eduKUDU is all about education and about education for all. Education improves lives and society by breaking down barriers and building up understanding. Supporting organisations that are dedicated to this principle is what motivates and inspires us. We are working with charities who make a real difference to people’s lives by enabling them to access educational and, therefore, life opportunities by overcoming obstacles to this access. We support small, focused charities who stream almost all the income they raise into the causes and people they support rather than into the organisations themselves. As a result, we can identify exactly what our support has achieved – a new school opened, specific equipment provided – follow that achievement into the future and show our partners what a difference their support makes to real people.
How we work
Every alumni profile that is sponsored by a university will generate a substantial dividend for a given charity, selected by the alumnus. Let us suppose that a charity needs £1000 to install solar-powered lighting to enable a school to operate and a profile generates £250. We would combine the income from four alumni that have selected that project in order to enable it to be completed. Those four alumni would be able to follow that project and see it to completion – they would have some ownership of it and be able to see exactly what they have contributed to. We will only work with charities that can provide clear outcomes, whose motivation is grass-roots change and who can show our alumni exactly what they have done to improve educational opportunities for people around the world. We hope that some alumni will want to retain links with those charities and, perhaps, visit the projects they have supported or encourage others to get involved.
KOTO stands for Know One, Teach One. Learning should be passed on; knowledge is meant to be shared. This is the essential idea of KOTO’s Vietnamese-Australian founder, Jimmy Pham. KOTO’s purpose is to end the cycle of poverty by empowering and helping their targeted youth to forge a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. As a social enterprise, KOTO has trained over 700 students in their training centres in Hanoi and Saigon, with 200 of them currently enrolled.
Lights for Learning is a UK charity based in Cricklade, Wiltshire. They build and install solar-powered lighting in places of education. They work mainly in areas of the world where artificial lighting is impossible or hard to obtain. This benefits positively the entire communities in which these schools or clinics are based. They also provide solutions, with training to fit them, to other charities who have their own projects that are also aimed to help lift the education & health standards of similar communities.
In 2009, a ragtag group of travellers headed up Yala peak in Nepal. Seeing the faces of smiling yet poverty-stricken children was a bittersweet experience. These kids have no material goods and limited opportunities, yet still embrace the joy of life. Kathmandu Kids’ intrepid explorers felt a strong need to give something back. Back home in Perth, they joined forces with Sunrise Children’s Association Incorporated (SCAI). The result was Kathmandu Kids and a series of successful fundraising events. Every cent raised has gone towards improving the lives of children in Nepal. In recent years, the programme has expanded out to also provide education for children in the Jhapa and Nuwakot areas as well.
COCO provides sustainable sources of quality education to children living in poor and marginalised communities in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. They believe that education gives children the best possible opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. COCO was founded in 2000 by Steve Cram CBE after he witnessed first-hand the barriers to education for children living in poverty and since then COCO has raised over £4 million to fund sustainable, community-led initiatives, positively impacting on the lives of over 200,000 people. They are currently partnering with 15 remote schools, providing quality education from nursery through to college level.