GIVE Program ~ Giving children in need a chance at literacy and education
"One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world." ~ Malala Yousafzai
When our 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 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. By GIVE-ing together we will be the change.
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
View 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)
You Are the Sunshine!
Thank You! Together we have donated over 250,000 workbooks and 44,000 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!
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.