EFA utilizes education to break the poverty cycle.
We serve anyone who lacks opportunities to better their life circumstances. Our main beneficiaries are left-behind children, who are victims of the relentless poverty cycle.
There are around 70 million left-behind children in China. Even though the term "left-behind-children" typically refers to rural children in China, hundreds of millions of LBCs exist in the rest of the world. EFA will constantly mobilize students all around the world to give back to our less fortunate peers.
Who are the Left-Behind Children (LBCs)?
Being impoverished doesn't just mean a lack of money. It means a lack of basic human needs that people living in developed countries take for granted. The daily homework, the 2 hour line at the hospital, the website that takes more than 5 seconds to load - these are luxuries impoverished people can only dream of. From the moment they are born, many trapped in the poverty cycle are relegated to a life of suffering and inadequacy.
As a result of the poverty cycle, many basic needs are unmet within rural communities, resulting in a further cycle of self-destruction.
*adapted from Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world."
It has been proven that achieve our potential when we can freely explore the world. EFA programs divert specific paths within the poverty cycle utilizing education. Unlike financial resources, learned skills cannot be taken away from once they have been absorbed and permanently change people's mindsets. Over time, all of our volunteers will fulfill invaluable roles in the lives of impoverished children.
As young people, we have an invaluable opportunity to take advantage of our natural talent - we grow up learning almost every minute of our lives. All across the world there are millions of students who want to use their skills do good.
For that reason, EFA will always remain youth-run. Before we enter the real world as adults who must entirely take care of ourselves, we have the opportunity to do something good for someone else. Contrary to popular belief, being young is our ultimate advantage.
At the heart of EFA is youthful ingenuity. We don't require massive funding or formal training. We just need altruistic intentions and a few creative ideas. Through a simple mentorship system, our lack of experience can be quickly negated.
You can read about our purposeful work environment in our Culture Deck.