Global Backpack Project

Global Backpack Project's mission is to encourage a desire for learning by helping children feel prepared for school. With the help of local communities and partner organizations, we seek to make a difference in the lives of children, just as they seek to make a difference for themselves and their communities.
Jan 4, 2016

Thank you for supporting school children in Portland

We wish to thank you for supporting the education of school children in Portland.  With your support, Global Backpack Project has delivered hundreds of backpacks and school supplies to at-risk children in Portland area schools.  We are grateful to our partner organizations: Neighborhood House, Portland Homeless Family Solutions, Native American Youth and Family Services and New Avenues for Youth.  These organizations continue to make a big difference in the lives of youth in our community.

Global Backpack Project will no longer be using the Global Giving platform to raise funds for this project.  We are pleased to partner with Investments for Developing Communities (IDC) to support at-risk youth.  IDC is a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides education sponsorships for girls and micro loans to wormen in developing countries and education assistance to students in Portland.  IDC partners with organizations working for the betterment of their communities through education and economic development.  Please visit http://www.idcempowers.org for more information.

Thank you again for your support of Global Backpack Project.  We wish you good health and happiness in the new year.

Jan 4, 2016

Thank you for supporting children in Uganda

We would like to express our gratitude for your support of Global Backpack Project and the Bwetyaaba Primary School.  With your help, we have raised more that $13,000 to support the education of the girls and boys at this school in rural Uganda.  These funds purchased sturdy new backpacks, school supplies, and school uniforms for the 650 children attending the school.  We are grateful for our partner in Uganda, BUVAD (Butakoola Village Association for Development) for their remarkable work in the community. 

Global Backpack Project will no longer be using the Global Giving platform to raise funds for Bwetyaaba Primary School.  We are pleased to partner with Investments for Developing Communities (IDC) to continue this support.  IDC is a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides education sponsorships for girls and micro loans to women in developing countries.  IDC parners with organizations working for the betterment of their communities through education and economic development.  Please visit http://www.idcempowers.org for more information.

Thank you again for your support of Global Backpack Project and for helping so many girls and boys achieve success through education.  We wish you good health and happiness in the new year.

Oct 8, 2015

Jump Start on School

Donations delivered to the Salvation Army
Donations delivered to the Salvation Army

Greetings! 

School is back in full swing! This fall, thanks to our generous donors and supporters, we were able to donate more than 100 backpacks, notebooks, folders, crayons, markers, glue sticks, rulers, pens, pencils, scissors and erasers to children living in our communities. We partnered with Portland Homeless Family Solutions and the Vancouver Salvation Army Back to School event. These programs benefit children who are either homeless or live in low-income households. 

Last year, there were 48,459 children enrolled in the Portland School District with 45.7% elegible for free or reduced-priced meals. In the Vancouver Public School District, there were 23,399 students enrolled with 51.6% eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. The child poverty rate (children 0-17) in Multnomah county is 23%. The poverty rate in the Vancouver Public school district is more than 50%. A family of four with annual income of $24,250 or less is considered at poverty level. 

Many families continue to struggle on a daily basis. There is still much to be done. But every little bit helps. Thank you for making a difference, thank you for caring. 

With gratitude, 

The Global Backpack Project team 

Backpack donations!
Backpack donations!
 
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