Our vision is to change the future for children living in poverty through education.

Education changes everything

Education is the driver for sustainable change and So They Can believe that empowering communities through a quality education is the key to breaking the poverty cycle.

Our mission is to provide quality education to children living in poverty through improved learning conditions, teacher training and development, and inclusive partnerships with the community and in-country governments.

Reduces poverty

If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. This is equal to a 12% cut in global poverty.

Source: UNESCO

Tanzanian students in collaborative So They Can schools
Improves health

A child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past the age of five.

50% more likely to be immunized, and twice as likely to attend school.

Source: The Learning Generation, p. 99

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Promotes gender equality

One additional school year can increase a woman’s earning by 10% to 20%.

Source: World Bank, returns to investment by
education (2002)

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If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. This is equal to a 12% cut in global poverty.

A child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past the age of five.

50% more likely to be immunized, and twice as likely to attend school.

One additional school year can increase a woman’s earning by 10% to 20%.

By 2030, our goal is to change the future for 36,000 children in Africa who, through no fault of their own, are living in poverty.

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By 2030, our goal is to change the future for 36,000 children in Africa who, through no fault of their own, are living in poverty.

Our Vision By 2030 So They Can’s vision is to empower:
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2,100 Teachers graduated or mentored and delivering quality education who have impacted the lives of…

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36,000 students empowered with skills and confidence to live their best life being educated at...

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60 Schools supported by So They Can.

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make a difference.

Lives Changed

We work to help change people’s lives. Here are some of those stories...

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Media legend Peter Overton becomes an Ambassador for So They Can

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The sky’s the limit for Abdallah

Earlier this year, our team travelled to Malesh Primary School, in Maweni Hamlet — a rural village in Tanzania to distribute 257 Solar Buddy lights to the students,…

MEDIA RELEASE: So They Can’s international community raises over $110,000 in 1HumanRace campaign to prevent female genital cutting and child marriage in East Pokot, Kenya

Over 300 participants from around the world, including kiwi Actress Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit, Leave No Trace) and All Blacks star, Conrad Smith joined forces to raise funds…