Rehabilitation of Refugee Affected Areas:Orphans to Ambassadors is alleviating hardships in refugee affected areas worldwide. Our organization understands the complex relationships between refugees and host communities and aims to help offset the impact of large refugee populations. We acknowledge that refugees can burden host communities, which is why we work to relieve a portion of that stress by rescuing the orphaned children living in these affected areas. Our programs not only lift the negative perception of "street children", but also educate the local community about renewable energies, sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, and social advocacy.
Education and Child Empowerment: Primary, Secondary and Higher Education is still a rare privilege in many refugee affected areas. Depending on where you live, a basic child's education can cost upwards of 200-300 USD a year. This leaves many families and orphans without access to education.
Orphans to Ambassadors’ primary, and most urgent goal, is to extend its donations toward the enrollment of our orphaned students into school. Any leftover funds will go to the needy children and families in the community. We want our children to love learning and to develop the communication and problem solving skills that will guide them for the rest of their lives. Resourcefulness and creative learning are both critically important.
Computer Labs: With computer literacy rates below 1%, we're also working to implement small computer labs running off solar powered batteries. Many of the countries we work in receive more than double the minimum solar requirments to power four to six small computers during the day. Our goal is to run computer facilities that educate both the children in orphanages and their community members as well.
Energy and Food Independence: Currently, all four of our partner orphanages spend the majority of their income on food. With limited funding and ever-increasing children, the orphanages are forced to purchase low quality foods. We're helping orphanages become more self-sufficient by implementing vegetable gardens and small scale agriculture that the children can maintain. Basic composting, solar water purification, and rain barrels are inexpensive and improve the health of our children, their quality of life, and the health of their land.
We don't just educate our students on energy and food independence, we also provide a model for the communities in which we operate. With the successful implementation of self-sufficient orphanages in remote post-refugee affected areas, we hope to provide an active learning center for all interested people and organizations in the region.
Leadership Development and Global Awareness: Orphans to Ambassadors puts a tremendous focus on leadership development for our students, staff, and volunteers. We also incorporate a leadership development curriculum in our volunteer programs, stressing cultural acceptance and inspiring, philanthropic leaders. We emphasize the importance of global awareness, diversity and cultural acceptance throughout every phase of our project development. Our orphans cannot become ambassadors without appreciating diversity and the richness found in education.