Extraordinary Extras-Fun Education 2 Fight Poverty

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Extraordinary Extras-Fun Education 2 Fight Poverty: Youth Center for Poor and Homeless & Public Library for Urban City

Norman, United StatesCebu City, Philippines
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Our mission is to provide diverse and fun literacy opportunities to promote education & end poverty. Our project in the Philippines will not only provide opportunities for ANYONE to read and become more educated, but we will also have a FUN incentive-based Learning program for Poor & Homeless Kids.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if all children in the Philippines or any third world country had the education and the opportunities that we receive in America?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

About 21% of the Philippines is in "Poverty" by their standards. By American standards, it is probably closer to 75%. Less than 70% of kids finish primary school. Many can't afford the price of school. In public school, student to teacher ratio is 60:1. Books are expensive, & the only public library in Cebu City (the second largest city in the country) is only open when most people are at work or school & doesn't allow people to check out books.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our multi-faceted program will primarily be geared towards helping the impoverished youth of the Philippines, but a public library is there for anyone to take advantage of its resources. Our primary program will be an incentive-based reading & learning program (similar to Accelerated Reader). We will reach out to homeless children not in school and provide an after school program for the poor and homeless in public school. We will teach, tutor, allow them to play educational games online, etc. With each book read or educational achievement earned, the kids will get a certain number of points. Those points can be used to buy recreational activities we will host: gymnastics, swimming, hiking. Also, we will sponsor kids for school & much more.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

James is an awesome 17 year old Filipino boy who I am currently sponsoring to go to college in Cebu. He lost his home last year during Typhoon Yolanda, and after we rebuilt his home, he helped us rebuild others. When we start the program, he will do work/study with us. He will be one of the kids benefiting from its resources, and he will be one of the teachers helping tutor the younger kids. I will be able to help him with his studies. Also, because no one reads for pleasure there currently because there is no availability of books, there are already so many novels I want to share with James & many others. Not only will he have an opportunity to learn so much, he will be able to share new experiences with the children and make a difference!

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

During the 3 months I spent in the Philippines rebuilding houses and teaching kids, I could already tell a program like this would make a huge impact. Me just caring about a child enough to spend the whole afternoon with her teaching and playing clearly meant the world. Imagine what we could do with books, computers, activities, a staff, and being there full-time, day-in day-out with these kids. I spent a lot of my time while tutoring kids in the Philippines using the incentive-based method. I would tell them, "Hey. Let's all do math for 1.5 hours, and if you try really hard, we can go swimming." And it worked. They tried hard. They learned. We all had fun! These kids live on the streets of an island a few blocks from the water and had never gone swimming. When you can give them such a simple blessing, it can make an impact in each one of their lives.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

During the first couple of years in Cebu, we plan to have reached at least 100 homeless children not in school and have worked with them and sponsored them to go to school. We plan to have after-school programs with multiple schools, starting with one called Lilia's Place, which is a school for homeless children. We think we will help thousands of people in Cebu and increase the % of children completing school as well as increase test scores and reading levels. After working out the kinks in Cebu, we plan to expand and replicate our program in other cities and third world countries.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We are trying to obtain funding through diverse channels, so we will never become too reliant on one. We will be sustained through donations from individuals, businesses, fundraisers, and applying for grants. We will use social media and marketing to always let our following know what we are doing in the Philippines to keep them in the loop so they want to be involved.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Lilia's Place is a nonprofit in Cebu City who sponsors homeless children to attend their school. They are amazing and doing awesome things, so we want our program to work with them and supplement their program and also to reach out wider than they are able to as a school. They sponsor around 150 kids, so those kids will be the first in our after school program. Most other educational programs are schools. Some projects just send books to poor countries which tends to not be too effective. Our program is different because it combines so many things into one to make the most impact.
Team

Founding Story

I have spent much of my life volunteering and serving at various charities and churches in America, but I have never seen so much need until I went to the Philippines last year. This place was so poor. Many places had no indoor plumbing, no electricity, no clean water, one room for 5 people, nothing to eat but rice, very bad education which you have to pay for. Apparently all developing countries were like this. Yet in America, we complain all the time. People in "poverty" have iPhones. We all got a decent education, even if some states are worse than others. We all have free resources at libraries, no matter who you are. Yet we only help here. Only 4% of our donations go to help in other countries even though they have the most need.

Team

We are a 501(c)(3) under a fiscal sponsorship through Communities Foundation of Oklahoma until we are approved through the IRS. Our Board of Directors consists of 6 people with diverse backgrounds. We have a Lawyer, Journalist, Entrepreneur, and Church Secretary. They all have a passion for helping people and believe in the Founder's dream. They want to create a world where every person has the opportunity to build a better future for themselves.
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