With every student testimonial published on whySTUDYhere, we aim to help prospective students imagine their near future, inviting them to see what’s it like to study and live in different parts of the world, a world that soon will depend on their commitment and zeal to make it a better, safer place. We like to think that we create a direct bridge between people who have the same interests, and the will to dedicate their career and lives to something important and extraordinary. They are the leaders of tomorrow, after all.
How we work
The charities that we support and work with share the same passion, and pursue ideas and solutions, that young people need to play their part in changing the world for the good. Via their own whySTUDYhere branded page, charities offer students and visitors an invitation to read about their most courageous achievements, and to meet some of the heroic staff and volunteers who have dedicated all to help others in need.
KOTO stands for Know One, Teach One. Learning should be passed on; knowledge is meant to be shared. This is the essential idea of KOTO’s Vietnamese-Australian founder, Jimmy Pham. KOTO’s purpose is to end the cycle of poverty by empowering and helping their targeted youth to forge a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. As a social enterprise, KOTO has trained over 700 students in their training centres in Hanoi and Saigon, with 200 of them currently enrolled.
Lights for Learning is a UK charity based in Cricklade, Wiltshire. They build and install solar-powered lighting in places of education. They work mainly in areas of the world where artificial lighting is impossible or hard to obtain. This benefits positively the entire communities in which these schools or clinics are based. They also provide solutions, with training to fit them, to other charities who have their own projects that are also aimed to help lift the education & health standards of similar communities.
In 2009, a ragtag group of travellers headed up Yala peak in Nepal. Seeing the faces of smiling yet poverty-stricken children was a bittersweet experience. These kids have no material goods and limited opportunities, yet still embrace the joy of life. Kathmandu Kids’ intrepid explorers felt a strong need to give something back. Back home in Perth, they joined forces with Sunrise Children’s Association Incorporated (SCAI). The result was Kathmandu Kids and a series of successful fundraising events. Every cent raised has gone towards improving the lives of children in Nepal. In recent years, the programme has expanded out to also provide education for children in the Jhapa and Nuwakot areas as well.
COCO provides sustainable sources of quality education to children living in poor and marginalised communities in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. They believe that education gives children the best possible opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. COCO was founded in 2000 by Steve Cram CBE after he witnessed first-hand the barriers to education for children living in poverty and since then COCO has raised over £4 million to fund sustainable, community-led initiatives, positively impacting on the lives of over 200,000 people. They are currently partnering with 15 remote schools, providing quality education from nursery through to college level.