JustWorld International (JWI), a committed partner for long-term change, has decided to raise the bar on funding for our child focused, well-being projects. Our new goal is set at $50,000 to support the education and nutrition projects of each of our partners’ projects! These two pillars of our projects make up the largest portion of JustWorld's overall funding needs.
JustWorld International currently reaches 3,890 impoverished children through direct, sustained attention each year. Indirectly, JustWorld touches the lives of thousands more family and community members through defrayed school costs, access to medical attention, and program-initiated community activities.
Our Project Partners -
Education: Los Patojos – the little ones – was born in Jocotenango, Guatemala, a city on the outskirts of colonial Antigua. Los Patojos offers an after-school program, scholarships, nutrition program, and medical services to nearly 150 children on a direct and regular basis. The after-school program reinforces their primary education. Currently 110 children are registered in at least one of the after-school programs that Los Patojos offers. An additional 30 youth travel to and from Jocotenango to participate in other Los Patojos movements such as the break dancing for nonviolence, urban art, and journalism clubs. Currently, 145 children receive scholarship packages depending on need and individual performance thanks to JustWorld's support of Los Patojos.
Nutrition: The nutrition program provides 675 plates of healthy, well-rounded hot lunches and 675 snacks per week - both have increased from 375 plates and cups per week in 2012! These meals may well be the only healthy caloric intake these children receive each weekday. Los Patojos hopes to increase this weekly offering to more than 1125 plates each week, allowing more children a second or third helping.
Future: Los Patojos' current site, the childhood home of the executive director and founder, is at its maximum capacity. JWI and Los Patojos recently broke ground for a new charter school. This school will host more than 300 children providing them with three meals per day, access to a full-time, on-site medical clinic, vocational training, and a community cultural center. This school is eco-friendly, using sustainable building materials such as bamboo and reused tires. Los Patojos is taking advantage of this engineering technique to teach environmental principles.
Education: Asociación Compartir celebrates its 22nd year of hard work dedicated to the celebration of literacy, promotion of non-violence and a culture of peace and self-empowerment in three slums of Honduras' capital Tegucigalpa. JustWorld International continues to fund the lifeline of Compartir-- the Mobile Library. The Mobile Library delivers books, music, theatre, and snacks to those communities previously considered by some as too dangerous to enter. JWI also supports the weekly youth journalism group. Compartir and JWI are able to effectively intervene on a direct and consistent basis with more than 2,890 children weekly.
Effect: The benefits of JWI's financial contributions are clear. Children smile and giggle as they explore self-confidence in theatre classes. They are given the opportunity to reach their potential with recorder and guitar classes. Choir lessons give voice to those children who previously didn't know they could sing. Multiple generations actively participate in Compartir. Those who were once direct beneficiaries of the project now see their grandchildren entering into the program - passing on positive values. The families have taken ownership of the association and now initiate consultations to present the community's needs to Compartir. Some families have opened up sector libraries in their homes to help children with their homework and to prevent children from having to travel long distances on foot to reach community libraries. Teachers boast that Compartir's children are class leaders.
People Improvement Organization (PIO)
Education: JWI currently supports 800 children through education, nutrition, health and hygiene, and cultural and vocational activities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. PIO has no problem filling its spaces. In fact, it is estimated that the waiting list to attend PIO is about 500 children long. JWI is now funding seven additional teachers to accommodate the increased enrollment and to keep class sizes to a minimum.
Nutrition: No child can learn without a well-balanced caloric intake - the brain and body are dependent on it - so JWI funds the nutrition program for 800 children. PIO serves 196,560 lunches to students each year! These lunches include rice, vegetables, a meat protein and soup. JWI also funds purified drinking water for the students to help prevent water-borne illness and keep children well hydrated in a hot and humid climate.
Advancements: As PIO's children get older and nearer to meeting one of the program's main goals - that all children graduate from high school - PIO works to build its own high school. With this new high school, PIO can better ensure that children do not get lost during important teenage years. This school will also increase the amount of qualified Cambodian teachers employed by a reputable organization. Observations thus far have shown that many of those PIO children who have made it through high school graduation are employed.
Thank you for considering JustWorld International and the projects we support.
We would like to invite prospective donors to join the JustWorld community and help us fund our projects. Those who have already funded us, we would like to thank you ask that you consider continuing your contributions by making on-going donations, hosting or sponsoring JustWorld fundraisers, or simply volunteering your time. Please know, your donations are directly helping the JustWorld projects and allowing us to plan our operations for the future. We sincerely appreciate any contribution to our mission as we work together for a just world!
Also, don't forget to vote for JustWorld's photo entries in the photo contest come July 15! We posted some beauties and hope you enjoy them as much as we do.