2018     Partners for Better Futures - 1275 Fairway Drive, Los Altos CA 94024

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.

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 formal proposal is solicited, funds identified and the project moves forward.

For additional information:

www.buildaschoolinburma.org

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/


 

Build a School in India

BSI has worked, since 2013, to expand educational opportunities for children in India. BSI always works with local, nonprofit partners to identify opportunities where underserved children from all communities can gain access to a quality education regardless of ability to pay.   Each school partner must demonstrate the capability to financially sustain the school’s operations.


The current, five-year project includes the completion of the construction a high school in 2017 and development of a vocational training program and facilities at the Mata Balak Utkarsha Pratishthan school in the southern part of the central-western state of Maharashtra.
 

For additional information:

http://www.buildaschoolinindia.org/