Break the Cycle of Poverty with Education

They're looking forward to 2014 thanks to you!

We’d like to extend a warm thank you for your generosity! Together, you’ve given a fantastic $3,474 this holiday season.

Those funds will give Jean Wilkenson, Negline, Zach and nine more children like them the opportunity to get an education. They will be the first in their families to complete school.

The education you’re funding will give them the opportunity to find work and break the cycle of poverty. Thanks so much for investing in their futures!

We’ll post updates on the school’s growth right here on GlobalGiving – so keep checking back.

As always, if you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation please don’t hesitate to email I would love to hear from you!

Thanks again, and very kind regard.

Thanks for giving them a Merry Christmas!
Thanks for giving them a Merry Christmas!

We hope you had a Merry Christmas and thanks so much to everyone who has set up recurring donations following our appeal on the 20th!

Today, we’re looking back on 2013. It’s been a fantastic year. Thanks to you, students who needed extra help like Zach, Negline, and Betrand got the support they needed and passed their exams. We also welcomed new students like Diana who would be going without an education if not for your generosity.

We were able to change the lives of our students in 2013 because you chose to give. Thanks so much!

In 2014, we intend to keep supporting the students we currently have in school and admit as many more new students as we can. But we can’t do it without you

We hope that you’ll resolve to make 2014 a year of giving by setting up a monthly recurring donation. Giving just $20 a month in 2014 will fund six months of school for a child like Negline.

Even better, when you set up your recurring donation before the ball drops and 2014 begins, GlobalGiving will match your gift.

Set up your monthly donation here 

If you’re not ready to commit to a monthly donation, your one-off donation, whatever its size, will be gratefully received.

Thanks so much, and we wish you a very Happy New Year!


This Christmas, give Zach the gift of education
This Christmas, give Zach the gift of education

It’s now a good few months into the school year, and we’re delighted to report that the kids in our programme are thriving.

Many of the children you support are the first in their families to receive a full primary and secondary school education. Their position as the only educated member of the family is a source of pride for their parents, but it also introduces unique challenges.

Last year, Zach needed extra help after school to pass his exams. When we asked why, his teacher said simply ‘His parents can’t read, so they can’t help him at home. We need to help him here, or he won’t succeed.”

If it hadn’t been for you, Zach wouldn’t have gotten that extra help. Discouraged and on his own, he would have been at high risk of not completing school. But, luckily for Zach, your generosity funded after-school help to support him and he passed his end of year exams with flying colours!

This year, we’ve welcomed several new children who are in the same position as Zach was last year. We’ll need your support to ensure that they get the same support Zach had.

This Christmas, you can give our new students the gift of education by setting up a recurring donation. When you create your recurring donation between today and New Year’s Eve, GlobalGiving will match your donation!

Your monthly gift of just $16 a month will fund three full months of education and extra help for a student like Zach.

Set up your recurring donation here 

Not ready to commit to a monthly donation? No problem. Your one-off donation, whatever its size, will be gratefully received.

Thanks so very much - and, if you’re celebrating this year, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! 

They're thankful for you this Thanksgiving!

As families across the US celebrate Thanksgiving, we wanted to write you and let you know that, this Thanksgiving, twelve students in Port au Prince are thankful for you.

One of those survivors is Bertrand. After the earthquake destroyed his house and, with it, his family’s livelihood, Bertrand moved to a displaced persons camp with his brother. He left school in 2010 and didn’t return to school until we launched our scholarship programme in 2013.

Returning to school was difficult for Bertrand. He was a long way behind his classmates, and he found himself discouraged. But thanks to supporters like you, we had the funds to give him a little extra tutoring. At the end of the 2013 school year, Betrand passed his exams – as did all the children in our scholarship programme.

Betrand is one of hundreds of people who are looking forward to the holidays this year because you chose to help them build a brighter future. With your support, we’ll keep changing their lives in 2014.

Thanks so much and we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

We appreciate your generosity!
We appreciate your generosity!

Thanks so much to everyone who took advantage of GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day. Your gifts on the 23rd were a third more impactful than normal – and that has made all the difference for students like Diana.

If you’re like us, you’re starting to think about the holiday season. The holidays are a time of joy – but for many of us they’re also incredibly busy! Before the end of year rush starts, we wanted to pause for a moment and thank you for everything you’ve given over the last year.

Because of you, not only has our scholarship programme continued providing a high quality education to 10 vulnerable kids over the last year – it’s grown! We’ve welcomed two new students for the 2013-14 school year, bringing our total number of students to 12.

Our newest students have inspiring stories. 19 year old Diana hasn’t attended school in years. She has 12 brothers and sisters, and her parents couldn’t afford educate them.

For years, Diana has worked odd jobs. But without even a basic education, the work was always menial and low paid. Despite the challenges she’s faced, Diana never gave up the hope of returning to school.

Now, at 19, she’s realizing that dream thanks to you. Diana can barely read and write, so she’ll be placed in a special class for teens who have missed school. Your generosity will mean we can give her the extra support she needs to catch up and receive her high school equivalency.

The 12 children in our scholarship programme have all been affected by generations of poverty and wouldn’t be able to go to school without you. The education you’re providing is their ticket to a bright future that finally breaks the cycle of poverty.  Thanks so much!

As always, if you ever have any questions about how your donation is changing lives, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for your generosity, and our very warmest regards!

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Emma Taylor

Enderby, Licester United Kingdom

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