We so happy to report that schools in Sierra Leone will 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 reopening of schools is a sign that 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 5 weeks. The outbreak has been the worst on record, with Sierra Leone being the most affected. To ensure a safe environment, chlorinated water for disinfecting will be made available in schools. One of the first signs of having the virus is a high temperature. So, teachers have been trained to use thermometers to monitor student temperatures. When school reopens, we need to start strong by providing scholarships, uniforms and school supplies for up to a hundred new children. About 40 of these children have been orphaned during this crisis. Can you join us in providing the gift of education to deserving children - such as Fatmata (pictured)? This is the best way to help the children recover from this crisis as they go back to school. Should you be interested in supporting a specific child and communicating with that child, please let us know and we will provide a few profiles of children looking for a scholarship. Thanks so much for YOUR support as we prepare for a strong and great school year!
Daisy wants to be a lawyer when she grows up. She is a very hard-working girl and likes dancing. She is a team player and gets involved in every activity that concerns children. Daisy is full of potential.Daisy favorite subject in school is Creative Practical Art. Her favorite activity is balance ball. She is an only child - with no brothers or sisters. Daisy helps with the cooking and does light errands for mom and dad. Currently, Daisy and other kids in Sierra Leone are not going to school. Due to the Ebola crisis, all schools are currently closed - with no projected re-opening date. This could be in the next month or so. We do not know the date for sure - but we definitely want to be prepared as families need our support - more than ever before. Business has slowed down considerably in Sierra Leone. The economy has taken a down turn and many families in the communities that we work are struggling to survive. During our “Stop the Spread” Ebola sensitization program held on September 4th, three hundred and sixty (360) children were reminded about the importance of staying in school and getting an education. We wanted to keep schooling current in their minds. Thanks in part to YOUR support, one thousand, two hundred (1,200) exercise books were distributed to them. You can watch a video where 2 kids say thank you towards the end of the video. This starts at 1 minute 48 seconds into the video. When school reopens we need to start strong by providing scholarships for up to a hundred new children. About 40 of these children have been orphaned during this crisis. Can you join us in providing the gift of education to these deserving, orphaned children? Save the Date: Today, October 15th, from 9 am EDT to 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out!) Global Giving will be matching donations up to $1,000 per donor at 30%! There is $75,000 available in matching! This will help us provide even more scholarships and supplies for more girls like Daisy. Thanks so much for your support as we prepare for a strong and great school year!
It's back to school season and we are excited about the opportunity to be able to help further the education of deserving kids in Sierra Leone.We have an exciting video to share with you (Watch video - Margaret goes to school and kids share their dreams) where you can see 2 things:
1. A video clip of Margaret, as she heads off to school in the morning. YOUR support is helping to make her education possible.
2. A clip where a number of kinds, including Margaret share their career dreams - what they would like to be when they grow up. The video is insightful as it provides a quick peek into the lives of the kids and their aspirations. YOU can help make the dreams of these kids come true. If you would like to be help make one of the dreams of these kids come true, we would love to talk with you. 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 helping us to send the kids to school. Together, we are making their dreams come true - one kid and one year at a time.
News and statistics can be depressing!Over the past week, our team did some research on girl statistics and found out that, according to the United Nations, there is a high dropout rate for girls (we already knew that) - and their enrolment in secondary education is low with net a secondary school attendance rate of 33 % Only 1 in 3 girls! That is depressing!That speaks to us of so many lives with missed and lost opportunities!Thankfully we are together helping to reverse these depressing statistics and turn the tide - one child at a time. YOU are a big part of making this happen and we are sooo grateful for your support. Here's some good news to cheer your day - Fatmata (pictured) is one of the young ladies that because of YOUR support now has new hope. Thanks to your donation, Fatmata's dream of on-going education is a reality! She is NOT part of the statistics!Fatmata send her warm appreciation to YOU. She now feels loved and confident when she goes to school. The funds we provided covered her fees / related school costs and paid for her after-school lessons. This support has given her the impetus and renewed zeal to work hard towards her upcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination. This news just made my day and we hope it makes your day too!Looking for more good news? In just over a month, you will have the opportunity to have your donation matched at 30% on Wednesday, May 7th.
Please add this to your calendar and JOIN US in turning the Tide!
Happy Holidays!We are delighted to send you this project report - sharing the story of Yealie's life - a life we have touched together. Her story is a wonderful story that will warm your heart!Yealie was born on 25th April, 2006 in a suburb of Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone. Yealie has six brothers. Her mother is a housewife with no means of income. Her father is a petty trader but his meagre income is grossly insufficient to take care of the family. It is very difficult for Yealie’s family to get a meal a day. Their living condition is very poor. Three of her brothers were going to school and Yealie herself was at the verge of dropping out of school to hardship and financial constraints. Thanks to YOUR support - she is in school and eagerly learning each day!Yealie loves school and she aspires to become a teacher when she grows up. Your support is helping to make her dream come true. We are together touching her life and preparing her for the important role of Teacher - much needed in Sierra Leone today. Thank you again very much for YOUR support - helping Yealie to continue her education. Your support is bringing hope and a promising future in Yealie's life.Great Time to Give: We are so grateful for your previous support that has helped us touch many lives like Yealie's. We wanted to let you know of the great opportunity that GlobalGiving is offering right now. From now through December 31st, GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor! To qualify for the match, you must give at least four consecutive months. In appreciation for your support, we will be featuring a list of all new recurring donors on our website. We will also send to you a free Develop Africa coffee mug or T-shirt (you decide which one). Please sign up now - as this offer expires at the end of the year. This would help us support many more kids that are on our waiting list. Thank you for giving the priceless gift of education!
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