Girls Education International

The mission of Girls Education International is to expand and support educational opportunities for underserved females in remote and developing regions of the world. We work with existing non-governmental and nonprofit organizations in the regions we serve. These local organizations already have relationships and infrastructures in the rural communities where we work that allow us to build upon and maximize existing resources.
Feb 19, 2013

February 2013 Amahoro Secondary School Update

Baba Lucas - Congratulations!!
Baba Lucas - Congratulations!!

Dear Project Wezesha Supporters,

We here at Project Wezesha hope that 2013 has started off with good fortune and love for all of you!

We are happy to share the news that the 3rd quad at Amahoro Secondary School is getting its roof this month! Thanks to your generous contributions, we were able to make sure that Isaya and his competent crew of builders had the funds necessary to pay for the wood, nails, iron, aluminum, and transportation to make this 3rd 'roof raising' possible! Of all the pieces of the big school building puzzle, the roof is the most expensive. There are truckloads of materials that go into these roofs and a good deal of labor. Once complete, this will give us 12 mostly completed classrooms and 2 administrative spaces. The details that remain are being taken care of by the Government of Kigoma and include doors, windows, floors and furniture.

In addition to rounding the bend on our 3rd quad, the foundation for the 4th set of 4 classrooms has been complete for months now and is finally meeting its brick counterparts! The walls of our final 4 classrooms will be complete in no time and then that quad, too, will be ready for a roof raising! If you live in Salt Lake, keep your eyes and ears open for news of our 3rd Annual Raise the Roof Music fest and fundraiser.

In other good news, we have a new intern going to Tanzania this summer. Brian Fredrich, a student at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, will be traveling to Kigoma to live with our friends Jane and Ashahadu in Mgaraganza Village. We are very excited to have Brian join the project team this summer. He demonstrates a strong knowledge about sustainable development work and is eager to help out with the needs of the villagers. He has excellent cross-cultural competence and has previous experience working on a conservation project in Namibia. We anticiapte that Brian will teach in the primary and secondary schools, help us develop our mentorship program with our 5 Amani Hope Scholarship students and become best friends with Lucas!

And finally, on a personal note for Project Wezesha - our co-founder and in-country project director, Lucas Lameck is a father! Join us in raising a glass to Lucas, his partner Asha and their new baby girl - Catherine Zilabela. There is talk of a big wedding for Lucas and Asha this summer so keep a look out for those images!

Great big thank you for all of your support! It takes a while to complete a school this big in a village and we are so grateful for all your dedication and patience as we make this school a reality!

Asante sana,
Rai Farrelly & Lucas Lameck
Co-Founders and Besties
Project Wezesha

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Dec 17, 2012

November 2012 Girls Ed Pakistan Project Update

Dear Girls Ed Supporters,

Thank you for your continuing support.  We were especially excited to be able to share with the girls the overwhelming number of you who responded with new and increased donations after the attack on Malala Yousafzai; a clear signal to them that we will continue to support their courageous endeavors to move themselves and their communities forward.  Although her road to recovery will be long, Malala's strong spirit is apparent in her continually improving condition.

We are happy to report that the girls in Laphi and Sar Kalan have experienced no threats to or interference in their studies.  Further, as our local contact, Bedari, reports, "[A]n overwhelming majority of the people of Pakistan is in favor of girls education and has condemned the cowardly attack on Malala."  Unfortunately, educating girls in countries like Pakistan remains a challenge in overcoming pre-established norms and cultural bias.  Mainstream education of girls is not likely to occur anytime in the near future. 

With your support, though, Girls Ed will continue to provide assistance to those families in Pakistan that see the value of an education for all of their children, male or female.  We will help to provide the economic resources not available to girls through the Pakistani government so that they can attain a better future for themselves and their communities.

With gratitude,

Loni Riley, Board Member GEI

Dec 5, 2012

Happy Holidays on behalf of the Children in Tanzania!

Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays

Greetings supporters of Project Wezesha,

We wanted to send a shout out for the holidays and let you know that not a day passes when we don't reflect on how fortunate we are to have your support! This past summer, we added twenty new students to our scholarship program and moved four of our graduates into vocational school so they could continue to study beyond their secondary education. If you didn't get a chance to read about them in our October update, here's another chance.

Also, we are excited about our 3rd annual Project Wezesha calendars. If you are still thinking about some 'good giving' ideas for the holidays, you might consider giving the gift of education to the children in and around Mgaraganza while also giving a lovely 2013 Project Wezesha calendar to a loved one.  You can learn more about ordering the calendars by clicking here.

All the best to you and your families!
Thank you for being part of our Project Wezesha family!

Cheers,
Rai Farrelly & Lucas Lameck

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