Rise to Raise: DDD Joins Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneurs Challenge

Skoll SE ChallengeRight now, you have an opportunity to support DDD’s scholarship program for youth in Africa and Asia with a special match from the Skoll Foundation. On September 30, the Skoll Foundation, in partnership with The Huffington Post, kicked off the Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, a campaign to support social entrepreneurs raise money through online fundraising website Crowdrise. DDD is one of over 50 social enterprises/organizations rising to this challenge, with a primary goal to raise scholarship funds for disadvantaged youth in our program. DDD’s scholarship program supports youth in Cambodia, Laos and Kenya with their pursuit of higher education. Youth pay about half the cost of their education from their income from work at DDD. The rest comes from a combination of scholarships and loans. The universities they attend have been selected for their world-class programs and standards. In addition to tuition support, we provide guidance in the selection of their course of study, as well as other support to ensure a successful academic experience–and eventually better jobs with higher incomes. More than 600 young people have already completed this work-study and graduated with bachelors degrees, with the support of people like you. DDD recognizes how valuable education is for youth to break away from poverty. This impact is captured in the words of DDD alumna Thip Nouansyvong: “Born into a poor family, I didn’t see any opportunity to set foot into a university until DDD gave me scholarship. This was an amazing gift. I was able to study my favorite field, Political Science, majoring in Law. I graduated from the university and from DDD for a greater career opportunity.” Thip now works as a legal fellow for a law firm in Vientiane, Laos, where she educates local clients to understand the law and fight for their rights. DDD’s goal for the Challenge is to raise funds to support the scholarship and loan program for current youth employees in Asia and Africa. Help support their dreams to graduate from university and out of poverty – for good. Click here to donate.