4 the World Community development projects are a part of all programs. The collaborative projects serves as a major component of the experiential and academic program. 4 the World matches the skills and interests of each group with the appropriate community proposed project.
4 the World is a project driven organization. Our mission is to promote health and education development in the communities in which we serve. This requires an earnest assessment of the needs of each community and the execution of well thought out, responsible projects. A high level of community integration, a strong management team, and well organized paths of execution offer volunteers a great deal of safety, experience, and project responsibility.
Projects are selected based on the needs defined by our host communities and the various project stakeholders. Projects are executed in collaboration with a cross section of the host community, with project ownership and overall leadership ultimately resting on the community members themselves. Teams of 4 the World Project Coordinators work with our host communities assessing needs, thinking creatively, and setting long-term goals for sustainable development projects.
Project Planning Steps
Health - 4 the World focuses on the social determinants of health to improve quality of life. We build awareness of prevention techniques, provide health care training, and provide equipment to rural clinics.
Awareness - We work with communities to develop greater awareness of health care issues by bringing medical professionals to test and educate community members.
Training - Hospitals are often few and far between. That is why we provide training to adults and family members who care for the elderly, the sick, children or pregnant women.
Equipment - We collect gently used equipment and unused medical supplies and distribute them to clinics and medical staff that have little access to such items
Education - Knowledge is power. We provide teacher training, student scholarships, and technology for schools in need.
Teachers - Great teachers can do incredible things – not just for students, but for entire communities. We believe educators are the foundation for an empowered community, and aim to provide them with the resources necessary to greater serve their communities.
Students - Regardless of how great the educators may be, many children in our target communities may not have the opportunity to even attend. Education always has a cost, and we aim to provide students with scholarship opportunities that allow children to begin or continue their education to become an empowered member of the community.
Infrastructure - Some of the largest issues facing education systems today are facilities and access to technology. We aim to provide students and educators with a safe learning environment, while also providing them with the modern technology needed for collaborative and progressive learning.