Our holistic five-pillar development model starts with education: empowering children with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to develop their capabilities to the maximum possible extent. Ensuring a child has access to quality education is the best way to set them up for success and break the cycle of poverty, which is why our partnerships with communities start by building or renovating schools or school rooms (including classrooms, libraries, kitchens, teachers’ accommodations, and school offices), that are then supported by other infrastructure needs key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Building new schools or school rooms (or renovating existing structures where needed) are not the only inputs into the five-pillar development model. To date, WE Charity has built or renovated 850 schools in rural Kenya. WE Charity has also built and renovated schools in other countries as well, including those locations below.
Each school room is furnished with the necessary supplies, such as desks and chairs, libraries with books, and other essential items for teachers’ offices and accommodations. Funds are also allocated to critical program needs that ensure quality services are delivered. For example, teachers must be trained and housed, students need healthy meals, and health care facilities (training and supplies) are necessary to look after the health needs of both faculty and students.
Poverty is not the result of one single cause. Therefore, our model is neither a single solution nor a handout. Instead, it incorporates five key pillars of community life: education, access to clean water, healthcare, food security and opportunity. These work in tandem to empower change and to help advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Read below to find out more about each pillar.