Our objective is to produce educated adults of character and integrity who support themselves and their families through a productive career. The challenge is especially difficult in Africa which has experienced intergenerational poverty and lacks a strong educational infrastructure.
Almost all schools need to raise funds each year. Often students are selling candy or other products with little connection to their education. Our acts of kindness program is designed to raise money for students in the United States and for orphaned and disabled children in Africa. We do this by offering joy filled acts of kindness. Specifically, we help children work together as teams, form new friendships, and have life-memorable experiences by helping extremely poor children in Africa.
The primary school fundraising activity consists of student participating in a 1 mile "fun run" or "water walk" activity where students work as teams to carry water. The process starts with the school principal sending an email to parents informing them of the fundraiser and the prizes that their children can earn. Often the laps completed by students are structured as 1/25th of a mile. Each child receives a Children of Compassion T-shirt. On the back of the shirt are 25 checkboxes, and as each lap is completed, a volunteer (often a parent), checks the box on the back of the T- shirt. When combined with upbeat music and interactions with children in Africa via collaboration technology, the run or walk is a lot of fun for everyone involved.
In addition to schoolwide events, children with or without their school involvement can identify an act of kindness that they wish to perform. Our online system supports a wide range of possibilities. For example, a teacher may wish to use our technology for a classroom act of kindness that raises $200 and results in a child in Africa being able to go to school.
A sample student page generated by the Children of Compassion system is shown below.
Hi, I am participating in an act of kindness to help raise funds for my school and children in Africa. Specifically, we are carrying water for 1 mile as part of a learning experience to help us be global citizens. Unfortunately, children in Africa sometimes cannot go to school because they travel long distances to obtain water for their family. I am hoping you will support me because by raising $200 I can help a child in Africa go to school. My goal is to find 10 or more sponsors. Please click on the donation button to sponsor me.