The Bernard Mejean Fund for Girls' Education

 
$20,656
$0
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Aug 8, 2014

Scholarship Recipient Chosen and Summer Updates

Taza Province Scholars
Taza Province Scholars

During the summer vacation months, including Ramadan, tutoring of the Taza high school students has slowed down.  However, their service learning projects at the local orphanage continue.  Because of your continued support, the High Atlas Foundation, including the partnership of Wahiba Estergard, contributes to this orphanage to help meet its essential material needs for the young children, as well as staffing needs.

Moreover, the alumni association of the school in Rabat, Lycee Descartes, has identified a young woman to offer a scholarship. This fund will participate in providing the necessary economic support for this incoming student to have an excellent high school education. Bruno Mejean and his family, in memory of his brother and family member Bernard, have made this scholarship on the part of HAF possible.

Thank you also to GlobalGiving and YouthSpark, and all the contributors, who have made teaching young girls in high school, and in preparation for it, possible for our participants. We raised nearly eight thousand dollars during the Global Giving YouthSpark Bonus Day on June 25! To view the past report for YouthSpark Bonus Day, click the link below.

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May 12, 2014

Developing Educational Opportunities in Morocco

The tutoring of high school students in the Taza Province is in full swing and the results are stunning. Since January, we've added a sixth program participant, and two additional tutors, Mustapha and Khalid.  Hanan is still coordinating the program and reports that the students are "dedicated to their studies, eager to learn, and look forward to bright futures.  The Bernard Mejean Fund offers our students a great opportunity to meet their goals and improve their performance in school."  Our Global Giving donors are providing these students with a unique opportunity to take control of their futures and gain access to further educational and development opportunities.  The students' report cards are in, and all six have earned high marks.  

To help our supporters get to know a little bit about the students, we've asked three to send some information about their studies and interests.  Here's what they shared:

  • Fatima is studying to obtain a Physical Sciences Baccalaureate and she enjoys sports, reading, music and travel.
  • Smahane is studying to obtain a Physical Sciences Baccalaureate and she enjoys sports, reading, and travel.
  • Ikrame is studying to obtain a Physical Sciences Baccalaureate and she enjoys sports, reading, music and travel.

The students are working towards attending university in the future.  They've learned valuable lessons through service-learning activities including volunteering with non-profits, including with the local orphanage and homeless shelter. This volunteer program prepares students for a promising future by developing their professional skills and engaging them with the associations that provide human services to their communities.  Students have also been awarded the chance to participate in youth development forums and to meet with community leaders.  Your support makes it possible for the Bernard Mejean Fund and the High Atlas Foundation to support the education goals of these dedicated students to flourish.  Thank you for helping to create brighter futures for Moroccan youth.

Jan 30, 2014

A successful start to the Bernard Mejean Fund!

Thank you to our incredible Global Giving donors for such a successful start to the Bernard Mejean Fund for Girls’ Education! In 3 months, we have raised $6,275, bringing us a third of the way to our $20,000 goal!

Your generous contribution is supporting a program that currently provides tutoring lessons for 5 high school students in Taza Province. Our dedicated mentor and coordinator of the program, Hanan, is preparing these students (from disadvantaged homes) to do well in their high school courses and exams, leading them on a path towards college entry.

The High Atlas Foundation, with support from community partners, is developing a service-learning program for students to volunteer their time with local non-profit organizations, including with the local orphanage and homeless shelter. This volunteer program prepares students for a promising future by developing their professional skills and engaging them with the associations that provide human services to their communities.

Furthermore, we are identifying university programs that provide high school students the opportunity to participate in youth development forums hosted at the university. During these university visits, students meet with faculty, tour campuses, and start thinking about their future professional paths.

Two individuals have made a critical difference in this education program and scholarship fund. Wahiba Estergard (born and raised in Taza), is helping to ensure the success and expansion of this education and experiential training initiative. Our sincerest gratitude to Bruno Mejean and his family and friends, who have created this fund in memory of his brother Bernard to help expand high school student participation, particularly among young women. This fund ensures that they have the best chance of excelling and entering into university programs that will enable them to determine and achieve their dreams.

Through their generosity and the support of our Global Giving donors, the High Atlas Foundation is currently searching for promising and dedicated young girls in HAF’s current project areas in different municipalities in Morocco to provide them with the services and opportunities given by this fund.  

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Jacqueline Seeley

New York, NY United States

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