I would like to share a few sentences from a relevant and moving article I found online. "What does failing to finish elementary school mean for the life and future of an 11-year old girl ... What does it mean for every child? The answer is simple: almost everything." As Anthony clearly states in his article online "Education is essential to every child’s ability to thrive, to become a productive adult, to contribute to society – and it is every child’s right."This article is significant as it helps to highlight afresh the importance of education as a proven path to independence and productivity. With the day-today responsibilities that we all face, its not impossible for us to loose focus on the significance of our joint investment in education. Reading Anthony's article provided fresh fuel to me and I hope it does the same for you too. By providing scholarships, we are covering a major chunk of the expenses involved. We are making an indelible mark in the lives and destinies of the beneficiaries. In order to ensure that your funds invested into the education of these girls are not wasted, we follow up regularly with their academic and overall progress. They are required to maintain good grades and maintain academic progress - in order to receive on-going support. They provide their academic report cards to us on a regular basis. This has helped motivate them to work hard at school - to ensure they can maintain the scholarship. The good grades and progress in school directly help their individual growth and development.Below is a copy of Benjamin's academic report card. Thanks to your support, as you can see, Benjamin is doing well in school and maintaining good grades. Here is also thank you message to you our GlobalGiving donors from one of the parents - on behalf of other parents - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5N-uqPy1AM. Your support is definitely making life less difficult for a good number of people!We would like to encourage you to consider supporting this project monthly. When you sign up for recurring donations, we can together make education attainable for a whole lot more. This would help us do so much more. Thanks again for your on-going support!
The first semester / term of this academic year is over and our sponsored students continue to do well in school. We had a small group of them make a very brief video (just 9 seconds) which is linked below - Vote of Thanks Video. The language spoken is Krio, one of the main languages spolen in Sierra Leone and it is subtitled in English. The children in this video simply say: "We say a big 'thank you' to you for giving us this scholarship".Also provided below is a group photo taken of some of the beneficiaries. Photo was taken during a scholarship presentation ceremony.In 2011 we are planning to expand our reach and impact and invite you to help us do that by making a special year-end / beginning of the year donation. This would help us do so much more and provide additional scholarshps to the children on our waiting list. We value you and your support.Best wishes and Merry Christmas!
September 9th, 2010 was a joyous day in the lives of our scholarship recipients as it was Scholarship Award Ceremony Day. The simple award ceremony took place at the rented basement CIA hall in Freetown.
The children and there parents were overjoyed to receive the scholarships. The funds are that we are providing together are helping to ensure that these children continue in school. Even in these days we continue to receive reports of children dropping out of school because their parents are unable to maintain them in school. The additional benefit of what we are doing together is that we are bringing educational stability into the lives of these children.
The recipients were also provided with some school supplies as you can see from the provided photos. Some of the recipients were not able to be present at the ceremony and were awarded their scholarships later.
The children were admonished to continue to work hard and excel in school. In the vote of thanks, Adelaide Thomas, one of the beneficiaries, expressed her appreciation to GlobalGiving and Develop Africa donors for providing this scholarship that is "motivating her to excel in school". Adelaide is a star pupil and doing exceptionally well.
Thank you donors and friends for helping to bring educational stability to the lives of these children. We welcome your on-going support as we plan our next shipment of books and school supplies.
Cordially and best wishes
In January this year, Develop Africa provided scholarships to children in Sierra Leone. A picture is provided in this report of some of the beneficiary children and parents. The children and parents were very grateful to receive this on-going support that is making a true difference in their lives. Financially, conditions have not improved in Sierra Leone and your support is help ensuring that they stay in school - providing a pathway to empowerment and their individual and national independence.
On May 5th, Develop Africa scholarship beneficiaries also had the unique opportunity to meet Britt Lake, the Program Operations Manager of GlobalGiving. Britt spent a day visiting Develop Africa's projects in Sierra Leone. A picture of Britt with a few of the beneficiaries is provided below.
Janet and the Sierra Leonean team were honored to host Britt. The visit involved a review and general monitoring of the different projects that Develop Africa has on GlobalGiving. We are happy to report that Britt was happy to see the progress being made and the work that we are doing with your support.
We continue grateful to you for your support which means more to the children and youths in Sierra Leone than you would ever imagine. We would appreciate hearing from you and receiving additional support from you in the next month as we plan towards the new academic year. And don't forget that June 16 is GlobalGiving's Matching Day, where they are matching all donations at 50% up to $1000 per donor per project. Thanks for your support.
Hawantu Bernard is one of the children who is benefiting from the funds you have helped provide through this project. Hawantu will celebrate her 13th birthday on October 15th this year - 2009. Her father is a blacksmith and her mother is a petty trader. She likes swimming and has a dream of becoming a medical doctor.
Thanks to you, Hawanatu and several other children are able to continue schooling this academic year. We are grateful for your support and for joining us in making a difference in these children’s lives.
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Last Friday, October 9th, the President of Sierra Leone, speaking at the State Opening of Parliament affirmed that the economy and the nation can never be improved without a sound education. President Koroma said "automatic grant-in-aid would be awarded to female students offering mathematics and engineering as a way of empowering them".
In the quote and article linked above he highlights the importance of education and providing grants / scholarships to students in order to support their education. This focus on developing human potential aligns closely with Develop Africa's vision. Develop Africa was birthed out of the vision that human resource development is the key to improving nation building capacity in Africa. Your donations are investing into human resource development – the development of human lives.
In furtherance of this vision, Develop Africa recently packed over 10 drums of books and school supplies for shipment to Africa - http://bit.ly/xIjvF . In the past week, Develop Africa has also sent scholarship funds raised through this GlobalGiving Project to support the education of children in Sierra Leone.
By investing into the lives of Hawanatu and other children in Sierra Leone, we are together making a real difference. Thanks in advance for your continued support that would help us to impact many more lives and help rescue the education system and the lives of these precious children.
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