Understanding that poverty limits access to growth, skills and potential, Living Ways seeks to use innovative strategies to overcome this barrier and foster access to programs and education. Whether through scholarships to local programs or the creation of projects specifically targeted in local, national and international high risk areas, Living Ways strives to provide opportunities to foster hope, particularly in areas of despair, enabling genius to evolve, no matter one’s financial constitution.
Every individual, whatever age, has the right to fully live a life of meaning. Poverty significantly impacts potential, let alone basic physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Education is crucial to lift people out of poverty. Disruption in education contributes to the spiraling “cycle of poverty”. Programs and mentoring opportunities for children, youth and adults (locally and nationally) frequently require a significant fee that is simply not feasible for many individuals or families. Breaking down such barriers is critical to enable people, particularly children and youth, to access programs that inspire and empower them.
A core focus at Living Ways is to prioritize access to “quality” education to unlock potential and reduce the cycle of poverty. Beyond this though, we endeavour to enable access to programs where deep connection with nature and other transformative ways of learning such as storytelling and the creative arts are embedded. Although providing technology or schooling is helpful, we go deeper to collaboratively discern, support and evaluate what will make the most difference. As well, in high poverty areas internationally, Living Ways supports and initiates grassroots projects focused on sustainable practices, with the aim to empower people and decrease dependence on aid.
To Find out more about our projects visit our Education IS Hope Page.