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Educational Tools for Rural Honduran Schools
$1,000 raised
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Ended Jul 11, 2017
The mission of Project Ascend, Central America, is to engage and work together with communities in poverty in order to support, strengthen, and enrich educational opportunities for children and adults.

So many rural village schools in Honduras don’t have even the most basic school supplies, like pencils, erasers, notebooks, or crayons; and many rural teachers receive no support from the government to buy materials for their classroom, requiring them to buy supplies from their own personal finances (when many teachers earn barely enough to subsist themselves).

“Project Ascend, Central America” was created to help address those needs, and we receive some help from partner organizations like Buenos Vecinos Central America and Friends United Inc. for this purpose. However, we still need your help! Students are required to come to school with a notebook and pencil, which costs the equivalent of about 60 cents USD. Yet many families cannot afford even this, and therefore are unable to send their children to school. Just 60 cents worth of materials every couple months can keep a child in school, thereby improving not only the future of the child, but of the community in which the child will eventually become an adult member.

There are many passionate, dedicated teachers who work in these villages despite overwhelming obstacles and odds, and are determined to improve the lives of children in extreme poverty. Can you help? A simple donation of $10 could provide notebooks for 20 kids, or pencils for 200. A $5 play toolkit can provide a valuable learning experience for kindergarten students, or a $3 stuffed animal can provide comfort for students coming to school from abysmal homes.

We also help teachers with the tools they need to do their jobs, such as dictionaries, books, dry erase markers, white boards, and other resources; as well as providing basic first aid supplies (bandaids, neosporin, anti-diarrheal medication) so that when children come to school with ailments it can be addressed before becoming a medical emergency.

While we are glad to accept donated items (contact me for more information about this), buying materials here in Honduras is not only cheaper, faster, and simpler than shipping, but has the added benefit of providing work for locals and contributing to the local economy, currently suffering greatly due to many factors.

While the most urgent times of the year are January/February (the beginning of the school year) and June/July (mid-year, when supplies are running low and risk of students dropping out is high), a donation in any amount at any time of the year is greatly appreciated. And, since Project Ascend C.A. is still a tiny venture, your help with getting the word out is also so very helpful!!

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