We help children aged 3-17 become engaged, knowledgeable, caring world citizens. Low income families travel abroad in cultural exchange programs so that children from income-strapped homes can broaden their horizons, gaining valuable exposure to the world and its diverse cultures. We fan into flame our youth's zeal for lifelong learning that will enable them to escape the lure of drugs, crime and gangs, and gain them active involvement in the solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
There are over 20 military conflicts occurring around the world today. Inside those conflicts, there is a staggering amount of child impacts in those wars. Our world is challenged by a lack of understanding of one another, and thereby, a lack of love. Children bear the brunt of hate, from being forced into conflicts as soldiers to losing precious family members. Children hold the seeds of change within them. Teaching them to understand and love one another is imperative to bettering our world.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will help children to develop a strong sense of understanding and appreciate for people and cultures different from their own. Through an intensive cross-cultural learning program of sustained engagement and learning between families across the globe, this program will help various children and their families to develop a global mindset. It will give them the necessary support to develop a sense of global responsibility and an attitude of peacemaking and sharing.
Potential Long Term Impact
Various children of differing backgrounds will be afforded the ability to "walk a mile in another's shoes" through their participation in this project. Long-term effects will be more service-oriented youth (a counter-balance to the "me" generation); stronger, better served communities; better educated and knowledgeable citizenry; a healthier, better cared-for environment; and eventually, perhaps a lesser amount of violent crime and military conflicts in the world.
Total Funding Received to Date: $40
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,960
Total Funding Goal: $5,000