SchoolBOX supports over 20,000 children and teachers in 108+ Nicaraguan communities with school supplies each year.
In Nicaragua many children don’t attend school for lack of the most basic of supplies. A notebook can literally stand in the way of a child receiving or not receiving a basic education. As the poorest country in the America’s, many of its citizens are forced to forgo educational expenses in order to simply survive. When we started working in Nicaragua over a decade ago, only 48% of children were able to complete elementary school once enrolled (UNESCO, 2007). Now 56% of students finish elementary school (UNICEF 2012). Things can change!
SchoolBOX provides an educational package with sufficient materials (notebooks, pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, ruler, coloured pencils, and modelling clay) for a student to study for an entire school year. Our organization gives each INDIVIDUAL student in our partner schools an educational package, which ensures that the supplies are distributed in the most equitable and transparent means possible. It is simple, cost effective and it works! The impact on the children who receive the packages is dramatic.
In 2018, we are running a pilot program to equip children in our partner schools with backpacks to transport their supplies to school. The kids are loving their new backpacks already!
SchoolBOX also provides packages for the teachers that we are working in our partner schools. These packages include planning notebooks, dry erase markers, coloured pens, pencils, an eraser and a pencil sharpener. These basic supplies allow the teachers to keep their classrooms functioning on a day-to-day basis. With more and more of the financial burdens for the schools being shouldered by teachers and parents these supplies are more than welcomed. Truth be told, teachers often shed tears of thankfulness.
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SchoolBOX Founder Tom Affleck shows us the contents of an educational package:
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