Each year, IBSF hosts a silent auction fundraiser, which covers costs that sustain the electricity, security, and projects that we support. In light of economic challenges and our fundamental objective to educate local communities, we have created two projects that will help the school become more self-sustainable in the future - the Sewing Project and Agriculture Project. The funds raised in this year's silent auction will jump-start these two projects.
The saying goes "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime". For the 200 young boys and girls at the Ishahayi Beach School, opportunities to learn and develop a trade are rare. This program encourages these children of the next generation to think creatively and develop basic life skills like sewing and harvesting crops for their future. Both teachers and students alike will benefit from this unique education experience.
In teaching the JSS3 students how to correctly sew and create items they can sell for profit, The Sewing Project will help promote educational progress and generate a profit that can be utilized by The Light School. The agriculture project will educate students on how to farm crops correctly which will provide food for each student and teacher. As well as sell any extra crops for profit.
With these two projects, IBSF feels confident that The Light School will be able to develop the life skills necessary to be self-sufficient and expand student education beyond the classroom.