By Loni Riley - Secretary, Girls Education International Board
Some of the scholarship recipients
Dear Educate Liberian Girls Supporters,
We are excited to introduce you to the 10 girls that your funding will assist in completing their secondary school education! Forty-five girls applied for our scholarship and it was a tough decision, as well as sad, to be forced to narrow our selection to 10, but a scholarship committee composed of members of the community, along with our representative, thoroughly reviewed each application and chose those girls who demonstrated the greatest need as well as potential. These girls are all from the Lower Virginia area on the outskirts of Monrovia.
On the day that the 10 girls were asked to come to the community center to receive their scholarship, many of the additional 35 applicants also came. They and their parents asked that we take to our American donors the message that they too would very much appreciate the opportunity to complete their studies. We have kept the applications for these girils and if we are able to raise additional funding through your assistance, beyond the needs of our current scholarship recipients, we will definitely reach out to them.
During this last visit to Liberia to select the scholarship recipients, a two-week training was also conducted by Liberia Now for teachers and principals to improve upon the level and consistency of education in the schools where our scholarship recipients will be studying. Over 80 teachers and principals from the surrounding villages attended!
It is through your continued support that we are able to provide the tools to bring a solid education to girls in Liberia and the hopes for their future and that of their communities that come with their education. We, at Girls Ed and on behalf of our scholarship recipients, thank you for your help!
More of the scholarship recipients
Aug 15, 2012
July 2012 Girls Ed Pakistan Project Update
By Loni Riley - Member, Board of Directors
Dear Girls Ed Pakistan Project Supporters,
I am happy to report that the girls continue to prosper in their studies. In a recent update from our local contact in Pakistan, Bedari, we learned that all of the girls passed their annual exams at the end of this past school semester! Each of them has now advanced to the next grade, two of them having graduated.
Bedari continues to make sure that the girls receive a well-rounded education through regular monthly meetings in which they are guided through discussions on such topics as health and hygiene, communication skills, and gender issues. Each of these are subjects that for cultural reasons would typically not be part of a formal education, but are all so very vital to the true success of these girls as they strive for a better future. Bedari reports that the girls have come to look forward to these meetings and are active participants.
We look forward to sharing with you in our next project update profiles of some of the girls as they have progressed through the program. Your continued support is truly changing lives!
Jun 25, 2012
June 2012 Girls Ed Educate Liberian Girls Report
By Loni Riley - Member, Board of Directors
Dear Girls Ed Educate Liberian Girls Supporters,
We are pleased to announce a new and exciting partnership with Liberia Now, a local NGO that has been working for sustainable development in Liberia for the past several years. Liberia Now will bring to the Girls Ed's project in Liberia a wealth of experience not only with the Liberian culture, but with the education system.
We have solicited applications for the number of scholarships we are able to fund and will be selecting 10 new girls to sponsor for the completion of their education. We have decided to focus on those girls who are in secondary school and who have lost their original sponsorship for one reason or another and without our assistance would not be likely to complete their studies. Each of these girls will have shown commitment, through the maintenance of a B average, as well as need, however, so we can better ensure that they will successfully complete their schooling and be able to contribute something back to their community.
We are very excited about our new partnership and look forward to sharing with you more on the 10 girls we will sponsor through your donations to complete their secondary education. On behalf of the Board of Girls Ed and the Liberian girls, thank you for your support!