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MARC-StARS Montessori for African Refugees in Cairo in Collaboration with St. Andrew’s

Location: Cairo, Egypt

Website:
Program Established: September 2014
# of Children: 14 Ages Served: 3-6 years old
Immediate Needs:
  1. Materials, new and used in good condition.
  2. Mentorship and consultation on Montessori and refugee related issues (psychological health in early childhood and adolescence and family support through classroom related activities).
  3. Assistance creating a cultural curriculum for these African nationalities; Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan-Eritrea, Ethiopia (Oromo and Amharic).
  4. Donations of musical instruments and sports equipment.
  5. Research support.

Contact Person: Amira Nagati
Contact Information: anagati@stars-egypt.org

The repercussions of the 2011 revolution in Egypt on the conditions of life for the African refugees and asylum seekers have only worsened an already critical social status. Intolerance, and to an increasing extent, violence against black ethnicities pushes the lives of many of the African refugees to discretion and social insecurity, in addition to detachment from their culture of origin and alienation from the local culture barely present in the urban life of Cairo.

Project MARC is designed to implement the Montessori children’s home, in order to systematically observe the effect on different developmental lines of the African refugee children, with a special emphasis on the acquisition of culture as to resolve the cultural and social challenges they face in Cairo. Creating a solid research system that could be replicated in other community-based projects might help in understanding the impact –on the long run- on the conditions of life for African refugees in Cairo, and developing a generation of intercommunicating locals and Africans.

The initiative is based on the researched basic need for children for a cultural and social context for their developmental progress in all fields. The unavailability of such opportunity, even in the case of cultural preservation in the limited scope of the refugee family, has its reverberations on the fulfillment of the developmental needs of the children.

Maria Montessori’s definition of culture extends farther than simply the folklore heritage. She includes many aspects of the evolution of societies and civilization, threaded together with the very particular customs of the unit culture of origin.

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Nhimbe Magaya Preschool

Location: Magaya, Zimbabwe

Website: www.sundborn.org/nhimbe.htm
Program Established: 2001
# of Children: 80Ages Served: 3-6
Immediate Needs:

As materials have to be hand-carried to Zimbabwe, financial donations are requested:

  1. $250 will feed the children a daily snack.
  2. $35 to sponsor a preschool or special needs child to attend school for a year.
  3. $25 allows a sick child to receive health care in the clinic.
  4. $15 pays for an orchard tree that will yield much needed food or plants and seeds for the children's garden.
  5. $100 towards the cost of chalkboards, woven mats and books written in Shona, the indigenous language.

Contact Person: Karen Madsen-Barton
Contact Information: NhimbeSchool@sundborn.org

The Nhimbe Magaya Preschool is a project inspired by Karen Madsen-Barton. It began through a connection to the world of Zimbabwean music, in particular Dumisani Maraire who brought Shona music to the west coast of North America. After he passed on, Jaiaen Beck of Ancient Ways traveled to Zimbabwe and with the village headman, Cosmos Magaya, began a development and sustainability project to serve 7 villages in a rural community. Karen asked if they had any interest in a school for their 3 to 6 year olds and the answer was a resounding YES.

In 2001 the parents of the Oregon Sundborn Children's House under the guidance of Karen, the Director, funded the construction of a school building in Mhondoro. For these villages, it is the first indigenous preschool and enjoys widespread community support.

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The Olive Branch for Children
Deborah’s Montessori School

Location: Mbeya, Tanzania

Website: www.theolivebranchforchildren.org
Program Established: 2005
# of Children: 20 Ages Served: 2 ½ - 8 years old
Immediate Needs:
  1. Funds to provide the children with a daily nutritious snack and main meal.
  2. Donations to cover the cost of transportation for children not living at the orphanage.
  3. Educational materials including Montessori writing and reading supplies, chalk boards and woven mats.
  4. Operating funds to provide children with uniforms and shoes.
  5. Establish a General Fund to be used where the need is greatest; for example to give medicine to ill children whose families cannot afford medical care.

Contact Person: Ginette McCracken
Contact Information: info@theolivebranchforchildren.org

In 2005 Deborah McCracken founded the Olive Branch for Children to provide relief for orphans in the Mbeya region of Tanzania who were born with AIDS or HIV or whose parents have died or suffered from AIDS. In addition to providing life-saving medical care to the communities and developing self-sustainability projects, one of the major objectives is to improve the education of Tanzanian children through the Montessori initiative. Thus, Deborah’s Montessori School was created to serve both the children at the orphanage and those from surrounding villages.

