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Nearly a billion people Entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names - 2/3 of them are women

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If all children in low-income countries learned basic reading skills, 171 Million people could be lifted from poverty

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A child born to a literate woman is twice as likely to survive past the
age of 5


Countries

Ecuador

THE NEED

  • 55% attend secondary school
  • 16% over the age of 15 are illiterate 
  • The average adult has 7.6 years of schooling
  • Fewer than 10% of children with disabilities receive education
  • 24% leave school before grade 5

THE RESPONSE

  • Adult English
  • Children’s English 
  • Children’s Art
  • Library and Community Center
  • Environmental Education
  • E-Gap Career Prep/Small Business Development
  • Teen Center

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Nica Education

Nicaragua

THE NEED

  • 1 in 4 children complete primary-level education
  • <40% of girls leave school to marry
  • The average adult has 5.8 years of schooling
  • 40:1 student-teacher ratio 
  • 90% of high school graduates fail basic math source

THE RESPONSE

  • Adult English
  • Children’s English
  • Creative Arts 
  • Youth Medical Career Education
  • Lacrosse the Nations
  • Women’s Jewelry Cooperative
  • Math Support

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Ecuador Education Programs


Nicaragua Education Programs


"Speaking English opens up so many opportunities - jobs, travel, schools - that would not be possible without it."

- Polo
Ecuador Program Participant 

"The Convention on the Rights of the Child is clear: Education is the foundation of a free and fulfilled life."

UNICEF, 
The State of the World's Children