In 2012 Justice for Humanity had the privilege of connecting with a group of displaced migrants who had fled from the political and religious injustice in in their home country of Eritrea. We helped them organize into a cohesive community and helped them found a Christian primary school where their children can go to school without a fear of persecution from their predominantly Muslim neighbors.
In this region of East Africa attacks on Christians from Muslims is fairly commonplace, but through God’s blessing and our mission to connect with government leaders this school has been protected. It’s currently attended by over 60 little students, but it’s in desperate need of stable funding to pay the teachers, provide learning materials, and eventually move to a permanent building instead of renting.
Our most urgent needs right now are for a van (to act as a school bus) and a playground. Transportation in this part of the world is extremely expensive and vehicles are taxed at very high rates. This means most people can’t afford to buy a car, and paying for taxis and public transportation is also very expensive. Many of our children’s families are struggling to get their kids to school, and they need some sort of reliable and affordable transportation.
We are hoping to raise $15,000 to pay for the purchase price and taxes for a van that will be used as a school bus to get our kids to school on a daily basis. This will help kids from more low-income families be able to attend the school by eliminating the transportation cost burden from their families, and during the times when it isn’t being used as a school bus, it will also provide a stable source of income for the school because they can rent it out for a profit.
For anyone who has kids, you know how important a play area can be. Studies show that kids who have an opportunity to play have increased cognitive skills, learn faster and are much more focused†. We are hoping to raise $5,000 for the purchase of a playground for our school in East Africa.
If you are able to help with any of these projects, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a donation. Thank you!
- “The cognitive benefits of play: Effects on the learning brain” (2008-2014) Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. www.parentingscience.com [link].
- “Play and the Development of Social Engagement: A comparative Perspective” (2006) Sergio M. Pellis and Vivien C. Pellis. The Development of Social Engagement: Neurobiological Perspectives. Oxford University Press, p.247-274 [link].
- “Prosocial foundations of children’s academic achievement” (2000) Capara GV, Barbaranelli C et al. Psychological Science. Jul; 11(4): 302-306 [link]