Sustainability can be measured both in terms of input (the resources needed to implement the program) and output (the benefits to the community, and other ongoing effects). In order to ensure the sustainability of the financial inputs we have diversified our fundraising strategies by focusing on grant-writing, social enterprise, and direct, on the ground fundraising activities here in China and abroad via Fellows.
We believe that the most sustainable and beneficial output for communities is the education of its poorest members. We support each child until they get their first paid job ensuring that they are able to contribute to their communities rather than become social clients of their communities. Building a well or a bridge will have a positive impact for many years to come, but will eventually become outdated or broken. Educating a child not only impacts that child for their entire life, but also creates a ripple effect that lasts for generations
Education has been statistically shown to positively effect income and growth, health, gender equality, and many other factors that benefit a community. Furthermore, throughout the implementation of this program we work with local NGOs and institutions ensuring that local communities are involved in the whole project cycle (from design, to implementation, to evaluation). These local social workers and NGOs help us better understand what families and communities need to help their children succeed in school.