Girls Education International is very proud to announce that all ten of our 12th grade girls graduated from high school this June! These girls face tremendous adversity and poverty and it is a joy to have supported their schooling over the past three years.
Girls Ed covered the costs for all ten of our 12th graders to take Liberian national exams this spring. Similar to college entrance exams in the U.S., these exams determine who is allowed to go on to college. National exams are very difficult and, unlike exams in U.S. middle and high schools, cover years of schoolwork.
Five of the girls passed their exams and are eligible to attend college. Unfortunately, Girls Ed does not have enough funds to send all these girls to college. We decided to establish a list of criteria to determine which girl had the greatest chance of success of completing college and chose just one girl to support. Her name is Veronica and she wants to go to nursing college in Monrovia. We anticipate her enrollment this coming week and will update you on her progress in future reports. Girls Ed will be paying her tuition costs, as well as books and supplies and a stipend. We have asked Veronica to agree to mentor the younger girls still in our scholarship program as one of the conditions of her stipend.
We are saddened that we cannot support all five girls in continuing their education into college. If you are interested in helping to support one of the other girls to attend college, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Girls Ed is continuing to support the remaining 37 girls who remain in middle and high school. Our youngest girl, Jenny, began our program in the 4th grade and was just promoted to 7th grade!
On behalf of the girls and the Girls Education International Board of Directors, I thank you for your support of this program. Your donation is truly changing lives!
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Co-Founder, Project Wezesha; Treasurer, Girls Education International