“The prevention, through education, of the most devastating systemic threats to children and youth around the world.”
Children and youth are some of the most vulnerable members of our societies. An estimated 19,000 of them will die every day from preventable causes (UNICEF USA). Hope Education’s mission is to protect children by teaching them the knowledge, skills, and convictions that they will need to combat systemic threats like HIV/AIDS and intestinal worms.
We define systemic threats as any threat to human wellbeing which is perpetuated through factors indirectly related to the threat itself, and which can largely be remedied or prevented through changes in human behavior. HIV is an prime example of this; while it is largely preventable, high rates of infection persist. The roots of its perpetuation are only indirectly linked to the virus itself, and are instead tied to lack of self-worth and resignation to infection. Even though HIV is avoidable, many children and youth have simply given up, due to the mere fact that they believe there is no way out. This conviction leads them to engage in high risk behavior, increasing their chances of infection. At Hope Education, we strive to teach them that there is hope, and that through understanding their value and modifying their behavior, they can create a better future for themselves and their communities.
This is a low cost, proven method that equips children with the tools they need to combat major systemic threats for an average of $1.50 per child, per year. Research shows that participants in Hope Education programs demonstrate increased self-esteem, greater self-confidence, stronger knowledge of threats and higher intention to avoid high-risk behaviors. These children will have the confidence and the knowledge to protect themselves against threats that would steal not only their health and well being, but ultimately their lives.
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