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  • Top Ten Facts about Teachers

    By Julia Tofan [font=OpenSansRegular, arial, sans-serif][img]/images/user/1842_2982430444162191468.png[/img][/font] Henry Adams, historian and author, believed "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." To this day, the importance of teachers has not changed. Below are the top ten facts about teachers, from why they teach to what they do. 1. Teachers do more than teach. They counsel, support, set up classrooms, cook, and research, among a myriad of responsibilities unwritten in their job description. For many students, teachers are the adults in their lives that believe in them and encourage them to do their best. 2. Many schools in developing countries are poorly equipped, lacking water, electricity, and school supplies. It's difficult to teach when basic resources are unavailable, and it's hard to hold classes when classrooms lack water, light, and climate control. According to a Ministry of Education survey, on average, 1 textbook...
  • Jonah Hetherington: What is the Dark Knight?

    [i]In his first blog post from Rwanda, Jonah shares the identity he found of the elusive "dark knight" in the region. To read the full blog post, click [url=https://medium.com/@jonahh/what-is-the-dark-knight-55ff60b25f45]here[/url].[/i] Rwandas average life expectancy has doubled within the past 10 years. It has produced the 2nd safest capital city for women in the world, Kigali. It has developed universal health insurance for its citizens. As a parallel, these street children are some of the brightest Ive ever met. They are highly in demand by public schools hoping to increase their standardized test scores and quality of the student body. Through adversity was a country able to rally and thrive. Through adversity was a boy able to use his lost childhoods experiences to become a role model for his peers. Every day I am privileged to teach and work with these children, and even with only two weeks of work, I have learned more about the strength and hope of mankind than ...
  • Introducing our fellow in the field, Jonah Hetherington

    [i]An Introduction to our fellow, Jonah Hetherington, who is traveling through Africa and visiting our partners. [/i] Jonah Hetherington is entering his fourth year at Western University in London, Ontario, studying Economics with a focus in international development and entrepreneurship. Jonah has a strong passion for living through opportunities. He thrives off of experiences that can provide a new perspective of the world and allow him to understand what can be achieved in one's lifetime. Working in Nairobi, Kenya with a social enterprise last summer, Jonah realized the magnitude of opportunity in the African continent. At an annual conference he attended in New York City, Jonah met and spoke with Joyce Meng, Givology's co-founder. He began to learn more about Givology's vision, and he decided that he wanted to fully immerse himself in Givology by volunteering in the field. The trip he is currently on is composed of four separate projects. Before officially beginning ...
  • Carolina for Kibera: How it All Started

    By Julia Tofan [font=OpenSansRegular, arial, sans-serif][img]/images/user/1842_2783689326276962315.png[/img][/font] [url=https://www.givology.org/~cfkibera/]Carolina for Kibera[/url], founded by Rye Barcott, Salim Mohamed, and the late Tabitha Atieno Festo in 2001, pioneers local solutions to local problems. Through a unique and effective practice Barcott calls participatory development, the non-governmental organization enables local communities to lead grassroots projects. In the memoir "[url=http://ithappenedonthewaytowar.com/]It Happened on the Way to War[/url]," Barcott describes the NGO's diverse accomplishments in setting up a community sports program, including unique opportunities like a [url=http://cfk.unc.edu/2015/06/watch-the-cfk-sprinters-in-action-on-kenya-citizen-tv/]jump rope team[/url], girls' center, medical clinic, and waste management program. Barcott writes, "We provide healthcare. We give scholarships. We empower through soccer and jump r...
  • Graduation Spotlight: Jiawen Pek

    [b]Where will you/ where did you go to school?[/b] I went to a local high school in Singapore for my A Levels, and will matriculate at Tufts University in Medford, MA in September! [b]What did you/what will you study? [/b] I've always loved world literature for the complexities and nuances of stories, and loaded up on English Lit courses for my A Levels. I will probably study English and possibly add on International Relations. My interests are all over the place. I am hoping to find something that combines cultural studies with language and has some relevance to social justice. [b]When did you become involved with Givology and why? What do you do for Givology?[/b] I started as a graphic design intern in January 2014, mainly because I love design and wanted to do something with it for social justice and causes. I was and am particularly passionate about education, especially in Asia, and Givology was a great opportunity for me to make an impact in that area. It's made me rea...