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.
Apr 7, 2015

Education outlook in Oregon

Greetings, 

As we enter the second quarter of 2015, we are gathering backpacks and school supplies to replenish our inventory and ensure the girls and boys in our community have all the tools they need to finish out the school year. The day-to-day struggles of children and families continue, but in numbers there is strength, and we are truly grateful for your belief in the work we do.

Children First of Oregon released its 2015 report highlighting the well-being of kids including stats on child abuse and neglect, poverty, education and health & safety.  The report is grim, but we can help to make things better, each in our own way.

Some key findings from the report include: 

  • Child abuse and neglect in Oregon has declined by only 2% since 2003 – despite falling by 25% nationwide.
  • A child in Oregon has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor – even if one of her parents works.
  • The child poverty rate has increased 10% since the Great Recession ended – and 25% since it began.
  • Oregon Head Start is the state’s only public pre- Kindergarten program with just 28 programs in the state and room for only 12,360 kids – leaving 65% of eligible children without access.

Futhermore, according to the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon had 72 percent on-time graduation rate for the class of 2014, and is one of the lowest graduation rates in the country. On a positive note, Portland Public Schools which is the largest school district in all of Oregon, improved its graduation rate by 3.5 percentage points, from 66.9 percent for 2012-2013 to 70.4 percent for 2013-2014.  

This is the reality many children and families living in our community face each day. But with your continued support, we are able to say, "we care, we believe in you, you can succeed." 

With gratitude, 

The Global Backpack Project Team  

Feb 3, 2015

New Year, New Beginnings

Students at Bwetyaaba Primary School
Students at Bwetyaaba Primary School

Greetings! 

The girls and boys of Bwetyaaba Primary School will be starting their first day of school today! This is an exciting time for the 672 students who are eager to began their studies. They face so many daily challenges; school offers them an opportunity, a chance to improve their situations. 

Most of the children enrolled in school are vulnerable in different ways, they are either orphaned or their families cannot afford to cater for their educational needs. Despite the Universal free Primary Education (UPE) provided by the central government of Uganda, school uniforms, school supplies, shoes, backpacks and several other requirements are often out of reach for many of the children. Many times they find themselves missing school because of lack of these educational needs. This project helps to support and supplement the lack of educational supplies which in turns enables the children to take part in school. 

Through your generosity, the students at Bwetyaaba Primary School will very soon be receiving new backpacks, uniforms and school supplies to assist them on their educational journey. The goal is to support 645 students: 343 girls and 302 boys.

Stay tuned for the next update as we report on the children's progress in school and share news of the delivery of backpacks and school supplies. 

With gratitude, 

The Global Backpack Project Team 

Students study outside by class led by volunteers
Students study outside by class led by volunteers
Jan 6, 2015

Happy New Year!

Greetings! And Happy New Year!

We are happy to report that in 2014, Global Backpack Project provided more than 600 girls and boys with backpacks and school supplies in the Portland area. That is 200 more than in 2013! And it was made possible by generous donors and supporters like you. It truly does take a village.

Although we are beginning the year anew, there continues to be a great need in our community. In Multnomah County, 28% of the population in poverty is children under age 18, and 23% of the county’s children under age 18 are in poverty. The decline in living-wage jobs, increasing economic inequality and the erosion of the social safety net are contributing factors in the increasing number of families in poverty. There are, however, many wonderful organizations that are working hard to assist families reach self-sufficiency. We are proud to partner with a number of these, including: Portland Homeless Family Solutions, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Neighborhood HouseSecond Step Housing, and New Avenues for Youth.

Your partnership is also helping us to make a tangible difference in the lives of hundreds of girls and boys by providing them with a backpack full of hope.  

We wish you much health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year. 

With gratitude, 

The Global Backpack Project Team