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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
- Are passionate about making 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, our inspiration!
She is 13 years old, born and raised in a Guatemalan slum.
She is bright, intelligent, and passionate about going to school so that she can one day become a teacher, and be able to give back to her community.
For Marilyn, she was lucky to receive a free primary school education. However, to continue her education, there are financial obstacles. 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, this past January, 2018:
More about Marilyn, our inspiration:
Kelly Sullivan Walden met Marilyn 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!
Donate to Project Bright Light:
***The cost per child, per year is $1,500.00.
This covers each child’s housing, tuition, uniform, food, clothing, transportation, and administration fees. To ensure your donation is going to good use, we have a trusted team of individuals who report back to us on a bi-monthly basis with an update on the progress, success, and needs of each child.
CHIME IN’S PROJECT BRIGHT LIGHT is excited to announce our upcoming fundraiser:
The 7 Volcano Challenge!
CHIME IN thanks Joe Gagnon, the creator/founder of The High Performance Life!
Last year, elite athlete, and founder of The High Performance Life, Joe Gagnon ran around the world in his 6-Continent Challenge (running a marathon a day, for 6 days in a row, on 6 different continents) to raise money to kickstart Project Bright Light’s initial scholarships!
This year, in celebration of the launch of his new bestselling book, Living the High-Performance Life: An Ordinary Joe’s Guide to the Extraordinary, and in High Performance style, Joe will raise the bar to a whole new level.
Whereas most elite athletes train all year long just to summit 1, 2, or maybe 3 Guatemalan volcanos within a week’s time. Joe will take his ability to challenge himself (and his motto: “You can do more than you think you can”) to a whole new level, by climbing up 7 volcanos in 7 days! All to raise awareness and funds for the impoverished children of Guatemala to be able to go to school.
Here are a few details:
Mission: April 2-8th, 2018, Joe will summit7 of the most majestic volcanoes in Guatemala:
Tacaná, Tajumulco, Santa María, Chicabal, San Pedro, Fuego, and Acatenango
Joe will summit one volcano per day, for 7 days to raise funds to promote and facilitate access to education to youth in extreme poverty in the country.
Vision: Strengthen education using sports as a tool for development in Guatemala, empowering young people in extreme poverty through the EBLA (Empowering Business Latin America) social impact program: EDUCATION, A GIFT FOR LIFE.
Objective: Raise funds for 10 scholarships for young students living in extreme poverty.
Send a child in need to school!
Special thanks to iSelect for supporting Joe Gagnon’s 6-Continent Challengs last year and kicking off Project Bright Light!
Project Bright Light is grateful to be Partners with EBLA (Empowering Business Latin America) to break the cycle of poverty by supporting vulnerable young people to get an education.