Les amis de Hampate Ba

Improving Learning Outcomes, Fighting Girl Dropout Rates, and Promoting Human Excellence is the mission of Les amis de Hampate Ba for students at the Amadou Hampate Ba Middle School in Niamey, Niger. By promoting and financing the development of the school, and providing grants, we help underprivileged youth in Niger become a positive and responsible force within the community.
Dec 13, 2016

Creating Pathways to Literacy Through Art!

A big challenge for our non-profit, “Les Amis de Hampaté Bâ” is to help kids whose parents have to make tough choices between sending their kids to school or putting food on the table.

 One of our main goals is to offer an education at the innovative Hampaté Bâ School to some of these underprivileged youngsters. However, it is difficult to increase the literacy rate amongst students who have not learned to read or write adequately in their first years.

 They therefore carry a heavy handicap as they try to progress to higher levels, where literacy and numeracy become tools for learning rather than ends in themselves. Their grasp of basic cognitive skills is also very low. Many of them struggle endlessly and parents who witness such low achievement levels often decide that the added value of schooling is not worth their sacrifices and pull their children out of school.

 Our charity’s objective is to put a stop to this vicious cycle. We want Ali, Zara, and Alassane to stay in school and learn, not to struggle, suffer and be pulled out. We thought perhaps, in addition to our tutoring program, that ART could come to the rescue of our struggling students and much to our surprise, it has !

 With our help, the Art Teacher at Hampaté Bâ, Mr. Ati Komi has developed strategies that harness the power of observation, analysis, and communication through his art lessons. Students observe the visual content of a picture, and then add new ideas and information from their personal experiences to create newly invented narratives. Using this three-step process of observing, interpreting, and creating, the students are able to generate ideas, organize thoughts, and communicate more effectively.

« I choose an image with many details, with people and/or animals, and colors and I show it to them. "It is nice. I like it" is not the answer I am looking for. I look for answers to such questions as:

  • What shapes do you see? Do they remind you of anything?
  • What colors do you see? How do those colors make you feel?
  • What is the focal point of the image? How did the artist bring your attention to the focal point?
  • If you were living in the picture, what would you see? What would you smell? What would you hear? »

 Alassane, a shy 6th grader. mentions : « Writing used to be very hard for me, but now it is not that hard. All I have to do is to look at the picture our art teacher shows us and describe some things I see. »

 The director of the school, Mr Hassane Baro, has this to say about the art classes at Hampaté Bâ.

 «These art lessons, which I was initially very skeptical about, have placed several of our struggling students where they've never been before: in a position of power! »

 We hire some of the best and most experienced teachers who understand the root causes of the education problems and how to tackle these problems. We need these teachers to engage students through more effective tutoring practices and improve learning conditions for these underserved students. We need your donations to support these teachers and their tutoring and art programs.

 WHY DONATE ?

You will help introduce underprivileged children to the power of artistic expression.

You will help them learn and do better in school through experienced tutoring.

You will give them a chance to change their lives.

You will give them the precious gift of education.

 THANK YOU !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 12, 2016

From Girls With Dreams to Women With Means

May we introduce you to our most recent and youngest girl scholarhip recipients who just entered Hampaté Bâ School this year in October: Haoua, Chamsiya, and Haouaou.

I was a good student in primary school, but my family couldn’t afford to pay for my secondary school education. ”

Without this scholarship, I would be like many otherNigerien girls, wanting so badly to continue going to school, but not being able to.”

I’m learning incredible things in Hampaté Bâ School. I especially like the program for us girls. For me this is a dream come true.

Life is tough for poor girls in Niger. Culture and tradition often keep them at home while their brothers go to school.  Some girls get married as young as 12 and if a girl convinces her parents to send her to a “free” government school, she often cannot continue her studies because her family lacks the funds for a uniform or supplies. 

So our charity, “les Amis de Hampaté Bâ”, endeavors to give underprivileged girls the chance to have a quality education and to keep them in school.

Our girl empowerment program, customized as a girl-only space, gives the opportunity to our girls for open discussion of intimate subjects between classmates and a specialized teacher, and addresses problems such as:

  • gender-based violence
  • early marriages
  • health and hygiene
  • risky sexual behavior
  • truancy, drug abuse, and other negative behavior
  • subjugation of girls and women in poor communities
  • life skills and academic achievement.

 Moreover, our Girl Empowerment program offers support that will garner confidence and academic excellence, thus helping our scholarship students to transition from girls with dreams to women with means.

We do this by boosting their confidence, thus creating a domino affect that empowers our girls to take on an active role in their classrooms, among their peers, and in turn, in their communities.

In the Girl Empowerment program, we are taking steps to improve the lives of our girl students by giving them more understanding concerning the worth of a woman and what they are actually capable of accomplishing. They are surprised to see they can reach their own potential.

Here are some of the steps we have taken and actions we have implemented through this amazing program that are proving very successful :

  • We demystify menstruation and physical changes.
  • We suggest ways girls can better manage their household chores and studies.
  • We encourage girls to assume leadership roles at school and in their communities.
  • We help organize meetings with parents and teachers to discuss the problems girls face and to create the right environment for girls to study, attend, and stay in school.

We are so proud of the progress our girls have made so far at Hampaté Bâ School through our Girl Empowerment Program. We want to continue our actions and broaden the scope so that every single girl can realize her full potential.

Your continued donations count ! No amount is too small. Please consider making a contribution today.

You can change the life of a girl and through her, change the lives of a generation. We need your help to help these girls and make change happen.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Sep 15, 2016

Simply Successful: A Special Summer School

This summer, our Non-Profit helped Hampaté Bâ School organize a special summer school program for 50 of our girl scholarship students that we are supporting. We convinced the parents to let their daughters out of the house and into a world of confidence during their summer break.

This was a wonderful opportunity for the girls who actually enjoyed attending classes.

The curriculum during the two week session covered a variety of topics including life skills, gender, leadership, human rights, and financial education. Also because of the girls' low literacy skills, teachers were asked to draw more pictures and use more symbols when writing on the blackboard. They also used simple language and made sure that everything they said was understood.

This summer school program not only gave the girls more knowledge and self confidence, but it also familiarized them with participatory techniques such as group discussion, brainstorming, small group work, educational games, and storytelling.

Our meetings were a lot of fun. I learned a lot and would like to come back next summer, said Samira, a 7th grader.

We discussed subjects that really interest me.Now I know what empowerment means. I feel stronger and more confident. I can now stand up to my brother if he treats me unfairly, explained a very happy and smiling Fatima.

Life is not easy when you are poor and a girl in Niger. What awaits you is early marriage, not 12 years of schooling. The lucky girls might get six years of low quality education and that is it. This is the reason why our charity is supporting 60 girls in order to enhance the quality of their lives and offer them a brighter future. With your help, we want to prevent the daily grind of poverty force girls to sacrifice their right to education and hope for a healthier and wealthier life.

We all know educating girls means a world of more educated women who tend to be healthier, earn more income, have fewer children, and provide better health care and education to their own children, all of which can lift their families and communities out of poverty.

Please help us to help these underprivileged girls have a right to a quality education and therefore the possibility for a brighter future. We can do it with your donations.

Be part of the change ! We really thank you for your generosity!

 

 

 

 
   

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