Creating a partnership that provides the tools and learning to become independent in sustaining a community is critical to long term success. We believe that it is important that the community have a stake in that partnership.
Partnerships for Success
Street Kids International
The estimated 600,000 street children in Ethiopia migrate to Addis Ababa and towns in the Amhara region in search of food, employment, and a better life. The majority of these youths, aged 15 to 29, are homeless or live in slums with inadequate hygiene facilities.
There are few opportunities for healthy work; most are jobless or employed in harmful forms of labor like sex work.
In 2011-2012, Compassionate Eye Foundation supported Street Kids International program to provide livelihood training to these needy young men and women. They are taught how to start small businesses such as tailoring, hairdressing, and small merchandise sales and are given access to basic financial services. To foster their success, they are encouraged to network online and develop viable business plans. An estimated 4,000 young Ethiopians will eventually benefit from the program.
Some of the youths are subsequently taught how to provide livelihood training to others. This way, the light of knowledge will spread far beyond the initial spark from Street Kids International and Compassionate Eye Foundation giving upcoming generations of Ethiopians a future full of possibility.
Tonle Sap Lake Solar Project
Kids International Development Society
The famous floating villages of Cambodia's Tonlé Sap Lake house thousands of fishermen who make their living on Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake. The residents of remote areas like the Mount Kla community are some of the country's poorest.
In 2010, Kids International Development Society (K.I.D.S.) built a floating school for Mount Kla children. As well as providing a space to educate over 300 young minds, the school is the area's only public building, acting as a community center. However, since the Mount Kla village lacked power, the school had to be closed at night and was often unbearably hot and humid during the day.
In 2013, Compassionate Eye Foundation funded a K.I.D.S. project to install solar panels, a lighting system and fans in the building. With these improvements, the school can stay open in the evening to serve children who must work half-days and to provide adult literacy training. And when heat off the lake peaks in the afternoon, fans clear away the stifling humidity.
With a better educational environment for children and new opportunities for adults, the fortunes of the Mount Kla community are rising.
Adopting a village
Free The Children
India has the second highest population in the world and half of the children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition. Rural communities see the largest number of children drop out of school due to the lack of educational support and the need for children to work.
Free The Children is working in several communities in the district of Udaipur to implement their holistic sustainable development program, Adopt a Village. Compassionate Eye Foundation supports Free the Children in the community of Lai which is located in northern Udaipur. Together we have helped build a school more centrally located in Lai. Enrollment has more than doubled and girls are being encouraged to participate more openly in the classroom.
Alternative income programs have been empowering women and are important for the growth of the community. There are plans to develop a garden, and set up a water storage tank and a hand pump on the school grounds.
Adopting a village
Free The Children
Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world where less than half of the children are in primary school. Compassionate Eye Foundation worked with Free The Children to adopt a village in the Kono district, an area greatly affected by the country's year conflict.
Through this program, the community will be empowered with infrastructure for a school, educational resources, and clean water and sanitation projects. Free The Children will work closely with the village to help the community become economically sustainable and truly break the cycle of poverty for children and their families.
Support for women
Compassionate Eye Foundation (CEF) has funded a program developed by its partner Alianza, which educates women on topics related to health, education and social justice. Since CEF's inception, CEF has consistently donated to local women's groups in support of their efforts to provide programs aimed at improving education, health services, and personal safety.
Learning about forestry
As Green As It Gets
Like many small villages in Guatemala, the people of Bella Vista have limited options when it comes to earning a living. Many families, including children, are often forced to travel away to the coffee plantations, the fincas, where they earn meagre wages.
To help improve economic sustainability, Compassionate Eye Foundation aligned with As Green As It Gets, an organization based just outside of Antigua Guatemala, which provides agricultural income producing alternatives to local villagers. Typically trees with a variety of purposes are recommended, and then the resources can be sold at local markets.
In addition, As Green As It Gets works alongside members of the community to create business plans, teach necessary skills and techniques and provides ongoing support.