In cities across the globe tomorrow, thousands of people will gather offline for the second annual global Twestival (Twitter Festival), which will benefit Concern Worldwide‘s education programs in some of the world’s most impoverished regions. Twestival is completely volunteer-run, and 100% of all proceeds and donations will go to Concern Worldwide to provide the uniforms, books, pencils, and paper a child needs to attend one year of school, as well as project activities such as construction of schools; rehabilitation of classrooms; teacher/management training; PTAs; HIV/AIDS school clubs; water and sanitation in schools; health education in schools; education advocacy; vocational/life-skills training for youth, farmers and women; and curriculum development for secondary school/university.
The first Twestival Global was held on February 12 2009 in 202 cities to support charity:water and raised over $250K, which was used to build more than 55 wells to people who otherwise would not have access to clean water in Uganda, Ethiopia, and India. This year, Twestival focuses on education and the 72 million children who do not have the opportunity to go to school. Concern Worldwide is committed to eradicating extreme poverty, targeting the most vulnerable groups, especially women and children, and ensuring that they have their basic needs met and the rights to manage their development and live dignified lives.