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2010 A N N UA L R E P O R T ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education, Inc. is a registered non-profit organization focused on providing education opportunities to youth in developing countries, while raising awareness and inspiring youth locally. As a student-run organization, ACCESS focuses on the importance of education. Education is a basic human right, yet over 120 million children around the world today are out of school. Two UN Millennium Development Goals relate directly to education, one of them being to “ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling�. This, along with social justice, is the emphasis on education that ACCESS believes is crucial for a successful global future.

ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education, Inc. Ontario Corporation Number (OCN) 1766228 | Annual Report for the Year Ended December 2010 Design and Layout by Joseph Carella | Photography by Daniel Francavilla Printed December 2011 | Brampton, Ontario

ACCESS is a youth-run, non profit organization aiming to provide needy children in the developing world with the opportunity to obtain an education for a successful future, by providing school uniforms and necessary school supplies. Locally, ACCESS aims to educate youth about world issues and social justice, and to inspire the youth of today to make a difference.


Becoming More Effective A Message from the Chair of the Board of Directors Like any successful organization, ACCESS must evolve: experimenting, learning, growing to become more effective within a changing context. Our mission remains the same. We are committed to “providing education opportunities to youth in developing countries, while raising awareness and inspiring youth locally”. At the heart of this evolution is recognition that young people everywhere must strengthen and create conditions that propel themselves to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community. To facilitate our planning, we have appointed an independent board of directors to provide guidance and oversight to ACCESS. A new Organizational structure is in place for 2011 to better meet the needs of our programming areas. We have also begun to focused closely on community engagement, conveying a clear picture of the various community activities ACCESS will be exploring and supporting. As we move forward together, ACCESS will continue to seek and find new ways to increase our effectiveness in a changing world. Our youth—their future, and ours—demand it.

Louroz Mercader Chair, Board of Directors




Celebrating 2010 A Message from the Founder and President Thank you for taking a moment to read our 2010 Annual Report, an overview our progress and projects. ACCESS has had an eventful and successful year, thanks to the support of many individuals and organizations which we had the pleasure of working with. We greatly appreciate your efforts – whether you contributed financially, volunteered your time, informed others about ACCESS, or kept up with our work by following along online. In 2010, ACCESS took on new challenges and embarked on exciting new initiatives: Our second annual Youth Making a Difference Workshop, with the theme “Passion to Action” was a

great success with attendees from several local high schools, and was supported by the United Way of Peel Region’s Youth in Action Grant. This was thanks to generous support from the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, with which we also hosted the first ever Called to Action Social Justice Conference for the board’s elementary students from over 70 schools, with the theme “Hope in Our World”. This summer, 4 ACCESS members joined a group of educators in traveling to Haiti, where we were blessed with the opportunity to sponsor new high school students and to meet Phanuel, the young man we have been supporting in his university education. ACCESS also partnered with Student Reach International,


another youth-run non-profit organization, for the IMUMA project. We helped to support and educate a group of children in Tanzania (Africa) through funding education of youth in a vulnerable child centre. Our first ever talent show, Arts for Change, was hosted in Mississauga and was a successful fundraiser receiving fantastic reviews. Over 50 youth performers presented talented acts ranging from world hip-hop dance champions to a choir of young classical vocalists. During the first half of the 2010-2011 school year, ACCESS has continued to make presentations in local elementary and secondary schools, educating students on life in the developing world and inspiring them to be socially just individuals.

This year, ACCESS has also expanded into the postsecondary realm in creating ACCESS U. Wilfrid Laurier University has been the flagship school in establishing an ACCESS U campus club in Waterloo, Ontario, with a School Supply Drive and many capacity-building workshops for students. On behalf of the ACCESS team, I would like to thank you for your continued support, as we move toward exciting new projects to educate, inspire and create hope.

Daniel Francavilla President




Students helping students, from day one Since March 2006, ACCESS has raised thousands of dollars to help hundreds of children in schools in the developing world by providing uniforms, shoes, school supplies, and more. Donations have also been allocated towards needs such as classroom supplies, stipends for teaching assistants, transportation, construction of classrooms, and school renovations.

