Success Story: Peace Perfect School
New Akrade, Ghana
Poorly executed NGO efforts had destroyed the dignity of the people in New Akrade and eroded their trust for outsiders. I left my first visit there compelled to start my own nonprofit and do things differently.
There was a demonstrable need for education, both to give children a way up and to provide exponential employment and vocational training opportunities for adults. By partnering with Wilhelmina, who had a small school but barely a building to speak of, our three primary opportunities were to:
- Invest in education in this rural area
- Enable Wilhelmina to run a self-sustaining, female-run business
- Employ local labor while training those locals in the construction trade
- Secured the school location
- Engaged local contractors and creating a construction training program
- Organized community effort to building the school
- In keeping with our goal for long-term, continuous impact, we are currently working on a sustainability effort for staffing and paying teachers, and we speak regularly about future plans for the community.
- Increased attendance through the addition of a school building which allows children to go to school in the rain. Prior to the building, students could not attend school for approximately 30 percent of the year due to weather.
- Increased total enrollment 5 percent in first year.
- By improving consistency in both attendance and enrollment, more mothers were able to work.
- Dignity and connection built through friendships with children abroad, including Sacred Heart Catholic School students and Mission & Movement Ambassadors.
Success Story: Vocational Training
New Akrade, Ghana
Inspired by our global travels over the last decade, we have gained a deep appreciation for the tradition of handmade goods. Unfortunately, over time, younger generations began to lose interest in the handicrafts of their communities. As the practices were handed down generation-to-generation less often, skills were lost, and communities became less able to capitalize on the value of the products. The opportunity to provide consistent vocational training was apparent and combines the potential for local employment and revenue with the need for ongoing education in these trades.
- Opened City Chik Kriations bead shop where community members sell products and teach others about sewing and making glass beads, handbags and jewelry.
- Sponsored program in nursing education.
- Underscoring our belief in ongoing support that pivots as communities evolve, new programs for the shop now being finalized and will roll out in 2018.
- Created part-time employment for four artisans at City Chik Kriations, and the store has generated sustainable monthly income. We're beginning to see the initial stages of tourism and local recognition.
- Hosted vocational training sessions in handbag design for community.
- The local community trained alongside contractors/builders which generated consistent income during the store's development.
- The global connections formed during our involvement have led to teachers collaborating on best practices, business processes and design pattern creation.
- Kente design artisan brought into community.
Success Story: Shine Kibera
In Kibera, one of the largest slums in Kenya, the Shine Kibera school had a structure, but struggled to generate consistent adequate funding. Mission & Movement tapped into the passion and values of several of our donors and participants to ensure the school was supported.
- Supplied students with back packs and school supplies provided through T. Rowe Price's corporate responsibility efforts.
- Created connectivity between the school and the global community, particularly with Sacred Heart Catholic School in Palm Springs, California, which participated in pen pal and scholarship programs.
- Sponsored more than two years' of the schools rent through donor contributions to Mission & Movement's 501(c)(3)
- Dedication and consistency has led to improved student scores on governmental exams.
- Providing sponsorship for the school's rent has allowed children and teachers to get proper meals.
- Two students received scholarships for further education.
- Global connections with companies and schools have allowed students insight and inspiration through relationships developed via the T. Rowe Price and Sacred Heart Catholic School programs.
Success Story: Sacred Heart School
Palm Springs, California
Sacred Heart Catholic School was looking to create an ongoing elective class for students that would provide a program of giving back that tied to the school's core values and adhered to the Mission & Movement framework.
- Students executed fundraisers that have benefited a number of children in need both locally and abroad, including a scholarship program for students at Shine Kibera.
- They've instituted pen pal programs with both the Peace Perfect and Shine Kibera schools.
- Students hold a monthly kindness challenge within their local community which has also engaged participation from other schools.
- Consecutive elective class has reached more than 20 students who have reported to the broader school on their objectives promoting gratitude, kindness and giving back.
- Conducted multiple fundraisers collecting more than $2,000 dollars which has been used for sponsorships and field trips in Kenya
- The global connection with students in Ghana and Kenya has allowed children to feel their true impact in the world, and the highly rated class has seen growing numbers year over year.