Los Patojos After School Art Workshop
Dear Friends of JustWorld!
We are pleased to report that we are off to a busy start in 2013! With your support, JustWorld International (JWI) is growing its efforts and our partners abroad are taking the first steps toward a new phase of project expansions. From Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Jocotenango, Guatemala, JustWorld is excited to be involved in new efforts to support children living in extreme poverty while giving them greater opportunities in life!
Our most ambitious project of the new year is the commencement of a capital campaign to fund the expansion of our Guatemalan partner Los Patojos to a new venue for operations. Currently, the Los Patojos project supports the education and well-being of approximately 150 children, promotes career opportunities and positive life-choices for dozens of young adults, and provides affordable access to healthcare for over a thousand members of the local community each year. As you read this, 136 children -who would have otherwise dropped out- are still in school pursuing a better life through education thanks to JWI / Los Patojos scholarships for textbooks, uniforms, and school supplies. Our plan for expansion will move this project in a new direction, which will allow Los Patojos to:
- Establish a fully certified kindergarten-through-graduation charter school for 300 students.
- Expand the children’s nutrition program from one meal-per-day to three.
- Settle the health clinic into a permanent location on-site and increase its capacity.
- Provide classrooms dedicated to technology, performing arts, and vocational education for the teenager and young adult program.
- Generally improve conditions for the project as a whole (including new bathrooms, hand-washing stations, and a dedicated cafeteria).
We hope to raise $500,000 in our capital campaign to support this project. Every little bit helps, so if you’d like to join our efforts, we would welcome you to our team!
Elsewhere, we are planning an expansion of our PIO Cambodia project. Following our Build-a-New-School St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser, we hope to be able to fund the construction of a new site for the already prospering PIO education center. As of 2013, PIO is currently serving 1108 children, with 77% of students at-or-above government standards (And remember, these schools serve a community largely living in a landfill, in the most dire conditions of poverty). The dropout rate is reportedly “negligible.” The hygiene, nutrition, and vocational school programs also continue with great success.
In Honduras, our partner Compartir has continued making great strides in their literacy-promotion campaigns across the Villa Nueva and Nueva Suyapa region. They continue their good work supporting education for children of the region with their mobile library, reaching 800 children for literacy workshops in the first quarter of 2013. Through cultural and community outreach they are helping an extremely traditional, agrarian society to embrace modern education for their children.
As always, we thank all of our donors and stakeholders for their continued support! Without your help, we would not be able to assist these incredible projects around the world, and thousands of children would not have these wonderful opportunities to escape extreme poverty.
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