Thanks to your donations, our supplemental instruction program is going very well and students are making good progress. Besides reviewing material from their regular classes that they might not have fully understood the first time, our students are getting well acquainted with their new math kits provided by a GlobalGiving microproject. They are also using the notebooks and pencils provided in part by GlobalGiving donors to practice creating circles with their compass, angles with their protractor, and measurements with their ruler. Not only are the students happy to have the extra clarifying instruction, the teacher is happy to be paid a modest supplementary salary and the parents are full of pride. The program serves as confirmation to all - especially the mothers, who have experienced so much hardship - that they are valued by generous, caring people far away, which in turn serves to promote value in their own community.
A reminder that this program is ongoing, which means donations are always needed to keep up payments for school fees and supplemental instruction. We remain the only project supporting our otherwise-forgotten school communities. Everyone there - school officials, teachers, parents, and students - remain grateful for your recognition of them. I am available for your questions, concerns, and partnerships such as hosting house parties (including via Skype) featuring African jewelry and crafts to benefit the project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for something else to fund after the next donation you may make to this project? Consider our current microproject, "Provide Backpacks for 45 Kids in DR Congo." A search of "backpacks 45 Congo" on GlobalGiving.org will bring it up. This project would provide a container to proudly carry all their academic supplies. Thanks for your consideration.
With gratitude from us all for your life-changing donations,
Annette, Bernadette, and the primary school communities of Luberizi and Rwenena
This has definitely been a time of transition at our schools, especially at the Vijana Primary School in Luberizi. As reported last month, a storm tore the roof off of 4 of the classrooms. Attempts at facilitation with government authorities have fallen flat, which is not surprising. An appeal has also been made to the newly installed bishop, but we predict it will be a long wait before he visits and inspects the damage to the school. Fortunately we have procured U.S. funding for repair from an outside source, leaving GlobalGiving funds intact to continue to pay for tuition and our tutoring program, which remains successful. Classes continue to meet at Luberizi, and when it rains, the students share space with kids in the covered classrooms. Naturally, this disrupts learning. We don't know at this time how long the repair will take once the funds reach them. We are pleased that parents have come through with their pledge to provide used roofing shingles for the effort.
In better news, recently we procured funding - in part from a GlobalGiving microproject - to provide our students with geometrical math kits (including measuring tools) and composition books. This acquisition marks a huge leap in the children's education. Math is no longer limited to learning with 1 box of bottle caps for arithmetic, and chalk for solving equations at the front of the room by only a few students. We are seeking additional funding through a new GlobalGiving microproject, which we expect to be posted soon and which will benefit the struggling students of Luberizi: Backpacks to hold their new belongings and which they can bring home for additional studying (search "backpacks 45 kids DR Congo"). Later we may also have a second microproject for shoes for the Luberizi kids (search "shoes 45 kids DR Congo"). As always, you can continue to reach me personally at email@example.com.
Remember that you can pledge regular support to this project by becoming a recurring donor here on GlobalGiving. $20 per month, for example, is less than a dollar a day. Without our core needs met - ongoing funding for tuition and tutoring for all 130 chldren - nothing else would be possible. We have come such a long way since we brought these stigmatized children out from the homes where they stayed and brought them to school for the first time. You can also make a gift donation to honor a friend or loved one. And to share your support for this project, you can start your own fundraising campaign: Just click the green "fundraiser" button underneath the large orange "donate" button on the project page. Thanks to all for your support.
I am sorry to report that a recent storm destroyed the roof over 4 of the classrooms at our Vijana Primary School in Luberizi. This is the same school profiled in our last report, which featured a young boy giving thanks for you, the donors of GlobalGiving. Classes are continuing to be held despite heat and even rain. AMCAV is facilitating community meetings of parents and school, government, and church authorities to see how much they can all pitch in to get the job done. The parents will be contributing used roof panels. The preliminary estimate is $2,220, which includes new panels, so the final cost should be cheaper with the used panels. In the meantime, since our students comprise a substantial percentage of the school and since infrastructure in DR Congo is poor with the country earning the #2 slot in the 2013 Failed States report, we believe it is right that emergency funding from this project be applied. Please pitch in what you can. If we raise enough, and again in collaboration with the community, we will also explore costs to repair a longstanding roof leak at our Rwenena school. Otherwise funds will be used to pay tuition fees and maintain our new supplemental learning program. Thank you for your consideration.
Thanks to your donations, the supplemental learning program continues to be successful. We have therefore moved past the pilot stage and approved its implementation at another school of this project, Rwenena Primary School. They are very excited to begin.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes to all of you for a joyous holiday season and a healthy and happy 2014.
Happy Holiday Season, Supporters!
Remember I told you in my last report we would be trying a pilot program to provide supplemental instruction for our students? I have learned that it went very well - the students love it and their mothers/caring adults are thrilled. The cost is $100 per month for one school. This provides a salary supplement for two teachers (and believe me, they need it). The 45 kids at our Vijana Primary School in Luberizi are divided into 2 groups based on academic level. I would really like to keep this going, and in the future, even expand the program to our other two schools in Rwenena and Kiliba Sucki. But it will all depend on the funding we receive from donors like you. And to help achieve this, I have a personal request and important announcements related to GlobalGiving.
Since funding for our basic tuition plus this new program requires steady, continued funding, I'm asking you to consider recurring donations (and thanks to those who already do this). It's always nice to throw in the extra 15% fee charged by GlobalGiving since otherwise it comes out of project money. GlobalGiving is currently running a special promotion on recurring donations:
In other news, GlobalGiving just posted our new microproject to raise funds for math kits for our kids:
Thanks for remembering the kids in our program during your holiday giving. Remember that GlobalGiving donations are tax deductible.
On behalf of Bernadette, the schools, the kids, and their caretakers, I wish you all the best for the holidays, 2014, and beyond.
When project co-leader Annette Scarpitta traveled to Congo recently to visit this project, she received a fabulous welcome at the Vijana Primary School in Luberizi. An important part of the ceremony was gratitude from a young student whose family has endured great hardship in this volatile environment. We hope you enjoy his video (posted on the main project page) in which he thanks the donors of Global Giving with Annette as his messenger.
Since school has recommenced, our program students have been doing well, but there have been some changes. With donations down in the last academic year, we decided to pare down the number of students in the program by not including the ones who did not succeed in their final examinations. The count is currently at 130 students. This way, we hope to raise funding for additional needs beyond basic tuition fees, such as uniforms, notebooks, and, perhaps an after-school tutoring program, which may reach a pilot stage soon.
Your support is needed now more than ever. We hope in today's tough economic climate that you will consider a few extra dollars to show this special community you care. A monthly pledge of as little as $10 (plus the 15% if you can swing it) can make a world of difference in the lives of struggling Congolese people overlooked by all except for this program.
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