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Cost of Education, Food, and Transportation for One Year: $400
After studying abroad in Panama in 2008, our group of travelers decided to fight the immeasurable poverty that we had witnessed. Specifically, six of us banded together to found FewForChange, an organization dedicated to raising scholarships for children in need.
Throughout the trip, we had been educated on the cycle of poverty and the difficulties associated with breaking out of that circle. Our group, then, brainstormed to find a manner in which we could most effectively use our resources to most benefit the community in a sustainable way. We focused on social capital -- in particular, education. By putting kids back in schools who otherwise would be working in dangerous field conditions, we hope to longitudinally improve that status of these underprivileged regions in Panama.
President and Co-Founder: 2008 - 2010
Webmaster: 2008 - Present
Active Member: 2008 - Present
21 Feb 2013 - Brain Massage
Katie and I arrived in Panama late last night. It’s astounding how little and how much Spanish I remember, if that makes sense. The first thing I noticed, however, was the smell. It smelled like 2008, like Panama, like the scent of top grade nostalgia. After grabbing a cell phone [...]
19 Feb 2013 - Return to the Reservation
Three and a half years ago I posted this, a journal entry I wrote shortly after visiting the comarca Ngobe Bugle. A ‘comarca’ is more or less equivalent to our Native American reservations. The indigenous people of Panama, of which one tribe was called the Ngobe, were a nomadic people that [...]
25 Aug 2011 - New Few for Change Site and Video
Hello all! We’re trying to get a final push in fundraising for the FFC Scholars of next year! Below is a video (thanks to Becky Harnik) and here is our new site (still under some construction.) Thanks!
7 Dec 2010 - Passing the Torch
In 2008, I received a bracelet made by one of the natives of the Ngobe community — the indigenous people of Panama that FewForChange hopes to aid. In that moment, I realized two things: I needed to help these people. We could not be another group that talked big and [...]