Education is a human right. And, like other human rights, it cannot be taken for granted. Across the world, more than 120 million children do not complete primary education.
Behind these figures there are children and youth being denied not only a right, but opportunities: a fair chance to get a decent job, to escape poverty, to support their families, and to develop their communities. As our revenues are related to higher educated people, we feel the least we can do is giving back a bit of our earnings to this education cause.
We came in contact with Sallo Polak, founder of the Philanthropy Connections Foundation ("PCF").
More than a decade ago, Sallo Polak was a highly respected professional in the Dutch television industry where he was a successful floor manager for many popular national TV programmes. After more than 15 satisfying years, Sallo felt it was time for a career change. He wanted to follow his heart and fulfil his strong desire to help make a better world for people living in the most vulnerable situations.
In 2006 this decision brought Sallo to Southeast Asia, a region he was drawn to since his teenage years, when he went on an adventurous trip traveling overland from The Netherlands to India. It was a long and beautiful journey but also a confrontation with devastating poverty. The desire to help and improve the living conditions of people exposed to such poverty planted the seed for Sallo’s career change and consequently a radical change in lifestyle.
When Sallo arrived in Southeast Asia in 2006, he volunteered for a small charity in Thailand. Sallo reflected on the general impact and effectiveness of development projects and concluded that the main challenge of small, local organisations is their limited access to funds. They simply lack the time, knowledge and network to find financial support for their community-driven projects. This often results in the failure or cancellation of these valuable initiatives.
Sallo was committed to change that situation and founded the ‘Philanthropy Connections Foundation’ in 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The main goal of PCF is to ensure funding for projects that truly support people in need. To achieve that, PCF connects local project initiatives with sponsors who want to support deserving and (cost) effective small-scale projects. PCF aims to break the poverty cycle, provide sustainable solutions and create opportunities for marginalised people by fulfilling basic rights and essential needs such as education, health and nutrition, sanitation and inclusion of people with disabilities.
Within just a few years Philanthropy Connections had already proven its effectiveness. What started as Sallo’s personal desire and commitment to make a difference for people in need, has evolved into a well-established foundation. PCF supports disadvantaged communities in three countries (Thailand, Cambodia and Burma) and a large group of beneficiaries, which is still growing.
Premium Profiles will closely work together with Sallo and his team at PCF to support their Education related projects (http://philanthropyconnections.org/project_type/education/).
Read more about the Foundation on their website: http://philanthropyconnections.org/