Project information

Healthy Kids

To improve the health of our children so that they are able to take full advantage of the education that is being provided for them and have the tools they need to break out of the cycle of poverty

six months

Charity information: Education for the Children Foundation

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  • Need

    Need

    Our children come from extremely impoverished backgrounds and although our focus is on education without providing nutritious food in school many of our children would have to work or beg to earn enough to eat and without providing health care our children would be too sick to learn - our support has to be all encompassing

    Solution

    We are launching a Healthy Kids campaign to raise vital funds that will enable us to tackle the health & lifestyle issues faced by our students and free up our funding meaning that we can improve the quality of education that they are receiving as well as their ability to make full use of it

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improving our kids' health in terms of diet, mental and physical well-being, & safe amenities

    Activities

    » Secure funding to improve and expand our food programme in the school and give our children a healthy diet
    » Purchase and distribute safe stoves to stop the permanent lung damage being caused to our children from their families cooking on open fires at home
    » Improve & expand the scope of health care and psychological support available to our kids and their families by securing funding

    Success will be 500 demonstrably healthy kids who are able to take full advantage of the education that is being provided for them


    Aim 2

    Teach our kids about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and facilitate this with extra classes

    Activities

    » Expand our health education classes to include sexual health, hygiene and lifestyle as well as giving additional classes for parents & families
    » Improve & expand our sports programme to ensure that our kids are given physical education classes regularly to build their strength & fitness.
    » Put on additional culinary classes to ensure our children grow up with an understanding of a balanced diet and put it into practise at home

    Success will be regular classes and measured improvement in our children's understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and seeing these lessons put into practise.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our children will be fit and healthy for life and will carry these lessons forward into the next generation. Having improved health will also mean that they will be in a better position to take full advantage of the education that is being provided for them and will enable them to excel academically and find gainful employment that will allow them to break free from the chains of poverty forever.

    Risk

    Culture & customs. Because there is a great deal of taboo around mental health, sexual health as well as fierce gender stereotypes we have had to ensure that we are sensitive to these issues with regards to our approach.
    It is customary to use open fires and to drink any water and their diets are not only based on what is available to them but operate along cultural lines so we have to be aware of these boundaries and align our help with their culture and customs as closely as possible

    Reporting

    As regularly as dictated by our donors, we maintain contact and report on our progress as well as sending thanks for their support.

    We also encourage our donors to come and visit our project, get to know our children and build a meaningful personal relationship with us all.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £26,100

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,500 Health Care Medical treatment (including dentistry), vaccines, equipment, and first aid training
      £4,000 Psychological Support The cost of psychological assessment & treatment as well the the salary of our school psychologist
      £3,600 Health Education Workshops and classes on health & physical education
      £14,000 Safe Stoves The cost of supplying every family home with a safe alternative to cooking with open fires
  • Background

    Location

    Our project is based in Guatemala, Central America. We take in disadvantaged children from the Panchoy Valley and have a school in a small town called Jocotenango.

    We also operate from a UK base in Nottingham and are just about to launch a support base in the US.

    Beneficiaries

    500 children a year and over 800 families, we hope to increase this number to 650 children in 2012.

    Our students come from a severely impoverished area and would not otherwise have access to education, food or health care but would join the 35% of Guatemalan children that form part of the countries labour force. The majority of them live on the steep hillside of Vista Hermosa in make-shift housing that is small and basic and can be very dangerous and prone to mudslides in the rainy season.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working in Guatemala for almost a decade and have strong bonds with our students and their families. Opening our brand new school has cemented the Foundations relationship with its service users and allowed us to lower our costs and pool our resources between our Primary and Secondary schools by putting them in one place. We already do a great deal of what is included in this project but we wish to improve and expand these services without detracting from our education budget.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Amy Holly

    Amy is our Charity Co-Ordinator in Guatemala and ensures everything is done as it should be both in the school and with regards to social support.

    Jorge Castillo

    Director of Secondary Education. Jorge has been with us since day one and is a highly valued, capable and devoted member of staff.

    Patty Castillo

    Director of Primary Education. Patty has also been with us since we started in 2003 and is a fantastic asset to our school and our Foundation.

    David Mckee

    Chairman. Dave set up the Foundation, works unpaid and is fully committed and very passionate about our project and knows all of our students & staff

Hand in hand we can break the cycle of poverty

Hand in hand we can break the cycle of poverty

£20

will give a family access to safe drinking water

I've vistited 3 times it's great! I hope to make people aware of the plight of these children, we can't turn a blind eye to them they need our help

Shaun Wright-Phillips, (Right Midfielder, Man City FC)