Jul 10, 2017

Keep Up the Good Work

Happy girl in class.jpg
Happy girl in class.jpg

Keep up the good work.

Your generosity continues to change young lives. Many of you have supported Educare Fund since the late 90s. In the past 20 years that Educare Fund has been operating, your continued support has made a huge difference to many families in Lesotho through enabling the girls from these families to follow their dreams and seek a bright future for themselves. This would not have been possible without your very kind contributions.

Feedback from our beneficiaries continues to shed more light on the huge difference your donations make to the girls and their families and it would appear that there is continuing need for support. Ithabeleng (now in the final year of high school) writes:

‘I am really happy to have been awarded the sponsorship. I was struggling to stay in school as my mother was not able to pay the school fees. Examination fees were especially challenging when taking into account that the tuition fees still had to be paid. I thank you very much for the help you have given me.’

Ithabeleng’s class teacher further clarifies:

‘I do not hesitate to tell you that with your help Ithabeleng is now able to come to school regularly, which was impossible before. Her single mother is unemployed and was unable to afford the fees. With the fear of unpaid fees having been lifted, Ithabeleng is now working really well in class.’

The common issues affecting girl child education in poorer families appear to include being orphaned, having a large number of siblings, parents being unemployed due to little or no education or being ill. Where one or both parents are working, they tend to be in low-paying jobs and are therefore still struggling to raise their children, let alone pay school fees.

In her letter titled ‘letter of happiness’, Lerato says:

‘I wish to thank you for your sponsorship to me. You have helped my parents because they do not have the money for the school fees. I am so excited and my family too is very happy about your help.’

Surprisingly enough, the girls report that getting the sponsorships lifts their spirits and reinforces their individual resolve to work hard and aim higher.This is, in fact, further emphasised by the teachers in their reports. The girls’ optimism, in spite of the setbacks they face, is very humbling and gives us hope that a positive change will come.These brave young women will definitely change their lives and those of their dependents in the not too distant future. What a privilege to be associated with such courage!

Allow me to reiterate our own ‘thank you’ to you all for helping Educare Fund to work with you to support  the young women in their quest  to change their lives and improve their communities for generations to come.  We look forward to continuing to work together this year and I’d like to take this opportunity to let your know that Educare Fund will be participating in the Youth Week campaign in a few weeks’ time. We hope you will join us.

Warm regards

Liphethiso Monica 

Apr 10, 2017

Your donations have given so much hope

The first batch of the 2017 feedback letters from the girls has reached our desk. Every one of them is grateful for your kind generosity which has enabled them to stay on in school and for those who have finished high school, the prospect of achieving their dreams. The main immediate impact of your donations is to release the girls from the worry of being laid off school or being excluded from classes because of non-payment of fees. This has the effect of enabling them to concentrate more on their studies, sometimes achieving much better results than would otherwise be the case. For example,

Lerato wrote:

Through your assistance and no longer having to worry about non-payment of school fees and subsequent exclusion from classes, I managed to obtain very good results for the final high school exams ( 2 A* , 1 B and 5 A).

From the bottom of my heart, I really thank you.

Likeleli says:

I am very optimistic as I write this letter to thank you for sponsoring me. I used to be expelled from classes everyday because of owing school fees. Now I am able to enjoy being at school.

Many of the other girls report much the same sentiment. Without your generous donations, these girls would continue to be in despair, but you’ve changed all that. They now feel more optimistic about their futures and it’s all thanks to you.

Because of you we are able to continue our work of supporting these young women, helping them finish high school. 2017 is a special year for Educare Fund as this is the organisations 20th anniversary year. Without your help, this milestone would not have been reached.We are very lucky to have you as a donor and are proud that you have chosen to invest in our project.

I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your generous donations in the past as well as during the recent campaigns. I hope we can count on your continuing support in the future.

Warm regards

Liphethiso Monica

Jan 10, 2017

Happy New Year and a Massive Thank You For Your Support

Dear Supporters of Educare Fund

We wish all our donors a very Happy New Year. Together, let’s look forward to a peaceful and prosperous 2017.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting Educare Fund over the years and especially for campaigns during the past year.  I would like to extend a special welcome to our new donors who supported us for the first time during 2016, including those who contributed to the #GivingTuesday and Year End campaigns. Since 1997, your generous donations have collectively helped more than 100 girls complete high school and go on to improve their lives even further. This would not have been possible without your very kind contributions. We have shared some information about the achievements of those beneficiaries we have traced so far and we continue to look out for more. We will share more stories as we go along. Your investment in ‘Help educate 40 bright girls in Lesotho’ will make a huge difference to the lives of these girls for generations to come. A unique donor who anonymously donated a four-digit amount during deserves a special mention. Thank you so much! Your very generous gift is highly appreciated.

Feedback from our beneficiaries continues to shed more light on the huge difference your donations make to the girls and their families even before they finish high school. They highlight small changes like the fact that with some of the fees covered by the award, the family is then able to afford a packed lunch for the girl. Difficulty affording school fees understandably runs along other needs, which can have a further negative impact on the girls’ education.

Mpolokeng wrote:

You have lightened my family’s financial burden such that I am now able to focus on my studies without forever worrying about being laid off school. Now my performance at school has definitely improved. As it happens, the award from Educare Fund is the only money paid to the school this year and is the only reason I am still able to attend (the family was not able to pay anything the previous year)!

Puleng further illustrates the amazing effect your support has had.

She writes:

I would like to thank you for paying school fees for me. Without you I would be sitting at home and not attending school like other kids. Your generosity is enabling me to work toward a better future than would have been possible without your help.

Many more beneficiaries have made comments similar to those quoted here. You can rest assured that your donations are making a huge difference to these young lives.

Allow me to reiterate our own ‘thank you’ to you all for helping Educare Fund to work with you to support the young women in their quest  to change their lives and improve their communities for generations to come.  We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2017 and beyond.

Warm regards

Liphethiso Monica

 
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