For some Americans, post-Labor Day means “back to school,” which can be exciting or stressful or both. Kids or no, the holiday marks the time to get back to business. Turn over a new leaf. Make a fresh start. Take the next level.
To families in developing countries, however, back to school might as well
mean a trip to the moon—it’s just as far fetched. Even tuition-free government schools charge enrollment fees, and most require students to wear uniforms and shoes—costs that are out of reach to poor parents who don’t have two pennies to rub together.
It’s a sad “Catch 22.” People who lack education, especially literacy, can’t get a job. So they can’t afford to send their kids to school. Those kids grow up illiterate and unemployed, and the cycle continues. Education breaks that cycle. (Click here to read more about how knowledge combats poverty.)
A family trapped in poverty for generations can lift itself out in one. But they usually need a boost.
The average cost to send a poor kid in a developing country to school for a year is about $200. While that amount’s nothing to sneeze at, it’s small when measured against the good it can do.
What a great way to turn over that new leaf—take the next level: Sponsor education for impoverished kids who would otherwise look forward to more of the same. Help break their cycle of poverty for generations to come.