A month ago, I stumbled on a chance to volunteer for One Kid One World in El Salvador, not knowing what to expect or how to help. I quickly saw how hands on contributions can impact others as I helped rebuild a local rural school. One Kid One World programs focus on keeping kids in school and out of gangs, which recruit students that are vulnerable to dropping out. El Salvador is listed as the deadliest country in Latin America with high crime and gang violence.
I sat with a little girl Fatima age 6 on a bench as she politely smiled and persistently asked me for more Dora stickers. She proudly talked around her excitement for the new school, yet many girls like Fatima will dropout of school after 4th grade. The longer she can be motivated to stay in school, the more likely the rates of crime and gang violence will diminish for this generation.
OKOW has seen attendance in the schools they work with increase by as much as 30%. Funding raised for this program will help finish the work we did at the school. We fixed access to the school and bathrooms – in the rainy season, parents may not have sent their kids. A new kitchen was built so kids can get their one hot meal a day. Donations also provide new library tables and stools, whiteboards, reading corners, books and school materials. 2 classrooms were renovated with new ceilings, lights, and desks.
This charity is now deeply personal to me and run by friends in my LA neighborhood who were inspired to make a difference for the kids and rural communities of El Salvador. Your support will go directly to make a big impact to the boys and girls who deserve to stay in school.