Schools for Children of the World’s mission is to work in partnership with the private, public and non-profit sectors at the local, national, and international levels to create quality learning environments in developing countries.
In 1996, Dr. William DeJong went with his teenage son to do service work in a rural Honduran village. While there, Bill recognized the dilapidated condition of the rural school buildings and the underserved population of students. In 1997, he formed a team of 12 volunteer architects, planners, engineers, and educators from all across North America that returned to Honduras to do a more thorough assessment of the school facilities. That team included co-founder and architect, Chuck Newman. Since that time, many more volunteers have joined these original team members to work with local communities and governmental bodies to help plan, design and build high-quality, safe educational facilities. In 1999, Bill and Chuck chose the name Schools for the Children of the World for their fledgling organization of volunteers. In 2002, Schools for the Children of the World was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the United States. SCW has grown to include affiliates SCW-Canada, SCW-Germany, SCW-Honduras, SCW-Haiti and soon SCW-Australasia.
For more than 15 years, Schools for Children of the World (SCW) has been committed to helping communities in under-developed countries improve educational opportunities for their children. SCW establishes partnerships with local communities, governmental entities, NGOs, and other supporting organizations to design and build schools. During most projects, SCW contributes planning and design assistance, project coordination, construction materials, and financial oversight. Local governments provide funds for materials and labor, land, technical oversight by a local engineer, and an experienced contractor. The local communities help SCW determine the school design, provide volunteer labor during construction, supply locally available materials, and contribute funds when possible. Through this community partnership model, SCW empowers communities to make further improvements to their community and the surrounding region.
To date, SCW has completed the construction and renovation of more that 100 schools in Central America, Haiti, and Africa. SCW designs and builds schools that serve as models to regional and national governments, demonstrating the importance of well-designed school facilities and their impact on the delivery of quality educational programs. SCW has authored school facility design guidelines that have been implemented by both regional and national governments, positively impacting the education of hundreds of thousands of children internationally.