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In everything we do, we strive to simultaneously learn and educate. In most instances, the communities we work with teach us much more than we teach them. Education is a participative process within the HELP model; HELP teams and local communities share knowledge with the objective of improving old ideas and fostering new ones to help develop communities. Through this process all parties teach, learn, and are mutually empowered.
Education plays its role in all of our projects. In our business projects we teach business concepts, in Public Health outreaches, such as square foot gardening and adobe stoves, we couple our trainings with educational materials and lessons that teach important nutrition and health principles. For more information on our Health and Business Education efforts, please see the Public Health and Entrepreneurship pages.
HELP International works with schools, libraries, and community organizations to increase literacy rates by donating time in after school programs to work one on one with children, by organizing and sponsoring writing contests, by building libraries and creating library infrastructure, and by promoting local library facilities. HELP projects promoting literacy also commonly include teacher in-service trainings focusing on improving teaching methods and goals.
By partnering with many different types of orphanages, HELP participants develop projects that foster healthy psychological and social development for children in need. Through empowering classes and workshops, these children are encouraged to pursue academic achievements as well as develop extra-curricular skills in the areas of sports, music, dance and more.
Many locations where HELP operates are in dire need of a safe and appropriate place for instruction. HELP teams have spent countless time and effort into building new schools, expanding and improving existing institutions allowing for more children to learn in appropriate environments. Projects also include providing new benches, chalkboards and other supplies for better learning.
People with functional needs often require 24-hour care and supervision. In many developing nations this type of care is simply unavailable. HELP has found amazing partners working against social stigma and with extremely limited funding and support from local communities to allow these individuals with an extremely heightened quality of life than would otherwise be possible. By partnering with these incredible organizations, HELP participants have been able to engage in projects assisting in raising the quality of life for those with varying physical, mental and other functional needs.
Teaching English is one our most requested projects from our country partners. People who know English find jobs easier and receive higher wages at those jobs. HELP methodology produces long-term language acquisition through content-based natural language learning techniques. Most English programs also incorporate long-term tools and trainings for non-native English speakers to continue teaching English as a second language while HELP participants aren't in-country.