Presentations at local schools and events, engaging youth, raising funds, and spreading the word about poverty in the developing world have become current ACCESS activities. Today ACCESS continues to take-on new projects, helping the people of these impoverished countries achieve a better quality of life, and expanding its local programming to increase youth involvement.

The inspiration behind this organization came from a trip to the developing world in early 2006. Daniel Francavilla traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of a student Exposure Experience program. While on the trip, students were exposed to the extreme poverty that the people of this beautiful country face. Visiting the isolated communities and experiencing the children surrounding him asking for simple things such as paper and pens was the trigger of the desire to help these children obtain a better life.

The organization is registered in Ontario as a Non-Profit Corporation under the legal name “ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education, Inc.”

ACCESS started off as a collection at a Brampton church, after Daniel Francavilla presented his trip experiences to the congregation. Because of the generosity of the parishioners, the organization started off strong and continues to grow into what it is today. Building a relationship with the Grey Sisters in the Dominican Republic and establishing contacts in countries such as Columbia, Honduras and Jamaica enabled Canada’s ACCESS to have a secure connection with people who are directly involved in these communities.

ACCESS continues to grow, forming new partnerships and expanding both its local programming and international innitiatives. ACCESS has been featured in The Brampton Guardian, The Catholic Register and on Rogers TV First Local News, OMNI Television and among others.

“I don’t know what to say or I don’t have any words to say thank to you and ACCESS. But all I can say it`s thank you, thank you, and thank you, and thank you. You really help me to study on USA, and I can`t wait back to give what I get from you to my country. I think Haiti really loves you, thank you and it`s a blessing for me.” – Phanuel Estinvil, Student Sponsored by ACCESS

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” – Mohandas Gandhi



Initiatives Overview

Local Programs Speak Up for Change Speak Up for Change is a blog that gives youth a chance to write about important social issues. Topics include social justice, youth activism, global development, poverty, education, political action, and more. Visit the blog online at to read or contribute! Youth Making a Difference Youth Making a Difference Workshop is a day-long conference for high school students. The goal is to educate, empower, raise awareness and work in solidarity for change with the youth in Peel Region and beyond. Visit the workshop website at to learn more! School Supply Drives In Canada, school students often buy brand new supplies every September. Many new or gently used supplies are left unused. Donations of new school supplies are accepted during the annual ACCESS School Supply Drive and other individually-hosted drives, and include


basic materials such as pencils and pens, pencil crayons, sharpeners, erasers, lined paper, notebooks, scissors, rulers, and more. Presentations ACCESS offers Educational and Inspirational Presentations and Workshops to schools, conferences and more, on a variety of topics. For details, testimonials and booking information, visit the Presentations page on our website. Student Contests A program to engage students in activities that are relevant to issues in the developing world. Through contests, students are able to express their understanding of the global world we live in today, and of the injustices that occur daily. Resources and Activities

Fair Trade Products At events, ACCESS sells Fair Trade Certified and Certified Organic products (including the Cocoa Camino line of Fair Trade Certified organic chocolate, cocoa and sugar products) to raise awareness and encourage consumers to consider how their products are produced in the developing world. ACCESS U – Student Groups ACCESS U aspires to provide a sustainable model within post-secondary institutions for ACCESS. This student group model can be formed at numerous locations with a goal of expanding ACCESS through students at a variety of universities and colleges. The two main focuses of ACCESS U are Creating World Leaders and Education in the Developing world. Visit for more information on the program and its chapters.

To spread the message of Social Justice, Poverty and promoting the importance of Global Education, ACCESS offers a variety of resources for educators. Visit the Educator Resources section.

“ACCESS has inspired me and the students I teach to think and act beyond the borders of our own comfort zones. I thank you for awakening in us ears, hearts and hands willing to listen, feel and work towards a more just distribution of education opportunities for all.” – Dale Cimolai, Elementary School Teacher on ACCESS School Presentations




Global Projects Recent Projects

Past Projects

High School Student Sponsorship

School Uniforms

Many students in Haiti are unable to afford the annual costs of tuition. By covering these fees (approximately $250 USD) students are able to continue with school and move towards post-secondary education or find sustainable employment.

