In exchange for posting EWH’s blog about the importance of STEM education in the developing world, the Starfish Foundation is here to share how their work improves access to education and helps end extreme poverty one student at a time.
The Starfish Foundation provides scholarship and mentoring to youth living in extreme poverty in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
The idea developed after co-founders Beth and Jenn volunteered for a year in Ecuador at a shelter for former street kids. Though many of them had the motivation to study, they lacked financial resources to be able to attend school once leaving the shelter.
Many such students cannot afford to pay for books, uniforms, and other school supplies. Though public schools in Ecuador are free, families often still struggle to provide all the necessary materials while living on minimum wage. The easiest solution is to not go to school, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.