Educate and Energize Girls in Guinea, West Africa

by Women Helping Women, Inc.
Educate and Energize Girls in Guinea, West Africa
Educate and Energize Girls in Guinea, West Africa
Educate and Energize Girls in Guinea, West Africa
Educate and Energize Girls in Guinea, West Africa
Educate and Energize Girls in Guinea, West Africa
Educate and Energize Girls in Guinea, West Africa
Educate and Energize Girls in Guinea, West Africa
Educate and Energize Girls in Guinea, West Africa
Our Smiling Therese
Our Smiling Therese

The School year in Guinea began October 4, 2022 and nobody was happier than Therese.  This beautiful young woman is in the 13th grade, was recently moved to an Aunt's home so she couold attend school and continues  to completes many chores before and after school.  She was raised by  a single mother who is uneducatedd and was only able to feed her children by selling leves at market.  Therese was left to care for her younger siblings and was not able to attend school on a regulsr basis.

With an uncertain future Therese had few options.  Our project leader in Guinea was made aware of her plight and what followed was truly a miracle for this young woman.  After meeting with the mother, the organization helped the mother improve her overall situation which gave her the resources she needed to care for herself and her children.  To help Therese focus on school, the organization moved her with an aunt closer to school.  Now she is in the 13th grade because she is 20 years old, school fees and all other expenses are paid.  

This bright optimistic hard working young woman now has a opprtunity for a better life for herself and her family.  She is determined to remain in school until she achieves her goal of graduation.  You our donors help to place that beutiful smile on her face and inspire hope for the future not only for her but her youngr siblings as well.  That is why Therese is Always Smiling!

We hope you will read all the stories about these amazing children.  There are 18 children enrolled in this school year from kindergarden to the 13th grade.  The former minister of education added grade 13 to acomondate girls like Therese who are older but wish to finish school and go either to college or a trade school.  We salute the tenacity of these young women who refuse to give up.  On behalf of the team in Guinea, the girls who benfit from this program and their families, Thank You!

Happy Working
Happy Working
Cleaning or Cooking I'm happy
Cleaning or Cooking I'm happy
Both Girls Named Catherine Friends School Friends
Both Girls Named Catherine Friends School Friends
The girls provide moral support to each other
The girls provide moral support to each other
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The end of the school year was quite successful, based on the students report cards and the reports from their teachers and supervisors, our girls have made great progress, not only academically but also socially.  Knowing that most of the girls in the program have experienced severe poverty and family dysfunction.    These factors may contribute to their academic performance.  With the support of the project team leaders, our girls continue to shine.

This year we had two girls graduate but failed to pass the college exam, however, after much discussion with the girls and parents it was decided that they would retake the exam for college.  Vocational training is a possibility, but our girls don’t want to give up on college.

We have three children in the program named Catherine. In the picture below meet our 5-year-old Catherine,  with her mother.  Both Catherine and her mother are being cared for by the Femme Aide Femme (FAF) leader, due to circumstances beyond their control.  We provide room and board for 3-5 of our children each year. At times we must also provide for the parent. 

Women Helping Women (WHW) and our Guinea, West Africa partner, Femme Aide Femme (FAF)must remain flexible to meet the various needs of our students and their families.  During this school year we accepted into the project a single mother.  Blandine has made tremendous progress despite her delay in starting school and other difficulties she has encountered being a single mother.  For example, out of 400 high school students she placed in the tenth percentile academically.  Pictured below are  Blandine and her daughter Ailama. 

We are very proud of our girls and thank you for continuing to support us in this very important work.  Our girls’ range in age from five to 22 years of age.  We believe every girl and young woman deserves an opportunity to a quality education in order to improve her life and the lives of her family and community.  Again, thank you to our kind and generous donors and the support of our partners, GlobalGiving.

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Fatoumata, proud 2021 graduate
Fatoumata, proud 2021 graduate

We are amazed at the tenacity and drive of our students despite the challenges of COVID and the recent uprising in their country due to a takeover of the government.  For several months schools were closed, and government offices were at a standstill.  Thank God none of our students were directly involved in the coup.   Schools opened in late November 2021 and slowly some sense of normalcy is being experienced by the community.  The school year 2021-2022 with 22 students is in full force.  As a result of our program in Guinea 11 Elementary children were all promoted to their next grade level.  In Middle school 6 of our girls were also promoted to their next grade level.  At the High school level 3 of our young ladies were promoted to the next grade level.  Two of our young ladies graduated.  One of our graduates Fatoumata is featured in our first progress report, she  did not pass her exam to enter college, however, she remains very confident with the aid of the program to go to a technical school.  Her home life has improved some and she remains the hope of her family. She graduated from high school while she still provided for the basic needs of her siblings.  We will not abandon this young woman and will continue to provide the financial and moral support she needs to achieve her goals.