School uniforms are the groundbreaking project of ACCESS in 2006. Needy students in Dominican Republic received school uniforms and shoes, allowing them the opportunity to attend schools that require mandatory uniforms. ACCESS continues to seek opportunities to provide school uniforms.

University Student Sponsorship In countries such as Haiti, due to many unfortunate conditions it is rare that a student will complete their high school education – when they do, it opens up incredible opportunity for post-secondary education. Phanuel is a Haitian student who is currently studying in the United States (due to the earthquake) and is being sponsored financially. Phanuel’s photo is found on pages 12–13.

Outdoor School Renovations In 2007, ACCESS renovated an outdoor recreational school patio and provided whiteboards and classroom stationary for students in a small town in Colombia. The patio is used for kindergarten students as a safe place to learn and play. A secondary project added learning activities and furniture to the classroom.

School Supplies

Primary School Expansion

Donations have benefited school children in developing countries including Honduras and Tanzania. ACCESS sends donated supplies through the well-established Canadian Food for Children organization in Mississauga.

As a collaborative development project, ACCESS was involved in the expansion of a Polly Ground Basic School (primary school) in Jamaica during 2008-2009. The main goal was to build an additional 800 square feet so the children have a better learning environment. Additional funds were used to purchase books and supplies.

Vulnerable Children Centre and Arts Centre ACCESS has partnered with Student Reach International on IMUMA (Imani, Upendo na Matumaini). Contributions are supporting and educating group of children in Tanzania, through funding education of a vulnerable child centre. SRI and ACCESS sell handcrafted necklaces made by Mtoto Mchoraji (Drawing Children) is an art centre in Tanzania in which the proceeds support both IMUMA and Mtoto Mchoraji.

For an updated list of our local and global innitiatives, please visit

“Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.” – Kofi Annan

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela



Consolidated Statements ACCESS: ALLOWING CHILDREN A CHANCE AT EDUCATION INC. Income Statement as of December 31, 2010

2010 Revenues Donations Fundraising Sponsorships Other TOTAL

$12,900.58 $4,505.19 $300.00 $872.00 $18,577.77

Disbursements International Initiatives Domestic Initiatives Operating Other TOTAL NET INCOME

*This Income Statement includes both income and expenses related to both operational and the income and disbursements of donated funds. *As per our agreement with donors, donated funds are not used towards operational items. Donations include external fundraisers, personal donations, online donations, workshop fundraising etc. Fundraisers include funds generated through ACCESS events (i.e. Talent show tickets). Grants are funds received through formal grant applications. Sponsorships consist of funding provided by corporations and sponsors. Other includes product sales, services provided, bank revenues.

$11,176.71 $773.44 $124.21 $2.00 $12,076.36 $6,501.41



2010 Assets Cash Supplies School Supplies

$17,097.24 $1,000.00 $1,200.00

*in-kind advertising and other supplies *donated school supplies TOTAL


Liabilities & Equity LIABILITIES EQUITY Opening Balance Net Income Contributed Capital Closing Balance TOTAL

$0 $10,595.83 $6,501.41 $2,200.00 $19,297.24 $19,297.24

*This balance sheet includes assets and liabilities pertaining to both operational and donated funds. *As per our agreement with donors, donated funds are not used towards operational items. **No liabilities as at December 31, 2010. 2011 Donated Reserves: This amount highlights amount RESTRICTED for international initiatives as per ACCESS’ donation policy.





Financial Highlights Income Statement as of December 31, 2010

1.6% 4.7%


6.4 1.0




International Initiatives Domestic Initiatives


Operating Other


NetNet Income Income $20,000.00 $15,000.00 $10,000.00 $5,000.00 $0.00 Revenues


Net Income

Balance Sheet

as of December 31, 2010 Assets

Equity Equity Cash $17,097.24 $20,000.00

Supplies $1,000.00

$15,000.00 $10,000.00

School Supplies $1,200.00

$5,000.00 $0.00 Opening Balance

Net Income

Contributed Capital

Closing Balance


ACCESS Annual Report 2010  

Annual Report highlighting the work of ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education, Inc. throughout the year 2010.

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