2012 is off to a Great start - Thanks to your support. Our girls are very delighted to be back in school after the Christmas break. The girls asked me to pass on to you their best wishes for a prosperous 2012 - our dear friends and supporters. Because of your support, the girls are continuing to make steady academic and social progress and they are deeply grateful. What we are doing together is truly broadening their horizons and changing their mindsets. This is laying an excellent foundation for the development and learning in our digital age.A very special "thank you" goes to our new donors / supporters - especially those who participated in the Girl Effect Challenge. Although we did not secure one of the top positions, the campaign helped us secure additional support and publicity. We together successfully raised about $1600. With these funds, we have started additional sessions - expanding the training offered. We are also planning to purchase a network server to provide additional training resources. 2 links are provided in this report to photo albums on Flickr where you can see the girls excitedly learning. These photos were taken this year, 2012, at 2 different sessions. We invite you to consider signing up for recurring donations or make another donation today!. This is the best way to help us provide on-going training. All amounts are welcome and we are truly shaping the next generation. This is exciting!Hope you have a tremendous year!
It is with excitement that I share this update and photos from the school. The girls are very excited and proud to be receiving the computer training. For them this is a dream that they never believed would come true. This is so very significant as it is helping them to realize that they are valuable and that everything is possible. Thank YOU so much for helping us place value on them and their educational and psychological development.A picture is truly worth a thousand words - so included in this update are several photos and a link to a Flickr photo album where you can see many photos - http://bit.ly/da-fawe-girls. We also put together a video showing some of the girls available here - http://bit.ly/fawe-gemsAs you may already know, this project is participating in the Girl Effect Challenge, running through November 15. The top 6 projects in terms of individual donations will be admitted into the Girl Effect (http://www.girleffect.org ) for 1 year. This is a huge opportunity that together will help us increase the hours of training provided and purchase additional equipment. Please help us secure one of the top positions by doing the following:
1. Making a donation of $10 or more today2. Inviting your friends and family members to donate. To give emphasis to this important cause, we have created a new site here - http://www.educateafricangirls.net. The site contains resources on this challenge, how you can help and a link to this page that show how you can fundraise for this project on GlobalGiving. This would help us expand the number of hours and provide this opportunity to many more. Imagine hundreds of girls being trained! Now help us make this a reality.... Thanks for your support.
Warm greetings,I am so very happy and excited to report that the FAWE computer lab was formally opened in May. I had the opportunity to travel to Freetown on a project visit and to declare the lab open. During the trip, I visited the school and met with many of the girls who are benefiting from this lab. Please take a few minutes to see photos of the lab launching ceremony .It was an exciting experience to see this dream become a reality and we are deeply grateful to you, our Globalgiving donors, for your on-going support that helped make this dream a reality. This day was one of the highlights of my trip and what we have been able to accomplish so far. Thank you so much for your support! The power / electricity situation in Sierra Leone is currently unreliable and we cannot count on its availability. For this lab to be optimally beneficial, we need to make it available for learning on an on-going basis. We are currently in the process of raising support to purchase solar panels and equipment to power the lab. Until we get this equipment in place, your donation will help cover the costs for instruction and generator fuel. We welcome your sponsorship of a day ($60) or a month ($300). Full sponsorship details are available here and you can make your donations to this through the GlobalGiving Project page. We welcome sponsorship from individuals, groups, organizations and businesses.Thank again for your on-going involvement. Hope you have a great and refreshing summer!
We are delighted to report that the computers have arrived safely in Freetown and that the room is almost ready. Come with us to the school at Fort Street in Freetown and see photos and a video - link to Youtube Video! The video shows progress with the FAWE class lab - under construction. Classroom has been painted and room is ready for furniture and network wiring. We are in the process of purchasing furniture / equipping the room from funds provided through GlobalGiving and other donors. We welcome your support as we finish this up and get the room ready. We wanted to take this opportunity to inform you about three upcoming GobalGiving Bonus Days this year. During these days your donations will be matched up to a certain percentage. This would be a great opportunity to make your donation go ever further...
Also, have you considered signing up for recurring donations? This is an excellent way to maximize your impact and enable us to do so much more. Looking for a unique gift for yourself or someone else? Give a recurring donation as a gift. GlobalGiving will send a tribute card to the gift recipient.Thanks so much for your on-going support.
Warm greetingsWe are very happy to report that we have shipped out a set of computers with exceptional software for the computer lab. These computers have been set up with a special educational suite that is ideal for self-learning and instructor-led learning. This educational software will convert a PC (sometimes even an older PC) into an educational workstation which doesn't need to be connected to the internet (which is a real issue to consider in Africa), but supplies all the necessary educational tools and information. Full details are available in the attached PDF file. Please take a moment to review this. A photo showing the desktop of one of the computers is also provided below. We anticipate that the computers will get to Sierra Leone by the end of January.The building that will house the computer lab is under construction and slated to be completed next year. The building will house several other classrooms. Progress has been slow but sure.We are happy to be finally making tangible progress and we look forward to getting the lab up soon. With the software that we have obtained the lab will significantly enhance learning opportunities.We look forward to your on-going support as we utilize the tool of technology to enhance education. We welcome your donation today to help us furnish and finish setting up the computer lab. Thank you so much for your support!
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