In a world reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, marginalized children still need education, care, and support. Open Schools Worldwide, a ministry of Teach Beyond, looks to help fill this need through a global fundraiser, Kilometers for Kids, on June 27 and 28.
Understanding the Mission
Teach Beyond supports and provides Christian education all over the world. Open Schools Worldwide joined Teach Beyond just last year. Open Schools Worldwide Director of Development Phil Peters explains how the years-old ministry fits its parent organization’s mission.
“Open Schools is an educational intervention that provides literacy, numeracy, and basic life skills to marginalized children. It’s critical that the volunteers we train are believers, and it’s through the relationship the tutors have with the children that they share God’s love,” he says.
“They have the opportunity to help these children, who are often forgotten, begin to realize that there’s a God who cares about them [and] has a purpose for them.”
Peters says one way Open Schools Worldwide typically raises funds for these services is through an in-person fundraiser run. However, the pandemic made them think outside the box. Instead of holding a local event, they decided to expand the event to one most people worldwide could join.
“Over the past years, [we’ve held] a donor run based out of Germany. However, because of the COVID-19 situation this year, we weren’t able to do that,” he explains. “We came up with the idea of having a run that people could take part in anywhere they are, so all around the world, we’re anticipating people in many countries will be participating.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer
CALL TO ACTION
- Participate in Kilometers for Kids fundraiser.
- Tell others about the fundraiser.