Endeleo Project funds three projects around the world to close the achievement gap.

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Education not-for-profit competed in the Challenge Atlantic City Ironman-distance triathlon, raising money to help increase access to educational opportunities for under-served children locally and around the world.

The Endeleo Project delivers funds to one of its three partners.

We're funding three education projects to help level the playing field for under-served children around the world.

Poor children around the world have the odds stacked against them. The Endeleo Project, a local non-profit launched by Philadelphia resident David Hersh, hopes to change that. After biking, running and swimming 140 miles, Hersh and The Endeleo Project have taken a big step in the right direction.

"Endurance races are a good way to raise awareness about the great work our partner organizations are doing," said Hersh. "I wanted this race to reflect the scale of our goals and the level of sacrifice and commitment our partners are making to help children every day. So it had to be big. When we added eleven people to do relays and help spread the word, it was huge.”

The campaign allowed The Endeleo Project to fund education projects for each of the organization’s partners. Endeleo helped finance after-school and back-to-school programs for Face to Face Germantown, in northwest Philadelphia, the purchase of farm land for subsistence farming and vocational education in rural Kenya, and supplemental schooling in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

The goal is not just financial, however. “In some way we are trying to change the way people see the world. Most of what we learn about the outside world is so negative: crime, poverty, war, disasters. We rarely learn about the positive, hopeful stories of great people doing great things for others. What’s more uplifting and hopeful than people devoting their lives to ensuring that disadvantaged children have brighter futures? How different might we feel about the world if these were the stories that we saw every day?”

Further details on the campaign can be found on the Crowdrise page. For general information about The Endeleo Project and its partners, visit http://www.endeleoproject.org, follow on Twitter @endeleoproject or on Facebook. Videos about the campaign and The Endeleo Project’s partners are available on You Tube. David Hersh can be reached at david.hersh@endeleoproject.org or 443.624.0825.

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