A recent study found that over 94% of teachers dip into their own pockets to buy materials for their students. And then, there’s Charles. In the year 2000, a history teacher in New York wanted additional educational resources for his classroom, but as too often happens, there wasn’t enough in the school budget to afford any extras. Inspired by the challenge, he mapped out a website where teachers could put their needs online and seek crowdfunding to meet the needs. Eleven teachers listed with him at first and the idea took off. Today, that website allows every public school in the United States to post their needs online. To date, over 3 million donors have funded over $750 million dollars in classroom project funding through the site he created.
For American teachers, the site Charles set up nearly two decades ago is a blessing, but what about teachers outside the USA? What about teachers in refugee camps or rural areas in other countries? Like Charles in 1999, they are left on their own to make the most of what they have been given. And who suffers? The students, of course.
We would like to present to you an alternative. We would ask you to thoughtfully consider what we are about to share with you and ask that you think about how you might join with us in some way to change the world.
GEV has launched a program we call Education Resource Services and we are currently expanding this program to help teachers at ten public schools in the capital city of Puerto Rico to find sponsors to meet the needs they have that will allow them to provide a quality education to the students in their classrooms. Last year, Hurricance Maria had a devestating effect on the island and over 100 schools were closed in the school year that followed. For the schools that picked up the extra students, resources are very limited and many teachers don't have the resources they need for their classrooms.
In modeling our program after the success of Donors Choose, the non-profit we mentioned that helps public schools in the USA assist teachers to meet the needs of their students, we have stepped up to fill similar classroom needs for the rest of the planet outside the continental United States. As this is a pilot program, we decided to start with public schools in Puerto Rico.
To learn more about the Education Resources Program, we invite you to
Read Our ERS Whitepaper.
GEV, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to GEV are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. GEV's tax identification number is 81-1466128
Select one of the ten schools [below] that we have chosen to start with and choose the one that most resonates with you.
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Once you pick a school you'd like to support, simply select the Donate button below to complete the process.
GEV is currently expanding its Education Resource Services program at ten different public schools in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
These are the schools we are starting with...
ANTONIO B CAIMARY [K-5]
DR FACUNDO BUESO [6-12]
DR FRANCISCO HERNANDEZ Y GAETAN [K-6]
EMILIO DEL TORO CUEVAS [K-5]
GUSTAVO A BECQUER [K-5]
INSTITUTO LOAIZA CORDERO [K-8]
MANUEL A PEREZ [K-5]
MANEUL BOADA [K-5]
MANUEL ELZABURU Y VIZCARRONDO [PK-5]
RAFAEL MARIA DE LABRA [7-12]
In the coming weeks we will be working with the teachers at each school to determine their classroom needs and post them here online. If you are interested in following our progress, or if you want more information, please Contact us below.
Are you a public or non-profit school outside the USA? Want to list your school for FREE? Contact us below and one of our team members will connect with you to initiate the process.
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Please send us an email to specify the school you want to support. Otherwise, your generous donation will go to a classroom in San Juan, Puerto Rico where it is needed the most right now
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