There are 57 million children without access to an education. Created in 2010, a portion of ecojot sales allows our GIVE Program to provide writing tools for children in need around the world to help them write their way out of poverty and violence.
When our co-founder Mark Gavin visited schools in Kenya he met a boy named James who devastatingly enough had recently lost his father to a political tribal war involving machetes. Now James lives with his mother in a refugee camp where they struggle daily to survive. During Mark's time at the school he noticed James would use up his workbook and then erase the content. Mark saw him do this and asked him why, James replied saying that if he used up his workbook, then he wouldn’t know when he would receive another. This is just one story of the many Mark experienced on his visits to schools in developing countries. Therefore, when asked why workbooks and pens it's because of children like James who are eager to learn and yet they are lacking the simple supplies to do so.
Thank You! Together we have donated over 255,000 workbooks and 84,000 pens to children in Haiti, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Poland, Honduras, Niger, St. Lucia, Granada, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and many more. Thank You all for your continued support. Together we GIVE hope, imagination and opportunities to children in need around the world.
Learn more about who we have been giving to on facebook https://www.facebook.com/ecojot View our photo albums!
Free the Children
The ecojot GIVE program annually donates to the amazing people at Free the Children who bring our donation straight to children in need around the world. In September 2014 over 800 workbooks and 40,000 pens were donated on behalf of the GIVE Program.
Since early 2014, Maylynn reached out to us for the children of Uganda. Maylynn and her Kids Canada team are committed to tearing through cultural stereotypes of poverty, dependency and entitlement by connecting schools and organizations using photography/video and the arts. They also help to kick start micro businesses and sustainable health projects. Their efforts are amazing and we are proud to provide workbooks and pens every chance we get.
Bixbee's Schoolbags for kids Philippines
On October 4th 2014, 2000 children affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Cebu, Philippines received schoolbags filled with supplies. A big thank you to our amazing friend and partner in giving back, Luis Garcia of Bixbee who traveled to the Philippines to hand out the school bags. Checkout Bixbee schoolbags at the following link. They're awesome!! http://www.bixbee.com/
Rainforest of Reading ~ Where imagination takes root
Since June 2013, ecojot's GIVE Program has donated workbooks and pens to the Rainforest of Reading literacy program managed by One World Schoolhouse Foundation which helps children in St. Lucia and Grenada.
Center for the Arts ~ Port au Prince
The ecojot GIVE Program in 2012 has been committed to providing Nadia Todres with essential art supplies for her young girls at the The Center for the Arts, Port au Prince. This is a place for young girls in Haiti to become empowered through the arts, while creating income-generating activities in the arts.
The School Bag Project ~ Haiti
Ecojot and The Schoolbag (www.theschoolbag.org), partnered up in 2011 where they have brought over 65,000 ecojot workbooks, 30,000 pens and other school supplies to children in Haiti in August 2011 and again in August 2012. Mark Gavin, Erin Schrode and 5 wonderful volunteers personally distributed all the supplies to the children twice in two years to 48 schools across the capital city of Port-Au-Prince.
Thursday September 26, 2013 was our 2nd annual GIVE Concert hosted at 3030 Dundas West. Visit our facebook album here(https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152692024569460.1073741846.38613369459&type=1&l=53fcf36dea)
Saturday August 11, 2012 we hosted our first ever GIVE to the Children Concert in Toronto. See our albums page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ecojot