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Education Change-Makers: Kor Foundation, Nigeria

I have been following the Kor Foundation for the last several year and I am always impressed by their innovative means of engaging the diaspora to give and support students abroad in Nigeria. Kor Foundation,

I have been following the Kor Foundation for the last several year and I am always impressed by their innovative means of engaging the diaspora to give and support students abroad in Nigeria. Kor Foundation, established by Founder , Stanley Onuwakor and Co-Founder, Rita Oluchi Obi in 2009, is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty throughout rural villages of Nigeria by supporting partnering schools financially and academically. Their approach to breaking the cycle of poverty within  these rural villages includes three steps; enhancing  the environment of our partnering primary schools, equipping our partnering schools’ staff and students with the supplies necessary to achieve success, and providing  our participating students with exposure through the development of annual workshops and mentorship programs.

Under the guide of their Nigeria-based program coordinator, Uchenna Doben, three students were chosen from Ehume Primary School in Imo state,Nigeria. The  Kor Foundation Pupil Ambassadors of 2016  are :  Nwankwo Obinna( 9 years old),   Emanuella  Chekube (8 years old), and Nmasinachi Martin(7 years old). Nwankwo and Emanuella are in Grade 4, and Nmasinachi is in Grade 3.

Although the efforts or Kor Foundation has helped improve the academic environments of their partnering schools, the Kor Foundation team observed that many of our Kor Foundations students ‘families are struggling to help their children obtain a  great education.   In order to create change in the individual lives of Kor Foundation students, the Kor Foundation’s leadership has spent the last few months working on a  new project, The Pupil Ambassador Program.  This program was created to build sustainability, provide a direct impact on the lives of Kor Foundation students, and give Kor supporters more insight into the lives of their Kor Foundation students. This program will allow three students to be chosen annually from under privileged educational institutions throughout Nigeria based on Kor Foundation’s Pupil Ambassador eligibility criteria. Through the Pupil Ambassador Program, Kor Foundation will provide opportunities and fund the educational expenses and need of the Pupil Ambassador recipients till they graduate secondary school.  Supporters will now be able to witness how their donations are directly impacting the lives and journey of Kor Foundation students.

Kor Foundation will be launching their Pupil Ambassador Program at their 3rd annual Stand Up For A Child Fundraiser . This event will be taking place on Saturday, August 13th, 2016  at 7:00 pm  at the Unorthodox Art Gallery in Chelsea.  At the launching, Kor Foundation supporters will be able to hear about the lives of each Pupil Ambassador through powerful imagery. The night promises a festive time for a great cause including food, music, raffles and networking with like-minded professionals.

For tickets to the Kor Foundation’s Stand Up for A Child Annual Gala on Saturday August 23rd in New York City, visit www.korfoundation.org/ticket

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