Jacob Freed’s Impact with Pencils of Promise
When our teams first visited the communities in Ghana and Guatemala that we now support through Jacob Freed’s partnership, they discovered students being taught in provisional and dilapidated structures made of materials such as wood, corrugated metal and thatch with dirt floors. When it rained, water would seep into the ground forming puddles, making for muddy and messy conditions inside classrooms. Some classrooms were dimly lit, poorly ventilated and overcrowded, while others had open-air layouts that exposed students to dust, debris and other distractions from their surrounding environment. These factors posed a challenge to students’ learning and development.
Freed’s support has changed this. Through your support, PoP was able to partner with these communities to begin impacting the lives of thousands of students and community members. These communities have also shown how committed they are to providing their children with a better and brighter future and have provided up to 20 percent of labor and resources for each build. Today, students in the schools made possible by your support have access to much-improved educational facilities with formal ceilings and floors, chairs, desks, doors, walls and windows. The schools are made of a strong foundation and classrooms are spacious, properly ventilated and well-lit, providing students with a safe learning-conducive environment. Through our partnership, we are allowing students to learn and realize their potential and their promise.
2U School Build Spotlight: San Luis, Quiché
William – Student, 5th grade
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be an elementary teacher.
What do you like the most about your school and classroom?
I like to talk to all of my friends, learn and read.