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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