Link to Hope and charity Door of Hope have worked together for over 10 years now. We are both dedicated to rebuilding lives in Eastern Europe through education and social care. We are now working together to send as many bags of educational materials to impoverished and marginalised children in Eastern Europe. A small trial was undertaken last year and now we are aiming to send 1,000 of these Bags of Education for the start of the new school year in September 2020. As we run the Shoebox Appeal, Door of Hope is taking a lead on the Bags of Education project. The Bags of Education will be building on the Shoebox Appeal and the relationships we have made over a number of years.
A few words from Door of Hope…….Imagine being a child in Eastern Europe and living in grinding poverty with little to no chance of escape. Being brought up by illiterate parents who do not have the ability to help you learn and no financial resources in order to buy you the stationary items necessary for you to attend school.
Each year when a child goes to school the teacher hands over a long list of stationary and educational items that need to be purchased. When parents are choosing how to use their frugal resources then the list is overwhelming and virtually unattainable. This is why we have created ‘Bags of Education’ a positive and practical way of helping a child access education in Eastern Europe.
Door of Hope wants to give as many children as possible, the opportunity to go to school. The schools these children are lucky to attend, don’t have any ‘extras’ to give to the poorer children so although they can ‘go’ to school they have no resources to use when they are there. Because of this, there is high school drop out amongst the poorer children and so the relentless cycle of poverty continues.
Education also plays a key role in helping to prevent more sinister situations such as human trafficking and exploitation among women and children. Due to the parents uneducated background, children are more susceptible to victimisation within this field of corruption. Education not only makes people aware of this problem, it can also help in rehabilitating children and re-integrating them back into society.
To take part in ‘Bags of Education’ register HERE We will send you a Door of Hope school bag and a contents list in the post. Please fill up the bag and post it back to us for FREE at Door of Hope. We will then ensure a child in Eastern Europe is given that bag and is enabled to go to school. Help us send ‘Bags of Education’ and help children to break out of the cycle of poverty.