Globally, over 250 million children do not have the access to a proper education. Furthermore, 15 million children who do don't have funding for the proper resources. This issue can be solved through donations, development, and proper funding, however large changes need to occur for it to be demolished completely.
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To tackle this issue, we have split the project by our three pillars, Act, Educate, and Empower. We have collaborated with over 14 organizations to carry out the project, partnered with 3 to distribute the supplies, have hundreds of kids taking part in this, and joined with over 30 places who are supporting us by putting up our boxes. To raise awareness and make a difference in this issue we used our three pillars: Empower, educate, and act.
We will be using two methods in order to collect donations for the organization and we have split these methods into separate steps over the course of several weeks to successfully accomplish the mission.
Method 1: Door to door collection - hosting drives and depending on the people themselves to show up on a specific date and donate may not be the best solution for this situation. Instead members of certain areas will go door to door in several neighborhoods in their area. They will first talk a little bit about the issue itself (poverty and education crisis), hand out a flyer which we have designed, and ask for donations of supplies. In case they don’t have supplies with them, we can also give them the option to make a monetary donation at the moment and we’ll collect the money separately from the supplies. An option to scan a QR code on the flyer which leads to a donation page is also available.
At the end of each drive day, the chapters and organizations will be required to check in on what they collected that day and it will be added to the spreadsheet accounting for all supplies and money collected. Any physical money will be transferred from the user to the gofundme page where they’ll add to the gofundme page how much they collected, and some people who donated may also choose to use the QR code and donate directly. All supplies will be held until the final day in which they will be sent. On the final day of the event, we’ll use some of the money donated to pay for shipping and use the rest to donate.
Method 2: Donation Centers: While the first option was short-term and was more of a call to action in the moment, the second one will be a sustained version. This will involve getting in contact with local organizations, restaurants, or centers to set up a collection box. Each chapter or organization will get in contact with 5+ sources to set it up. For instance, in larger organizations like YMCAs or sports centers, you can get permission to set up a large box to collect supplies and an enclosed box on the side to collect monetary donations.
In smaller areas like restaurants, there can be a smaller donation box specifically for money to collect for the donations. Another option is partnering with small restaurants so that they’ll give the option for the customer to donate their change to the project. On each donation box, for supplies and money, we’ll include a description of what the issue is, the project is, what we’re doing and where the money will go, and how they can help. These boxes will stay there until the end of a couple months and when the collection date is ready for us to send supplies.
In this part, we’ll be focusing on educating the public on the issue of Poverty and the Education Crisis. First, each chapter and organization will address this on their platform with a post informing people on what the issue is and what they can do to help. As well as that, we’ll make a collaborative fundraiser to raise money to use towards the supplies as well.
We will contact local news stations to inform them on our project and allow our community to know about this as well as put up flyers in the partnered businesses talking about this. We will use our list of places to present and give talks in this issue to set up times for us to go and talk about this issue as well. The last way we’ll educate is by talking to local kids clubs (girls and boys club, YMCA, etc.) and schools to give presentations on this so that other kids can learn about this.
Lastly, through the organizations we have partnered with for distributing the supplies, we will get in contact with a few schools in English speaking countries so that we can set up a multi-day event where we’ll present to the kids about interesting topics. Each of the collaborations we have will allow us to specialize in what we get to present - for example, if we have partnered with an entrepreneurship organization, they can give a lesson in this. Each organization we have collaborated with can send a few members to give one 30 minute lesson which will total for a day long activity in one of the schools. This lesson can be on any topic interesting to teach about for an elementary to middle school audience (climate change, our solar system, etc. doesn’t have to be related to the organization itself) and we’ll coordinate which topic each group will be presenting and set it up for the day of the event. We will do this in several schools across the week in the summer. This will serve as the ending point of the initiative after we have sent and donated all the collected supplies.