Cade, a young man of 12, was working to receive his Eagle Scout award. He wanted to do something impressive. Something that no every Boy Scout does, so he went big. He knew that his family was going to Bolivia with CHOICE on an expedition to help a local community there build a school, so he decided to gather enough supplies for the whole school.Read more
As part of the Spring Into Action campaign running from April 16 – May 1, we will be posting daily about topics related to extreme poverty and how anyone and everyone can join the movement to end it.
Though almost everyone has complained at some point in their life about school, it’s hard to deny the benefits that our education provided to our lives.
Why does education matter? When people are able to get a quality education they can break the cycle of poverty by getting better jobs that can result in a better life. Education, therefore, helps to reduce inequalities and empowers people to live more healthy and sustainable lives.Read more
It’s International Women’s Day & we're celebrating rural women who are working hard to benefit their families and communities.
We know when a community focuses on literacy; the general health and standard of living naturally increase. However, many women in remote Guatemala only speak their native language of Q’eqchi’ and therefore they are not able to find work or go to school outside of their village where Spanish is the predominant language.Read more
Recently CHOICE Nepal hosted the Honorable Mrs. Bidhya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal for the Inauguration ceremony of the Agriculture Laboratory Building at the Janakalyan Secondary School in Palung, Makwanpur, Nepal.
The lab will benefit 1,245 students of Janakalyan Secondary School and all the farmers from the community. Students will learn new techniques, and the farmers can test the quality of soil and as well as disease in plants. Agriculture is the main source of income in Palung. Twenty thousand families in Palung are engaged in vegetable farming due to the proximity of Kathmandu which gives them a broader customer base.Read more
International Labor Day is celebrated around the world and Guatemala is no exception. This day commemorates the struggle of workers to enforce their labor rights. Thanks to these struggles today workers have fair working conditions. However, there are sectors that continue to fight for job opportunities that allow them to meet their needs and be able to develop in an environment of equality.Read more
Personal determination is a characteristic highly sought after by CHOICE Humanitarian in its recipients. Susmita Gurung, a CHOICE recipient from Nepal that displayed a high level of personal determination has a story worthy of sharing. Susmita, a 17-year-old girl from the village of Bangre, has a goal to help others by becoming an English teacher. She has faced many hard situations almost from birth but is still determined to attain her goal.Read more
Sikaab’e is a state of the art technical school and it is the only one of its kind in the Polochic Region and provides education and training for farmers and high school students ages 14-18. Increased education and vocational training gives the locals the opportunity to stay in the community, to find a better job, or to create a business. Appropriately named, Sikaab’e means “Seek Your Path” in Q’eqchi’ and encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.Read more
CHOICE Guatemala announces the completion of the kitchen facility on the campus of Sikaab’e! Sikaab’e is the technical school in the Plicheck Valley where CHOICE Guatemala works. It is appropriately named as Sikaab’e means “Seek Your Path” in Qeqchi and this is the first of its kind in this region and encourages entrepreneurship and innovation to farmers and high school students in the region.
Increased education and vocational training gives the locals the opportunity to stay in the community, to find a better job, or to create a business. The school was built by 19 students studying masonry who received their INTECAP government certification as masons. The second cohort graduated 19 people in culinary skills.Read more
Prem Kumari Prajuli is a 79-year-old widow. She was married at 11 and a widow by 12. When her husband died, she was too young to realize that lasting impact of how that would shape her life. Even after the tragic event, as a tradition she had to live with in-laws. She feels fortunate to have in-laws that are caring and respectful. She has devoted her life to caring for her nephews and nieces, and they now take care of her as she is getting older.
She can read and write because she self-studied and attended adult literacy classes in the evening, but she never had the opportunity to go to school. She knows education is the key to social change – like child marriages and eliminating extreme poverty.Read more
Life can be tricky when you’re living in extreme poverty. Everything seems like an uphill battle. The expense of education and the time that it takes away from household chores is often a stumbling block. This is particularly true for girls.
If you live in the poverty belt in Guatemala, and you are one of the lucky ones to graduate from primary school, there is nowhere close to continue your education, and the cost can be prohibitive.
However, in 2009 CHOICE Humanitarian opened the Nacional Instituto Telesecundaria Basic Educación opened, and that was a game changer. Serving students from 12 to 16 years old.Read more