Education is a key that unlocks doors for people all over the world. And in developing countries, it can also unlock the door that holds people in the prison of poverty—sometimes for generations to come. In 2015 the Education Ministry worked in countries around the world to provide keys to education that uniquely fit the many challenges faced by the poor.
Below are just a few of the many testimonies we receive about lives being impacted and transformed by the Education Ministry of Heaven’s Family.
How do you make one of the worst schools in Kenya into one of the best? The answer is deceptively simple—you give each student their own book. Caso Upendo Primary School formerly had only one book per class. But thanks to all who sponsor children through the Education Ministry, the school now has a book for every girl and boy! That change has resulted in the school's average test scores jumping by a whopping 60%! And one student scored in the top percentile of the whole nation!
It turned out to be the most unusual—and the coolest—request I’d ever received for funds from the Education Ministry: a young man named Selvaraj, who grew up in an orphanage in Sri Lanka, just graduated from high school and wanted to go to vocational school to become a mechanic. But Selvaraj’s dream went further—and faster. He wanted to become a race car mechanic!
Just over a year ago, in response to a special letter from David Servant, many friends generously contributed to a primary and secondary school in the Mathare slum with conditions like no other I've ever visited. At the time, their test scores were in the lowest percentile of the whole country of Kenya.