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asia




The House of Flowers

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Website: www.mepoonline.org
Program Established: 2002
# of Children: 30 Ages Served: 3-18
Immediate Needs:
  1. Operating Funds for basics such as food, shoes, clothing, building costs, and staffing.
  2. Elementary Montessori materials.

Contact Person: Allison Lide
Contact Information: mepo.hope@gmail.com

The House of Flowers is a Montessori-based orphanage and school, a small oasis in the rough and often child-unfriendly environment of Afghanistan. It was founded by a small non-profit organization, MEPO, (Medical, Educational and Peace Organization) in 2002. Its founders, Allison Lide and Mostafa Vaziri, knew that children coming from such decimating backgrounds were most needful of the soul-strengthening effects of a Montessori environment.....

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Khom Loy Montessori Programme

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand

Website: www.khomloy.org | Take a look at this new video.
Program Established: May 2004
# of Children: 600+ Ages Served: 4-6
Immediate Needs:

  1. Donations to support the costs of teacher trainers.
  2. Funds to convert child care centres to Montessori
    classrooms.
  3. Donations to purchase materials.
  4. Used materials in good condition.
  5. Trained Montessori volunteers.

Volunteer Support: Yes

Contact Person: Paul Hancock
Contact Information: Paul Hancock pmchancock@gmail.com

Paul Hancock and Patricia Solar started the Khom Loy project in 2002. They created the Khom Loy Development Foundation to work with the Burmese refugee and ethnic minority hilltribes of Northern Thailand to find innovative ways of dealing with social deprivation. From 2004-2015, they converted over 70 preschool rooms (providing education to about 1,800 pupils annually) in villages and remote communities into simple Montessori-based classrooms. They work only with existing schools with teachers and building already funded, so that KLDF’s contribution goes directly into improving the quality of the education.

Their programme provides low-cost Montessori equipment made by local craftsmen and the teachers themselves. Daily living materials use local objects such as chopsticks and beads. KLDF’s trainers (local teachers who have been trained by Montessori-qualified visiting instructors) provide a short introduction to Montessori classroom management, and then spend up to 10 months working in the classroom alongside the newly trained teachers to provide hands-on instruction. After this period, a teacher is able to manage a classroom without supervision, although KLDF offers further courses twice a year.

KLDF’s activities in Thailand now consist mainly of support for the established base of converted schools. In 2014, KLDF started a pilot project in Mawlamyine, Myanmar, and its new classroom conversion activities are now concentrated there. So far 2 schools have been converted and a further 4 will commence conversion in June 2017.

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Yoezerling School

Location: Paro, Bhutan

Website: http://www.michaelolaf.net/bhutan.html
Program Established: 2006
# of Children: 15 Ages Served: 3-4
Immediate Needs:
  1. Funding to send teachers to Chennai, India to receive the AMI Montessori training.
  2. Donations to purchase materials.
Contact Person: Susan Stephenson or Sally Connellan
Contact Information: sallycon@ozemail.com.au
Yoezerling School in Paro, Bhutan was started in 2006 and began as a traditional school with just a few Montessori materials. Dendy, the head teacher was sponsored to go to Thailand for four training sessions over a two and a half year period and completed an extremely challenging course to earn the highly respected AMI diploma. In Bhutan the country follows a policy of GNH “Gross National Happiness” rather than GNP “Gross National Product”. Every day school begins with a pledge of allegiance and morning prayers. The Yoezerling School is becoming a model Montessori program for the young children of Paro.


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TCV: Tibetan Children's Villages

Location: Dharamsala, India

Website: www.michaelolaf.net/motcvproject.html
Program Established: 1960
# of Children: 300 Ages Served: 3-6
Immediate Needs:

  1. Sponsor a child at US$50 per month
  2. Send donations towards the following projects:
    1. School Improvement
    2. Medical Fund
    3. General Fund - to be used where the need is the greatest
  3. Send used warm clothing for both children and adults.
  4. Sensorial Materials - particularly binomial and trinomial cubes, globes and puzzle maps.
  5. Language Materials - pictures for phonetic words and phonograms.

For information on how to send donations, click here.

Contact Person: Susan Stephenson
Contact Information: www.michaelolaf.net/motcvproject.html

From its humble beginning forty five years ago, Tibetan Children's Village has today become a thriving, integrated educational community for destitute Tibetan children in exile, as well as for hundreds of those escaping from Tibet in recent years. TCV schools have adopted the Montessori teaching of methodology which emphasizes the inner development of children...

