Education = Empowerment. Here’s how we are a part of the equation.
By: Kassandra Cabrera
As 2016 comes to an end we reflect on all that has been accomplished this last year as well as prepare for all we must do in the upcoming one. Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. (CBOB), along with many other organizations, has worked tirelessly to provide all children with a right they so greatly deserve, the right to an education.
Unfortunately, our efforts, along with others, are continuously needed due to the fact that there are more than 59 million children still unable to receive an education. Girls make up 55% of these children. The two factors that are most influential for being able to receive an education are the type of community as well as income. Children living in rural communities are two times more likely to not attend school and the wealthiest 20% are four times more likely to be in school than the poorest 20%. In addition, not being able to receive an education greatly hurts the community’s ability to thrive socially and economically. Education empowers children to make good decisions and prepares them for future success.
This year CBOB has gone above and beyond in acting to combat the issue of the lack of education. In 2016, CBOB has provided five students with the IAMCBOB Scholarship. Because of this, they are able to attend various universities thus allowing them to advance their careers. Additionally, CBOB volunteers went on four Bound for Peace Service Trips this year. These trips allowed volunteers to educate the children of various areas in South America. CBOB was also able to provide over 500 children with backpacks, giving them the proper materials necessary for success in school.
Although much has been achieved this past year, our mission does not stop now. 2017 is a chance for new opportunities! CBOB plans to continue and expand its mission until every child, worldwide, has the right to an education.
By Terra Lilkendey
The holiday season is a time of giving back and opening our hearts to those who need help and support. Here at Children Beyond Our Borders, we love this time of year because we get to host so many fun events for children all around Florida. These events help us to support and inspire our communities!
We teamed up with Feed and Fortify to participate in the Angels Party for homeless students in Orlando. Our goal with the event was to provide an evening full of magic and making dreams come true for the over 200 families in attendance! The event had food for families, and special golden tickets for the children to participate in fun activities. Coming from such rough backgrounds we wanted our activities to help the kids foster their belief in themselves embrace their self worth! The kids had so much fun playing games and having their faces painted. Instead of writing letters to Santa, we had the kids write their future selves letters. It was so inspiring to see what goals the kids had for themselves!
Our Spirit of Giving event in Gainesville, provided children with toys and stuffed stockings thanks to our donations received from #GivingTuesday! The look of excitement on every child’s face made the event so amazing and rewarding.
Also, we want to say a HUGE thank you to all of our Holiday Helpers who came out and helped with our events! You guys were great and we know that you had an amazing impact on all of the kids!
This holiday season, Children Beyond Our Borders wants you to remember how important giving back is, and how much of an impact you can make on your community.
Best of Wishes and Happy Holidays,
Children Beyond Our Borders!