About

Mission

SCW’s mission is to work in partnership with the private, public, and non-profit sectors at local, national, and international levels to create quality learning environments in developing countries.

Philosophy

SCW adheres to an enabling philosophy, working with local communities to self-develop quality school facilities.  SCW’s goal is to help community members design and build schools, empowering them to use the experience to make further improvements to their communities and surrounding regions.

History

In 1996, Dr. William DeJong went with his then 16 year old son, Todd DeJong, to do service work in a rural Honduran village through the organization Heart to Honduras.  While there, Bill recognized the dilapidated condition of the rural school buildings and the underserved population of students. He made the decision to form a team that would return to Honduras to do a more thorough assessment of the facilities in the area he had visited.  This team became SCW – a group of architects, planners, engineers, educators, and other professionals who live all over the world and come together in order to help communities in under-developed countries design and construct schools for their children.

In 2002, SCW became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the United States.  The organization was founded by William DeJong, CEO of DeJONG Inc., and Charles Newman, CEO of Newman Architecture.  To this day, both Bill and Chuck travel extensively in support of SCW.

SCW Locations

SCW has associated organizations in various countries.  While we often facilitate projects together, each organization also originates projects on their own initiative. Click on the SCW locations below or the country flags at the bottom of each page for more information on each of these locations.

SCW: Honduras SCW: Canada SCW: Germany

Accountability

SCW is accountable not only to the communities we serve, but also to our generous donors.  Transparency is critical to SCW’s success. We’d like to make it easy for you to view our tax documents:

501 2010 tax return 501 2009 tax return

SCW: USA Board of Directors

Chuck Newman, AIA – President
CEO, Newman Architecture
www.NewmanArchitecture.com

William S. DeJong, Ph.D. , Co-Founder, Treasurer
CEO, DeJong, Inc.
www.DeJONGinc.com
Dan Mader, AIA – Vice President
CEO, Fanning/Howey Associates
www.fhai.com
Amy Yurko – Secretary
CEO, Brainspaces.com
www.BrainSpaces.com
Brent de Jong
Partner, Castlelake
Sam Wilson
COO,  Rennaisance Energy, LLC
Neil Kersten, AIA, NCARB
Architect/Sedona, Arizona


Doug Allen
Toronto, Canada