Help 50 Teens in Niger w/ Quality Formal Education

 
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Dear Friends,

It is said that strong people stand up for themselves, and stronger people stand up for others. Through the eyes of the world and the young girls and boys of International Academic of Niamey (IAN), you will be counted amongst the stronger. It is a privilege and an honor to count you among those helping young girls and boys in West Africa to achieve their hopes and dreams through education.

When IAN opened its doors last year our students were desperate to learn. For some of them, even secondary education was considered luxury...

...when some girls as young as 11 year old were already convinced that they would never had the opportunity to attend secondary school. But thanks to friends like you, nine girls and boys completed their first year at IAN. Because of a very competent and dedicated staff, the school also achieved one hundred percent passing rate against Niger Republic national average of less than sixty percent. It is this effort that is recognized in University of South Florida (USF) Newsletter - Summer Edition. This is something that only you help achieved, and you should be proud of it.

Yet we still have a long way to go...because many more students are waiting for the same gift, the gift to receive good education.

That's why I hope you can find it in your heart to help the young girls and boys of IAN once again. The cost of running the school for the 2012-2013 academic year is estimated at $50,000 of which $5,000 were raised during our annual fundraiser back in June 2012. This year's goal is to accept at least 30 students.

Your support in raising the remaining $45,000 is needed more than ever. Thank you for any donation -- large or small -- that you can today.


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The joy of being @ International Academy of Niamey
The joy of being @ International Academy of Niamey

In a country where less than 60% of students make it to next level, International Academic of Niamey (IAN) is proud to inform you that it has achieved 100% success rate for its first academic year 2011-2012 that ended on June 9, 2012. This would not have been possible without your monetary support and donations. Through your donations, we were able to accomplish the following:

  • Hired some of the best teachers in Niger Republic
  • Build an effective and efficient administration personnel
  • Building a computer lab
  • Provide free or low cost tuition to all our students

The aforementioned actions resulted in a 100% success rate for IAN. While we are proud of this accomplishment, we are keenly aware of our challenges for the upcoming years. Our goal for 2012-2013 is increase our enrollment level to fifty young girls and boys. This is an aggressive goals that will required a projected annual expenses of $50,000.

We continue to seek financial support in developing our ideal academic institution - an outlet for African students to learn and excel in academic programs that are significant to the future maintenance and growth of the people of Africa and their communities.

Our 2012 Third annual fundraiser helped raised $5,000 toward 2012-2013 academic year. We hope you will continue to support us in our efforts to raise the remaining $45,000. We will utilize every contributed dollar and asset to its highest and best value.

Thanks

New Computer Lab up and running...
New Computer Lab up and running...

Dear friends of International Academy of Niamey (IAN);

As you already know, PCs are an important part of today’s society. Because of your support IAN now has computers and other elements of technology directly in the classroom. This is benefiting the students in a myriad of different ways. We've asked the students their opinions about their experience so far. Enjoy reading their thoughts below:

  • Computers in the classroom allow us to learn the basic mechanics of computers, such as the keyboard, basic software and hardware...now we believe we can use computers in many other situations.
  • Through the internet, computers teach us to utilize online research for homework, schoolwork, and other projects.
  • Through the internet,computers make it possible for us to find answers to questions both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Having computers in the classroom helps us learn typing skills, which can also improve our writing skills. Tools like spell check and grammar check in word processing programs is helping us to improve spelling and grammar skills.

The above are the wonders that your support is making. While the current academic year is two months away from its end, we are still over $30,000 short of our fundraising objective. Your continued support is highly appreciated. Our goal for the 2012-2013 academic year is to enroll 50 students. We cannot meet this goals without your support.

Thank you so much and May God Bless You.

Students with their PC Instructor.
Students with their PC Instructor.
Displaying their country flag with pride.
Displaying their country flag with pride.
A student giving a presentation to the audience...
A student giving a presentation to the audience...

The students of International Academic of Niger showcased their computer skills:

As a result of many interests expressed by other young girls and boys about International Academy of Niamey, our current students took the initiative to organize an event on March 17th, 2012 to speak directly to potential students and their parents. Armed with their newly acquired computer skills, they delivered an impressive presentation to an audience of about fifty.

The session lasted two hour and according to the school principal, Mr. Zakari Baraou, the following are various benefits at different levels:

  • Benefit for the school: International Academy of Niamey will be known to parents who have children in sixth grade that desire to attend the school during the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Benefit for students: to learn to dialogue and to improve their speech and communication skills.
  • Benefit for parents: got to know International Academy of Niamey better and be able to see and make own assessment on what the school offers.

Again, we can't thank you enough for your continuous support. Because of you kindness and generosity, we now have a computer lab with a total of eight laptops. As we are gearing up to meet our 2012-2013 academic year goal of fifty students, your support is needed more than ever. Thank you and May God bless you.

Potential students watching the presentation
Potential students watching the presentation
Presentation getting ready to be delivered
Presentation getting ready to be delivered
Students presenting...
Students presenting...
Working on the presentation
Working on the presentation
Working on the presentation, still
Working on the presentation, still
Still working on it
Still working on it
Still working on it...
Still working on it...
Audience watching the presentation
Audience watching the presentation
Audience watching the presentation...
Audience watching the presentation...
Audience watching the presentation...
Audience watching the presentation...
After the presentation
After the presentation
After the presentation...
After the presentation...
After the presentation...
After the presentation...
Students taking notes...
Students taking notes...

Dear friends and supporters;

Because of your generosity, we were able to offer to our students an academic experience that only the very elite and most expensive schools offer in Niger Republic: a field trip for academic enrichment.

On February 09, 2012, Staff members and teachers of International Academic of Niamey (IAN) organized a first field trip taking IAN students to the Niger Republic's largest rice mill, Société Riz du Niger (Rice Company of Niger), located 20 miles from the IAN site. The purpose of the trip was to provide students with experiences outside their everyday activities.

At the site, the Director of Rice Company of Niger and his agents guided students through the process and different stages involved on transforming rice from initial stage into a finished product. Teachers and staff members were very pleased with the type of constructive and pertinent questions that the students asked to the Director and his agents. 

We would like to take the opportunity to thank you again for your support. We are also inviting you to continue your support in order to meet the school's 2011-2012 annual operating cost of $40,000.00.

Sincerely,

Dodé Ackey

Students watching demonstration on rice processing
Students watching demonstration on rice processing
Staff members and teachers listening...
Staff members and teachers listening...
More notes taking...
More notes taking...
Leaving school site.
Leaving school site.
Standing by bags of rice (finished products)
Standing by bags of rice (finished products)

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