Les amis de Hampate Ba

Improving Learning Outcomes, Fighting Girl Dropout Rates, and Promoting Human Excellence is the mission of Les amis de Hampate Ba for students at the Amadou Hampate Ba Middle School in Niamey, Niger. By promoting and financing the development of the school, and providing grants, we help underprivileged youth in Niger become a positive and responsible force within the community.
May 20, 2014

HELP SANI AND BOUBA CLOSE THE GAP WITH THEIR PEERS

Reading failure begins early, takes root quickly, and affects students for life.

Two years ago, Sani and Bouba "graduated" from a state primary school barely knowing how to read and write!!

Today, with the help of the remedial program at the Hampaté Bâ Middle School, they are quickly improving their reading and writing skills. Thanks to that push from the school, they are rising to the challenge and gaining more and more confidence in themselves. “My Social Studies teacher says that he sees something in me,” Bouba says. “He often tells me, ‘I know there’s something inside you that wants to fight and succeed.’”

As for Sani, you can tell he is sharp from the way he analyses his difficulties at school. “In primary school, I avoided reading because reading was very frustrating for me. Now, it is easier for me to study because I can read better.”

Therein lies the most challenging aspect of teaching older students: they cannot read so they do not like to read; and, because they have not read much, their comprehension skills decline and they also become poor spellers and poor writers, " says Mr Hassane Moussa Baro, the school principal.

Your donations help us provide remedial instruction in order to close the gap between poor readers and their grade-level peers as quickly as possible. Reading intervention imparts to secondary students the skills they missed in primary grades and can bring them to grade level in one to two years.

Please contribute and help these students stay in school. Your donation can make the difference of them dropping out or getting up to par.

Help us to help them ! THANK YOU.!

May 19, 2014

Saratou Now Has a Choice Thanks to Her Scholarship

Every morning, when I get up, put on my uniform and walk to school, I think of the persons who are giving me this scholarship. I really cannot thank them enough and hope not to disappoint them."

Saratou Oumarou, who is 16 years old, was granted a scholarship by our non-profit, “Les Amis de Hampaté Bâ” two years ago and is now in 8th grade in her third year at Amadou Hampaté Bâ Middle School. Without this scholarship, she would not have been able to continue her studies after primary school. She is second in a family of six children. Her father is a small ambulant salesman and her mother is a housewife.

Saratou’s dream is to be a doctor.

Two years ago, Saratou was wondering if she would ever be able to go to secondary school, and today, thanks to your generosity, her worries are different : she is wondering how to simultaneously pursue sports and academics!

That is because Saratou, who aspires to be a doctor, is also a rising athlete. She has recently won the local Junior Athletics Championship in Niamey ! She loves running, and her favorite subject is mathematics. "I love calculating. It relaxes me", she says with a shy smile on her face.

Saratou intends furthering both her studies and athletics career as far as she can. She wants to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor in order to offer her family a better life.

"If I have to choose, I will go for education. Sports may be a career option for just a few years, but what after that?" Also, career opportunities for athletics in Niger are limited. "I may become a national champion but it will be hard for me to have a career outside of sports without an education and qualification. I think the best path for me would be to continue my studies and become a doctor."

Your continued support of our program for girls will give Saratou and our other girl students a chance to continue their education, to have a career and job opportunities and help their community.

Your donations represent a gift of education to our girl students.
Your participation WILL make a difference in their lives, and give them an opportunity for a brighter future.
Help these girls reach their potential and make their dreams come true. Make the change.

Feb 18, 2014

Turning girls on to technology

At the Hampaté Bâ Middle School, quality education goes beyond addressing basic literacy. Today whoever doesn’t get involved in Information and Communication Technology is missing out on a valuable resource and will eventually get left behind. This is why, in this school, ICT is part and parcel of the special girls only program.

I enjoy introducing complete beginners to computers. My course is intended to build confidence and remove the girls' inhibitions around computers. Girls will be able to use the skills I teach them to improve their learning now and to increase their chances of employment or entrepreneurship in the future,” explains Mr. Ousseini, the young and enthusiastic ICT teacher. According to him, the girl students are showing more interest in acquiring computer skills than the boys!

"Unlike most of my friends, I love physics and sports. When I grow up, I want to create a better life for my family. I love spending time at the computer in the library and maybe one day I'll become a computer science teacher ", says Malika, a bubbly fourteen year old student.

 Giving girl students like Malika new opportunities and opening them to new possibilities is an adventure that is giving very satisfactory results. The girls are realizing that they are actually capable of succeeding in technical domains and new perspectives are in view !

Thanks for helping these girls out! Your donations really make a difference in their future, to know their value as a woman, to be proud to raise a healthy family, and to be an important part of their community. When you keep contributing to this worthy cause, you are giving them hope. Every one of your donations gives another girl a chance for a better future.  How wonderful is that !!! THANK YOU !

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