Asia, Asia Pacific and Australia
Many children throughout Asia and the Pacific greatly lack educational resources and are often affected by natural disasters. That's why the foundation has focused your contributions toward providing aid to regional organizations working to improve both education through innovative programs and safety for students via schools that sub as shelters.
By providing countries in the Asia, Asia Pacific and Australia region over $1,000,000 through 22 grants, the foundation has benefitted almost 630,000 students.
The National Theatre for Children in Sydney, Australia, was given a $49,500 grant in 2014 to fund a financial literacy program and curriculum for 10 middle schools. The program, “Mad About Money,” benefits 4,250 middle-school students who will learn the value of budgeting, money management and investing for their future economic security.
In 2015, a grant was given to Underprivileged Children’s Educational Programs (UCEP) to promote information and communication technology access at 27 UCEP Bangladesh community schools for underprivileged students. The $53,600 grant enabled the purchase of learning equipment and materials such as laptops, software and other multimedia hardware, and provided equipment maintenance and training. The program impacted nearly 18,000 children and enabled UCEP teachers to deliver math and science lessons in a more effective and meaningful way.
In 2015, the foundation funded the development of an ESL pilot program through Caring for Cambodia (CFC), which has 21 campuses throughout the country. The newly developed course also teaches curricular goals in science and math among other subjects, and is significant when considering English language skills drastically increase Cambodians' prospects of employment. The $46,000 grant impacted 600 students and 20 teachers in the funded pilot year.
In April 2014, the foundation provided a $59, 916 grant to the Agastya International Foundation, funding the operation of three mobile science labs, which in total impacted more than 21,000 children. Each lab traveled to 30 schools in rural India, teaching children through hands-on science models in physics, chemistry, biology and math.
In 2015, the foundation continued to support Agastya International Foundation by providing $67,105 in additional funding for the three mobile science labs to travel throughout rural areas in India, including Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, Darbhanga, Bihar and Aligarh. The mobile labs offered 21,600 children the chance to learn, provided essential training to 180 teachers, and gave 66,000 rural residents access to STEM curriculum.
The foundation awarded a third grant in 2016 to Agastya International Foundation to continue funding the three mobile science labs, which continue to serve economically disadvantaged children and government school teachers in rural areas of India. The $64,011 contribution also includes training 180 teachers, and ultimately will benefit 21,600 additional students.
The foundation provided funding for 5,625 high-quality new books, which were distributed across India through First Book in 2015.
In 2013, the foundation awarded $50,000 to Maharaja Hanwant Singh Ji Charitable Trust, supporting more than 30 percent of the Veerni Project, which provides room, board and tuition to a private school for rural, impoverished girls in Jodhpur, India. The grant impacted 750 children.
The foundation provided funding for 425 high-quality new books, which were distributed across Indonesia through First Book in 2015.
In collaboration with the Bank of Indonesia, a MoneyGram International partner in business, the foundation awarded a grant to Yayasan Pengembangan Perpustakaan Indonesia (YPPI) in 2015. The $23,300 grant enabled YPPI to purchase 10,000 books and host 50 drives in Jakarta to supply thousands of new books for struggling libraries in Indonesia, where there is a critical lack of access to reading materials. The drives also promote student and community engagement through storytelling and other educational activities.
In 2016, the foundation awarded a $35,000 grant to fund one of 14 schools Pencils of Promise will build in the Luang Prabang Region of Laos, benefiting 2,000 children. Each school has four classrooms and a minimum lifespan of 20 years.
In 2013, the foundation awarded an $11,200 grant to Mumbai Mobile Creches to provide yearlong funding for six teacher salaries and educational materials to education centers where 4,500 children of migrant workers were living temporarily on construction sites.
In response to the devastating April 2015 earthquake that damaged or destroyed more than 20,000 school buildings, the Chaudhary Group committed to building 100 semi-permanent schools. The foundation worked in partnership with the Chaudhary Foundation, and donated $77,000 to fund 10 of these schools in Sindhupalchowk, Lalitpur, Dolakha, Dhading, Kabhre, Gorkha, Ramechhap, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Overseen by Nepal's ministry of education department, the renovation effort will benefit more than 5,000 children.
The foundation provided funding for 425 high-quality new books through First Book, which were distributed across the country in 2015.
In 2013, the foundation awarded a $63,800 grant to Developments in Literacy to fund three schools with 70 percent female enrollment in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The school ultimately will benefit 750 students in rural and impoverished regions where nearly 75 percent of girls are illiterate.
In 2014, the foundation renewed funding for two schools in Rawalpindi, and provided 32 scholarships through an additional $49, 802 grant to Developments in Literacy, benefiting more than 700 students. The cost of each female-majority school is about $20,000 yearly, and impact spreads beyond the several hundred girls enrolled in each school to their families and communities.
In 2015, through a $65,000 grant to Developments in Literacy, the foundation impacted 704 students by continuing to fund operations for three schools in Rawalpindi, and by providing 32 scholarships for children in grades 10 and above to continue their secondary education. The schools proudly report less than a one percent dropout rate, low compared to the country's overall 45 percent dropout rate.
In 2016, the foundation provided $38,012 to Developments in Literacy to fully cover operational and administrative costs at Nai Abadi school in Rawalpindi - a school with 70 percent female enrollment. The grant benefited 300 students.
Through First Book, the foundation provided funding for 425 high-quality new books, which were distributed across the Philippines in 2015.
The foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity Philippines in 2014 to rebuild three classrooms destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda and an earthquake. The classrooms not only benefit 5,000 students by providing shelter in future disasters, they also support the department of education's efforts to rebuild in calamity-stricken areas.
In 2015, through a second grant to Habitat for Humanity Philippines, the foundation provided $60,000 for the construction of two typhoon- and earthquake-resistant single-room school structures in the Province of Capiz, Philippines, which was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan. The structures are small, 10-year shelters designed to withstand natural disasters, benefitting more than 500 students and also community members.
In 2013, the foundation awarded a $30,616 grant to The Asia Foundation for the provision of 25,000 brand-new books to about 500 schools throughout the Philippines, ultimately impacting 500,000 children.
In 2014, through Children of Vietnam, the foundation funded the construction of a kindergarten in the rural Tay Giang district, where less than 47 percent of children enroll in kindergarten. The 20-year school, which cost $16,000 to build, serves 45 students, ultimately benefitting 900 children.
In 2015, the foundation provided $16,980 for 100 student scholarships and the construction of a two-classroom primary school in same rural district of Vietnam through Children of Vietnam. The kindergarten now serves the 420-person C'Tu community in Dang Commune called Batul, where 80 percent of the households are considered very poor. Designed to stand for 20 years, the primary school also teaches proper hygiene and serves as a shelter for the community. In its first year, the school benefited 15 kindergarten students and over 40 additional students in grades 1-3, and ultimately will benefit 1,320 students.
In 2016, Children of Vietnam received a $20,607 grant from the foundation for the construction of a weather-resistant school in A Pat village in the Tây Giang District. The school, which benefits 600 students, now boasts a water system, indoor plumbing, an awning for shade, a ceiling fan, and an electrical system and lighting.