VISION & GOALS
We plan to make a difference by raising funds through a few different ways:
1. Get the kids to draw greeting cards which we then use to sell to our patrons and donors in Canada with the hope that they can use these cards instead of sending customary wine and other gifts at the Christmas time. It's a win-win. Donor receives a better recognition for their thought and effort and the money goes to the cause.
2. Short films/documentaries: We believe that nothing tells the story better than an artist at work. Our hope is to bring these stories to life in Canada in front of our patrons and donors so that they can understand the cause.
3. Photography: Professional photographers will capture life and hold it still in frames for our patrons and donors to purchase and showcase in a manner of their liking. Each photo will tell a story and help spread the word by creating curiousity.
In order to create a wide awareness, our initial goal is to do one mission one country at a time for a period of 7-10 days in October/Novemeber of each year.
Each of the areas identified by us will be poor neigborhoods in the developing countries.
Every dollar raised by EDUCATE will go directly towards the cause. There will be no money deducted for any indirect expenses like travel, accomodation, meals etc. Team EDUCATE will donate money out of their own pockets directly to the cause and will take care of their own personal expenses as we are blessed with sufficiency.
COLUMBIA - Our Latest Mission
Our first mission (through www.educate-kids.org) was in Lima, Peru and this year we chose Bogota, Colombia.
Success of these kind of projects is only possible with the help of the "community" and the "Crowd" and we believe that communication is a key factor in determining success of such endeavours. And on that note, here's a summary of our trip and our thoughts:
Children at these orphanages do not come by choice but because of circumstances. Every story is equally heart wrenching. Whether it's the abused child who was kept in a bucket because of extreme physical deformities or a child who was abandoned because of mental health issue like Autism. Due to wonderful efforts made by the volunteers and noble individuals like Dr. Fernando Quintero (who runs Proyecto Union orphanage in Bogota), they all find a home and shelter. They get to live with dignity. However, life for a child at an orphanage is a difficult one, especially when they have disabilities...(CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE)
PERU - Our First Mission
On November 8th, EDUCATE founders (along with four other like-minded individuals) went to Peru for 8 days to implement their first initiative - building a small facility to help the underprivileged children and assess their needs. Along with donating our time and with the help of our patrons and donors we also donated some funds, clothes, toys and books.
No particular reason. There is so much to do everywhere, though Peru was a great start. By leading this initiative, EDUCATE was able to monitor construction, provide help and support to not only those involved in making this project happen, but also to those the initiative strives to lend a helping hand. With the support of our network, we have taken the help of other like-minded individuals to pilot this project and make a real difference. Through our network, we hope to grow this initiatives to other locations.