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In 2020, BLVR became a Certified B Corporation™. The certification means that BLVR meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
By joining over 4,000 like-minded companies on a global scale, we are redefining the standards of ethical business practices and social responsibility—creating a positive impact in the lives of our team members and communities around the globe. B Corp™ certification recognizes our purpose-driven efforts and reinforces our commitment to make a difference in the world.
Every child deserves a chance to shine
This year, BLVR has partnered with Love, Light and Melody, a non-profit that amplifies the stories of vulnerable children and brings them hope through the power of education. Love, Light and Melody first started in 2007 when founder Brad Corrigan took a life-changing trip to the La Chureca trash dump in Nicaragua. He was confronted with families and children living in unimaginable poverty, making impossible choices every day to stay alive. But he encountered hope and positivity when he met a young girl named Ileana, who, in spite of her circumstances, radiated warmth, compassion, and humor.
After years of making trips back to La Chureca, he started Love, Light and Melody to be a force for good in the lives of these children, who didn’t deserve the hand they were dealt but also didn’t see a way out.
Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." —Nelson Mandela
More specifically, Love, Light and Melody creates hope and opportunities for vulnerable children through education, music, art, and sports.
Over the years, the organization has built a vast global community of supporters and partners who are helping to fund Ileana’s School of Hope, an elementary school in Nicaragua that serves as a safe space for these children to learn and thrive. We’re honored to not only provide financial support, but to help craft a new brand positioning and identity that allows them to focus their efforts, clearly communicate their story, and attract new supporters, making an even greater impact in the lives of vulnerable children around the world.
Education for children in conflict zones
2020 was a challenging year for all, but it increased challenges exponentially for many around the globe. In the midst of it, we were able to partner with
Although very inexpensive compared to a degree in the U.S., a college degree at $700 a year is out of reach for most students in Uganda, especially when they still need to pay for living expenses. In 2020, this financial difficulty was elevated by the impact of COVID-19.
By providing full scholarships, we were able to help motivated students so nothing would stand in the way of achieving their dreams. To become doctors, lawyers, teachers—educated leaders with the greatest chance of helping shape the future of Uganda and our world.
We also designated funds to help support teachers at the Love Does Restore Leadership Academy who were impacted by Covid-19 and were working hard to continue educating students. Our support helped fund distance learning packets so students could continue learning online during the pandemic.