We so happy to report that schools in Sierra Leone will tentatively reopen in March after being closed for eight months due to the Ebola outbreak. Students have been off from school for nearly a year.The tide is turning against the Ebola crisis. The World Health Organization recently reported that Ebola cases are rapidly decreasing. The number of new cases has declined steadily over the past 6 weeks. The outbreak has been the worst on record, with Sierra Leone being the most affected. When school reopens, we will be resuming our computer classes. We are eager to restart training and we know the girls are eager to get back in school. More than ever before, we must support our girls as we work together to build a new and better Sierra Leone.Your support will help give our girls a better technology foundation - which will help open the road to a better future for the girls, their community and the nation. Your involvement will help make this happen.Do you know any Latin: Mens sana in corpore sano is a Latin aphorism, usually translated as "A sound mind in a sound body." We have been encouraging the total development of our girls and we represented you at the sports competition for the girls - which took place last year. The video will give you a view into another part of their world and you will see glimpses of the National Stadium in Brookfields, Freetown. Watch our girls - full of energy and having fun! Want to receive more updates about Develop Africa activities? You can sign up for our newsletter here - http://bit.ly/18KBb3OThanks so much for your on-going support as we prepare for a strong and great school year!
The number of girls receiving computer training at FAWE for the 2013/2014 academic year reached a record high of 84 pupils; from 56 attending the previous year.
Students learned computer operating systems, were familiarized about computer components and input/output devices, and trained how to perform word processing software functions including creating documents. Wifi access was provided through the Ministry of Education which enabled the girls to learn how to research school topics online to help improve their academic performance.
We also received the provision of an electric meter and power facility which allowed the reduction of noise that was caused by using a generator.
We are thankful and proud of the progress the school and girls have made. With YOUR support, FAWE is able to continue to improve the lives of girls by helping them to become computer literate and self-sufficient.We look forward to an even better year when schools reopen from Ebola closing,
At what age did you learn how to format text on a computer? Yes - we know times have changed and that kids today are learning at much earlier ages. That said, we are delighted that girls like Adolpha are becoming computer savvy and learning at earlier ages. This is amazing given that tens of thousands of children in Africa do not have access to this type of free training. Watch video of Adolpha - the new computer savvy girl!Why do girls like Adolpha have access to this training? Because of YOU and YOUR support! You are making a difference and making this happen!We all know that computer literacy is so very important today. The fact that Adolpha and other girls like her have access to this training is outstanding. We are providing a powerful jump start. It means she is empowered and will have an excellent platform as she continues her education. No more struggling to learn how to use a computer when she is in college. Adolpha will be an expert and super-fast, thanks to you.You truly made the difference!We wanted to let you know of a fabulous opportunity to continue to make a difference. Today, July 16th is a special Bonus Matching Day and your donations to this project will be matched at 50%, up to $1000.
Thanks so much for joining us in empowering Adolpha and many more girls like her!
Did you know that you are amazing! We simply could not do what we are doing without your on-going help. This is the message that Joshua passes on this special appreciation video clip. Joshua is the Director of Door of Hope and a key member of our team in Sierra Leone. In the video, he says to YOU, our GlobalGiving donors that your help has made a LOT of difference in the lives of the kids. He explains in the second part of the video that, because of the support that YOU have provided, computer training is going on well at the FAWE girls' school. The girls are doing well, learning how to use spreadsheets and word processing. This is worth celebrating and we appreciate you so much for helping to make this possible! We could not have done this without YOUR support. We are together truly helping the kids become successful and empowering them for a bright future. Thanks so much for your support that has made a HUGE difference! Watch the 90 seconds video now.
We all love to have our computers in peak running condition. It can be so frustrating when you are not able to use your computer at all or not able to access the internet.As with all equipment, the computers at the FAWE lab need to be maintained - to ensure they are in peak condition for training / use by the girls. In these photos, you can see Maada, our technician, performing software and hardware maintenance. He has done an excellent job in keeping all our equipment functional over the past almost 3 years.Over the past months, we have replaced power supplies and memory. This first week of March 2014, we shipped out 2 replacement computers for this lab at the FAWE school lab. Thanks so much for your kind and gracious support that helped provide the 2 additional computers. We are so thankful that we are together able to provide this on-going training free to the girls at the FAWE school. As you may know, last Saturday (March 8th) was International Women's day. On this global day, we celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. At this time each year, we celebrate women's success and are reminded of inequities that need to be redressed. Through this project, you are helping to address the education inequities for women. Your support is furthering the education of girls and preparing them for a great future. You can see a visual of the impact that we are together making in the included UNICEF infographic. As the graphic illustrates, the impact of educating girls is far-reaching! YOU can help us continue to prepare these budding women by making a donation today. Your donation of $50 today will proverb 8 hours of computer training. Thanks so much for your support!
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