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Shishu Shorgho Montessori School

Location: Chittagong, Bangladesh

Website: www.childhavenmontessori.com
Program Established: 2008
# of Children: 30 Ages Served: 2 1/2 - 8
Immediate Needs:

  1. Funds to complete the purchase of Montessori materials.
  2. Operating funds to cover teacher salaries and building costs.
  3. Funds to pay for AMI training in Chennai, India.
  4. Donations to support ongoing teacher training, including supporting AMI trained volunteers to travel to our schools.

Contact Person: Matthew Sneyd
Contact Information: matthew@childhavenmontessori.com

Child Haven International, established in 1985, cares for over 1200 destitute children in eight homes located in India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bangladesh.

The CHI home in Chittagong, Bangladesh was opened in 2002 and currently cares for over 60 children from 4 to 13 years old. In 2008, an in house school was created for the younger children in the home. The school currently serves over 30 of these children from Kindergarten to Grade 4. In addition to the traditional classes, the children have the opportunity to learn in the Shishu Shorgho Montessori School, also located in the home. There are a wide range of Montessori materials in the environment where children are offered a chance to freely choose work that interests them and invites self-discipline, organization and concentration necessary to cultivate their self-confidence and natural love of learning. The lower elementary children use the environment to develop their senses, solidify their reading and writing, explore mathematical concepts with concrete materials, and learn about the continents, oceans, plants and animals in the cultural area.

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Umeed

Location: Khyber, Pakistan

Website: www.ecdbridges.org
Program Established: 2009
# of Children: 120 Ages Served: 3-7
Immediate Needs:
  1. Montessori materials new or used in good condition for sensorial, math and language.
  2. Donations to fund teacher training.
  3. Funds to convert current early childhood centres into Montessori environments.
  4. Children’s books.

Volunteer Support: Yes
Contact Person: Annie Rupani
Contact Information: annierupani@gmail.com

Umeed in Urdu means hope. The Rupani Foundation has launched a range of developmental programs to empower the community driven initiatives that aim to address the needs of the underprivileged in Pakistan. In 2009 the Rupani Foundation established a Montessori School called Umeed in the Khyber Village of Sindh. The school offers high quality Montessori education in a rural village where early childhood education did not exist. Most schools in Pakistan start at age 6 or 7 and the focus is primarily on learning to read and write. Young children are generally kept at home. We have created an environment where these young children, ages 3 – 7, can learn in a nurturing environment that fosters their independence and allows them to reach their full potential. We work closely with the parents to help them understand the importance of these first years in a child’s life.

This project aims to liberate the community from the vicious cycle of poverty and enable them to substantially contribute to the socioeconomic uplifting of their families and the community at large.

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Green Tara Child Haven School

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

Website: www.childhavenmontessori.com
Program Established: 2009
# of Children: 230 Ages Served: 2.5 to grade 7

Immediate Needs:

  1. Funds to complete the purchase of Montessori materials.
  2. Donations to cover the expenses for a former resident of the Child Haven home to take the full AMI training in Chennai, India.
  3. Support with operating costs to cover teacher salaries and building expenses.
  4. Assistance with the cost of improving the learning environment of the grade one class so children can continue on their path to full development.
  5. Funds for ongoing teacher training, including supporting AMI trained volunteers to travel to our school.

 

Contact Person: Matthew Sneyd
Contact Information: matthew@childhavenmontessori.com
Child Haven International, established in 1985, cares for over 1200 destitute children in eight homes located in India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bangladesh.

The Child Haven International home in Kathmandu currently cares for 120 children from 2 ½ to 17 years old. In 2000, CHI opened the Green Tara Child Haven School, which now enrolls 230 children from the home and the local community. Over 60% of the children are on full scholarship. The remaining children pay less than $7 per month.

Child Haven International is devoted to providing the children in its care with the best educational opportunities possible, while stressing the Gandhian principles of equality, non-violence, self-reliance, simple living, and respect for each individual’s native culture.

With these goals in mind, and with the support of trained Montessori teachers, CHI began two Montessori classes for its nursery and kindergarten children in March of 2009. Following a two year plan, we have now transitioned to two fully functioning bi-lingual Montessori environments, each operating according to AMI principles with 35 children between the ages of 3 and 6.

More information HERE

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australia






Gamarada Redfern Montessori Learning Centre

Location: Redfern, New South Wales

Website: http://gamarada.net.au/
Program Established: 1998
# of Children: 20 Families Ages Served: Infants-6
Immediate Needs:
  1. Funding to secure a permanent space.
  2. Funds to cover the cost of rent and maintenance.
  3. Donations to upgrade the Montessori materials.
Contact Person: Megan Tyne, Executive Director MCF
Contact Information: montessorifoundation@bigpond.com
Redfern is home to an urban indigenous community. The community faces many challenges including drug and alcohol abuse, violence, rioting and social disadvantage. In 1998 Barbara Stephen established the Gamarada Redfern Montessori Learning Centre in an effort to support these disadvantaged children. She now lives with the locals and has the trust and respect of the Aboriginal community.


