If there’s hope in the sad situation in so much of the Middle East, it’s in a generation of children who have a sound education, and who have experienced the fact that human generosity and concern can cross all barriers of language, custom, and distance. Kudos to MeTEOR Education and Jeffco Schools for helping to make this hope a reality.
At Trenchtown High School in Jamaica, students struggle to work with supplies that have been stretched past their limits. It’s hard to get an education when you don’t even have a place to sit in your classroom.
This video follows a shipment from Contrax Furnishings as it transforms the learning environment for Trenchtown HS students – from sparse and broken desks and chairs for students and teachers alike, to new, sturdy and ample furniture in refreshed and rejuvenated classrooms.
Columbia University had a big problem called Reality House: Two stories in an abandoned drug rehab clinic, filled with records, derelict computers, used furniture, and building materials. With IRN’s help, Columbia turned a big problem into major opportunity. Trainees from Nontraditional Employment for Women received on-the-job training in deconstruction, while achieving >90% recycling and reuse.
Truckloads of furnishings and building materials were provided to local nonprofit Build It Green – NYC, and reinjected straight back into the local community. All this was provided at a cost much less than hiring a contractor to demolish the space and haul the stuff to disposal.
How can one school in San Jose, CA make a difference in a country over 3,000 miles away? In partnership with IRN and One Workplace, a Steelcase dealer in northern California, Bellarmine College Preparatory did just that. When Bellarmine acquired new faculty and student furniture, they asked One Workplace and IRN to find a solution that would divert the surplus furniture from landfill. IRN made a match with the charity Food For The Poor, and three shipping containers holding nearly 600 Bellarmine desks, chairs, work tables, lockers and other items were provided to desperately needy schools in Jamaica, Haiti, and El Salvador.