Why we chose to fund children education?
We believe in ethical consumerism. We need to consume not just products that are great for ourselves, but also good for earth and society. Each of us can make a small difference and altogether a big one!. Our big vision is…no kids out of school in any latitude. We believe education empowers generations around the world and especially in underprivileged areas, to brighten their future and- indirectly- ours too.
What do the numbers say about kids without access to school?
Of the world’s 2,2 billion children, a staggering 258 million are without access to education (source: UNESCO).
Do we fund individual students or schools?
Our Schooldays Program partners with small non-profits whose focus is removing the barriers that prevent underprivileged kids in developing countries from accessing education.
As responsible world citizens, we partner only on fully-accredited projects with verifiable, real-life benefits and certifiable bills of health in finances, governance practices and operational transparency. We perform due diligence locally and internationally, and undertake frequent in-person visits and vetting when choosing our partners.
How does the Schooldays Program work?
Our Education Partners target the same goal from different angles: making it possible for kids to attend school.
Depending on the non-profit, this can mean providing transport for rural students, covering teacher salaries, providing school lunches, covering tuition fees, or providing much-needed personal hygiene solutions for girls who would otherwise miss school for one week of every month.
We measure our contribution in concrete, real-life terms: the number of days in school made possible by our funding. Hence the name, Schooldays.
It looks like we only fund projects in developing countries. Why don’t we support education closer to home?
Our priority is making our contribution go as far as it can; and this is more possible in countries where the cost of living (and of education) is lower than it is here in the US.
For example: through our partnership with School for Justice in India, we’re able to contribute to university tuition for sex-trafficking survivors studying law. While tuition at a law school in Delhi requires significantly more financial support than a Schoolday for a ten-year-old in Uganda, it’s still possible for us to make a difference in both cases. In the US, our contribution wouldn’t go anywhere near as far.
On a more global scale, we see improving the futures of children and especially girls in developing countries as an urgent priority; a balance-tipper that has the power to improve the fortunes not only of those individual kids and their communities, but of our world as a whole.
What is our monetary contribution?
A minimum of 2% of our annual total global sales (not of our profits) go directly to our Schooldays Program.
Our Education Partners
Days for Girls / Central America
PROVIDING FEMININE HYGIENE SUPPLIES AND KEEPING GIRLS IN SCHOOL
Without an effective solution to manage their monthly menstrual cycle, 30% of the girls from rural areas will miss school this year. In response, Days for Girls provides practical and lasting hygiene solutions, health education, and an income-generation opportunity where there is none. So far, they’ve helped over 640,000 women and girls in over 100 countries worldwide.
Abaana / Uganda
OVERCOMING ENTRENCHED POVERTY THOUGH EDUCATION
Working in 13 communities throughout Uganda, Abaana helps both children and their parents to break the chains of poverty through education. In addition to building schools (13 so far and counting), Abaana has also brought to fruition a wide range of initiatives that include a new medical clinic, doctor sponsorship and clean water.
Free to Shine / Cambodia
EMPOWER WITH AN EDUCATION TO PREVENT SEX TRAFFICKING
Free To Shine is a child organisation that prevents school-aged girls being trafficked into the commercial sex industry in Cambodia. While physically in the classroom girls are safe. Free To Shine provides the materials and funds they need to access their local state school, and keep girls in school by providing access to water, food and shelter.