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.