Build a School in India

Partners for Better Futures (PBF) is a nonprofit organization helping improve the lives of poor people around the world, primarily focusing on children and education.  PBF does this by partnering with local organizations that are deeply involved in their own communities, and participating in carefully evaluated projects and programs.

There are three programs within PBF: Build a School in Burma (BSB), Build a School in India (BSI), and APC School - Philippines (APC).  Prior to the PBF's
founding
these programs had each operated for several years through "fiscal sponsors."  In 2018 these operations joined together in a shared purpose, to help produce better futures for under-served people around the world.

Boomerange Thank you slim.jpg

Build a School in Burma

Myanmar (also known as Burma) is among the poorest and least educated countries in Asia. Many children lack access to education because there are no schools in their villages, a situation that drastically limits their prospects and opportunities for a better life. Realizing that an entire school could generally be built for $25,000 or less, BSB's founders were moved to create an organization in 2010 to help children in Burma one school at a time.


BSB engages with partner organizations in Myanmar to identify villages that need schools. A vetting process then takes place including evaluating if the village has the organization, commitment and resources to be a partner in building and then sustaining the school. If the essential criteria are met a Grant Proposal is solicited, a grant agreement is made, and construction is planned.

Depending on circumstances, BSB's country director, a local NGO, or the local school development committee may 
oversee construction. Construction is usually completed within a few months. 

Myanmar people and organizations use the new school buildings to provide education for the students in their communities. 


All of BSB's efforts depend on the support of generous donors and volunteers.  With such support, BSB has successfully constructed school buildings with classrooms for more than 4,000 students in over 60 school.

For additional information:

www.buildaschoolinburma.org

APC Screen Shot 2018-08-30 at 9.37.07 AM

APC School   (Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center - Philippines)

 

APC is an accredited school that for more than twenty years has provided primary education, and has recently added secondary education, to children and youth in indigenous communities in the southern region of the Philippines. The school utilizes community resources and incorporates awareness of local issues into various learning experiences.


The mission of APC is to provide an integrated, holistic, and culture-based education for indigenous children and youth. This is achieved by promoting and deepening the children’s understanding of their unique culture, while providing knowledge and skills that enable them to confidently relate with mainstream Philippine society. This involves instruction in four languages, including English.


From the educational foundation provided by APC, the students and the local community are able to manage their own futures. This includes restoring and sustaining their forest, water resources, biodiversity, and their agricultural resources in all their diversity, which is advantageous for their economic well-being.

 

For additional information:

http://apupalamguwancenter.essc.org.ph/


 

Screen Shot 2018-08-30 at 9.22.38 AM_edi

Build a School in India


Build a School in India (BSI) has worked since 2013 to expand educational opportunities in India for children and older students. BSI always works with local nonprofit partners, so that underserved children from all communities can gain access to a quality education regardless of ability to pay. In every situation BSI joins with local donors in India to assist the success of the schools.

 

BSI is now working with three schools, and is evaluating additional potential school partners, as opportunities are identified. The relationship with Mata Balak Utkarsha Pratishthan in Solapur District, Maharashtra to support the development and operation of Utkarsha Vidyala school continues. The two new schools that are benefiting from BSI’s support are Jnana Prabodhini Harali in Osmanabad District, Maharashtra and Sondara Gurukul in Beed District, Maharashtra. 

 

In addition to academic in-classroom instruction for pre-k through high school, programs for vocational skills and self-help, financial training in the community are now being supported by BSI. This training is also provided by the partner school organizations. 

 

In early 2020 urgent requests from the schools related to the COVID-19 pandemic arose. BSI was able to quickly establish new agreements and reallocate funds to support essential distance learning programs, which are successfully functioning.

 

Close to 2,000 students, including young adults and village women, are currently benefiting from these programs. Additional projects have been identified, and are being evaluated for further review and possible approval in the coming year and beyond. 

 

Most significantly, BSI has created a model for an endowment fund (also known as a corpus fund) for schools to provide a long-term financial foundation. Income from a corpus fund would be available in perpetuity to support gaps in operating expenses of a school that provides access to students regardless of the ability to pay full fees.

 

For additional information: 
http://www.buildaschoolinindia.org/