YCW is an educational program that helps students understand and experience international development work. Students take on fundraising projects that directly impacting the lives of the poor in India.
Over the past 18 years, 715 schools across North America have experienced the YCW initiative. Hundreds of thousands of students have been encouraged to open themselves up to the world as global citizens and get involved with international issues. The program is meant to create a sense of solidarity between Canadians and rural villagers in developing countries; specifically, India.
- Students experience how small gestures can change the lives of others
- Develop students’ confidence in our ability to make a difference in the world
- Students learn about new cultures
- Students learn about the challenges people face in other parts of the world
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Each school or class has its name engraved on a plaque that we place on the well or in the classroom you help in India. Once the project is complete, we will send you village information and pictures of the people helped, as well as a commemorative plaque.
Water Project: Build a bore well
Students learn about water issues in developing countries while fundraising to build a bore well in a rural Indian community.Why choose a Water Project?
Water is a basic need that has an impact on both health and social life.
By building a well or a water purification system in a village where water access is a rare commodity, your school’s contribution will improve the living conditions of hundreds of people, in particular by:
- Reducing disease and mortality rates
- Providing extra free time for families to find jobs and seek education
- Mobilizing and changing the community
a well in India and provides up to 50 rural families with drinking water
$4 700 builds:
a water purification system in India that provides drinking water for 2000 to 3000 rural people.
Water Issues Worldwide: Facts and Numbers
- 840 million people worldwide have no access to clean drinking water
- Diarrhea alone kills more than 1600 people per day
- Only 14% of India’s rural population has access to toilet facilities
- 40% of the world’s population do not have access to a toilet
- 250 million people fall ill from diseases related to contaminated water consumption annually
- 5 to 10 million people die annually from drinking contaminated water
Education Project: Provide a classroom with furniture
Schools learn about education issues in developing countries while fundraising to equip a rural Indian classroom with tables and chairs.Why choose an Education Project?
By equipping a disadvantaged classroom with desks and seats, your school can help improve the quality of education for dozens of students. Quality education is one of the most effective ways to combat poverty, most notably by:
- Increasing student’s school attendance; reduce drop-out rates; increase student employability
- Increase the age of marriage and pregnancy for girls; also boost infant mortality rate long-term
- Instill the value of education, which increases chances of education for future generations
a rural school with desks and chairs
$1 000 equips:
a rural school with a library
EDUCATION in India: Facts and Numbers
- Millions of Indian children study in dilapidated learning environments. Rural schools especially are in a state of decay. The majority of students have very limited or no access to school supplies and do not have desks or seats in their classrooms
- 13.5 million children do not regularly attend school in 2004
- 11% of students drop out of primary school
- 55% boys and 62% percent of girls drop out of secondary school