Give 6 DC inner city high school students the transformative opportunity of a lifetime! Help the DC Chapter of buildOn send 6 DC high school students and a teacher to Malawi in the summer of 2013 to build a school for a community in need.
In DC, only 58% of high school seniors graduate. Of those who graduate, only 23% graduate from college within 6 years. Students lack opportunities for mentorship, leadership, community service, and exposure to different world views.
Malawi is consistently ranked among the world's 20 least developed countries by the UN. Over 50% of the country's population lives on less than $1.25 a day. The country has long been challenged by economic stagnation and a lack of access to education.
Through partnership with local DC high schools and passionate teachers, the DC buildOn Chapter will identify 6 promising students to send to Malawi in 2013. buildOn has identified a community in Malawi that lacks proper school facilities. This project will fund students' international travel expenses to volunteer at the school construction site. Donations will also be used for the construction supplies.
This transformative life experience will give students a new global perspective and the opportunity to be leaders in their schools, communities, and overseas. Students will gain confidence and even increase their chances of high school graduation--95% of buildOn participants graduate!
The Malawian government strives to offer free education to all children but many communities lack school buildings. buildOn will partner with a community to construct a sustainable, government managed school.
I thought it would be great for me to go out of my comfort zone. Before buildOn, I didn't even know people were living like this in other parts of the world. Now I know and I want to do this again. - Detroit High School Student Alex Costner, Alex traveled to Mali as part of buildOn's program
Total Funding Received to Date: $23,127
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $12,873
Total Funding Goal: $36,000