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Minimbah

Location: Armidale, New South Wales

Website: www.montessorifoundation.org
Program Established: May, 2006
# of Children: 20 Ages Served: 6-9
Immediate Needs:
  1. 1. Funding for training and mentoring staff.
  2. Donations to purchase Montessori Materials.
  3. Funds to expand the library.
Contact Person: Megan Tyne, Executive Director MCF
Contact Information: montessorifoundation@bigpond.com
Minimbah is an independent Indigenous school in Armidale, New South Wales that began as a pre-school in 1961. In May 2006, Peter Erskine, a Montessori teacher, worked closely with the school community to establish a Montessori elementary classroom. The purpose of Minimbah (which means a place of learning) is to give young students the opportunity to learn in a safe and stimulating multicultural environment.

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Wadja Wadja High School

Location: Woorabinda, Queensland

Website: www.montessorifoundation.org
Program Established: 2003
# of Children: 20 Ages Served: 13-15
Immediate Needs:
  1. Funding for ongoing training and mentoring staff.
  2. Donations to purchase materials.
  3. Funds to cover the cost of on-site consultations.
Contact Person: Megan Tyne, Executive Director MCF
Contact Information: montessorifoundation@bigpond.com
Wadja Wadja High School is an independent indigenous Montessori program in the remote community of Woorabinda, which has a population of approximately 1000 inhabitants. The Montessori teachers, Jenny and Joel Rioux, face many challenges but continue to invest in this new generation of children.

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Casa Montessori

Location: Bucharest, Romania

Website:
Newsletters: Read Newsletter1 HERE, Read Newsletter 2 HERE
Program Established: September 2000
# of Children: 15Ages Served: 3-6
Immediate Needs:
  1. Monetary donations of any size to help cover operating costs.
  2. International volunteers to help assist in the classroom.
  3. Assorted new and used Montessori materials in good condition.
Contact Person: Victoria Iliescu
Contact Information: viviliescu@yahoo.com

A Primary classroom called “Casa Montessori” was opened in Bucharest, Sector 4, in September 2000, by the “Copiii Lumii – Bal Jagat Children’s World Foundation”, a Romanian non profit organization.

The Foundation opened “Casa Montessori” in an orphanage where individualized education addressing each child’s potential was much needed. The initial target group was children from the orphanage “Sfantul Vasile”. The program proved to be very successful....

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north (& central) america




NRC Montessori Preschool

Location: Richmond, Virginia, USA

Website: www.nrccafe.org
Program Established: June 2006
# of Children: 16 Ages Served: 2-5

Immediate Needs:

  1. Donations to support operating costs.
  2. Montessori Materials – New or Used in Good Condition:
    a) Language cards and cursive moveable alphabet.
    b) Math materials – golden bead material and negative snake game.
    c) Geography – Landforms and cultural materials.
    d) Science materials, wooden trays, map stand and rug stand.
    e) Children's music
    f) Pre-school sized Bikes and Tricycles
    g) Sand toys, balls and bean bags for outdoor play
Contact Person: Annette Cousins, Co-Executive Director
Contact Information: salome@nrccafe.org

The NRC is a grassroots, non-profit organization located in the east end of Richmond, Virginia in a neighborhood called Greater Fulton Hill (GFH). The center was established to provide community members with a place to build relationships, access resources and develop skills to enhance their lives and determine the fate of their community. In an effort to provide the youngest citizens of this community with a healthy beginning, the NRC partnered with some local Montessorians to open a Montessori preschool in June 2006. The preschool is now a full-day program, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m, Monday thru Friday. The preschool offers a quality Montessori education on a sliding-scale basis; we believe it to be the first in the nation to do so.

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Otoch Paal Montessori Community Center

Location: Akumal, Q. Roo, Mexico

Website: Website
Program Established: April 2004
# of Children: 70 Ages Served: 18 months-6 years
Immediate Needs:
  1. Operating funds to support teacher salaries and classroom supplies.
  2. Funds to put a new roof on the kiosk where events are held in the strong mid-day sun.
  3. Donations to construct elementary classrooms.
Contact Person: Tita Llerandi
Contact Information: centrocomunitariomaya@gmail.com


Otoch Paal Montessori Community Center is a labor of love designed to educate the indigenous children from the Mayan Riviera. Otoch Paal makes it possible for families with low incomes from the community of Akumal and neighboring areas to have high quality pre-school education for children ages 18 months to 6 years. Our next goal is to add new buildings to house an elementary program with separate boys and girls bathrooms as required by the Secreteria de Educacion Publica.

