GIVE Program ~ Giving children in need a chance at literacy. Together we GIVE more!
All children deserve to learn. Created in 2010, the ecojot GIVE Program provides a workbook and pen to children in need around the world with every sale of a Jumbo Journal.
On August 11th, 2012 we hosted our first ever GIVE to the Children Concert in Toronto. See our albums page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ecojot)
With the sale of an ecojot® Jumbo Journal a child in need receives a workbook or pen to build their literacy skills. As of now, together we have donated over 244,000 workbooks and 34,000 pens to children in Haiti, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Poland, Honduras, Niger, St. Lucia and Zimbabwe. Thank You all for your continued support. Together we give more.
Learn more about who we have been giving to on facebook https://www.facebook.com/ecojot Take a look at our albums!
Rainforest of Learning ~ Where imagination takes root
This September 2014, ecojot's GIVE Program in collaboration with Rainforest for learning will travel to St. Lucia and Grenada to give children in need a series of literature books to strengthen their reading skills. Check back soon for updated information.
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.
Why give workbooks and pens?
When our founder Mark Gavin visited schools in Kenya he met a boy named James who devastingly 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 supplies.
Our purpose is to give children in need sustainable tools for them to develop their literacy skills in hope that at least one and hopefully many will grow to become positive influencers and give back to their community and our world.
Many children in developing countries cannot attend school because they lack basic school supplies. The opportunity to be educated can give a child a sustainable and more prosperous life for their families, community and country. We are committed to supporting children's arts, literacy and education. Together we will GIVE more.