Friends of Humanity

Friends of Humanity SA is a Geneva-based non-profit organization supporting initiatives and projects in five essential areas: - Human rights and dignity - Education and training - Healthcare and medicine (including alternative medicine) - Environmental protection and conservation - Microfinance
May 20, 2014

Updating for 2014

Dear Friend,

As you may know the project started in 2013 and aims at developing the education part of Maison Shalom activities.

Today, there is 233 students and the main objective is to welcome 450 students by 2015.

Friends of Humanity will still support Maison Shalom in 2014 so that to reach this objective.

In 2013, a high number of students attended school. This situation led to the opening of new classrooms. Indeed, the International school is facing a high demand and still need your donations.

 Funds are still needed for :

- the building of a volley-ball and football playground

- the purchase of 240 benches

- the purchase of 47 computers

- the purchase of 300 books.

 

We thank you very much for your donations.

 

Friends of Humanity Team

Apr 24, 2014

Thank you for supporting the International School in Burundi!

Dear all,

Thank you for your generous support and contributions to the International School project in Ruyugi, Burundi. This project, launched in 2009 by Maison Shalom, aims to provide disadvantaged children the opportunity to attend school and receive a better education in the province of Ruyugi, where the educational system suffers due to a lack of facilities. 

Recently, the donations Friends of Humanity has received has faciliated the International School in the development and outfitting of 9 new classrooms, equipped with adquate learning tools such as bench desks, books and computers. These materials are essential to accomodate the new students the school has received in 2013 as enrollment has reached 241 from the 185 initial students! This is a major step towards its goal of educating 450 students by 2016. 

Your kind donations have also contributed to the construction of recreation facilities, including a playground, a basketball court and a voleyball court. With your support, the International School has been able to improve and expand its functions, while providing an affordable primary education that aims to lead the region to sustainable development.

Thank you again, and we look forward to your continued support!

Friends of Humanity

Mar 6, 2014

News from the School !

Dear all,

Friends of Humanity received some news from its local partner Alice Project in India!

According to them, "most of the students who are recruited are in extremely poor conditions. Many of them are orphans that do not have either mother or father. Their family conditions are very poor. Farming is the only source of their income. The students are very interested in staying at the school hostel. No one wants to leave it. But, of course some of them are turned away, because when they finish the primary level, for the further studies they are compelled to go to other schools which are very rare in our area. After completion of the course in this branch project, students are given options for higher studies which are faciliated in the main project in Sarnath- Uttar Pradesh and in Bodghaya, Bihar."

What about the families ?

The organization has a familiar relationship with the families of the students. They often come to the school and are always ready to give their cruicial help and support to us. They are very interested in the project and the education which we are giving to their children.

They are trying to run afternoon classes for the parents, which can be a very good way to involve them and all the villagers with their children's education.

Extra-school activities 

There are several activities which we are organizing with the hostel residents such as: games and sports, karma yoga, prayers and spiritual teachings, picnics and tours.

What do the students think about the hostel ?

They love and like the hostel very much. They are very happy to live in it. Students see it as their second home. They feel that the teachers and staff members are like their own parents who are always ready to help and support them with their every step. A 12 year old boy says "the hostel is a very homely and a comfortable place for me" while another student comments, "it is a kind of boon - an oasis for me."

When asked what students would be doing if the hostel did not exist, a 10 year old girl responded, "I would never get such a golden chance to be here and learn all these things which our teachers are teaching at the school."  Another student answered "My precious time would be spent in playing, working in the fields and with animals. Or I would just spend my time wandering in the village with my village friends." " I am very lucky that I am here."

Future of the Hostel?

We hope the hostel develops every year, so that we can make it beneficial for as many students possible. The future of the hostel is bright. Of course for completion of our dream we will need the kind help of all our supporters as we are receiving till now. 

 

Thank you for your donations and continous support!

 

Friends Of Humanity Team.

 

 

 

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