22 Oct Our Website has LAUNCHED!
We are delighted to announce the launch of our website for Chances for Children International (CCI). We welcome you to visit the site, www.chancesforchildreninternational.org, and learn about the international grassroots organizations we have begun to support with small on-going grants. These organizations target education, especially for girls in developing countries.
Education in most developing countries is free, but families must pay for school fees, uniforms and exam fees, which put school out of reach for many children. A family whose annual income is merely USD$1,000 cannot afford the $20/month ($240 a year) in school costs, certainly not for all of their children. If a family can scrape together funds for one child to attend school, it will be a boy. Typically, girls are relegated to domestic chores at home and caring for younger siblings. This is why we are particularly interested in supporting girls’ education.
Last winter we traveled to several countries to learn how we could help strengthen existing organizations whose missions support education. We located four organizations in three countries (India, Nepal and Vietnam), which are described in some detail on our website. All four organizations do amazing work to educate children, and we are proud to partner with each of them.
• In India, ALIG (A Literacy Initiative Group) enriches primary and middle schools by providing English language teachers and afterschool programs, recently opening a vocational and technical skills center (sewing, embroidery, computer literacy) for young women not in school, so they can learn a trade and become more financially secure.
• In Nepal, we support EduCaB (Educational Capacity Building), an NGO that enables rural villagers to build libraries. These libraries are busy community centers that encourage the spread of ideas (how wonderfully seditious!), and will be connected to the internet to open up even more learning opportunities for students.
• In Vietnam, we support two small but stellar organizations. CEF (Children’s Education Foundation) provides scholarship support for girls’ education – primary through high school — in central Vietnam. A new program targets academically-promising young women for university scholarships and mentoring support. The other program, Hearing and Beyond, is a small school for deaf and hearing-impaired young children in central Vietnam. Without this program these children would have no options for an education, instead leading socially-isolated lives with no meaningful interactions or any means of communicating with others. Now able to receive an education, they will be able to lead productive lives as adults.
We wish to thank Boris Kezic, a highly-talented graphic designer from Australia, for creating the CCI website. As luck would have it, we met Boris and his partner Sandra in Southern India last year when Boris offered to design a logo and website that would visually convey our mission. As we’re sure you will agree once you check out the website, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Our most heartfelt thanks to you, Boris!
We are eager for your feedback on the website, so please let us hear from you.
Judi (Garfinkel) and Larry (Brown)