"Education = Empowerment. Add Yourself to the Equation." At Children Beyond Our Borders, we see this over and over again. But have you ever stopped to think about what it truly means?
Ever since our conception in 2003, we have been dedicated to fight the social injustices around the world with the best tool we can offer: education. Malcolm X, an American human rights activist during the Civil Rights Movements, says that education is “the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” It’s an incredible tool, recognized globally by organizations such as the United Nations, to end trends of violence and displacement.
However, it isn’t easily accessible for many children, both inside and outside the United States. Some simply can’t find a way to get to school; they walk miles upon miles to get to school and come back home, constantly exhausted from what they have to do. Others may not have the time and need to help support their family to barely meet the bare necessities for them to survive. A lot of children also may not even know how important education is to them. There are so many difficult situations that lead to education not becoming a priority to children around the world, which only adds to the continuous social injustice throughout the word.
That’s where we try to step in. We highlight these issues, bringing awareness to international problems through our social media and workshops. We venture out, traveling under our Bound For Peace service trip to interact directly with those in need of our help and support. We inspire others, becoming role models to those who need someone to look up to. We provide hope, giving a brighter future for those who deserve it.
Education = Empowerment. But it isn’t as easy as writing down an equation. We need to add ourselves to the equation so we all can look forward to a better, empowered world.
Children Beyond Our Borders wishes everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. Independence can be defined as being strong and able to survive alone, not having to depend on anyone or anything else. As we celebrate the declaration of independence of the United States, CBOB also celebrates the lives we have changed by giving the youth an education, in order to become empowered and independent.
One of the greatest feelings is helping people who sometimes can’t help themselves. Whether that be through providing education, creating awareness, and even establishing relationships. We love getting messages from those who have been impacted through the work we’ve done, even in the slightest way.
We received a message from someone in Cartagena and this is what he said, “good evening, I belonged to CBOB Cartagena some time ago, and thank you for existing, what great work you do thanks to CBOB and the group of volunteers you have helped me grow as a person.”
At CBOB, we will continue to make it our mission to provide the tools and resources to those who need it most, because everyone deserves the same opportunity for a bright future. Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”