B A S I C S (Brothers And Sisters In Christ Serving) , is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization in USA. All donations are tax exempt under the IRS code.
BASICS International is headquartered in New York, with offices in Ghana, West Africa.
Brothers And Sisters In Christ Serving is a registered NGO ( Non Governmental Organization) in Ghana West Africa.
BASICS receives donations in Australia through AS4AK (Australian Sponsorship for African Kids)
Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty for socially and economically disadvantaged children in inner-city communities. Through financial and social investments, we provide education and social services, that nurtures the holistic development of a child which leads to self sufficiency.
Since the year 2000, BASICS International has impacted over 300,000 through community outreach, provided 2190 educational sponsorship’s, of which 1200 was provided to the girl child. We have provided shelter to over 27 at risk girls, provided scholarships to over 100 high school students, and made it possible for 5 ( and counting) university graduates. We have opened our doors to over 1000 volunteers, that represent 21 countries, and fully funded 2 Fellowships to US University grads.
And we have done this with 125 partners.
The key to sustainable development in the communities that we work in is to provide a holistic education intervention.
Simply providing the financial means for a child to go to school is not enough. A child’s needs reaches far beyond the classroom.
We are excited by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal to end extreme poverty by 2030.
KEEPING KIDS IN SCHOOL
We sponsor children to go to school, but keeping them there is where the real work begins. Providing support, love and tutoring to underprivileged children gives them a better chance at breaking the cycle of illiteracy in their community.
SPECIAL ATTENTION TO GIRLS
If you educate a girl, you educate a community. Investing in women is the fastest way to break cycles of poverty. We acknowledge that women face more barriers than men when it comes to education, work, and social equality. We are aiming for equity here.
Volunteering with BASICS is more like finding your long lost family. From the very first day I volunteered to 10 years later I am still in awe of the experience and skill sets it has allowed me to build upon. The community of Chorkor is REAL. The problems it faces from poverty and life is very moving and seeing the change you can create allows you to really grasp your skillsets and integrate them into an impeccable program. You really make a difference, even if that is in one child’s life by teaching them how to do up their shoe laces to reading OR the entire community by doing a workshop with the elders. I wish every single person was given the opportunity to volunteer their time with BASICS as it would really help create a kinder and more equal world.
It didn’t take long for me to see just how big a difference BASICS was making in Chorkor. The intervention centre is so vital to each child’s success, and debunks the myth that you can simply pay for a child to go to school and that’s all it takes.
There’s this deep mystical idea in Judaism that every time people dance together in celebration, a little nugget of darkness in the world transforms to light, slowly perforating the barrier between us and God. I strongly believe BASICS does that work.