"Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts."
-Soren Kierkegaard


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Feb 28, 2013
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Goodbye Tumblr!

As of today, we will be moving all of our blog activity to our new website! You can find us here: http://thesupply.org/about-us/blog/


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Feb 26, 2013
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So why the new website?

Almost 3 years in, our organization is constantly evolving. Like a young person in his or her 20’s, we’re discovering who we are. We are growing humble yet growing confident at the same time, we are taking risks and learning, and most importantly, we are identifying more and more why we even exist.

The new website is not simply a branding change or a shift to a cleaner look. It’s a mirror that reflects the continuous progression of the heart and soul of the organization.

Some key new elements and the intention behind them:
- side navigation: we want to tell you a story. flip through the pages with us.
- more graphs, information, data: but storytelling is never enough.
- simplicity and conversational tone: the urban slum issue is perpetuated because of exclusivity. We want to be inclusive and invite you to join the conversation.

At the end of the day, destination and direction supercedes intention. We hope that our intentions ignite YOUR actions.


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Jan 22, 2013
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"By witnessing reality, I realized indeed, we are the cornerstone of The Supply’s actions."

First of all, I would like to point out that words can hardly explain my trip to Kenya as it is a life changing experience. If someone was to ask me, “How would you describe the trip in one word?” My answer would be, “breakthrough.” It was the moment I walked through the slum of Lenana did I see where slum dwellers lived. I witnessed inequality, injustice, poverty, hunger, and broken lives. My mind has become exhausted from racing and wrestling through such an emotional sight.

On my way to the location of The Supply’s first secondary school, I could not find a single community secondary school. When I arrived at Jumba Lenana Academy, everyone in the area ran towards me. As I looked at them, I was able to see dreams and hope in their eyes. Their bright eyes and smiles molded right into my heart as i could reflect on my life the many things that I take for granted everyday. And these are the things these people long and pray for. I received an amazing opportunity to talk to John, one of the students from DYC. I asked him, “what is education to you?” He answered, “education is transformation. I am so blessed to receive education. Through my education, I’m going to transform my community. My dream is to become a surgeon and I thank The Supply for the opportunity that has been given to us.” People like John did not only live in Lenana, there were others with the same dreams at the slum of Matopeni. When I asked the students there what is the purpose of your education and what do you think of education, they said “education is to change.” This answer helped me realize the true meaning of Education as a call to action.

For Jumba Lenana Academy, there is hope because they don’t have to study in the dark anymore. They don’t have to squeeze in one bench in class. Let’s imagine: What if there was no secondary school in Lenana? What would happen to these children? Finally, I realized. We are impacting the lives of these children. Seeing the enthusiasm and ambitions in the children about their education, I believe their dreams will come true. Those children will transform their community. This is what we call hope as a bright future.

As the president of The Supply chapter at SPH, often times I wondered; are my friends and I really making a difference? By witnessing reality, I realized indeed, we are the cornerstone of The Supply’s actions. It’s all about partnership, teamwork and I’m proud to be a part of this way of action.
This is truly a great start for 2013, a start of gratitude. Let us realize just how blessed we are. Let us strive forward to plant seeds of hope and dreams for those children.

Education is a call to action.

Hanna Park



Hanna is the president of The Supply at SPH, a high school in Indonesia. She is also a participant of the The Supply 2012 Winter HS Immersion Program.

Learn more on how to be a part of our summer HS immersion program!


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Jan 16, 2013
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"That’s when I decided to join the $8 campaign"

The Supply has been extremely influential on my life. I remember surfing the web for nonprofit organizations and came across The Supply. I was instantly captivated by the the precious children of Lenana. I have a huge heart for children and believe that each child deserves a good education; education is an important avenue to build a child’s hopes and dreams. Watching children that don’t even have an opportunity to get a secondary education broke my heart.

That’s when I decided to join the $8 campaign.

With just $8 a month, I can help change the future of a child thirsty for education. Then that child could change a whole community. This is a concept that I don’t just want to talk about but also back with my actions.

I have been supporting The Supply for over a year in any way that I can. It’s been a wonderful blessing in my life to see slum children being given an opportunity that I took for granted most of my life. Now, I have spent the last year and a half teaching overseas. I have personally seen how education can change a child’s life and the opportunities that come from being educated. Seeing slum children eager about education, is something I’m proud to be apart of. After all, we are all The Supply.

- Heidi F.

The $8 Recurring Campaign is the most direct and impactful way for individuals to help The Supply continue to do the work we do. Through your monthly $8 donation, you will be a partner of The Supply and a seed-planter of education in these slums. Join here: http://thesupply.org/donate


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Jan 9, 2013
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Wait, shouldn’t the government provide school furniture?

The government should provide the basic school needs for a secondary school correct? Per pupil funding? I mean, fine, take out the school feeding program or the funds for extracurricular activities, BUT school furniture — that’s a no brainer right?

