We started with education, but soon discovered that families were broken and children were suffering from abuse. When families were broken, children weren’t safe in these environments, so education was less effective.
A broken family, where a child feels unsafe and is susceptible to abuse, significantly lowers the benefits of accessing education because at the end of the day they come home to an environment that stunts their ability to dream and thrive. By committing to strengthen families in the communities that we serve, we ensure parents support their children and provide a safe environment for them. Under this scenario, education then opens a world of opportunities for the child.
We then identified a pattern where children would drop out between the ages of 12 and 14 to support their families financially rather than receive an education. This need to put food on the table is where our income generation program and our humanitarian aid program comes in to support education. We knew we needed to find a way to allow parents to sustain their families and keep their children in school.
Our adult formation technical training centers allow parents to learn trades, skills, start their own business and better provide for their families. Our employment center connects those we serve to job opportunities.
We started with education, but soon discovered that families were broken and children…