted 3 youth performances. A parents meeting was held to get parents up to date on what their children have been working on at Los Patojos, and why their work is important – which is essential, because parental support is crucial to keeping kids in the Los Patojos program. Finally, Los Patojos is well known for creating innovative activities to keep kids engaged and off the streets, and this quarter it did not disappoint, hosting a sports festival and six cultural nights.

Asociación Compartir in Tegucigalpa, Honduras:

Compartir’s most noteworthy accomplishment continues to be the work they have been doing to increase literacy for children in Honduras. This quarter, they have increased reading activities in open spaces, increased their work with the mobile library, and purchased new books to innovate reading activities. In addition, 13 new reading groups were organized in different places – 5 in open spaces, 8 in education centers, and 3 as reading promotion activities that were accompanied by traditional games. Between 40 and 50 children were included in these new groups. When this is added to 25-30 students per community who were integrated into previously existing groups, participation in the program has skyrocketed above the expectations of previous years, continuing to reach more new students who had never before had access to even a single book. View a brand new documentary on the Mobile Library, created by a volunteer, here!

Additionally, Compartir organized three fairs this quarter. The first was a “Honduran at Heart” cultural fair where 250 people participated in singing performances, folk dancing, food expos, stilt walking, and art presentations. The second, Villa Nueva’s science fair themed “Driving Knowledge”, featured science experiments with demonstrations by students from the community’s schools, libraries, tutoring groups, and kindergartens. Finally, Nueva Suyapa’s book fair, "More reading, more action, to take the imagination train", featured renowned author Jorge Montenegro and his exposition “stories and legends of Honduras.” Check out Compartir’s Facebook album of the event here!

Organization of artistic groups has improved as it continues to be promoted as a means for promoting education, art and culture. This quarter, groups were organized into theater groups, flute and choir workshops, and a band. A practice schedule was developed for each group, and everyone took part in three public performances. This organization has lead to an improved outcome. For example, the theatre group has become stronger as they worked with a new play, "Adventures of Don Quijote," and hopes to preview it to the public at the Manuel Bonilla theatre. Likewise, the flute group has held two presentations that have emphasized cultural keystones of folklore and popular music.

JustWorld is planning a visit to PIO in November and Los Patojos in December, and we would love to have you along! For more information, e-mail Amber Warren at awarren@justworldinternational.org.

Thank you again for your incredible support. Until next time!

Hello from Los Patojos!
Hello from Los Patojos!

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