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According to Global Partnership for Education, there are over 121 million school-age children worldwide who are not currently in school due to families who do not have the resources to send their children to school.
Children who don’t go to school are the most vulnerable and marginalized in the world…which leads to instability, conflict, early pregnancies, and the continuation of the cycle of extreme poverty.
Conflict-affected countries have only 20% of the world’s primary-school-age children but 50% of the world’s out-of-school children. Many of the countries with the highest numbers of out-of-school children still do not receive adequate external financing to meet their needs.
Project Bright Light (a branch of CHIME IN-The Change Is Me International) knows that when a single light shines in a dark room, the darkness dissolves. It has been shown that when there is one educated child in a village the entire community is more likely to survive…and in some cases, thrive.
To this end, we are focused on identifying the children who:
- Due to poverty are unable to attend middle or high school
• Demonstrate a high level of passion and appreciation for education
• Exemplify leadership skills
• Want to make a difference in their community
Once identified, we supply the students with the funds per year to attend school. The child/student understands that they are being given a gift that is to be paid forward, once they are in a position to do so—ultimately enabling the children of their community to be given the same hand up they’ve been given.
For example, meet Marilyn.
She is 13 years old, living in a Guatemalan slum.
She is bright, intelligent, and passionate about going to school so that she can one day become a teacher.
Her dream is to be able to support herself as a teacher so that she can educate other children like her in a program that she brings back to her village.
For Marilyn, she was lucky to receive a free primary school education. However, to continue her education, there are financial obstacles. Jr. High/High School costs in Guatemala are a minimum of $500 per year for tuition (including school supplies, uniform, tuition, and food), which is almost more than her family makes in a year. Luckily, because of generous donations we received, Marilyn is now enrolled in Jr. High, and is making progress toward her dream of gaining an education.
Support bright lights like Marilyn…thus ending the cycle of poverty in a sustainable and empowering way.
Here’s a photo of Marilyn on her first day of school.
By the way, I met her and her family two years ago in Manuel Colom Argueta, and I was so inspired by her sparkle, by her bright light, by her excitement about life and her desire to learn.
Her family turns out to be equally as bright. She’s got 5 sisters brothers and a wonderful mother and father, Delvy and Monolo, that have struggled and worked very hard to get their children everything they can. And yet, it is very difficult to raise the money for their education. When I found out that Marilyn wouldn’t be able to go to school next year, it broke my heart and it became my mission to make sure that she could go to school as well as other children like her, other bright lights, could also go to school.
This is why we are so grateful to also have the following children who have received a Project Bright Light scholarship:
(Juan Pablo Barrientos, 17 years old, Erick Sontay,16 years old, Melinda Murillo, 13-year-old, Rebeca Aguilera,16 years old, Marilyn, 13 years old)
Education is not a quick fix. It is a long-term solution and there are many challenges along the way. But if these children persist week after week, month after month, year after year, they will eventually have a degree, and education, a skill that can make them money to provide for themselves, their family, and their community in a way that lifts everybody, and breaks the cycle of poverty and gives everybody an opportunity to have an equal chance a good life. That is our dream.
Thank you for your help!
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CHIME IN Thanks Joe Gagnon and The High Performance Life for running around the globe to support youth and education: