School the Summer
School may be out for the year, but we still have a lot of exciting work ahead! Join us this summer as a recurring donor to help support our work as we prepare to scale. With a recurring gift of only $5 a month, you will become a Two Rabbits Hero and send a child to preschool for an entire year! Read more below to learn more about how you can help us #schoolthesummer
On the day Sarah moved to her village, Buba took her down to the river. She reached into the water and caught a spined fish with her bare hands. Buba is four years old and Baka, a member of a group of hunter-gatherers living in the forest of Cameroon. However, despite being a master of the forest in every way, mining, deforestation, and climate change threaten to destroy the forest she and her people depend on. Her community has lived in the forest for millennia, but now the world is rapidly changing around them. She and her community can’t read and don’t speak French, making it difficult for them to defend their rights against outside forces.
For the first time, Buba’s hunting and gathering knowledge will not be enough for her to survive. What she and her people urgently need is an education that prepares them to learn to read and write, laying a foundation that will allow their culture and community to survive and thrive.
Buba represents just one of 7 million indigenous children between the ages of 3-5 today, and one of the nearly 200 million children under age 5 worldwide who are made vulnerable by their lack of access to preschool. We know that early childhood education is the most cost effective ways to foster better lifelong outcomes, including health, income, and crime rates in adulthood, but the world’s most vulnerable children are the ones who have the greatest difficulty accessing preschool. These children tend to be like Buba, found among the most vulnerable communities: those living in poverty, conflict, and those facing ethnic and racial discrimination.
This is where we at Two Rabbits come in: our team of education specialists have developed an evidence-based model for the world’s hardest-to-reach children with scalable quality preschool education, delivered via low-cost mp3 technology and local community facilitators, and rigorously field tested it for effectiveness.
At Two Rabbits, we place the child and her culture are at the center of our program. Our team brings together local teachers, musicians, voice actors, storytellers, and leaders, amplifying their reach through appropriate technology. We work with local partners with strong community ties to develop lessons, songs, stories, and games in the local language and style.
The result is a culturally-adapted curriculum in mother-tongue, recorded onto durable MP3 players powered entirely by hand-crank, so that children can access learning in all corners of the world, regardless of the availability of electricity or radio signals. Communities then nominate individuals to serve as lesson facilitators. These trusted individuals share their students’ culture and language, contributing not only to their effectiveness as facilitators, but also to the creation of community buy-in and capacity building that ensures the sustainability of the program on the ground.
Two Rabbits is proud of the 350 program alumni we have served so far. This past summer we conducted an in-depth assessment of our work to date and found that Two Rabbits alumni scored twice as high on key literacy outcomes when compared to their peers who did not participate in the program. We are also excited by the progress we are making to close the gender learning outcomes gap. When asked to read letters from a list, program alumnae scored 91% as well as boys, compared to non-participating girls who scored only 21% as well as boys.
Our team is greatly encouraged by these results and honored by the support we have received from our partners over the past year. As we move forward with our plans to scale, consider becoming a recurring donor to help us reach even more children with the enriching power of a preschool education.
Over the next few months, we will identify ten Baka villages to receive new Two Rabbits programs this September. Your financial contribution will assist us as we identify these sites and recruit and train 20 new preschool teachers. Your gift will also lay the foundation for us to sustain our work in these communities, ensuring that our students will continue to attend our programs free-of-charge.
Not only that, but your monthly gift will get you access to some cool perks!
For only $5 dollars a month, your recurring gift will get you access to the Two Rabbits Hero Circle. Two Rabbits Heroes will receive monthly insider access to student and village news. It is the perfect way to learn more about the Baka people and the power of preschool education!
Recurring gifts of $10 a month comes with access to the Two Rabbits Hero Circle and a copy of the Ewasa children's book, a resource-light resource recently piloted in Two Rabbits' programs.
With a gift of $20 or more a month, in addition to Ewasa and the Two Rabbits Heroes newsletter, you will receive a hardback copy of Hello, I'm Sora!, a children's book that explores what life is like for preschoolers in a Baka village.
Want to find out more or get in touch? Check out our website at www.chasingtworabbits.org, or reach out to our team directly. Do not hesitate to contact us with any follow-up questions you may have. With your support, we have the power to reach the marginalized children of Cameroon with an empowering education that will prepare them for whatever the future holds.
Sarah Strader, Executive Director
Matt Owens, Operations Director
Two Rabbits is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and all donations are tax deductible. This year, give the gift of education, through Two Rabbits!