JustWorld International

1. HISTORY Founded in late 2002 by former international grand prix rider Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the United States and a registered Association 1901 in France. Local branches have also been established in Mexico and Honduras. JustWorld has no political or religious affiliation, nor do its project partners. While JustWorld is nominally headquartered in Wellington, Florida, it increasingly has had a global presence at various events and has grown significantly over the past eight years. In the past two years, JustWorld has expanded in terms of broad regional project support, growing rider ambassadorship, creation of a tech...
May 13, 2016

Pack your bags- we're going to Guatemala!

Josue
Josue

Hi! My name is Josue.

To me, Los Patojos means studying, playing, having fun, and teamwork. What I love about Los Patojos is working with teams and having freedom. With this, I say goodbye and I hope that someday you can come visit us. We look forward to it!

P.S. My name is Josué. I am 10 years old and I am in 5th grade.

 

The first quarter of the school year at all of our projects was amazing, but we want you to see it in person!   

Pictures and videos are awesome, but there's nothing like being there in person. Will you join us on our next trip?

We're going to Los Patojos this August from the 3-7. This incredible school is located just outside of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is an hour from the capital and just a two hour flight from Miami!. During the trip, we will tour the school, meet the director, staff and teachers, spend time with the students, and meet fellow supporters from Guatemala and around the world. We'll also participate in cultural activities unique to the area for everyone to have that full, 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience. We promise you won't want to miss it! Check out photos with Ambassadors from our recent trips below.

Los Patojos | Guatemala | Next Trip: August 3-7

The past couple weeks, the youngest students have been learning about numbers, colors, respect, and community. They made paintings, decorated planters, and learned how to clean up. Another class learned about cooking, recognizing strengths and weaknesses in a team, and dialoque for communication. Students at Los Patojos learn not only the core curriculum, but also soft skills that will help them thrive in their communities and careers. Five students who have been with the program from the very beginning were recently hired by Grupo H, a local company with high remarks for the youth, saying that they are some of their best employees and will be the first ones in line for promotions!

People Improvement Organization | Cambodia | Next Trip: Fall 2016

There are now 126 students studying in Grades 7-12 and 4 University students! These students graduated from the program you are supporting and continue to advance in their studies. The new school building in Stung Mean Chey, located across the street from the current one, is almost complete and will help alleviate the overcrowding they are facing due to high demand for the program.     

Asociación Compartir | Honduras

3,500 children and youth participated in the mobile library activities and 850 participated in activities held in comunities centers and "open spaces", designated meeting spots in the community. The cultural groups have been busy raising awareness and preparing for their upcoming festivals and events. One group, 18 students taking flute lessons, was invited by JustWorld Ambassadors to perform at their horse show. It was a great opportunity for the students to interact, meet supporter, and share about the organization.

Interested in learning more about an upcoming trip? Let us know! E-mail Amber Warren at awarren@justworldinternational.org. We hope to meet you soon!

Alex at Los Patojos
Alex at Los Patojos
Cooper (Far Right) at Los Patojos
Cooper (Far Right) at Los Patojos
Shoug (Center) at PIO
Shoug (Center) at PIO
Nadja (Right) with Compartir Student Visiting Show
Nadja (Right) with Compartir Student Visiting Show

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Feb 23, 2016

You Helped 6,000+ Kids Go Back to School This Year!

Sokpanha
Sokpanha

“I used to pick up the garbage on the old dumpsite, but I always wanted to go to school like the other children. My dad is old and sick and my brother has a heart disease, so I have to be strong and help my mother to take care of the house. I am very happy PIO can help us with the rice, and take me and my brother to school. I am in Grade 1 because it was very difficult to learn for me. My brother is better than me, but I am proud of him. I hope we can both have a good job when we grow up to help support our family.”

                                                                                                                                                            ~ Sokpanha, Grade 1

                                                                                                                                                    Student at PIO since: 2010

Good morning friends!

Did you know that you helped 6,214 students go back to school this year? It's true! Because of your support,

  • 850 students are studying in Cambodia!
  • 60 students are studying in Colombia!
  • 304 students are studying in Guatemala!
  • and 5,000 students are studying in Honduras!

This is an incredible number, nearly double the number of students we helped to go back to school last year! Even more, 122 students who graduated from our program in Cambodia are now in high school and 4 students are now attending university! This is a huge accomplishment showing the results of our continued support over the years. The students love their schools and are grateful for all that you do. Thank you for your commitment to funding these programs which will open so many more opportunities for them that they would not have had otherwise.

