We build schools,we build hope!

We believe that the best way to eradicate poverty is to ensure that all people have access to a quality education. In countries like Burkina Faso, the average child will attend school for a year and a half. More than half of people over the age of 15 are illiterate. We partner with buildOn, who partners with community members who make a solemn promise by signing the buildOn Covenant to contribute volunteer hours to building their school. Each village provides land, local materials, and weeks of labor. Every village also promises to send girls and boys to school in equal numbers. Our sustainable approach ensures that schools are built with a community, not for a community—because the people we work with are true partners, not recipients of aid. Through fundraising efforts throughout our network of stores, we’ve been able to raise an incredible: