I’m partnering with an organization called ARK, or the Advancement for Rural Kids, for my thesis project. I will be designing and building a sustainable classroom for a rural community in the Philippines. This is a really cool way to participate in the organization even if only temporary.
More about ARK: (All of this is straight from their website)
ARK is focused on improving education and health of school age children (pre-K, elementary and high school) living in impoverished rural communities in developing countries.
By focusing on education and collaborating with an empowered community, we hope to provide the critical tools that will enable every child to dream, carve new paths, seize new opportunities and create a promising future devoid of poverty. We strive for 100% literacy; drive rural investment and economic vitality; cherish traditions; keep community and family members together; and give farmers, fisherfolks, store owners and other rural residents a chance to lift themselves out of subsistence with dignity and pride.
We formally launched ARK with the hope that our grass roots, small-scale, community-led project would prove to be effective, impactful, and scaleable.
bankers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, students, teachers, business owners, film editors, artists, designers, cops, farmers, carpenters, social workers, psychologists, consultants, musicians, nuclear physicists, surfers, travelers…
family, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, friends of friends, schoolmates, officemates, clients, donors…
…ordinary people, contributing our funds, volunteering our expertise, time, energy and passion, working together for a better future
anywhere rural and developing, currently in the Philippines
A big problem in the Philippines is that 80% of the population (of over 105 million) live in rural areas and farm cash crops. When harvest time rolls around, the kids skip school to help on the farm. Most of the kids don’t go to school at all because they need to help the family farm. This organization seeks to change that by teaching these communities more sustainable farming practices and by enabling students to come to school and be fed for only 5 cents/day, or $15/year.
I’m really excited about what these people are doing and I hope that this model can be implemented in communities around the world! As I was typing this, I just had an idea about making series of posts about all the different programs that this organization funds. I’ll also post more about my abstract show that took place yesterday and my road to our Vellum furniture show!