Student founded non-profit, Brothers Against Poverty (BAP) has raised $90,000 towards a Habitat for Humanity project which is currently underway. The project for the VanDyken Family, is projected to be finished by the end of Summer 2015 by a team of youth volunteers from Brothers Against Poverty.
Squalicum High senior Timothy Lann leads BAP with his classmates: seniors Tyler Ho and Nash Bruner, junior Michael Ulate and Squalicum alumnus David Anderson who is currently a Western Washington University freshman. Lann gathered his friends to found BAP in order to accomplish three goals: eliminate poverty, connect children with educational opportunities and enable people pursue their dreams.
Lann was originally inspired to found Brothers Against Poverty when he returned from a trip to Vivente Guererro, Mexico when he was 15 years old. Guererro is a state with one of the highest poverty rates in Mexico, with more than 30 percent of the population in extreme poverty.
While there he volunteered at an orphanage and witnessed people living in ditches and in extreme poverty.
“I had never seen that before,” Lann said. “When I got back I knew I wanted to make a positive change, wherever I could.”
In 2011, Lann researched how to start a charity to reduce poverty and asked his friends Ho, Bruner, Ulate and Anderson to join.
With the desire to impact their local community BAP met with the Whatcom County chapter of Habitat for Humanity and proposed a partnership.
“Habitat for Humanity has a very similar mission statement and beliefs that we do,” Lann said. “At Brothers Against Poverty, we believe that no one deserves to live a life in poverty.”
After establishing a partnership with the Whatcom County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, BAP got to work building a home. BAP provided the workforce and Habitat for Humanity provided the project.
Coordinating with other organizations such as Kings Castle International, Brothers Against Poverty is now involved with projects in five countries including Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and the United States.
In May 2015, Lann spoke about BAP at a TedxShuksanMiddleSchool event.