A HELPING HAND By joining our Make a Difference! program, you can help us to make the world a little smaller
and a little better.
CONTRIBUTION AT WORK Since
2002, we have used Make a Difference! contributions to purchase art
materials, bookmaking equipment, TVs, computers and books for overseas
partner schools. Currently, we are also providing
a scholarship to a talented student from a remote village we work with
in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The scholarship will allow the student to
attend a teacher training school so he will be able to return to his
village as a teacher. Recently, contributions have been used to purchase art materials so schools can complete art exchanges, purchase a Namibian partner school's first audiovisual equipment and paint the outside of all of the classrooms at an Amazon Rain Forest partner school with educational murals.
OF THE SCHOOLS WE ASSIST Here
is a sampling of schools we have helped and will continue to aid through
our Make a Difference! program.
Tibetan Elementary School, Gansu Province, China
in a remote region on the mountains of the Tibetan Plateau, the Sangke Tibetan Elementary School is a boarding school founded by
the local government for children of nomadic Tibetan families. The school
has limited resources but eager and talented students. We help them
by purchasing art supplies.
Davalos Elementary School, Playas de Cuyabeno, Ecuadorian Amazon
Davalos Elementary is a six-hour motorized canoe ride down the Agua
Rico River from the nearest road. The school has nine grades, five teachers,
five classrooms and 75 students. We have worked with the school for
three years and are very impressed with how serious the community and
the teachers are about giving their children a good education. In 2004,
Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA, donated a computer to the
school and we trained the teachers on it for two weeks so they could
use it with their students after we left. A second donation from Germantown
is sending Guillermo Machoa, the school's brightest ninth grader, to
a high school/teacher training college in another rain forest town.
(Victor Davolos only goes up to ninth grade and Guillermo would otherwise
not be able to continue his education.) In future years, we'd like to
help Victor Davalos Elementary with more classroom technology, art supplies,
books and more scholarships.
Combined Roman Catholic School, Namibia, Africa
Mokaleng performs well academically, despite it's remote location in
the Kalahari, it makes the desert spring to exuberant life with its
exceptional vocal and dance performances. We have helped this school
with art materials and computer training in the past; but in the future
we would like to shift our focus to meet the needs of their Culture
Club, which is in urgent need of new traditional clothes and percussion
instruments for their dance performances. We would also like to help
the school travel with their performers to other partner schools in
the country so they can share their remarkable talent.
Elementary School, Xishuangbanna, China
is a small town along the Mekong River in the rain forest of the Xishuangbanna
Dai Autonomous Region, Yunnan Province, China. This school's students
are mainly of the Dai and Hani ethnicities. Lacking art materials, the
students only use black pencils for drawing. We would like to help the
school by purchasing art materials.
Primary School, Swakopmund, Namibia
is a brand new school in the D.R.C. Location of Swakopmund, a small
city on the coast of Namibia, where the Namib Desert and the Pacific
Ocean meet. The D.R.C., which consists mainly of pieced-together houses
made of tin, wood, bricks and cardboard, sprung up on the outskirts
of town as many Namibians moved to Swakopmund in search of work in nearby
uranium mines. We found the students very eager to learn, despite their
lack of resources. We would like to help the school with art materials
and computer equipment.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR OVERSEAS PARTNER SCHOOLS
FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION For
all donations of $100 or more, the donor will receive an official OneWorld Classrooms Make a Difference! Certificate, acknowledging your
contribution and listing the name of your partner school and information
about how your contribution was used at your partner school.