Hello everyone, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends—however you like to celebrate it. There’s some exciting news from One New Education, and I wanted to let you all know about it before you get fully into your shopping frenzy for the holidays.
One New Education was accepted for membership in the 1% for the Planet movement. If you don’t know about it, there are many businesses that pledge to donate 1% of their profits to the organization, which then donates that money to various environmental non-profits and NGOs. One New Education works to mitigate the effects of climate change by educating women. Project Drawdown states that one of the most important things we as a planet can do to slow or halt climate change is to educate and empower women. We are delighted to be a part of that global effort. From the Project Drawdown website:
Education lays a foundation for vibrant lives for girls and women, their families, and their communities. It also is one of the most powerful levers available for avoiding emissions by slowing population growth. Women with more years of education have fewer and healthier children, and actively manage their reproductive health.
One New Education was nominated by Flagstaff, Arizona company, Kahtoola. The company has its own giving arm called Kahtoola for the People, and we have been honored to partner with them in supporting our students in Nepal. We thank them immensely for that partnership and for nominating us for membership in 1% for the Planet!
So as you are planning where to go for your holiday shopping, please consider looking for the 1% for the Planet logo. Who knows? Some of that money may come back to the students we support! And at the very least, you are buying from companies that are making an effort to help slow the ravages of climate change on our planet and its people.
Speaking of students we support… I will be heading to Nicaragua on December 5 to attend the high school graduations of Belen and Tatiana (December 10) and Seyla (December 11)! We are so incredibly proud of these young women; they have persevered through years of political violence, pandemic, and environmental upheaval. I’ll actually be walking with Seyla to receive her diploma, since her parents can’t come to her graduation. In addition, we’ll be celebrating Glenda getting her nursing school title! If you recall, Glenda dropped out of the program when she got pregnant in 11th grade. We were so sad to see her go, but she went back to school, graduated high school while taking care of a baby, and has made it all the way through nursing school despite needing to work to care for her son, as well as the pandemic, the university violence against the government, and all the other challenges she has faced. So it’s going to be a big visit, and I can’t wait to show you all photos! For now, here are some photos of these four young women when they started with us.
Stay tuned for photos and videos and stories that are bound to be wonderful. Until then, I wish you all a very happy holiday season!
All the best, Christa