Why the Christmas backpack?
The majority of our students who attend our gyms are plagued with issues such as high poverty rates, single parent families and schools with low academic achievement. Many of our youth aren’t able to purchase even the most basic school necessities such as a uniform or a backpack. Often times, these families can only afford one uniform, therefore, the students have no other choice but to wear the same uniform for days on end.
Similarly, the children who attend POI programs come from families that receive an income of less than two dollars a day. Due to this, children are not attending school because their parents cannot afford to purchase basic school supplies nor their required school fees. As a result, children are receiving a less than mediocre education—giving them little hope of ever overcoming this reality.
Give global. Give local. Give $60.
For sixty dollars your gift will provide a Honduran child with a new backpack, basic school supplies, a school uniform, and shoes. In addition, a child from the urban Memphis community will be given a new backpack, two uniform shirts, and a pair of uniform pants.
How does it work?
In Memphis, as the new school year approaches in the Fall of 2015, we will be delivering the backpacks and school uniforms to students before classes begins. In Honduras, the school year begins on a different schedule and will start its new year in February 2015. Before the POI students return to class, their staff and volunteers will distribute their backpacks.
Help us reach our goal!
We have an overall goal of 900 backpacks, and we certainly cannot do this without you! Will you partner with Point of Impact and Memphis Athletic Ministries to impact children in our city and across the globe?