Youth Development and Education with FSD
Caring for the developmental needs of children is essential for long-term community development. Severe economic conditions and a lack of educational opportunities result in:
- Nearly 168 million children involved in some form of labor globally, and 85 million of those children are subject to hazardous acts and conditions (International Labor Organization 2013)
- Over 15 million children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS (UNICEF 2007)
- 907 million illiterate people (781m adults and 127m children) across the world (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization and UN Institute of Statistics 2014)
The lack of opportunity for children to develop in a nourishing environment is rooted in poverty and its cultural manifestations. Desperate families need their children to produce immediate income and the subsequent denial of education creates a cycle that traps families in poverty. Proper schooling is prohibitively expensive or inaccessible to much of the developing world due to a lack of government support. Education is also undervalued in many parts of the world, particularly for young girls because there is little immediate return.
The Foundation for Sustainable Development works to counteract the effects of poverty on youth development and education so that our partner communities can sustain growth from one generation to the next. We recognize that caring for youth and providing academic and vocational tools allow them to be contributing members of their communities. Without sufficient support, children and their families cannot overcome the abusive cycle of poverty and exploitation.
We work with community-based organizations to provide an array of services to marginalized children of all ages and the families that struggle to raise them. These include: building schools; teaching, tutoring, and vocational training; childcare for a network of orphanages and centers; support for families suffering extreme hardship; emergency services for children suffering from abuse or neglect; social activities such as soccer and basketball; educational workshops on relevant social topics; and much more.
We rely on interns, volunteers, and donors to supply the human and financial resources necessary to supply our partner communities with the tools they need to properly care for and educate their children.