Project Heart – inspiring kids to make a difference a world away!

October 23, 2017

We love to work and partner with teachers and organizations that share our vision to inspiring kids to change the world through philanthropy and entrepreneurship. And it is often through those partnerships that we watch our reach grow and our impact deepen. That is exactly what happened through our partnership with Feed the Hungry.

Project Heart, our philanthropy education curriculum, fell into the hands of staff member Susan, at Feed the Hungry, who saw an opportunity to utilize our curriculum in conjunction with a project the organization was running to help students here in the US get involved in giving back. Feed the Hungry’s Malawi project, through a partnership with Praise Ijalasi, provides chickens along with a chicken coop and food for children-headed homes. These children have lost both parents and are the sole provider for their families. The cost for a house for the chicken, two chickens, the feed and a rooster for one home is roughly $75.

Feed the Hungry reached out to teachers at a public charter school in the South Bend area of Indiana and challenged the classes to raise what they could of the $1,500 goal Feed the Hungry had set in order to feed 20 families. The teachers received the Project Heart curriculum materials and roughly 125 students began the process of learning the fundamentals of philanthropy, how to use their 3T’s and that they have the ability and power to make a difference and change the world!

Using the Project Heart curriculum, teachers created a project-based learning (PBL) experience for the students. The teachers posed the problem that Feed the Hungry was trying to solve in Malawi  to students and encouraged them to learn about the country, the people and the culture to help them understand how using their 3T’s can help others in need. The school then had a PBL Learning Night where each class had a “booth” that sold a product that the class created to help raise funds for their projects. Students created a wide variety of products such as bookmarks, frames, candy and even lemonade! At the end of their fundraising activities, students raised over $320 for the Feed the Hungry Malawi project!

Through this collaborative project with Feed the Hungry, over 125 students learned the importance of not only giving back, but of using their time, talent and treasure to make a difference not just in their communities but around the world.

Click here to learn more about Project Heart and register and download the materials for your classroom today!