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Team Spotlight: Fionnuala Davidson, Business Partnerships Coordinator

Over the coming weeks, we are working to give you an insight into the educate. team through short interview-style videos focusing on each of our core team members. First up: Fionnuala Davidson! Fionnuala is our Business Partnerships Coordinator at educate.. She lived in Honduras for a year after finishing high school, working with street children … Continue reading Team Spotlight: Fionnuala Davidson, Business Partnerships Coordinator

Closing the Gap in Early Literacy

Along the colourful streets of Trinidad, Santa Barbara, just out of the centre, is a small one-story building covered in brightly painted murals. Trinidad’s only kindergarten has just over 100 children, and though resources are limited, the posters and paintings that cover the walls both inside and outside create a warm, friendly atmosphere. Though it … Continue reading Closing the Gap in Early Literacy

A Celebration of Literacy in El Progreso

A library inauguration party is key to creating a sense of value for the community of this new space. It acts as a celebration of the work they have completed, and creates a sense of anticipation for the opportunities to come. Chispa Project, through whom we have been working to start the Adrian Mejia primary … Continue reading A Celebration of Literacy in El Progreso

Meanwhile in the Scottish Highlands…

Two intrepid young women, Lisa van Holsteijn (educate.’s fundraising coordinator) and Yolanda Cowen (sustainable development student at St. Andrews university) have decided to take on the challenge of running a full 42km mountain marathon to raise funds for educate.’s scholarship programme! In this post Lisa tells us a little more about what she and Yolanda … Continue reading Meanwhile in the Scottish Highlands…

Access to the Unimaginable: Equality of Opportunity for University Scholarships

It is our responsibility to ensure that the scholarships we offer are actively promoted amongst communities where university may not be on the radar for today’s youth. With this in mind, we recently gave presentations at two public high school in Honduras, reaching almost 100 students from extremely underprivileged backgrounds.

Community Comes Together to Create Nutrition Centre

(Versión en español abajo) A stack of miniature tortillas, ground beef, carrots, rice and tomatoes are heaped onto child-sized plates. Three mothers busy themselves handing out plates of food to the twenty-something chattering children in the room, sitting in two lines down a long wooden table that splits the room in two. All in their … Continue reading Community Comes Together to Create Nutrition Centre

Starting a School Library that Actually Works

(Versión en Español abajo)   “Why do we read?” In the small, aluminum-roofed classroom, seven pencils scribbled. Chairs scraped on the concrete floor. A fan spun lazily in the corner, ruffling pages. On each desk sat a shiny children’s book, carefully selected from the new library. “Don’t write directly on top of the books - … Continue reading Starting a School Library that Actually Works

Things don’t always go to plan: Nutrition Centre Relocation

Things don’t always go to plan. Each time we begin a new project, we put a great deal of thought into it, but there are always circumstances that one simply cannot predict. This has been the case with our most recent project, the nutrition centre we fund in Talanga, Honduras with our incredible partner organisation … Continue reading Things don’t always go to plan: Nutrition Centre Relocation

The story of José Jacinto Reyes, a Honduran street child

I grew up in a place where humanity is trumped by ambition for power and territory. From a young age, I watched people get shot and collapse lifeless in the dust. When that kind of violence surrounds you, life becomes meaningless. But that is how my life was built: amongst violence, power and poverty – things that can corrupt anyone.

Terry McDonagh, Irish poet, supports educate.

Irish poet Terry McDonagh recently supported educate. by raising money through donations from his poetry books and talking about educate.'s work at an event at his town hall. Hearing about this wonderful initiative, so different from how we get most of our donations, we asked if he would like to write a short piece for … Continue reading Terry McDonagh, Irish poet, supports educate.