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.
Sep 30, 2015

Scholarship Girls enter new High School at Hampate Ba !

We are so proud of the progress our scholarship girls have made during their years at Hampate Ba Middle School and through the girl empowerment program we have sponsored.

How exciting to see that some of these girls are on the threshold of starting high school now.

 Just four years ago, by the time Nabila was 12, her parents had planned to get her married. « Without education, I knew my life would be just like my mother’s,” says Nabila. With our support, she can now pursue the bigger dreams she has for her future. “I want to run my own business when I am older. I always thought about school and how I could learn a lot there. When I was told that I was offered a scholarship to attend the Hampaté Bâ Middle School, I just couldn’t believe it. I was so happy ! »

Against all odds, thanks to « Les amis de Hampaté Bâ », and their own determination and hard work, Nabila and her friends have not only gone to school and stayed in school, but are amongst the strongest achievers, and, this fall, are starting Hampate Ba’s new high school which is opening in October !

These girls still face challenges in the Nigerien society that their brothers do not, but they are all determined to continue their education, despite the barriers they face. They have gained confidence in themselves and have realized that girls and women are capable of accomplishing many jobs in society, especially with the support of a good education.

This year, they will be receiving after school supplemental instruction in certain subjects to add to what they are learning in school. For the girls, this is instrumental for increased understanding of difficult subjects, such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, and French.

Thank you so much for your faithful support! Because of you, these girls are in school as members of an academic community – trying to reach their educational goals and make their lives better!

Your generosity has saved girls from early marriages and your contributions are making a big difference. We really thank you kindly for continuing your donations so these girls can continue their high school classes.

How about helping them reach their dream and be part of our first graduating class in 2018 !!!

Jul 7, 2015

You are setting them on a track of success!

Fatchima and Aziz in 2015
Fatchima and Aziz in 2015

The small stone of your financial support is casting a wider and wider arc in the lives of students such as Aziz and Fatchima as they develop and flourish.

Aziz has come a long way since he was first sponsored by our Association, les Amis de Hampaté Bâ, in 2011. When Aziz first came to Hampaté Bâ School in 6th grade, he was a bright and well behaved student, although very timid and shy. However, now he has matured into a confident young adolescent who has just received his BEPC (9th grade diploma).  “The sponsorship has changed my life and I’m really looking forward to starting high school next year”, he says smiling.

He is one of the deserving beneficiaries of your generosity and not only has he learned to read and write, but he has become a star student. The next academic year, he will enter high school. The first one in his family to do so!

As for Fatchima, in four years, she has grown into a lovely talented young girl, full of life, and nurturing the dream of attending university. “Not many girls get to go to university, either because they are too poor or because they never get the chance to finish secondary school. I’m so lucky to have profited from the special tutoring program at Hampaté Bâ. For me it is very important to make my sponsors proud by succeeding in my studies.”

Our charity believes that education is the best foundation for building a better life for our students and the surrounding community. This is why we are dedicated to providing the opportunity of schooling and special tutoring classes to students like Aziz and Fatchima who are gifted and eager to learn, but are financially challenged. The more donors we have, the more we will be able to help underprivileged children get a quality education.

We hope that generous donors around the world will join us in this great cause!

Thank you so much!

 

 

Fatchima and Aziz in 2011
Fatchima and Aziz in 2011
Fatchima with a friend
Fatchima with a friend
Aziz with his friends
Aziz with his friends
Jul 6, 2015

Building Confidence Through Sports

Girls should take part in competitive sports to build confidence and resilience, points out Mr Mamane, the physical education teacher at Hampaté Bâ Middle School.

Through sports, Hampaté Bâ School teaches girls to face setbacks and find ways to spring back and recover. Discipline, confidence and resilience are built through practising competitive sports.

"The experience of losing a volleyball game and carrying on to another match builds resilience. And our girls need this because in our society they experience a lot of setbacks due to gender bias", says Mr Mamane.

Not all girls like ball games of course and so the school is trying to find alternatives.

I don’t want to be out on the football pitch or play volleyball ball", says Halima. Maybe my friends and I could have a trampoline!! We have seen it on television and jumping on it seems like great fun!

Confidence is an athlete’s and a girl’s best friend. It is also a core mental skill because of its impact on other parts of one’s life, like school and relationships with family and friends.

Halima is a typical teenager in many ways. A typical weekend for her involves listening to music, getting together with friends, and although she doesn’t love all the subject matters taught in school, she knows that education is the foundation for her future. Playing sports helps her gain confidence and confidence in turn helps her with her education.

Perseverance, patience, and balancing time and energy are the challenging components of playing a sport and studying at Hampaté Bâ. For Halima and her friends, the special girl empowerment classes at Hampaté Bâ School create opportunities to achieve in many areas. The Girl Empowerment class enables these girl students to increase their physical and mental strength, build their social skills, and teach them the value of hard work in pursuit of a goal.

 “Attending this school made me realize who I really am,” says Halima “I’m proud to be a girl and later, once I finish school, I would like to make things easier for women in my country.”

THANK YOU for supporting the Hampaté Bâ special programs to help our girls evolve and have enough confidence in being a woman to move ahead and initiate dynamic projects in their community. Their potential is grand and their hopes are high. Your donations are key in keeping these girls in school with quality education including sports and innovative girl oriented programs. We need your support more than ever in our quest to fight ignorance with education. Your continued donations will enable us to provide our girl students with what they need to pursue their education. Let’s keep it up ! Every donation you make is changing a girl’s life and you are making a real difference . Thank you !!

 
   

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