WARM HEART WORLDWIDE INC via Crowdrise
June 21, 2015
BENEFITING: WARM HEART WORLDWIDE INC
EVENT DATE: Jul 31, 2015
Four different uniforms – shirt, pants/skirt, shoes, socks, belt, hat – per child, 65 kids – that’s 260 shirts, 260 skirts/pairs of pants, 260 pairs of shoes, 260 pairs of socks, 260 belts and 260 hats, just for the first week of school!
If only this were just about uniforms.
Our kids come from a nowhere where no one goes anywhere. When they arrive they can’t speak Thai or write their own names. Within two years, they are outperforming their classmates by huge margins and dreaming of a life they never knew existed before. "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Computer graphics designer. Neurosurgeon. We can work miracles. But our kids still need pants.
The simple fact that our kids know that there are careers beyond the holy five - doctor, nurse, teacher, soldier and policemen - is already remarkable. The fact that they can imagine themselves in these jobs is truly astounding.
Our kids can look beyond the mountains that surround them only because of people like you who understand that all great careers start with the pair of shoes neceesary for the first step.
But kids grow – fast – and wear things out – fast. They go through three complete sets of everything each year. And there are knap sacks. And pencil cases. And all the stuff that goes in pencil cases. And the notebooks for every subject. And all the school books. Yes, we buy our kids’ school books, too. Oh, and don’t forget the school bus, $8 a month for the littles and $16 a month for the bigs.
And try this on for size: every kid we graduate from 9th grad - a minor miracle around here - and send to high school adds $1,000 to the budget. When we graduate a young person from high school - a major miracle - and send him/her to universtiy it adds at least $5,000.
So far, we have a 100% graduation rate.
Success is costly, too.
But our mission is to educate our kids for a future free from poverty. School costs are everything to us. They are our mission costs.
You can help. Join our mission. As our donor-partner, together we can ensure all the Warm Heart kids a brighter future.