The United Nations 4th Sustainable Development Goal is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Rescue2000 is consistent with this philosophy, as we believe that quality education can be the most effective long-term fight against poverty. To this end, Rescue2000s parent organization, RESCATE 2000 INC, has supported several educational institutions throughout the years, including pre-school for children of single mothers in the United States and computers donated to Chilean schools.
Recently in Bali, Indonesia, Rescue2000 has supported several educational institutions. Many of these institutions have been orphanages that specialize in housing and educating kids with disabilities, teaching employable skills to the blind and deaf such as cooking, massage therapy, and English alongside a regular education curriculum. Often, kids in Balinese orphanages have a home and parents; however, the parents cannot support them, so orphanages become a social service to provide extra care and education to children.
Another project is to support an undersupplied and understaffed school in the north of the island. This school is in one of the poorest parts of the island. There are only six teachers for 250 kids. The teachers work on a volunteer basis; therefore, they can usually only teach a couple of times a week. The kids range from 5 to 15 years old. The school would benefit from classroom supplies, room dividers, chairs, desks, teacher subsidies, and many other materials. Rescue2000 hopes to connect a local charity and donors to support this school.
Lastly, Rescue2000 supports Ketut, a young, talented man of 21 years old who suffered a spinal injury in an earthquake in Bali in 2016. For two years, Ketut had no movement of his upper or lower limbs, but slowly, with some volunteer physical therapists’ help, he regained full function in his upper body. However, he is still paralyzed from the waist down. Ketut had to stop school after his injury. The United Nations estimates worldwide at least 500 million students are out of reach of online learning; Ketut is one of them, although he is determined to finish school.
Rescue2000 is working to pair Ketut with teachers willing to come to his house; a task made more challenging by the Coronavirus Pandemic. For an extra incentive for Ketut, Rescue2000 wants to donate an Electric wheelchair to Ketut once he finishes his education! Ketut is a talented artist; he is passionate about drawing and would love to have his work seen by more in the future. Our donors can open up many doors for Ketut!
According to the World Bank, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the number of people living in extreme poverty is expected to rise in 2020 for the first time in two decades. Now is a time for solidarity and compassion to ensure that the most vulnerable people, especially the younger generations, acquire the education to change their lives!