Long term sustainable development in Africa and South America is still of crucial importance; Campus California uses proceeds from the sale of used clothing to support volunteer training programs.
Organizations like Campus California are continuing to support development work in Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. Through grants to several US non-profit organizations sending trained and highly skilled volunteers to numerous development projects, Campus California is standing by its commitment to provide support to the important work being done together with of many other government agencies and international NGO’s like Humana People to People. Campus California recognizes the importance of continuing the efforts to create development in some of the poorest regions of the world even through the challenging economic environment currently in the USA.
One of the areas where continued support has proven to have lasting effects is teacher-training education. Since 2003 a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have implemented a system of teacher training colleges to prepare primary school teachers for the rural areas. According to the agency overseeing these projects, in 2010 80% of the 11.000 graduates to date were still working in the rural schools, with over 2.700 new teachers being trained each year in 24 colleges in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and India. To increase the number of teachers in rural areas and therefore to increase literacy rates is universally seen as one of the necessary steps towards empowering the population to create lasting development.
Many of these teacher training colleges received help in the form of highly motivated volunteers from the USA and elsewhere through the organizations supported by Campus California. IICD Michigan and IICD Massachusetts (Institute for International Cooperation and Development) have both trained and placed hundreds of volunteers in a number of development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South America.
Campus California services the largest number of clothing donation boxes in the San Francisco Bay Area. More than one thousand locations are available for the public’s use 24/7 and more are being added all the time. As a non-profit organization, Campus California uses the proceeds from the sale of collected clothing to support recruitment and training programs for Development Instructors, dedicated international volunteers working with sustainable development projects in different parts of the world. Since the start of the program in 2003 this organization has collected over 10,000 tons of donated clothing; in April 2011 a new branch was open collecting clothing in the Phoenix metro area in Arizona.