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...
Oct 8, 2013

Welcoming Fall Changes With Open Arms!

Happy Fall everyone!  As the leaves change with the passing season for those of us in the northern hemisphere, so too do our project partners.  We are thrilled to share these changes with you!

Los Patojos - Jocotenango, Guatemala

Los Patojos recently celebrated their 7th anniversary with over 350 family members, friends, children, youth, and community beneficiaries!

According to Juan Enrique Quiñónez, a youth development specialist for the United Nation's Children's Fund, Guatemala has the highest rate of children outside of the school system.  This greatly limits their future opportunities and the growth of the nation. Thanks to JustWorld International, Los Patojos can secure the enrollment of 144 children in their after-school programs to reinforce primary education, to explore the arts, and to provide necessary scholarships so these children have access to school and can perform (school uniforms, books, writing utensils, etc).  Over 100 children and youth participate in youth development programs such as theatre, civic participation, and dance (breakdancing and ballet).

In the past few months, Los Patojos has received multiple recognitions on the national and international level, including invitations to regional forums on youth development, opportunities to speak at universities, welcoming university students to Jocotenango to present the Los Patojos educational and youth development methodology, and consistent write ups in local newspapers. 

The Bboys breakdancing group made up of 45 youth was invited to participate in a national competition held in Guatemala City.  Fifteen children and youth from the ballet and theatre groups performed in September for the Institute for Spanish Cooperation in Antigua.  Their performance emphasized the current social state of Guatemala using realism as a lens.

Los Patojos continues to update its monitoring and evaluation methods.  In August, they worked with a volunteer doctor to improve the health records of children actively enrolled in the program.

Compartir - Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The Asociación Compartir recently celebrated their 22nd anniversary.  They are JWI's first and longest running project partner, since 2003. 

Thanks to JWI, Compartir reaches 2,890 children in the peripheral communities of Tegucigalpa, Honduras with the mobile library.  The mobile library is more than a vehicle with books.  It is a community center, a meeting place, and a mobile school.  Because of this, Compartir was invited to Guatemala City to present during a conference on integrating libraries as part of community development initiatives throughout Central America.  The response was astounding.  As other library representatives met and learned about each model, Compartir was recognized above the rest.  The mobile library, literally, picks up, moves on, and sets back up in any open community space.  The four-wheel drive allows it to reach the far corners of neglected dirt roads.  The JWI funded Community Outreach Leader and eight tutors expand Compartir's reach even further.  

Thanks to JWI, in the past three months Compartir has held four community fairs giving over 2,890 children and youth and their families and community members the opportunity to come together for an entire day in celebration of their culture, of books, and science.  Recently JWI funded the costs for 100 children to attend an international travelling circus passing through Tegucigalpa.  Be sure to check out the photo with their faces full of wonder and surprise!

People Improvement Organization (PIO) - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

At 97%, PIO's retention rate surpasses what most "developed" nations' schools boast.  PIO students were recently on holiday but that did not stop 45 children who continued to attend English and Photoshop classes. 

Thanks to JWI supporters, 800 PIO students recently received school uniforms, backpacks, flip flops, and school supplies for a new school year.  The handing out of this gear is always a celebration full of happy faces.

The Cambodian government recently ran a report on the state of education in Cambodia and the nation's five-year strategy to improve education.  The results left much to be desired; however, the importance of non-profits - such as PIO - in providing education in a post-conflict developing society became apparent.  For instance, non-profits are mostly immune to the current corruption in the public school system such as teachers demanding a "study fee" from students. What is less clear is to what extent non-profits are contributing to education in Cambodia.  According to PIO's Project Supervisor, the government focused very little on the non-profit sector's role in Cambodia's education but after this recent study, he hopes this will change.  The government's report and education strategy made him realize "just how essential the work of PIO and other quality NGOs are in ensuring that disadvantaged children receive good education."

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this update.  To all of our past and current donors, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your contribution to JWI's success with our project partners in bringing well-being in to the lives of children around the world.


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Jul 5, 2013

Spring's Growth

JustWorld International (JWI), a committed partner for long-term change, has decided to raise the bar on funding for our child focused, well-being projects.  Our new goal is set at $50,000 to support the education and nutrition projects of each of our partners’ projects! These two pillars of our projects make up the largest portion of JustWorld's overall funding needs.

JustWorld International currently reaches 3,890 impoverished children through direct, sustained attention each year.  Indirectly, JustWorld touches the lives of thousands more family and community members through defrayed school costs, access to medical attention, and program-initiated community activities.

Our Project Partners -

Los Patojos
Education: Los Patojos – the little ones – was born in Jocotenango, Guatemala, a city on the outskirts of colonial Antigua. Los Patojos offers an after-school program, scholarships, nutrition program, and medical services to nearly 150 children on a direct and regular basis. The after-school program reinforces their primary education.  Currently 110 children are registered in at least one of the after-school programs that Los Patojos offers. An additional 30 youth travel to and from Jocotenango to participate in other Los Patojos movements such as the break dancing for nonviolence, urban art, and journalism clubs.  Currently, 145 children receive scholarship packages depending on need and individual performance thanks to JustWorld's support of Los Patojos.

Nutrition:  The nutrition program provides 675 plates of healthy, well-rounded hot lunches and 675 snacks per week - both have increased from 375 plates and cups per week in 2012! These meals may well be the only healthy caloric intake these children receive each weekday.  Los Patojos hopes to increase this weekly offering to more than 1125 plates each week, allowing more children a second or third helping.

Future:  Los Patojos' current site, the childhood home of the executive director and founder, is at its maximum capacity.  JWI and Los Patojos recently broke ground for a new charter school.  This school will host more than 300 children providing them with three meals per day, access to a full-time, on-site medical clinic, vocational training, and a community cultural center.  This school is eco-friendly, using sustainable building materials such as bamboo and reused tires.  Los Patojos is taking advantage of this engineering technique to teach environmental principles.  

Asociación Compartir
Education:  Asociación Compartir celebrates its 22nd year of hard work dedicated to the celebration of literacy, promotion of non-violence and a culture of peace and self-empowerment in three slums of Honduras' capital Tegucigalpa. JustWorld International continues to fund the lifeline of Compartir-- the Mobile Library.  The Mobile Library delivers books, music, theatre, and snacks to those communities previously considered by some as too dangerous to enter.  JWI also supports the weekly youth journalism group.  Compartir and JWI are able to effectively intervene on a direct and consistent basis with more than 2,890 children weekly.  


Effect: The benefits of JWI's financial contributions are clear. Children smile and giggle as they explore self-confidence in theatre classes.  They are given the opportunity to reach their potential with recorder and guitar classes.  Choir lessons give voice to those children who previously didn't know they could sing.  Multiple generations actively participate in Compartir.  Those who were once direct beneficiaries of the project now see their grandchildren entering into the program - passing on positive values.  The families have taken ownership of the association and now initiate consultations to present the community's needs to Compartir.  Some families have opened up sector libraries in their homes to help children with their homework and to prevent children from having to travel long distances on foot to reach community libraries. Teachers boast that Compartir's children are class leaders. 


People Improvement Organization (PIO)

Education:  JWI currently supports 800 children through education, nutrition, health and hygiene, and cultural and vocational activities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  PIO has no problem filling its spaces.  In fact, it is estimated that the waiting list to attend PIO is about 500 children long.  JWI is now funding seven additional teachers to accommodate the increased enrollment and to keep class sizes to a minimum.

Nutrition: No child can learn without a well-balanced caloric intake - the brain and body are dependent on it - so JWI funds the nutrition program for 800 children.  PIO serves 196,560 lunches to students each year! These lunches include rice, vegetables, a meat protein and soup.  JWI also funds purified drinking water for the students to help prevent water-borne illness and keep children well hydrated in a hot and humid climate.

