It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes you to make a change. Because the truth of the matter is, there are people living not so far from us who need a spark in their lives. The kind of innovative learning we’re talking about doesn’t have to be on a grand scale, but rather a small gesture that brings profound rewards. The kind of unconventional approach that brings fresh air to those who need it, and the kind where, when added up by people who feel the same way you do, leads to long-term and sustainable solutions.

Nobody can go from sitting on a couch to reaching the top of Mount Everest in one day, but everybody has to have a starting point. That’s the kind of innovation we’re striving for with YESLiberia where people put together minimum resources to make a visible impact. Every huge accomplishment can be broken down into smaller pieces, every great change has had many people behind it, and every innovative learning has been fueled by the power of the people.

To do this, we need to collaborate and create a lasting partnership that creates both short- and long-term solutions. This may be a tried-and-true method, but the results won’t be. Each village is unique and requires a different approach; what works for one community won’t necessarily work for another, but customized innovative learning will. Could you imagine what a revitalized village would be? Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, a entire society that has slowly lost its luster can grow a new plume and take pride in its changed appearance.

The villages that YESLiberia helps are the ones most in need of aid. They are the ones where children have to walk miles to access fresh water, houses that aren’t like what you’re used to, and places where something as simple as the weather can have devastating consequences. They are also villages that aren’t so far from where you live, communities that contain people more similar to you than they are different.

Now, picture that you lived in one such village and life was harder than you could ever imagine possible. What would you need? What kind of innovation would you want to see? Suddenly, your priorities would shift from wanting a faster wireless speed to needing water to wash your hands with. You’d want a working toilet, not a hole in the ground. And you’d never want to go to sleep wondering if you and your family would survive the night.

This is why YESLiberia needs people like you to help innovative learning in places you may or may not visit, because the changes you make will be felt forever. It’s easy to continue your life the way it is, but it takes guts to step forward and be part of the solution.
What’s your first step?