Severe poverty can impede children's ability to learn and contribute to social, emotional, and behavioral problems. It can also contribute to extremely poor mental and physical health. Risks are greatest for children who experience poverty when they are young and/or experience deep and persistent poverty.
Research is clear that poverty is the single greatest threat to children's well-being.
Education, along with high-quality early care and learning experiences for children can make a difference. Investment in the poorest and most vulnerable children is very critical.
The Children of Tijuana, Mexico
"Defeating all odds, the average student from our kindergarten graduates .... working one full year above grade level." David Lynch, school founder
Our main emphasis is our preschool/kindergarten. For the teenagers and young adults, we have a computer lab where we teach both computer literacy and English conversation. Meet some of our children >>
Our Summer Camp program provides a wide variety of classes and changes every year according to the volunteer teachers who come to share their talents with children ranging in age from three to sixteen. Field trips sometimes provide the only exposure to life beyond the garbage dumps. Learn more about our camps >>
The Children of Matagalpa, Nicaragua
The children who live on the borders of the Matagalpa, Nicaragua, garbage dump have mothers, brothers, sisters and extended family. A few have dads at home. They scavenge for food, clothing, shoes, household goods, building materials, as well as recyclable goods such as cans, plastic, and glass. Everyone in a family goes to work with mom and dad and anyone that is able to scavenge, does so. Working together, a family may earn $1.50 per day.
Our main emphasis is focusing on the needs of the working child. Therefore, our kindergarten has classes from 7:30 to 11:00. Our afternoon elementary school has children ranging in age from six to sixteen. They are tested and placed at a level that meets their abilities. Most of these children either never went to school or dropped out because they had to work to support their families. Meet some of our children >>