Warm greetings. We are more than halfway through the term / semester and we are happy to report that all the girls are making steady progress in school. We consistently keep an eye on their progress and this is a requirement for provision of a scholarship / support. The most recent distribution took place in September and the parents were so appreciative to receive the support.The photos show some of the girls that are being sponsored by this and other projects. In one of the photos, the girls are holding "thank you GlobalGiving" signs. In the other photo, the 3 girls are wearing t-shirts donated by Plastic Jungle, a company that got in touch with us through GlobalGiving. Study after study confirms the essential role of a girl and woman in her family, community and nation. Everywhere, in the news, we hear more and more about their influence. Significant progress has been made over the past years and momentum is building in the consciousness of people worldwide that girls and women need to be given their right place and opportunity. We are so very excited for the opportunity to help transform lives. You are helping to make this happen and we continue to be grateful for your support.Education, as you know is a game-changer and an enabler. In each of our personal lives we can attest to the doors that education opened and the opportunities it provided access to. Well, we are helping to provide access to opportunities for these future leaders. We have a truly influential role - simple but effective.One of our other projects here on GlobalGiving that similarly focuses on girls is taking part in a special challenge. The project focuses on providing enhanced educational opportunities to girls through a computer lab at an all-girls school. We would be so grateful if you could help us win this challenge by making a donation here.Super-size your donation: Tomorrow Tuesday, November 8th is Bonus Day. Starting at 12:01AM EST November 8, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations (up to $1,000 per donor, per project) at 30%. $5,000 is available in matching funds. Matching will last until funds run out (or until 11:59PM EST). Thanks for your on-going support and best wishes
It was a rare delight to meet Nchumalen. Nchumalen is one of the girls that are receiving scholarships, books and school supplies through this project. I had seen photos of her but this was the first time I had the opportunity to meet her. Phillip Sholes and I had the opportunity to travel to Freetown, Sierra Leone in May this year and meet a number of the children - beneficiaries of this project. It was a true delight to see their smiling, happy faces. It was my pleasure to convey greetings directly to Nchumalen and her mother from a GlobalGiving donor (initial of first name is D.). I brought back a photo I took with Nchulamen - which is included in this report. I was also able to bring back a personal greeting of thanks and appreciation. While in Sierra Leone, I was vividly reminded of the importance of this project "educating girls". This is crucial as we work towards reversing the trend and giving girls the best chance possible. The support we are providing to Nchumalen and the other girls represent a definite step in the right direction ad I brought back their appreciation to all donors who are helping make their education a reality. Thanks for your tremendous support!Recently, I ran into a news article that affirms our commitment to supporting education in Africa: "Look at how Asia’s extraordinary growth in recent decades was fueled by a determination to invest in “human capital". It is widely understood that Africa’s children will not own the 21st century until their leaders put more emphasis on educating them. Poor, barely literate 18 year olds in a rural area cannot compete for jobs. Neither can they take advantage of the investments being made on the continent.
It seems the critical investment of this century will be how Africa’s children are equipped to prepare for the challenges and chances ahead. There is no time to waste."Our focus is in place. We are definitely on the right track - investing into the future of Africa's children. Our continual investment is truly raising the future female leaders of Sierra Leone. Thank again much for your on-going support!
Just a few days ago, on March 8th, the world celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Most of us were not around 100 years ago - and those of us who were - do not remember very much of those days. One thing is sure - we have come a very long way in terms of women's rights and fulfillment in 100 years. We have come a long way not just in 100 years, but also in the last 20 years – which a good number of us can remember. And to bring it closer home - not just in 20 years, but in the last couple years - since this project was added to GlobalGiving - and since you joined us in supporting girls in Africa. In order to ensure that your funds invested into the education of these girls are not wasted, we follow up regularly with their academic and overall progress. They are required to maintain good grades and maintain academic progress - in order to receive on-going support. They provide their academic report cards to us on a regular basis. This has helped motivate them to work hard at school - to ensure they can maintain the scholarship. The benefit to this is that good grades and progress in school directly helps their individual growth and development.
Linked below is a copy of Thomasia's academic report card. Thanks to your support, as you can see, Thomasia is doing well in school and maintaining good grades - and you can see proof of it here. Here is a thank you video message from Thomasia - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e75IGMYbJj8 (recorded last year) and a recent thank you message from one pf thr parents - on behalf of other parents - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5N-uqPy1AM. Your support is definitely making life less difficult for a good number of people!
We would like to encourage you to consider supporting this project monthly. By doing this, together with your support, we can make education attainable for a whole lot more. Thanks for your on-going support!
We are delighted to share with you a brief, heart-warming Youtube video of one of the scholarship beneficiaries called Janet. To access the video, please click on the video link -"Girl Scholarship Beneficiary Says Thanks to GlobalGiving Donors" below. Getting the scholarship has been a dream come true for Janet. This scholarship, she says in the video, is making her and other beneficiaries realize their educational dreams. On behalf of the other beneficiaries she voices their commitment to study hard "because we want to be somebody in the future". In Janet's photo you can see her holding a GlobalGiving sticker.How simple is that! Your donations are helping other realize their educational dreams - which will be a stepping stone to the realization of even greater dreams. At this season of giving, it’s heart-warming to realize that we are making dreams come true for others. Thank you so much for helping to make these scholarships available. We deeply appreciate your involvement.The number of applications for scholarships has increased and we would like to extend assistance to many more. Could you help us do this by making a generous year-end donation today? This would help us do so much more. We welcome your on-going support to empower many more lives. Be sure to watch the video to see how we are impacting lives together. Go now... Then make a donation and help us do even more!Best wishes and Happy Holidays!
Thanks for taking the time to read this project update and donating towards gender equality and empowerment of women. Develop Africa and The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) acknowledge that promoting equal access to education is the foundation for all other development goals. "Until equal numbers of girls and boys are in school, it will be impossible to build the knowledge necessary to eradicate poverty and hunger, combat disease and ensure environmental sustainability." This project is focused on supporting / ensuring gender equality by ensuring that girls receive support towards educational expenses through their schooling.
September 9th, 2010 was a joyous day in the lives of our scholarship recipients as it was Scholarship Award Ceremony Day. The simple award ceremony took place at the rented basement CIA hall in Freetown.
The children and there parents were overjoyed to receive the scholarships. The funds are that we are providing together are helping to ensure that these children continue in school. Even in these days we continue to receive reports of children dropping out of school because their parents are unable to maintain them in school. The additional benefit of what we are doing together is that we are bringing educational stability into the lives of these children.
The children were admonished to continue to work hard and excel in school. In the vote of thanks, Adelaide Thomas, one of the beneficiaries, expressed her appreciation to GlobalGiving and Develop Africa donors for providing this scholarship that is "motivating her to excel in school". Adelaide is a star pupil and doing exceptionally well.
Thank you donors and friends for helping to bring educational stability to the lives of these children. We welcome your on-going support as we plan our next shipment of books and school supplies.
Cordially and best wishes
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