Uniforms & Supplies
Providing uniforms and school supplies lies at the heart of the organization’s mission to be responsive to immediate challenges facing families and local communities. This program seeks to remove one of the greatest obstacles to attending public school: students must have uniforms and their own supplies. The cost of supplies (approximately $20 per student) is out of reach for most families engaged in subsistence farming with too many children at home. Many families must choose just one child to attend school and hope that one can come home and teach the rest. By supplying these children with the things they need for school, we are able to get all the village children in school, not just some.
At the end of October every year, open enrollment begins and our team compiles rosters of students new and old to receive uniforms, books, and supplies. Through alliances with village elders, teachers, and administrators in individual schools, we organize an Opening Day at each of the schools we support in early November to distribute the necessary supplies for students to attend school.
Check out some scenes from this year’s supplies and uniforms distribution!