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Dec 23, 2019

I Believe In Miracles: One Girl's Journey To Hope

Child receiving backpack and school supplies.
Child receiving backpack and school supplies.

The school year started in October 2019 in Conakry Guinea, West Affrica and no one could be happier than Fatomata.  Her story is nothing short of a miracle, she was abandoned by her mother at the age of eleven and forced to quit school in order to take care of her four younger siblings.  Fast forwardto 2019, not only is she in school, but is excelling, going beyond, by taking Summer classes in English and Computer Science.  This aspiring young lady's life is nothing short of a miracle.  Now she has teachers, mentors and Women Helping Women on her team, helping to secure her bright future.  The following is from Fatomata in her own words about her experience with Women Helping Women. 

"Without the help of Women Helping Women, I would not have gone back to school, and I'm afraid, because if this help stops, I will not go to school because I do not have anyone to pay for it."  Fatomata tells us looking serious.  "With the help of WHW, I realize that God had not abandoned me and that hope is still possible for me.  Today, I hope to study and become a doctor later.  What I would llike most of all is to become a pediatrician and take care of the children, our country, our people need it."  She asserts with that glimmer of hope and confidence inher eyes, and that smile that never leaves her.  She ends by saying, "I have no words to express my gratitude to Women Helping Women than thanks.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love you give me.

Fatomata and thousand of children and young girls like her is why we do this work and why you are so important to this work.  On behalf off the twenty-two children you are educating this school term and the hundred who recieved bookbags and school supplies, we join them in thank ing you from the bottom of our hearts.  Enjoy the pictures, Fatomata is featured on our project page, Project #38613, (Education and Energize Girls in Guinea, West Africa).  We will continue to feature one or two students during the school year, so please stay in touch as we experience miracles, one life at a time.  Thank You!

Miles of smiles for school supplies
Miles of smiles for school supplies
Mentors and parents working together
Mentors and parents working together
Parent meeting with schoold children
Parent meeting with schoold children
Sep 10, 2019

All School Fees Paid + Mentor Support = PURE JOY

Thanks for making space at the table for us!
Thanks for making space at the table for us!

Women Helping Women, Atlanta, GA, USA and Femme Aide Femme, Guinea, West Africa with the support of our donors have made it possible for twelve (12) high school girls and ten (10) elementary children to attend school for a year.  Yes, 22 children will have the opportunity to attend school and have all their school fees paid for the year.  Pure joy and thanks to the GlobalGiving Team and our donors.

You will meet the children and hear their stories of hope.  We will feature one student in each quarterly progress report.  And, you will meet the mentors/monitors who will provide guidance and assistance to the students throughout the school year.  The mentors/monitors are the link between the students, parents, schools, program staff and community.

Currently, the students are meeting with program staff and mentors and the parents concerning their respective roles.  The excitement and joy are in all the students and parents because they know education can change their lives forever.

Thanks to our donors for making room at the table of opportunity for these precious children.  Please share your thoughts and good wishes for the children of Guinea, West Africa

Yes, we are very excited!
Yes, we are very excited!
Thank You, we appreciate all you are doing.
Thank You, we appreciate all you are doing.
Jun 10, 2019

The Future is Bright!

Women Helping Women, Atlanta, GA., and Femme Aide Femme, Conakry Guinea, West Africa revamped our program strategy by utilizing GlobalGiving’s SMART Goals, ensuring that all projects met the criteria of being Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-Bound. We are also using many of the tools available through the Learning Library for training.

Our participation on the GlobalGiving Acceleration Program ended at about the same time as the school year in Guinea, West Africa, therefore, we are forging ahead with plans for the 2019-2020 school year.  Through your generous donations we not only qualified for a spot on the GlobalGiving Platform, but we also will be able to send twelve (12) girls to secondary school and ten (10) children to primary school for the year. Your contributions will allow us to cover all school fees, supplies, food and incidental expenses. Also, we will engage monitors/mentors for the students. The monitors will serve the students by connecting home, school and community together. This extra layer of support will enable the success of the students.

We are happy to report that the student we showcased, Fatoumata Sako, is not only a role model for her four (4) younger siblings but also for many of the girls in her community. This is critical because her success and the well-being of her family encourages other families to see the value in sending their daughters to school rather than a life of early marriage contracts, household chores, caring for younger siblings or working from sun-up to sun-down in the marketplace.  The cultural norms and practices of this very paternalistic society are often difficult to change. Fatoumata and her father are making a difference in their culture and community.

Fatoumata is delighted because she is moving to a higher grade. She has expressed a desire to complete a computer class this summer, even offering to sell fruit to raise to funds to take the class. However, with your generosity, we will be able to support her desire and still meet or goals for supporting students for the next school year. It is our determination to do all we can to ensure the support and continuation or this young girl’s dream of becoming a doctor.

We extended our project until August 15, 2019 to raise an additional $3,000.00 which would allow us to increase our enrollment of secondary girls from twelve (12) to nineteen (19) and our elementary children from ten (10) to fifteen (15).  We know we can make a great difference in the lives of these precious children with your generosity and prayers.  We thank each of our donors for helping a child, a community, a country and a world.  God bless you.

 
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