FAVOR’s Rainbow Center opened in 2012, aimed at benefitting children in the impoverished rural community of Bacau. In an area where historically less than 10% of students go on to study after 8th grade, this pilot program is providing the educational support, nutrition, clothing, mentoring and positive social support to help these children succeed academically and turn things around for this despondent community.
Goals of the program
- To assist children in breaking out of the cycle of poverty and sub-par education which their families are trapped in
- To envision the children with the value of learning and the limitless possibilities that education will open up to them
- To equip them with scholastic skills needed for success in higher education and building careers
- To impart to the children a knowledge of and confidence in God, which will both encourage them to make the most of their lives and provide them with a source of strength to confront their challenges
- Students are evaluated through standardized tests, and instruction is based on their actual skill levels rather than just the grade they are enrolled in
- Much of the instruction utilizes games, teaching aids and audio/visual materials, to spark interest and facilitate optimum absorption of subject matter
- Educational materials are provided to all students free-of-charge
- FAVOR engages with beneficiary parents, providing counselling and guidance in matters affecting their children's environment, education and future
- Merit-based rewards provide increased motivation for students and their parents
At the end of 2013, a small group of kids from the Rainbow Center performed a musical program at several institutions including an emergency reception center and a shelter for street kids, distributing gifts for all and experiencing the joy of giving back to others in need.
FAVOR firmly believes that if given the necessary skills, vision and opportunities, these children can succeed and go on to make a positive contribution to the world. As part of its commitment to this long-term project, FAVOR hopes to secure sponsorships for each child’s high school education by the time they finish the eighth grade.
The first group of grade 8 graduates from the Rainbow Center performed better-than-expected on crucial national exams in 2014. Though they are from the poorest families and did not have good grades when they came to the Rainbow Center two years ago, all five girls finished the year towards the top of their classes.
FAVOR organized housing and/or travel arrangements for each of the young girls to be able to attend vocational high schools in the nearby city and is committed to supporting them for the next four years. The students have also been connected with FAVOR volunteer mentors, who have offered their support for the students while in the big city.
Please get in contact if you would like to help be a part of this! You can help make a HUGE impact in this community by helping these kids receive the education and opportunities they need to build positive and productive lives.