These Numbers Have Faces

Africa is rising. We invest in students to lead and empower their countries. Every day we hear terrible statistics that document the harsh reality of our world. We chart war, calculate disease, analyze famine, and graph slavery. Africa is often at the heart of these calculations as we've all seen the numbers about Africa that paint a negative picture of the continent. Our name expresses a world changing idea. We don't see Africa as hopeless, we see it full of life and color, light, and opportunity. While figures and data are important tools for measuring complex social issues, we believe that there are people behind the statistics. A number is difficult to connect with, but when we see thos...
May 31, 2012

Funding goal reached! Thank you for your support!

These Numbers Have Faces has reached our funding goal for Student Survival Kits for South African Youth (8652) through a combination of Global Giving and private donations. The program will continue as a contingency fund providing students with the supplies and resources that are needed to thrive in college. Through this project, students have received and will continue to receive transportation stipends to get to class and programmatic meetings, stipends to pay for academic necessities such as photocopies, academic tutoring and English literacy classes, and emergency housing and food assistance.

 These Numbers Have Faces has a committed private donor and a family foundation who will continue to support our Student Survival Kit (contingency fund) in order to keep the program running successfully.

May 3, 2012

Official Rwanda Partnership Begins

Hello!

These Numbers Have Faces is excited to announce that we are officially partnering with Africa New Life to provide educational opportunities for women in Rwanda.

Why Rwanda?

In 1994, the swiftest genocide in history took place in Rwanda, killing nearly a million people in 90 days. This horrific year became the central story of Rwanda to the rest of the world.

At the end of the genocide, there was only one university left standing. Militias had especially targeted educated professionals, leaving Rwanda without an entire generation of university educated accountants, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and business owners.

The tremendous shortfall of trained professionals provided an impasse to the recovery and development of Rwanda. There is a critical need for opportunities for the next generation to be education and step forward into leadership.

Today there are 14 universities in Rwanda, and Higher Education has become a top priority for the country in an effort to fill the generational gaps left by the genocide.

A Story of Hope

Today we celebrate a story of new beginnings. We celebrate the next generation of young people in Rwanda stepping forward as leaders, proud of their country, and prepared to transform Rwanda from the inside out. Today we hold two stories: a story of remembrance and a story of celebration for what is to come.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Mar 13, 2012

TNHF Expands to Rwanda!

Kids in Rwanda
Kids in Rwanda

Thank you all for your end of the year support! December was a extremely successful fundraising month for These Numbers Have Faces (TNHF), which allows me to share this exciting news. Because of the support of people like you, TNHF is expanding its college scholarship and community impact program to Rwanda! We have established the Rwanda Education Initiative (REI), which will provide the opportunity for four young women to participate in the Esther Home holistic scholarship program in Kigali, Rwanda.  Participants in the program are given a four-year college scholarship, college housing, food, transportation, financial literacy training, health care, books and supplies. 

Below is a link to a blog written by These Numbers Have Faces Executive Director reflecting on his time in Rwanda. 

Our Student Survival Kit campaign has become a type of contingency fund and has served to bless our students in ways we had not anticipated. Aside from providing money for things such as personal supplies, photocopies for class, transportation to and from the university and English tutoring, the funds are also being used to provide housing and food for two young women in the program. Both of these women were in very dangerous living situations in the townships that affected their ability to study and prepare for class. Our South Africa staff worked hard to secure safe home-stay situations that are religiously and culturally appropriate for each young woman. 

Thank you again for your continued support,

Sarah Levy

New TNHF student with her brother and sisters
New TNHF student with her brother and sisters
Young women from the Ester Home with TNHF ED
Young women from the Ester Home with TNHF ED

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