Early Childhood Development Initiative

by Ba Futuru / For the Future
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Early Childhood Development Initiative
Early Childhood Development Initiative
Early Childhood Development Initiative
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With your support this year Ba Futuru's Early Childhood Facility was able to provide 16 low-income children with a free high-quality preschool education through an enriching and stimulating learning environment. Assisting children in early childhood, the most important stage of development for brain growth, builds the foundation for their success in life. 

Thank you for helping us to transform the lives of these children!

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Preschool began again last week!

Thanks to Ba Futuru's supporters we now have increased our enrollment, and we have 15 low-income children attending our Early Childhood Facility free of charge (up from 10 last school year).

The boost to these children's education and development at this early stage, will reap benefits for them, their families and their communities into the future. Research shows that early childhood education has long-lasting positive effects on children’s all-round development, performance in school, relationships with others, and productivity well into adult life. 

Moreover, this school year we are welcoming Bruno Torres to Ba Futuru’s Preschool and After School Program as our international teacher and facility manager. Bruno has a Masters Degree in teaching with a focus on physical education. He specializes in motor skill and physical development and creating new challenges for kids through sport. Bruno has extensive experience working and living in Timor-Leste over the last three years, and we believe Bruno will make a great asset to our team of teachers at Ba Futuru. 

Please continue to support the children at Ba Futuru's preschool, and our work to prevent violence and increase positive educational outcomes across Timor-Leste!



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CONGRATULATIONS - You've helped to provide quality education to more than 30 children this last year, 10 of which have been able to attend for free due to your support.

The school year is ending and children are graduating from preschool with amazing new social and emotional skills, and they have developed the foundation for success in school and in life!

We have many additional low income kids from our community that would like to attend, please help make this possible with a donation today!

Paid spots in our summer camp bring in the majority of funds for low income children to attend our preschool, however this year registration is not as high as in past years, so now we need your help more than ever to bring education to children in one of the most impoverished countries in the world. 

SURPRISE – your donation can be matched!

Give on June 15 EDT 9 am onwards and Ba Futuru will receive bonus support from GlobalGiving.

Don't pass up this opportunity to help children succeed in life!

Thank you!

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It is nearing the end of our first term of 2016 at our early childhood facility, which is a great time to see the progress the preschool children are making. Children are progressing quickly with writing, drawing, story-telling, singing and counting activities because they have experienced, responsive teachers and a stimulating play-based environment. 

We have had a lot of interest in our preschool this year and we have served 35 children this term.

We have a fantastic new teacher, Brigida Soares, that comes with experience in teaching preschool as well as work experience and an academic background as a physiologist. She is Portuguese which means kids can learn more Portuguese language skills helping them to become even more successful going on to further education.

Your support means we can accept more child from families who see education as the answer to alleviating poverty. 

Please donate again soon!

More than 10 low-income Timorese children are attending our facility for free due to your support, thank you! 

Also, Ba Futuru is in the midst of starting a few new parenting and teacher training programs, focused on helping schools to deliver quality education and parents to support children's safety, development and learning. Please see our website for more information about our important work.

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You made a difference this year in the lives of vulnerable people in Timor-Leste.   Thank you.

Without support from people like you willing to contribute to making the lives of others better – Ba Futuru simply could not continue to operate.  This is critical given that Timor-Leste remains one of the poorest countries in the world: in 2013 it was ranked 134th out of 187 countries in the United Nations’ Human Development Index.

We have worked hard this year at Ba Futuru running more than 10 separate projects working to reduce violence, protect children, empower women and inspire young learners (more info at www.bafuturu.org).  This programming changed thinking and behaviour by directly engaging more than 1,200 parents, teachers, children, female leaders, youth and government officials – which further impacted the lives of mothers, babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, high school students and women.  We used innovative film and community theatre to reach tens of thousands of additional people. We also hosted a PeaceJam youth conference and organized a series of arts workshops that culminated in events across Dili encouraging a safe environment for women and children to carry on their daily lives in public spaces. We have also been designing a parenting program together with experts on communications for behaviour change with support from UNICEF, which will be carried out by the government of Timor-Leste.

With the holiday season and a new year approaching we are reaching out to our supporters to contribute towards our $3000 goal to make a real difference in the lives of those who need it the most, the women and children of Timor-Leste.  Ba Futuru is part of Global Givings’ year end campaign. If you support our work through their online giving portal your donation is tax deductible and we can gain bonuses (your holiday giving will spread even further). Even a $10 donation will help or you can support a low income child to receive a quality early childhood education by giving only $70 a month! Join together with your friends to make this possible!

Please donate today. 


 Help to spread the word by sending this information on supporting our important work onto family and friends!

 Thank you so much for your continued support of our work.

 In appreciation,  Sierra James

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Ba Futuru / For the Future

Location: Dili - East Timor
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Project Leader:
Brandy Roberts
Dili, Dili East Timor
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