SCW adheres to an enabling philosophy by 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.
In 1996, Dr. William DeJong, CEO of DeJONG Inc. (www.DeJONGinc.com), 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 who 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 United States and come together in order to help communities in under-developed countries design and construct schools for their children.
In 2002 SCW became a Non-profit, 501(c)3 organization in the United States. The organization was founded by William DeJong, CEO of DeJONG and Charles Newman, CEO of Newman Architecture (www.NewmanArchitecture.com). To this day, DeJONG donates administrative support to SCW and Newman Architecture contributes design support. Both Bill and Chuck travel extensively in support of SCW.
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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||SCW: Great Britain|
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||501 2008 tax return|
SCW: USA Board of Directors
Chuck Newman, AIA – President
|William S. DeJong, Ph.D. , Co-Founder, Treasurer
CEO, DeJong, Inc.
|Dan Mader, AIA – Vice President
CEO, Fanning/Howey Associates
|Amy Yurko – Secretary
CEO & CIO, Zaff
Division Vice President, Jacobs Engineering
|Neil Kersten, AIA, NCARB