Advancements:  As PIO's children get older and nearer to meeting one of the program's main goals - that all children graduate from high school - PIO works to build its own high school.  With this new high school, PIO can better ensure that children do not get lost during important teenage years.  This school will also increase the amount of qualified Cambodian teachers employed by a reputable organization.  Observations thus far have shown that many of those PIO children who have made it through high school graduation are employed.

Thank you for considering JustWorld International and the projects we support.

We would like to invite prospective donors to join the JustWorld community and help us fund our projects.  Those who have already funded us, we would like to thank you ask that you consider continuing your contributions by making on-going donations, hosting or sponsoring JustWorld fundraisers, or simply volunteering your time. Please know, your donations are directly helping the JustWorld projects and allowing us to plan our operations for the future. We sincerely appreciate any contribution to our mission as we work together for a just world!

Also, don't forget to vote for JustWorld's photo entries in the photo contest come July 15!  We posted some beauties and hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Mar 7, 2013

JustWorld Enters an Exciting New Phase!

Los Patojos After School Art Workshop
Los Patojos After School Art Workshop

Dear Friends of JustWorld!

 

We are pleased to report that we are off to a busy start in 2013! With your support, JustWorld International (JWI) is growing its efforts and our partners abroad are taking the first steps toward a new phase of project expansions. From Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Jocotenango, Guatemala, JustWorld is excited to be involved in new efforts to support children living in extreme poverty while giving them greater opportunities in life!

Our most ambitious project of the new year is the commencement of a capital campaign to fund the expansion of our Guatemalan partner Los Patojos to a new venue for operations. Currently, the Los Patojos project supports the education and well-being of approximately 150 children, promotes career opportunities and positive life-choices for dozens of young adults, and provides affordable access to healthcare for over a thousand members of the local community each year. As you read this, 136 children -who would have otherwise dropped out- are still in school pursuing a better life through education thanks to JWI / Los Patojos scholarships for textbooks, uniforms, and school supplies. Our plan for expansion will move this project in a new direction, which will allow Los Patojos to:

  • Establish a fully certified kindergarten-through-graduation charter school for 300 students.
  • Expand the children’s nutrition program from one meal-per-day to three.
  • Settle the health clinic into a permanent location on-site and increase its capacity.
  • Provide classrooms dedicated to technology, performing arts, and vocational education for the teenager and young adult program.
  • Generally improve conditions for the project as a whole (including new bathrooms, hand-washing stations, and a dedicated cafeteria).

We hope to raise $500,000 in our capital campaign to support this project. Every little bit helps, so if you’d like to join our efforts, we would welcome you to our team!

Elsewhere, we are planning an expansion of our PIO Cambodia project. Following our Build-a-New-School St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser, we hope to be able to fund the construction of a new site for the already prospering PIO education center. As of 2013, PIO is currently serving 1108 children, with 77% of students at-or-above government standards (And remember, these schools serve a community largely living in a landfill, in the most dire conditions of poverty). The dropout rate is reportedly “negligible.” The hygiene, nutrition, and vocational school programs also continue with great success.

In Honduras, our partner Compartir has continued making great strides in their literacy-promotion campaigns across the Villa Nueva and Nueva Suyapa region. They continue their good work supporting education for children of the region with their mobile library, reaching 800 children for literacy workshops in the first quarter of 2013. Through cultural and community outreach they are helping an extremely traditional, agrarian society to embrace modern education for their children.

As always, we thank all of our donors and stakeholders for their continued support! Without your help, we would not be able to assist these incredible projects around the world, and thousands of children would not have these wonderful opportunities to escape extreme poverty.

If you would like more information or have questions about our organization or projects, we recommend visiting our website ( www.justworldinternational.org ), or contacting our office jwinfo@justworldinternational.org.

 

Thanks again!

 

JustWorld International

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