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...
Dec 15, 2014

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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!
Jun 25, 2014

Happy Summer!

Lunchtime at Los Patojos!
Lunchtime at Los Patojos!

Happy summer, friends!

What are your favorite ways to cool down as the weather heats up? Our partners have been up to lots of exciting activities to help keep them moving forward during the summer months. We hope you enjoy their progress, the results of your support!

Tegucigalpa, Honduras: New happenings at Asociación Compartir include the increase of children’s reading clubs in each community, with 900 boys, girls, and youth having participated between January and March. Each reading club member read four books on their own, helping them strengthen the academic concepts they are working on in school. In addition, 3,756 boys, girls, and youth participated in activities organized at community libraries.

Compartir’s mobile libraries have gained more involvement from the communities and schools that they are affiliated with, and a positive change in behavior has been observed with the children and families. The libraries have received more visitors, and more children and parents have shown interest in their services.

In addition, mobile library events such as reading animation activities and video library workshops have taken place. Some of these activities are held in public spaces, helping to restore them as safe areas. One of the ways this is done is holding cultural festivals – check out the photos attached in the PDF!

In terms of cultural development, flute, choir, and theater groups have been organized, as well as field trips to Chiminike, an interactive museum, and a concert at the national school of music. In addition, diversified art mediums such as Gigantones (giant heads), stilt walkers, mimes and charades have been offered. These art forms improve self-esteem and capacity development, making them beneficial to the youth in these communities facing social risks. The successes of these programs have been recognized by other cultural institutions, and local authorities attended one of the children’s theater group’s presentations.

 “I heard from many kids… they said this [mobile] library was something that had changed their lives completely, not only helping them with homework, but improving their reading skills, and also acting as an extracurricular.”

-Tiffany, JustWorld Ambassador and Volunteer

Jocotenango, Guatemala: The biggest new development at Los Patojos is the development of an internal leadership structure. Teachers have set guidelines for lesson plans, and students are responsible for taking care of their classroom spaces. In addition, Los Patojos initiated two new programs. The first is a scholarship program that is based on financial need, participation at the project, and maintaining good grades in school. So far, 18 students have benefitted!

The second is a program to chart student’s weight and supervise progress for any cases of malnutrition or obesity. No cases of malnutrition were reported in grades 2 and 3, and no cases of protein-calorie malnutrition or morbid obesity were reported in any of the youth over twelve years of age. The project served 11,617 meals to an average of 132 students per day!

This past April, 13 JustWorld Volunteers visited Los Patojos and shared some of their experiences here (Video begins at 1:27): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkZHcP3nGeQ&feature=youtu.be.

Also, be sure to check out footage from Los Patojos’ recent cultural night, which packed the school full of families and members of the community to enjoy performances put together by the teachers and students:  http://new.livestream.com/accounts/7711303/events/3095642.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Lots of positive change is taking place at People Improvement Organization (PIO). The biggest improvement has been in the library and social work program, where teachers visited 32 student’s homes (a 60% increase from the amount they saw in months prior) to meet with their families and discuss the children’s’ challenges in school, how PIO can address these challenges, and why families should keep their children in school.

Monthly attendance rates have remained the same while academic performance has increased significantly. 780 students have received school supplies and uniforms from JustWorld, Grade 6 pass rates are at 91 percent and 102 students are successfully studying in high school due to their preparation while at PIO. Talk about hard work paying off! Eight of these high school students from have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievement! Get the full story here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t0xzuxGzBam1hklSssqQYmxdsX71fsaQOg9rDvOr8bw/edit?usp=sharing. Students from PIO are not only going on to study at the high school level, but also at university. One PIO graduate, Veasna, is a university student teaching English at PIO. Read his story here:

After his father left Veasna worked with his aunt picking up garbage for sale. One day she asked him if he wanted to continue his study. He answered “yes”, and then his aunt looked for an NGO where he could study. She found PIO and brought him to live and study here. He has successfully graduated from high school, and is employed as a Grade 1 teacher at Borey Santipheap 2 and in the weekends he is studying for a Commerce degree at university.

PIO’s popularity has been on the rise, evidenced by the number of volunteers and visitors who have come to see the school and support its work. A visiting team of student nurses and their supervisors assessed PIO students and determined that they are generally in good health. They found an absence of diseases associated with poverty, which can be attributed to the nutrition program, access to a trained nurse, and health and hygiene education. Two JustWorld volunteers also taught English, helped in the shelter, and assisted visitors.

 “It is difficult to find the right words to describe and thank for my unique, absolutely wonderful and amazing teaching time at PIO school. Teaching Grade 3A is, and was magical. The class is full of incredibly lovely and clever students who made me fall in love with them. “

Leonora, JWI Volunteer January – April 2014.

Help us to spread the news amongst friends and colleagues- this program qualifies for Microsoft YouthSpark’s Bonus Day in which all donations up to $1,000 are being matched 100% today while funds last!

Have a wonderful day and stay in touch!

Group Photo: Cultural Festival in Honduras
Group Photo: Cultural Festival in Honduras
Singer: Honduras Cultural Festival!
Singer: Honduras Cultural Festival!
Venny: A Top PIO High School Scholar
Venny: A Top PIO High School Scholar
Getting Checked by Nurses at PIO!
Getting Checked by Nurses at PIO!

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