Our next project trip is April 10-13, 2016! We welcome you to come see firsthand the results of your support in Guatemala as we visit Los Patojos, our partner in Jocotenango. The school is just outside of Antigua, a UN World Heritage Site and busy tourist hub. Here, you will meet Juan Pablo, Founder and Director of Los Patojos as well as a CNN Top 10 Hero, as well as the amazing teachers, staff and students in Kindergarten-Grade 7. Their new 7th grade class is exceeding expectations and the team is very happy to see the changes that have taken place among them in just three weeks.

Thank you again for helping students like Sokpanha and her brother go to school and believe in their dreams!

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Dec 10, 2015

We just came back from Cambodia!

Shoug with PIO Students
Shoug with PIO Students

Dear Friends,

I can now say that I have visited all four of JustWorld’s partners and each one of them is incredibly amazing for the impact they have on their communities.

People Improvement Organization (PIO) in Cambodia was the only one I had not visited yet and to be honest, I had ZERO concept about what it would be like. Even though I review all of their budgets, see all of the photos and updates on social media and in their reports, and communicate with them regularly, traveling to the other side of the world and being in Asia did not feel tangible. The trip, which took about 32 hours to get from Florida to New York to Hong Kong to Phnom Penh, actually wasn’t that bad (and we flew over the North Pole!). In our group were Shoug, who travelled from Abu Dhabi, and Herve, Maria and Jessica who came from France, all to see the PIO schools and children.

Once we arrived and settled in, we met with Phymean, the founder and director of PIO who just won the World’s Children’s Prize, along with PIO’s nurse Vuthy, the Deputy Director Malyda and the Financial and Administrative Manager Hoeun. Being able to have dinner together and talking to everyone in person really brought everything to life! Over the next two days we visited each class at PIO’s two schools that we help fund. The students greeted us with songs and asked questions to get to know everyone. They were all proud of what they learned and happy for the opportunity to study to one day become doctors, teachers, and anything they could think of.

It was wonderful to be with these Ambassadors as they saw a project for the first time and experienced the culture of Cambodia. The level of poverty in this area was a bit of a shock as we walked through a community lade with trash because residents were unable to afford $5.00 a month for trash pickup or even a full bottle of cooking oil so they buy a small bag for a penny instead to make meals for their families. Knowing there is a way for children in these areas to be able to get an education, grow up strong and healthy, and follow their dreams reassures that support to our partner is worthwhile and making a difference in others' lives.

Through all of our partnerships and with your support, we are serving more than 6,000 children in Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras. This is huge! Thank you for following our updates and supporting JustWorld. If you  would be nterested in visiting one of our partners with us in the future, contact us to learn more!

More exciting updates from our partners!

At People Improvement Organization (PIO) in Cambodia,

  • The new school year began in October and attendance is over 90% daily showing students are staying in school!
  • PIO students sitting the national Grade 6 examination for admission to high school achieved a 100% pass rate- this is the best result ever!
  • The foundation was completed in September for the new building next to PIO’s Stung Mean Chey (SMC) school and construction is well underway.

At Los Patojos in Guatemala,

  • The first group of students has graduated from the new program! With the construction of the new center and Los Patojos becoming an official alternative education program, this group of 6th graders is the first class to hold diplomas from Los Patojos’ school AND will be staying at Los Patojos to continue their studies as the first class of 7th graders!
  • 10,965 breakfasts, 11,111 lunches, and 2,669 dinners were served; a total of 42,745 meals.
  • Los Patojos' dream to start a bakery is coming true! They have begun renovations and started training sessions to teach students how to bake different types of breads and baked goods!

At Asociación Compartir in Honduras,

  • 3,430 students participated in: community libraries, reading club, and youth communicators network
  • 1,300 students participated in the mobile library at schools, community centers, and meeting points
  • 91 students participated in arts workshops (theatre, flute, band, and percussion); 36 students visited the national theatre to see a play and 400 students were involved in the science fair
  • Students also painted a beautiful mural in their community! 

We hope you have a fabulous week and enjoy the holiday season!

Maria, Phymean, Herve and Jessica at PIO
Maria, Phymean, Herve and Jessica at PIO
Rafa, 6th Grader at Los Patojos, Juan Pablo & Vero
Rafa, 6th Grader at Los Patojos, Juan Pablo & Vero
Los Patojos
Los Patojos' Baking Class
Mural by students at Compartir
Mural by students at Compartir
Celebrating the Rights of the Child with Compartir
Celebrating the Rights of the Child with Compartir

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