Quality education is a basic human right—yet, children living in poverty and compromised conditions around the world are the least likely to attend and complete school. Millions are not attending school or are struggling to stay in school because they are poor or because they are working the streets—or because they are girls. The challenges in accessing continuous quality education are far and wide for children in foster care, subsidized households, and vulnerable communities. Students in low-income schools often do not have access to the academic tools and competitive programs they need to fully test their potential.
Through our two flagship initiatives, Coloring Futures and Bridging Gaps, Yours Humanly transforms the lives of children in need around the world by providing access to quality education and equitable resources. While the programs and resources we provide vary among the countries and cultures in which we work, our focus is always on lifting children out of poverty and other challenging situations and empowering them to achieve better, brighter futures through the power of education.
Our most meaningful and impactful global effort is our K-12 Scholarship program, which enables student enrollment of underprivileged children around the world. Literally from the streets to the classroom, Yours Humanly removes children from harm’s way, enrolls them in their local school, and fully supports their educational experience by covering the full costs of tuition, uniforms, mid-day meals, books, study materials, school supplies, and all other educational needs from placement through 12th grade graduation. We also cover boarding school fees when students have no home or family. By partnering with the schools and monitoring student progress regularly, we ensure the students served by Yours Humanly graduate high school.
STEM and Arts Programs
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and Arts education teaches students the skills they need to be productive and successful in 21st century communities, societies, and workplaces. The STEM and Arts classroom integrates teaching and learning interdisciplinary studies through hands-on, purposeful, and real-world activities and experiences, where students learn critical thinking, collaboration, communication, experimentation, and resilience. When schools don’t offer such programs in their curricula, or lack the supplies to fully implement such programs, however, learning doesn’t happen. Yours Humanly introduces and builds upon STEM and Arts programs by hosting family STEM nights and by providing STEM kits, math kits, art supplies, and program instructors when needed, to encourage student engagement, innovation, and success beyond the classroom.
Reading is at the heart of all education, encouraging academic success and a love of learning. Reading opens doors to new worlds, builds self-confidence and independence, and strengthens vocabulary and communications skills, setting children on paths to bright futures full of potential. Yours Humanly hosts literacy programs and family literacy nights to promote reading, parent engagement, and opportunities for community involvement in local schools. We donate reading books and bilingual books to grow school and classroom libraries and encourage reading at home. Globally, we enroll ESL learners in English classes, where needed, and provide bilingual books to strengthen their bilingual language competencies.
After School and Enrichment Programs
After school and enrichment programs provide environments for students to further grow academically and socially outside the classroom and school day. After school programs build upon what students are already learning in the classroom through creative and challenging hands-on projects and activities. Yours Humanly provides assistance with after school programs to support and reinforce classroom curricula; and we provide resources for extracurricular activities that promote enrichment and well roundedness, such as after school help with homework, computer education, and English classes for ESL learners.
Computers, Internet, and Technology
In the high-tech 21st century characterized by a global economy that communicates and conducts business without the limitations of geography or time zones, computers are integral to every aspect of modern society. Computer education, therefore, plays a critical role in a child’s academic career and in his or her world outside formal education. Computers and ancillary technology are powerful tools to gain knowledge, learn new skills, and thrive in and outside the classroom. To help close the digital divide and bridge the gaps between available resources and need, Yours Humanly purchases, and in many cases installs, computers and ancillary technology for student use; coordinates the development and installation of computer labs for school and community use; and provides computer science instructors, where needed, to advance technological literacy.
The physical state of classrooms and schools deeply affects student comfort, engagement, and ability to focus and learn. When the classroom is too hot or too cold, when there are not enough chairs for all students, when the ventilation is poor, learning is lost and students suffer. Yours Humanly provides basic facility needs that are deemed necessary to establish and maintain safe and effective learning environments. Among other projects, we have provided electricity, fans, classroom rugs, clean drinking water, storage and shelving units, and an outdoor learning center and playground.
Natural disasters hit most often with little or no warning, catching people and communities off guard with swiftness and severity, leaving in their wake loss of life, loss of property, and loss of livelihood. Even when there is prior warning, the extent of damage is often catastrophic, and people find themselves helpless and desperate. Wildfires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and health crises are disasters that tragically affect every child, every family, and every community in their paths. Yours Humanly responds quickly with reconstruction and rehabilitation assistance and life-saving aid and resources that children, families, communities, and schools need to recover and rebuild after a natural disaster. Among other relief efforts, we have responded to the 2015 Nepal earthquakes; 2017’s Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico; 2018’s Camp Fire in Paradise, California; 2020’s Cyclone Amphan in Sunderban, West Bengal, India; and the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic that continues to touch every person in every corner of the world.