In the summer of 2006, I boarded a plane headed to West Africa. I was 25 and eager to change the world for the better.
So I spent the next six weeks with 15 teachers from around the US learning about the African people, their culture and schools.
(That’s me standing in the middle of a gigantic baobab tree!)
Many homes didn’t have electricity.
Many children ate just one meal a day.
But the people persevered.
Students found a break from the heat by gathering under trees while they took lessons from their teacher.
Lacking books and paper, kids used handheld chalkboards and scraps of chalk to practice math.
And in some villages, children walked miles (MILES!) to get to their one room school house.
Education was a privilege worth fighting for.
When I left Africa, I made a promise to help fight for their education too.
Until very recently, the West African country of Ghana was one of the poorest countries in the world.
18% of primary school age children are not enrolled in school and, of those who are in school, 28% will drop out before completing primary school (UNESCO 2012).
Playdough to Plato is an international family filled with dedicated teachers and families who are committed to the success of students.
We have a powerful opportunity to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of children in Ghana.
One person may not be able to change the world on her own, but an online family of more than 150,000 teachers certainly can.
That’s why we teamed up with Pencils of Promise, a well-trusted non-profit that provides access to high quality education for students who wouldn’t otherwise receive it.
We have set a high bar!
Between now and Friday, we are hoping to raise $25,000 that will provide critical support for 333 students in Ghana.
100% of online donations go toward supporting educational programs–so every cent you give goes directly to helping kids who need it most.
Our donations will provide 333 children access to and knowledge about water, sanitation and hygiene so they stay healthy enough to go to school.
And our funds will provide ongoing teacher training and supplies so those students thrive.
Every dollar counts.
I hope you’ll join me in being the change we want to see in the world.