The Crayon Project
A Peacemaking Project by Niamh K.
What is the injustice we are solving?
In Guatemala there is no free schooling like we have in the United States. The goal of my project is to send school supplies down to an organization in Guatemala that will help distribute the supplies to schools in Guatemala. Many families cannot afford to pay for the education or the supplies to help get their children an education. By sending supplies down I hope to help more children go to school so they can have a brighter future.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of the lack and cost of education in other countries around the world, starting with Guatemala
we will address the expense of education for a child and his or her family and try to lower it
by sending school supplies down to an organization in Guatemala that will help distribute the supplies to different schools and students.
Our Project Plan:
- With our project we have the goal of sending school supplies down to an organization in Guatemala that will distribute them to others. This will help more and more families send their kids to school and help them have a brighter future.
We will increase my / our compassion by...
By pursuing this project we will be able to better understand the struggles of people who cannot afford school supplies or other necessities go through to ensure their children can receive an education. We have already seen how hard is is to get money to buy just supplies, to factor in other costs of daily life it would be much, much harder. By sending supplies we will know more about the struggles of people who are living in poverty and how difficult it can be to buy things we see as simple such as pens, pencils, crayons, and other supplies.
How will you show courage?
We will show courage by advocating for the children of Guatemala who cannot speak up about the pricey cost of education. We have put ourselves out there in our community discussing the issues of education in Guatemala. Not only have we spoken to those in our community but there has been an article written about our project and we have used social media to raise awareness about the issue we are fighting to end.
How will you collaborate with others?
So far I have teamed up with a club at my school, the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CCSR), and with a classmate, Haley Cuff. Haley and I have worked hard so far to collaborate with an organization in Guatemala called, Mayan Families. This organization will help us distribute the supplies we have collected and sent down to different families who are in need of them and to other schools in the area so their students can receive supplies too.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
We will know that we are moving in the right direction after we send the supplies and they are received by the Mayan Families organization. The organization will be able to give them to classrooms and children that need them. Mayan Families will let us know about the reactions of the children and then we will know that this project was a part of making a difference and the right thing to do.
- 1. Advocate and speak up about our project to the community and on social media.
- 2. Collaborate with an organization in Guatemala to help us distribute the supplies.
- 3. Apply for grants to receive money.
- 4. With the money received buy supplies like crayons, pencils, pens, and paper.
- 5. Use the remaining money to ship the supplies down to the Mayan Families organization in Panajachel, Guatemala.
- 6. When contacted by organization saying they got the supplies, see what other countries are dealing with similar issues and set up connections there and do the same thing!