Breaking the cycle of poverty through education.
“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela
Over the last four years, it has become abundantly clear that if we are to have any lasting impact in the lives of the children we support here at The Q Foundation – and those around them – then we need to provide them with an education.
In Kaper, it’s not unusual for children to drop out of school often as early as 12 years old to support their family. While noble, this decision can limit their career opportunities and future income. Many will never leave their village and be limited to jobs that require little to no education, trapping them in the cycle of poverty we are endeavouring to break!
But it doesn’t need to be that way.
Opening up career opportunities
During one of her early visits, The Q Foundation Founder, Jen Jefferies, asked each child “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Again and again, she would hear “army”, “teacher”, “farmer” or “nurse” because that is all the children had seen in their village and had no way of comprehending that anything else could be possible for their lives.
This had such an impact that we were inspired to hold our inaugural Family Careers Day in 2018 for the kids and local community where 120 people from the local community attended!
Now, we have children studying to become mechanics, electricians, airhostesses, marketing managers, bookkeepers, chefs and human resource managers to name a few.
Education fast facts
Knowing how important education is in breaking the cycle of poverty; here at The Q Foundation, we committed to seeing the kids through their entire education so that they can have the career they want and be able to contribute back to their families and village – and bring hope and change to the next generation of children.