Dear Girls Ed Liberia Project Supporters,
We have received report cards for the first semester for our high school students and are very pleased to report that they are doing very well, all of them receiving solid marks of no less than a B. One of the girls, Patience, has actually been ranked the top in her class!
We are also happy to report that Veronica continues to meet her requirements at nursing school and we anticipate Girls Ed will see our first nurse come from the program over these next couple years!
The successes of these girls have been made possible through your generosity. We truly appreciate your support and want to share with you an opportunity to see your contributions expanded! On March 13, 2013, Global Giving will match all contributions of up to $1000 at 30% until they have exhausted their $50,000 fund. If you were planning to donate this would be a fantastic time!
Dear Educate Liberian Girls Supporters,
We are excited to introduce you to the 10 girls that your funding will assist in completing their secondary school education! Forty-five girls applied for our scholarship and it was a tough decision, as well as sad, to be forced to narrow our selection to 10, but a scholarship committee composed of members of the community, along with our representative, thoroughly reviewed each application and chose those girls who demonstrated the greatest need as well as potential. These girls are all from the Lower Virginia area on the outskirts of Monrovia.
On the day that the 10 girls were asked to come to the community center to receive their scholarship, many of the additional 35 applicants also came. They and their parents asked that we take to our American donors the message that they too would very much appreciate the opportunity to complete their studies. We have kept the applications for these girils and if we are able to raise additional funding through your assistance, beyond the needs of our current scholarship recipients, we will definitely reach out to them.
During this last visit to Liberia to select the scholarship recipients, a two-week training was also conducted by Liberia Now for teachers and principals to improve upon the level and consistency of education in the schools where our scholarship recipients will be studying. Over 80 teachers and principals from the surrounding villages attended!
It is through your continued support that we are able to provide the tools to bring a solid education to girls in Liberia and the hopes for their future and that of their communities that come with their education. We, at Girls Ed and on behalf of our scholarship recipients, thank you for your help!
Dear Girls Ed Educate Liberian Girls Supporters,
We are pleased to announce a new and exciting partnership with Liberia Now, a local NGO that has been working for sustainable development in Liberia for the past several years. Liberia Now will bring to the Girls Ed's project in Liberia a wealth of experience not only with the Liberian culture, but with the education system.
We have solicited applications for the number of scholarships we are able to fund and will be selecting 10 new girls to sponsor for the completion of their education. We have decided to focus on those girls who are in secondary school and who have lost their original sponsorship for one reason or another and without our assistance would not be likely to complete their studies. Each of these girls will have shown commitment, through the maintenance of a B average, as well as need, however, so we can better ensure that they will successfully complete their schooling and be able to contribute something back to their community.
We are very excited about our new partnership and look forward to sharing with you more on the 10 girls we will sponsor through your donations to complete their secondary education. On behalf of the Board of Girls Ed and the Liberian girls, thank you for your support!
Loni Riley, Board Member
Thank you all for your continued support! We are excited to report that Veronica, the nursing student we have sponsored through your donations, passed her entrance exams and has begun her studies at Smythe College of Nursing in Monrovia this semester! A Girls Education representative recently met with Veronica and reports, "[She is] a very bright woman with much promise." We are extremely excited to have had the opportunity, with your assistance, to further Veronica's potential and will continue to share with you her progress as she continues her education.
Your support has also enabled us to fund the second semester of this academic year for the remaining 37 girls attending secondary school. We hope to be able to provide the necessary resources to get each of these girls to the end of at least their secondary education.
Our representative has just begun her visit to Liberia and we look forward to further updates from her that we can share with you on the incredible impact your generosity has had.
With your assistance, Girls Ed was able to fund the continuing education of the 37 girls yet to graduate for the current school year, as well as sponsor one of our ten June 2011 graduates to attend college!
Veronica, our sponsored college student, will be taking her entrance exam to attend Smythe College of Nursing in Monrovia. We will post updates on the results of her exam and, if all goes well, the date Girls Ed's first college student will begin the pursuit of her degree!
Your continued support and generosity are instrumental in the progress of women and their developing communities. Thank you!
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