Well this is not the case for children in urban slums. Governments do not/rarely provide services to slum communities (yea, def some human rights violations going on).

Put one and two together, and there are no public schools available in slums nor any availability of government funds for educational needs.

That’s why The Supply is responding to meet the educational needs of these impoverished communities who don’t have public (government) schools nor could they afford expensive private schools.

We are building “community” schools — aka low-cost private schools that are specifically designed for these vulnerable children.

As many of you know, we’ve fully funded the complete construction of the school, but for it to open its doors, it still has various needs, most specifically school furniture. (classroom desks, chairs, shelves, etc)

That’s why our “Muscort’s Last Wish” campaign matters so much. It’s not a “cherry on top” campaign, but it’s a necessity — an urgent plea for help. We are so close to reaching the funding goal — 100% going to fit the school with furniture, and we are asking for your help to finish!

You can donate here: http://purecharity.com/muscorts-last-wish

Where these children live shouldn’t determine how they live.


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Jan 3, 2013
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Why our schools cost 75k

Many have asked us, “why do your schools cost $75,000? I know other organizations that can build schools for $20,000!”

Here’s our response:

Context: We build schools in urban slums. Organizations that build schools in rural areas can often build at a low-cost because of fewer regulations (i.e. they can use volunteer laborers). For urban areas, even in the slums, city ordinances require proper certifications, paperwork, and professional engineers, architects, contractors, and laborers. These costs are built into our total project cost.

Safety and Durability: Our schools are built to last for 100 years and can withstand harsh weather conditions. Especially in cities such as Nairobi that gets hit with torrential rain during the rainy season, our schools prevent flooding, leaks, and structural damage. School safety should always be considered in any infrastructure project.

Dignity: Yes, we are serving the poorest of the poor. Yet, where they live and come from should not determine the quality of their learning environment. We build quality structures to match our commitment to the quality programming that we plan on offering these students. These slum children are human beings and more importantly, future leaders, who can also be inspired by aesthetics and quality.

In the end, it’s all about perspective. Our projects may be costly, but is roughly less than 1% the cost of a similar project in the US. We often argue, “school buildings are just school buildings — education can happen anywhere.” Or, jaded from the Mortensen fiasco, some exclaim, “oh great, another photo opp for Westerners doing good.”

But, our schools are not about Westerners doing good. They’re not about photo opps. And they’re not just simply school “buildings.” Students give up lunch just to go to school in these slums. These schools are safe havens for young children who otherwise might be forced to work, get married, or far worse, be kidnapped or raped. These schools are community driven and community led — teachers from the community inspiring students to become active leaders in their community and to be the change agents in this ever-growing urban slum crisis.

That’s why our schools cost $75k.


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Dec 27, 2012
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The Supply From My Eyes

Earlier this year, I realized something was missing in my life, and I didn’t realize what it was until I saw it in the eyes of the Supply members while attending their gala this past May. Their ambitious drive and generous spirit sucked me in and before I knew it, I found myself joining them on a trip to Lenana, the location of the Supply’s first secondary school.

In Kenya, the first thing I noticed was that members of the Supply team were so passionate and smart. I remember sitting in awe at the way they tackled their research, fieldwork, and operational bumps along the way. They could easily be climbing the corporate ladder, but instead, they invest their talent into helping children in the slums so that in turn, those children can transform their community.

The staff debriefing even in the midst of a power outage

Then, I noticed the children. These children live in conditions that are pretty unfathomable to the average New Yorker, but yet they still have so much laughter, joy, and personality. I saw in their eyes their potential, their hidden talents, and their untapped dreams.


And last, I noticed the dedicated teachers and staff of DYC primary school. Their dreams are to give these children dreams. There’s Albert, the calm, collected one who’s full of wisdom; Derrick, who is so engaging and enthusiastic during lectures that you can hear him from any other classroom; and Boniface, who is only 19 but someone all the children look up to, because he too grew up in the same slum and went to their exact same school.

Boniface and Derek

It is after this trip, that I now see what I saw in the eyes of the Supply staff, the children, and the teachers: they all have a dream that’s within their reach. This dream is empowering, giving, and full of life. It’s a dream for the children of the world, so that they can be educated and be the change-makers in their community. It’s a dream that keeps on giving, and it’s the dream that Muscort shared with all of us.

Muscort’s last wish was to see the school open in January 2013. He saw, I think more than anyone else, that this dream would come true sooner than we imagined. You see, we have the goals and the right people. We’re almost there and we only need $5,000 to furnish the school and make this dream a reality!

Would you please join me in supporting these visionaries by donating to our cause? It will mean a lot to our community! Donate Here: https://www.purecharity.com/muscorts-last-wish


-Young


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Dec 21, 2012
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All we want for Christmas is….