2 Skool 4 Kool

We donate backpacks and school supplies to children in Guatemala to motivate them to continue to go to school.

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Date You Started Your Project Started

October 2016

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan for the future)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Children living in rural areas in Guatemala lack the basic necessities for school, and this affects their performance in school. This problem exists due to extreme poverty and the lack of concern from the government towards the communities. What we are trying to do is help those communities by donating basic education necessities to the children so that they can perform as best they can.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

By donating school supplies, including backpacks, this allows the children to continue with their studies. Most children in rural areas don’t even go to school due to poverty, but 2 Skool 4 Kool helps families out by taking out one of the most significant financial barriers. Parents in Guatemala have to pay lots of things for their children so that they can go to school. They have to pay for transportation, school uniforms, tuition, school supplies, etc. We are trying to take a couple of those things off their list for them to save some money in the long run. Most families live in extreme poverty and have numerous children they have to care for when the families cannot supply all the children with basic necessities, the children have to work to help with bringing in money for the family, but they have to leave school behind because work becomes more important than education. Many of them have the potential to become professionals, but this economic barrier gets in their way, and they rather work to help support their families.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

Visiting Guatemala for the first time was supposed to be magical, great experience but it was a massive slap in the face when we saw a child walking up a hill with a plastic bag, pencil poking out of it, in his hand. We knew we had to change something. Not only that but having a background about Central American countries and having visited/lived there, we understand the struggles of parents to get food on the table. We've heard stories from our parents about the difficulties they faced when they were little, but since we've never experienced that nor seen it, we didn't know that the struggle was real. It was a real eye-opening situation that gave us the insight to see that not everyone has the same opportunities and that some kids struggle even to get elementary education. Every child deserves to have an education and what we want to do is to take at least one worry away.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

As a contributor to our team, we start working on fundraising activities to get enough funds to buy the school supplies required for a specific school. We get help from the government in Barberaena, Santa Rosa, to help select a specific school. Once a school gets selected and involved with our project, we start communicating directly with the principal of the school and get how many students and names out. When we have school supplies ordered, we begin packing each backpack with supplies. We do all the fundraising, packing, and traveling process as a team. Once we start giving out the school supplies, there has been a rise of students attendance rises and the students are very eager to learn according to the schools that we have gone to so far.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

The projects implemented in those communities are not put in play, and the rural areas where we help are the areas where the government takes so long to give out school supplies and even uniforms. We get there before the government because sometimes even the government are not able to provide for them. Our project also talks to the principal from the start. We like to get to know the principal know what we do and when we will visit. We want to learn about the children as well and what we can do before we visit.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Our team now consists of 2 people, the Founder, Carolina and Co-Founder, Ashley. We've been working on this project for two years now, and we've impacted two schools so far, over 200 families involved in the process. Last spring, we had the opportunity to help a school in Colorado in Barberena, Guatemala and we've been in contact with the principal, and she assures that the academic performance has gone up and attendance as well. Also, when we were there, we had a mother coming to us and talking to us about the significant help school supplies are for the kids. The stories shared with us include that kids now have pencils, notebooks, and backpacks to carry their stuff and continue to go to school. Some parents also share the story of their children not going to school because they couldn't' buy school supplies due to money barriers, so they had nothing to write on.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

We'd love to expand our project to other Central American countries, starting with El Salvador and Honduras and help out the rural communities there as well. Right now, we have more fundraising activities coming up. We will be selling food starting in October, and we are now selling bracelets that we make. We also have our fund me page open for anyone who would like to donate. We are looking forward to expanding our team with dedicated people. We have a partnership in Guatemala with the government in Barberena and we're looking forward to impacting two schools in Santa Rosa, Barberena. As in for El Salvador, we want a partnership with the office management of INES, and for Honduras, we want to partner up with the Doctors in Aramecina.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Public Relations

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Sales
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations less than $100
  • Donations between $100-$1k

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
  • Recommended by others
  • Ashoka page or contact
  • Email

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

Nick Boedicker


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I just watched your video and I don't think your intervention is small as you stated. I think your project is significant. I'm puerto rican and have organized fundraising events after hurricane Maria to raise funds for the rescue organizations that rescue the stranded animals in flooding situations. I know how hard it is to get people involved. I just added you to my personal applaud list and your project is one of my favorite.

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