Our Education Program was developed to provide children from impoverished backgrounds with no means to go to school a chance for an education.
As with our Orphanages/Safe-Homes, our Education Program is a sponsorship-funded project, and monthly donations go towards financing school-related expenses such as school fees, transportation, uniforms and books. Furthermore, it facilitates connections between the children and their sponsors that enrich each other’s understanding of the world.
Unfortunately, public education is not free in most developing countries where students are required to pay for their tuition, and if not direct tuition then they are required to pay for "teacher special fees", "desk fees", mandatory replacement uniforms and books, exams, and graduation and other ceremonies. These fees are why the poorest children are never able to attend. Instead, they work in sweatshops and rice fields, perpetuating the family's poverty. In addition, what little education they do receive is often of poor quality.
Sponsors are encouraged to communicate with each child, thereby forging links between people of varying cultures to learn about each other and grow together. TEP embodies IHF's "Pass It On" philosophy, which encourages people who have received a free education to pass it on to others. For only USD $10.00 per month, a TEP sponsorship allows a child to attend public school with 100% of the money going towards the children's school costs. Not only financially beneficial to our children, sponsorship allows direct, ongoing sponsor/student communication, creating a link between our children and their sponsors, helping to build long lasting relationships that can alter one's perspective of the world.
To select candidates, we verify that all TEP applicants are in the most need by sending volunteers to the children's homes for evaluations. Once on the program, we ensure that 100% of donated money goes towards children's school costs through the use of logbooks.