Educating Children

The UN estimates that 120 million children are denied an education every year, many due to their inability to afford school supplies or fees. Education is the key to fighting poverty, hunger, disease, terrorism, global warming, you name it: almost every problem can be addressed through education.

 

DHARAMSALA, INDIA The Hostel School

The tent school delivery

The students of the Tent School in Dharamsala India, at the Charan Khad slum, who show special interest and aptitude are invited to attend the Hostel School. Here they live in a boarding school setting yet only 15 minutes walk from the Charan Khad slum where their families live. For all of these students The Hostel School is the first time they have lived with electricity and running water, proper bathrooms, and proper meals, and have slept in proper beds. Ace of Good visited with these amazing students of the Hostel Schools and delivered a bckpack filled with School supplies to each and every child.

DHARAMSALA, INDIA The Tent School

The tent school delivery

In Lower Dharamsala, the Tent School is based in a slum called Charan Khad. The entire community survives solely through begging and scavenging in garbage. From birth, children are taught to beg, where they can earn up to 500 Rupees (about $10 per day) in the nearby town. Compared to the $2 per day made by adults working on a sponsored highway maintenance projects, this income is substantial.

With the introduction of the Tent School founded by The Tong-Len Charitable Trust in 2005, these children now have access to an education. A stipend is offered to families for every child enrolled in school, presenting a viable alternative to begging.

HAVANA, CUBA Angela Landis School

Cuba has a staggering 99.8% literacy rate, much higher than most first world nations. During our delivery trip to Cuba, we visited schools and met with representatives from the board of education to learn the secret to their success. Through our travels we learned that in 1959, Fidel Castro ran an unprecedented literacy campaign. For one year, he shut down all urban schools and made every teenage student a soldier of literacy who taught rural families across the nation to read. In one year, the literacy rate grew from 15% to 99%.

KISII, KENYA The St. James Nyaronde School

Because the women of Kisii Village, Kenya, have not had access to education and have no jobs skills, improving their lives for themselves and their children has been difficult. Access to education is the key out of poverty.

The terrible health conditions of the dung huts and the fact that women and girls must spend most of their day repairing them, means girls are often ill and have no time for school.

MAJI MOTO, KENYA The Massai Widows Village

In the African Massai culture, girls have historically been denied an education. It is customary that these girls are married off by a male relative when they are only ten or eleven years old, in exchange for a cow. These young girls are usually forced to marry much older men who may already have six or seven other wives.

When the husbands die, they leave all thier young widows and children destitute. These Massai widows are not allowed to inherite their homes, or their animals. They are forbidden to remarry. They are left homeless, uneducated, and without any jobs skills, and with no means to support their children.

NAMBAK, LAOS The Nambak Orphanage

Loas - Nambak Orphanage delivery

Although Laos provides free education through primary school, there are few schools in remote areas of the country, preventing many children from attending. There is no public transportation or viable access roads available and with schools an average distance 30 to 40 miles away, walking is not an option.

If students live close enough to attend, they have to pay for uniforms, school supplies, and modest enrollment fees, which their families cannot afford. In Laos, 35% of the population lives under the poverty line.

One of the only alternatives available to parents is to send their children to orphanage schools. At the orphanage schools, the government provides 2 to 3 cents a day for each student for food, shelter, clothing and education, more than parents are able to afford. This pays only a fraction of living costs, let alone classroom supplies.

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA The People’s Improvement Organization School

PIO delivery

Ace of Good story began here. The People Improvement Organizaiton (PIO) School inspired founder of Ace of Good, Susan Barron Trenk to start a one-for-one backpack company after she witnessed children scavenging through garbage to support their families. The school, founded by Phymean Noun, now serves over 800 children a day and offers both academic and vocational opportunities.

SAMBURU, KENYA Umoja Village School

Umoja is a women and children only village in Samburu, Kenya. The village was started in 1990 by a group of 15 women who were looking to work together to improve their quality of life. Many of these women state that they were raped by British soldiers who were stationed in Samburu for training exercises. After the rapes these women were ostracized by their husbands and families and needed to find a new
place to live.

We met with Rebecca Lolosoli, the Matriarch of Umoja. She was limping and explained to us that a man beat her two days ago because they are so hostile about a women’s only village. We asked if she reported the incident but she said all the police are men and will not help her.

SUJA, INDIA The Tibetan Children’s Village

Tibetan School

In Upper Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama lives in exile, there exists a completely different group of children in need. These children are Tibetan refugees, who take a treacherously journey for four months over the Himalayas, past Chinese border guards, into India in pursuit of an education.

The Tibetan Children’s Village School, started by the Dalai Lama’s sister, provides shelter and education for Tibetan refugee children, many orphaned and destitute. Once they arrive in Dharamsala, India, they are placed in a Refugee Reception Center until their transition into a school can be arranged. While their basic needs such as food and accommodation are met, supplies such as backpacks, notebooks, and pencils are in desperate need for school-aged children.

USA Children of Military Families

Ten percent of all military families live below the poverty line and are on food stamps. Ace of Good has made it our mission to serve the children of our Military Families in the USA who are living below the poverty line and cannot afford school supplies for their children. The tools they need to succeed in school are the least we can do for the children of these families who sacrifice so much.

The sequester and the recent government shut down has further adversely affected our Military Families. When one of these family members is furloughed it results in a twenty percent pay cut making a difficult financial situation dire.

USA Foster Children

Ace of Good has brought our mission home to the United States, where there are 880,000 children in foster care. Many have experienced abuse or neglect from the very people they should have been able to rely on the most, their parents. These children are removed from their school or home at a moment’s notice, and find themselves in the foster care system attending a new school the next day with nothing but a garbage bags with some pencils.