Education is the best way out of poverty – but for some, it’s unattainable without help.
Did you know that the majority of children who live in communities next to urban garbage dumps will drop out of school before they reach the 7th grade? This is not something that they do by choice: the students and former students that we’ve talked to have told us how desperately they want to learn. But these kids in developing countries have to leave school to work in the dumpsites alongside their parents, care for younger siblings or ailing relatives, or even have to leave school simply because tuition fees or the cost of getting to school is too high. Many children sacrifice their chance to go to school to encourage a younger sibling to stay in school as well, getting a job and using their earnings to help their siblings do what they couldn’t.
We don’t think that this is an acceptable reality. Children with the desire to learn should have the opportunity to do so. That’s why International Samaritan created the Samaritan Scholars program. For more than a decade, we have been providing student support aimed at removing all barriers between students and staying in school, not just paying tuition fees. Our scholarships start at the early childhood level and go through college and trade school.
Samaritan SCHOLARS around the world
Our scholarships are not only academic: they cover clothing, materials, and transportation, as well as feed the scholar’s entire family so the scholar doesn’t feel pressured to leave school to work. We also connect the students with personal mentoring and strengths development, giving them the best education possible. Our scholarships follow students from as early as pre-kindergarten through college or trade school.
in East Africa
in CENTRAL AMERICA
Teddy’s scholarship story.
Teddy was an unusual applicant for us: unlike most scholars who join our program while still in school, Teddy came to us with a single request… a car and a certification. Teddy had already given up on school at that point, dropping out of school despite his great test scores because his mother and sister needed his support.
We helped Teddy get his licensing and he’s now thriving. Our president, Mike Tenbusch, visited him in 2019 and Teddy showed off his stomach.
“For the first time, I have a full belly,” he shared.
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