We were also able to add two new students for the 2021-2022 school year, Rachel and Sia .  These to young ladies have been out of school for many years. We will give you an update on their progress soon.    Still, They Rise!

 Women Helping Women would like to collectively thank you for your ongoing support of this life changing work and invite you to get to know the students we will introduce to you in the coming year. GlobalGiving has provided a platform that is easy to navigate, and we appreciate being in partnership with them.   Again, thank you for joining with us as we navigate this important work in all seasons of life.

Grateful

Joyce Latson

Rachel, New Student
Rachel, New Student
Sia,  New Student
Sia, New Student
Smiling Faces of Hope
Smiling Faces of Hope
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Mariam with Founder Madam Kolie
Mariam with Founder Madam Kolie

Big Help for a Little Girl

I cannot begin to tell you how the world has changed for one very bright and happy child because of our School Program.  It is amazing to hear the stories of the young girls who have been in very difficult situations with no help in sight.  For this reason, I want to share Mariam’s story in her own words.  Amazingly at such a young age she was still able to grasp the devastating changes in her family which left her without hope.  As a donor and someone who understands that we can make a major positive impact in the lives of these beautiful children, I wanted Mariam to thank you herself.  Please excuse any grammatical errors resulting from translating her story from French to English.   Let me introduce Mariam.

“Good morning,

My name is Mariam, I am 9 Years old, I am in 2nd grade at the Protestant Emmaus School Complex. I come from a poor family, my father is a mechanic, and my mother is a housewife.  It was mainly our father who looked after us, until the day he became seriously ill, because of a high blood pressure attack.  Today he is disabled and can’t do anything.  My mother doesn’t earn much to be able to care for me and my father’s health.

Last year was difficult for us and I even had to leave school to help my mother at home and at the market.   She could no longer afford to pay my school fees.  So, the principal of my school, who did not want me to drop out, put my mother in touch with mom Kolie of Women Helping Women. Since then, I go to a very good school, and I do not miss anything.  There is always someone to ask for my news and to find out if everything is okay at school and with the family. (Note: Madam Kolie is the Founder of Femme Aid Femme our French partner in Guinea, West Africa)

I really want to thank all the good will that helps me and all these children and their families who are suffering.

God bless you,

Mariam”

The School Program encompasses the child, school, family, and the community to ensure that each child’s needs are met, and the family is helped to enable the child to attend school without difficulty.  This very comprehensive program is in its third year beginning with this school year.  We currently have 23 students in grades 1st – 12th grade.  You don’t have to wonder if you are making a difference, just ask Mariam.  Thank you for your continued support of our Project “Educate and Energize Girls in Guinea, West Africa.  We thank and appreciate you.

Mariam in class
Mariam in class
Miriam proud and happy to be in school
Miriam proud and happy to be in school
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Catherine is now a confident 5th Grader.
Catherine is now a confident 5th Grader.

 

Despite the COVID 19 pandemic and the Ebola epidemic that contributed to the slowdown of all socio-economic activities in Guinea, no child in our school program, or any member of their family contracted either disease.  In fact, the children in our program continue to thrive and make progress.  For example, the young lady we are featuring, Catherine is being recommended for promotion from third to fifth grade.  Her academic level is consistently well above average, and her teachers and school administrators all agree with the double promotion.  Had it not been for Femme Aide Femme, French for Women Helping Women Catherine would have not been able to attend school for the two years she has been in the program.  Also, we have two graduating seniors who will sit for the college exam to determine if they qualify for free tuition. The school year in Guinea does end until the end of July.  We will share the results of our graduates in our next report. 

Women Helping Women (WHW) the American team and Femme Aide Femme (FAF) Guinea team will continue to provide the 22 children enrolled in the school program the material and emotional support they need to complete their education and have a life and future worth celebrating. 

Women Helping Women would like to thank our donors for their continued kind and generous support of these precious children.  Pleas know that you do make a difference and are changing the trajectory of their lives.

Uniforms, books and smiles tell the story
Uniforms, books and smiles tell the story
Outnumbered by the boys, girls still rise high
Outnumbered by the boys, girls still rise high
All the students love my partner Madam Kolie
All the students love my partner Madam Kolie
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Women Helping Women, Inc.

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JOYCE LATSON
Stone Mountain, GA United States
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