We are proud to report back to you that 87% of our 168 Girl's passes last year! That's in comparison to the 76% national average. It's even more impressive when you consider that most university students in South Africa come from middle and upper-income families and thus have food every day, all their textbooks, and live on campus.
While we have 48 girls sponsored to live on campus, the remaining 120 are studying from afar in the townships. We are extremely proud of them and are sure you are as well!
Some of you may remember Thuto from a previous newsletter (or her trip to America). We are excited to announce that she willing be joining our staff in 2018! While her largest responsibility will be mentoring first year students, she'll also be assisting me in pulling together inspiring stories about the girls to share with all of you. So be on the look out :)
As always, a huge 'thank you' for all the love, support, and generosity that everyone contributes towards investing in these girls' futures. On behalf of them and their families, we express our deepest gratitudes.
We hope you enjoyed the holiday season and that 2018 is off to a great start. We have already hit the ground running over here, with the school year beginning this past Monday.
We have attached our 2017 Annual Report to this email and wanted to highlight a few of the achievements we are most excited about from this past year. These were only possible due to your generosity and support and we hope they make you proud!
The highlight of the year was the opening of our 4th library, in partnership with Breadline Africa. We have stocked it full of books, laid astroturf in front of it, and are securing an awning to provide shade from the summer sun :). More than just a library, we are committed to making this a living, breathing, magical space for children aged 5 - 12. Our talented staff will be running book clubs, reading sessions, literacy classes, and just having fun with the kids!
Over the course of the year we had 504 children participating in our literacy sessions and expect a similar number in 2018. The children continue to make excellent progress in developing the foundation in reading, writing, and comprehension needed to succeed in school.
A big thank you to everyone who is helping us develop this young generation of readers. We have big plans for 2018 and look forward to sharing many success stories with you as we go!
Our Girl's Scholarship Fund continues to be a major success, opening doors for these amazing young people to pursue their dreams.
Attached, please find an impact summary highlight all of the support Masinyusane has provided to the students we are sponsoring from Port Elizabeth's townships. The Girls' Scholarship Fund is the largest component of this project.
If you haven't yet seen Kholeka's story, please take 3 minutes to hear her story. We are very excited to report that she'll be travelling with our Director, Jim, to America this December. If you want to meet Kholeka or are willing to host a small get-together / 'meet & greet' at your home (we'll pay!) please reach out to jim at email@example.com.
Finallay, our Masinyusane House of Excellence continues to thrive. We currently have 12 of our most disadvantaged students living in the house and they're working hard to prepare for upcoming exams. Attached, you can find a picture of Thulie, Zikhona, & Zintle in their room along w/ one of Sisipho & Yonela studying together.
You are making a big difference in these students lives. Without you, they would not be in university. We hope you are proud of them and continue to be inspired by their effort, perserverance, and stories :)