The school offers an authentic Montessori education, based on the philosophy, teachings and methods of Maria Montessori. The Community Centre currently has around 60 children in four environments, one for 18 month to 3 year olds, two for 3 – 6 year olds and one for teaching English. Each environment is in the form of a circular shelter; the typical dwelling of the Mayan culture. The parents of the families meet every Sunday with a common objective: to improve the facilities and to collaborate with tasks that ensure their children will receive the very best education. The mothers keep the rooms clean and work together to make some of the materials that their children use. All of them are enthused with a spirit of hope and harmony. The marvels of nature and the warmth of the people have allowed a true Montessori community to be embraced daily.

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Liberty Children's Home

Location: Belize, Central America

Website: www.libertyfoundation.org.uk
Program Established: July 2005
# of Children: 40 Ages Served: Birth-8
Immediate Needs:

  1. Financial Donations
  2. Dressing Frames
  3. Practical Life Equipment
  4. Metal Insets
  5. Color Box 1 & 2
  6. The Land and Water Globe
Contact Person: Marcelle Delahaye, Founder/Director
Contact Information: mdelahaye@libertyfoundation.org.uk
Liberty Foundation believes in providing an environment in which children ‘at risk’, and those with disabilities and special needs can gain access to rehabilitation, care and the educational tools they will need to build healthy, successful lives....

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Mi Casita Montessori

Location: Quetzaltenango (“Xela”),  Guatemala

Website: www.micasitamontessori.wordpress.com
Program Established: January 2012
# of Children: 6 Ages Served: 2.5-3.5
Immediate Needs:
  1. Donations to support the operating costs of the school.
  2. Scholarship funds so that we can serve more children in the community. $1000 will allow one child to engage in this beautifully prepared environment at Mi Casita for a full school year. Please consider how you or your school can help.
  3. Trained volunteers who are willing to commit to at least one year assisting the program.
  4. Sponsorships for AMI training of more teachers so the program can expand at both the primary and elementary levels.
Volunteer Support: Yes
Contact Person: Shirley Lopez Yancor or Zil Jaeger
Contact Information: ziljaeger@gmail.com
Mi Casita Montessori is a project at its inception, driven by the passion and dedication of Shirley Lopez Yancor, a Guatemalan Montessori primary directress. Mi Casita Montessori’s vision is to support the unique development of each child as they become inspired, life-long learners capable of realizing positive change in their society. The school is located in the mountainous highlands in Guatemala’s second largest city, Quetzaltenango or “Xela”. Mi Casita Montessori is the first Montessori program in the city led by an AMI trained teacher. The school opened in January 2012 with six 2.5-3.5 year old children, and the plan is to grow each year until it serves a community of thirty 3-6 year olds.

Guatemala’s long history of violence and entrenched poverty means that education, particularly early-childhood education, is unavailable to many children there. The programs that do exist often lack materials, properly trained teachers, and opportunities for children to become inspired by learning. Working under the guidelines of AMI, Mi Casita Montessori has created a safe, nurturing environment where each child is supported on his or her path to intellectual, physical and social development. More importantly, Mi Casita holds a vision of fostering peace by offering children with the tools to interact with one another with grace and respect. The school wishes to actively heal the scars left by years of civil war and political violence.

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south america


Casa del Nino Maria de Nazareth

Location: Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Website: www.casadelninomaria.com.ar
Program Established: 1993
# of Children: 91, 30 in the Montessori program Ages Served: 2.6 – 6

Immediate Needs:

  1. Funds to build a larger environment so that they can serve more
    children.
  2. Montessori materials in new or good condition.
  3. Donations to support teacher training and to pay for a full time
    trained assistant.
  4. Funds for medical care.
  5. Volunteer assistance from AMI trained teachers.
Voluntary Support: The ability to speak Spanish is necessary.
Contact Person: Graciela Klobovs
Contact Information: info@casadelninomaria.com.ar

“Casa del Niño María de Nazareth” in Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires, is an institution founded in 1993 by a group of people belonging to the Apostolic Movement of Shoenstatt. Its general mission is to contribute to a fairer and more dignified society and more specifically to help families create favorable conditions for the healthy growth and education of children and to offer youngsters the tools to develop economic independence and become positive models in their own social environments. The recent shift to a Montessori environment has brought about huge changes for the children from this very poor neighborhood in Buenos Aires.

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