2017: Youth Uplift Challenge
295,484 hands generated $400,000 for youth empowerment.
September 2016 - May 2017
400,000 million youth around the world live in poverty.
Around the world young people are growing up in extreme poverty. More than 400,000 million young people live on less than $1.90 a day. Growing up in poverty means these young people often don’t have access to good schools or safe places to learn.
Students reached out their hands and made a difference.
Young people around the world created nearly 300,000 paper hands which the Bezos Family Foundation matched with a donation to Save the Children to help young people in Nicaragua and Indonesia start their own small businesses. Hands were painted, collaged, knit, even 3D! Although each hand was unique, they connected us together and to young people around the world who are working hard for their dreams.
2,000 young people in Nicaragua and Indonesia received job training.
In Nicaragua and Indonesia, young people received job training, start-up funds, and mentorship to help them live into their dreams. One young woman started a business selling chicken eggs; another group of siblings started making and selling candy. In addition to supporting students in starting their own businesses, your support trained 40 teachers in Indonesia to provide financial literacy education to thousands of youth.
295,484 handmade hands from 28 countries
Where we came from
Hands across borders
Youth Uplift Challenge Teaching Materials
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