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EduCare in Mexico

Lance Reisman

Lance Reisman

Dear Friends,

It’s the time of year when we all reflect on what we’re grateful for. As this year draws to a close and we enter a season that celebrates family and friendship, we have an opportunity to think about those less fortunate than us and what we can do to help. As you may know, I serve on the Board of Directors of SOS Children’s Villages—the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to the care of vulnerable children growing up without parental care or at risk of family separation.

In 2023, we will launch an exciting 2.5 year-long program aimed at reducing school dropout rates in Chiapas, Mexico as part of our EduCare program. SOS Children’s Villages is committed to ensuring that no child misses out on an education because of poverty, discrimination, violence, family illness, exploitation, or any other cause. EduCare is our evidence-based program building resilience through education, family strengthening, and partnerships to ensure every child can meet their potential. SOS Children’s Villages first launched EduCare in Ethiopia in 2012. Since then, the EduCare program in Ethiopia has enhanced the quality of education for 36,000 students and enabled 7,500 students at high risk of dropping out to remain in school and complete their education.

The launch of this program in Mexico is an exciting step to reduce school dropout rates through the holistic support of children, caregivers, and communities in the border area of Comitan. The program will equip vulnerable families with the tools to provide their households, achieve self-reliance, and overcome crises that lead to family breakdown and separation. After the initial pilot phase, we plan to launch a 3-5 year project to scale up the number of participants and scope of interventions to have a sustainable impact for years to come. We have an ambitious goal of raising $150,000 to launch this program in Mexico. In the first 2 years alone, the program will:
• Enable 100 previously out-of-school or at-risk students to continue their education through provision of essential services
• Improve educational capacity at 4 public primary schools
• Increase resilience and economic self-reliance of 40 caregivers
• Establish or strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders

This holiday season, please join me in transforming the lives of children. Your donation will provide children the gift of a quality education and will increase the self-reliance of vulnerable families. Together, we can ensure that every child, no matter his/her start in life, grows up to become a resilient, proud and productive member of our global society.

Thank you and happy holidays,



raised of $35,000 goal

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