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    The power of education

    Education is important not only in the classroom but in life. We help remote communities learn how to steward their resources and sustain themselves as modernization expands.

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    The Strategy of Education in Conflict Prone Regions

    We believe you can shift cultures away from violence with the simple tool of education. But will students actively learn if they are going hungry? Our education-based approach goes so much farther than the classroom…

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    Local Spirits vs Education

    …They thought that if they allowed their children to study that evil spirits would curse their family and they would all die.

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    The First High School Graduate

    There were a lot of shoot outs…I even remember my teacher telling us to lay on the floor, because the shootings would even happen during daytime…

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    We Need Education Badly

    We need education badly. We need to study our letters. Help us, that we aren’t carrying weapons of war but are people of worth.

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    Help Us Keep Students Out of Combat

    “Most of these kids, if they cannot go to school, they marry at 13 years old, 15 years old…either they marry or they go into the army?”

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    Keeping Children Out of Combat with Education

    Pioneering new projects in hard-to-reach places is at the heart of what we do. We are continually exploring new approaches to keeping children out of combat, and one of the most effective methods we’ve found is education.

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    School Year Reflections

    As the 2015-2016 school year comes to a close in the Philippines, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on what you helped accomplish as well as share with you hope for the future.  

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    The Difference 10 Years Can Make

    Coming from a poor village with no opportunities for work or education, his future was bleak. Like you or I, Dao was terrified of becoming a child soldier. He told us, “I don’t like war. I feel that it is very bad for young children.” 

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    How a Young Teacher and a Tiny, Jungle Schoolhouse are Changing Lives!

    At the start of the school year, eleven boys and fifteen girls, ranging from age three to age seventeen, clamored into the schoolhouse. The twenty-six students were divided into four grade levels (kindergarten, first, fourth and fifth) – all of which are taught by one teacher, a woman named Elsa.

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    Schools Really Do Save Lives: Rizal’s Story

    In areas like the remote mountain villages of the Philippines, school is literally life saving. When children aren’t in school, they face a much higher risk of army recruitment and when they lack any tangible skills, they are more likely to find joining the army the only logical decision. From the outside looking in, it’s hard to imagine a child having no better option in life than to pick up a gun. Unfortunately, this is the reality for many children around the world, which is why our education projects are so vital. For many children, it’s the difference between life and death. 

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    Nobel Peace Prize Winner Encourages Education For Children Worldwide

    Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi spoke in Geneva, Switzerland this week on his life-long pursuit: the eradication of child labor. His work to end child labor, primarily focused on the use of child soldiers, won him the Nobel Peace Prize in India. Mr. Satyarthi has dedicated his life to removing children from harm, both in India and around the world. We followed his story and were deeply inspired by his speech.

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    Welcome To Tigbaw’s New School! Opening June 2014.

    In just a few short weeks, the children of Tigbaw, high in the mountains of Mindanao, will attend their first day of school. But this is not simply the start of a new school year, it is the start of a new and bright future for the entire village. It means the children will learn valuable skills affording them opportunities previous generations could have only dreamed about, and most importantly, it will keep the children safe from rebel army recruitment. 

    Thanks to your continued commitment and donations, we have been able to make the dreams of the Tigbaw people a reality! We're excited to share some of the photos taken along the way - it took determination, passion, and two entire villages - but we did it!

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    Training Future Leaders: A Look Inside A Mindanao School

    We use education as an essential tool for ending the cycles of violence that have plagued Mindanao, Philippines for so many years. By building and facilitating schools and children’s homes, we effectively negotiate freedom for child soldiers and protect children from trafficking situations. 

    Schools like this one provide children with the skills to become proud, valuable contributors and peacemakers in society; an opportunity never afforded to prior generations.

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    Building a Future in Mintosing, Philippines: The Story of a School

    Imagine the excitement in the hearts of these children, as they woke up, washed up at the river a kilometer away (as there is still no water in this village), and hurried to attend the first day of school in their lives! None of them can read or write, or add and subtract, so all of the children, from age 5 - 15 must begin together in one class. It was truly an amazing site to see!...