Worldwide, one in five school-aged children do not attend school.

There are many reasons for this, but lack of access should not be one of them. Too often students in our partner countries are forced to walk miles just to get to a classroom. Even if they do make the walk, they are too often left to learn in poorly constructed shelters – or even outside.

United Nations, Education Facts, 2016

We Build Schools

We work to improve school access by constructing new school blocks through our school-building program, in partnership with the non-profit organization, buildOn. After construction, the school is often the most structurally sound building in the area. There’s a palpable sense of pride throughout the community. School attendance increases and the community-focused methodology sets the foundation for future development.     

Every school construction initiative begins with establishing a local committee to take ownership of the project. The community is responsible for donating the land and collecting local materials such as sand and gravel to make cement. The community also provides the manual labor necessary to reach the final project and agrees to send girls and boys to the school in equal numbers as part of the initial agreement. There is no heavy machinery involved, and the entire process is done by hand. As a result of their contributions, the community takes ownership of the project upon completion. The result: A sustainable, high-impact project that will affect generations of students.

The Sonder Project believes education is a ladder of opportunity, helping pull future generations out of poverty. Being able to climb that ladder often depends on other factors, such as the availability of clean water, food security, and health and economic stability. With this in mind, The Sonder Project takes a holistic approach to development. Discover all of The Sonder Project initiatives that help children stay in school.

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SONDER SCHOOL NEWS

Student Sponsorship Program

Student Sponsorship Program

The Sonder Project is thrilled to share the commencement of a brand new student sponsorship program supporting vulnerable students to stay in school.

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Welcome to Malawi!

Welcome to Malawi!

In January of 2020, our CEO, Chad Zibelman, traveled to southeastern Africa to establish a Sonder Project office in Malawi. Often referred to as “The Warm Heart of Africa,” the country is known for its friendly people and Lake Malawi, its vast freshwater lake.

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