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
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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Rachel Our Rising Star
Rachel Our Rising Star

We are so excited to introduce to you one of our bright shooting stars from the school project.  We are featuring Rachel in 2021 to give you an opportunity to meet some of these amazing children.  Their stories are very compelling and often sad, but the positive energy and enthusiasm of these children gives all of us hope for a brighter future.  Please meet our 2021 feature student, Rachel, who is in the top percentile at her school.  She will share her story in her own words.

Hello,

My name is Rachel, I am 14 years old and I am in 5th grade. I am an orphan, I didn’t have the chance to know my parents.

Since my birth, I have lived from host families to host families. From my village to the capital Conakry, I had to take care of cleaning and babysitting because my host families could not afford to enroll me in school.

But now, thanks to Femme Aide Femme, I am living my biggest dream, that of being able to live like other normal children and study well so that my future children do not miss anything.

At school, everything is going very well and I don't miss a thing. Mom Madeleine and her team are with me all the time to make sure that I don't miss anything.

For all this, I give thanks to God and I pray for them every day before sleeping that they will continue to help me and to help other children until the end of our studies.

God bless you and all your families

 

We hope you learned a little about one of our children and understand why this work is so important and what a great cause and major life change you aree making in the lives of these beautiful children.  We thank you for your support and prayers.

Second Year and Still Going Strong
Second Year and Still Going Strong
Parents Proudly Support Their Children
Parents Proudly Support Their Children

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Rachel is our Shooting Star
Rachel is our Shooting Star

The energy and hope of these beautiful girls is infectious.  Despite their humble beginnings and difficult life circumstances, they are joyful and hopeful.  School started in November due to COVID-19 and political and civil unrest, but they are ready to get back to the business of studying and changing their lives for the better.

The young lady we are featuring has reasons to smile.  She is enrolled in school and living her dream come true.  Rachel is an orphan who has lived from one host family to another over her lifetime.  Her main chores included house cleaning and babysitting.  The host families, being poor themselves, could not afford to send her to school.  But now at 14 years of age she is in the 5th grade, all fees paid and lots of care from our partners in Guinea, West Africa.  Femme Aide Femme (FAF) is French for Women Helping Women.  We celebrate with Rachel this wonderful opportunity to change the trajectory of her life.  Every night she prays for you and her team for caring and making her dream come true.

Thank you, our friends, for helping us to keep all twenty-two (22) children in both primary and secondary school for the 2020-2021 school year.  YOU ROCK!

Our GlobalGiving platform makes giving easy and safe.  On behalf of all of us at Women Helping Women thank you for your loyal and generous support.  We couldn’t do it without you!!!

Happy to be back in school!
Happy to be back in school!
Rachel, Alphonsine and other children with Teacher
Rachel, Alphonsine and other children with Teacher
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Thanks To Our Wonderful Donors We Love You!
Thanks To Our Wonderful Donors We Love You!

Just as our title indicates, "Our Hope Is For A Bright Future Through Education".  We know that change in our lives is closely related to our ability to obtain a good education which can lead to a business or professional career.  Our hope lies in our ability to make a contribution to our famillies and our country.  Despite the fact that our classes were stopped in April due to the Corona Virus we continued our studies at home.  

The students are monitored individually by supervisors from the Women Helping Women/Femme Aide Femme Program. The following is a summarized progress report of the twenty-two (22) student's we sponsored during the 2019-2020 School Year:

  1. Four (4) were admitted with honors and congratulation from their supervisors for passing with excellence.  These students were among the top five percent of their classes.
  2. Six (6) were promoted with honors.
  3. Seven (7) received average achievement.
  4. Five (5) received below average achievement

The supervisors noted thast the results of the five (5) below average students were partially due in part by the difficulty of intergrating in their new school environment.  Remember, many of hese children have not had the advantage of a consistent education.  Often times chilren are kept out of school due to lack of school funds or the need to work to help support the family.

Women Helping Women like every other non-profit have experienced difficulties, setback and realignments due to the Corona Virus, we stand committed to continue to support these children so that they can obtain their goal of a good education.  We continue to serve a larger population of girls who often are the first to be taken out of school and marginalized in all aspects of their lives.  

We thank you for your continued support and with your help we will increase our number of children for the 2020-2021 school year.  We will keep you posted concerning start times for our students.  The normal start time for our students is October.  We will also provide more details about the background and progress of individual students.  Our partners in Guinea, West Africa have made great strides in improving communication and overall reporting.  A big thank you to our loyal donors for your generosity and patience.

From our twenty-two (22) children, parents, staff and administration team of Femme Aide Femme "Merci Beaucoup"!

I am ready for my next school year, yeah!
I am ready for my next school year, yeah!
Rebecca is one of our shinning stars, good job!
Rebecca is one of our shinning stars, good job!
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WE ARE HERE ! YOUNG GIRLS MAKE THEIR MARK IN EDUCATION EXCELLENCE

 Femme Aide Femme Guinea (FAF)

Presents you the story and the testimony of Marie  one of the 22 children sponsored by WHW / FAF for the 2019 - 2020 school year

 

Age 16years

Class 9th grade

 In Guinea Conakry, in West Africa, the school year started in October 2019 and if there is one person who is also happy, it is Marie 

 Marie is a 16 year old pupil in the  9th grade 

 Her story is very moving, she comes from a family whose father is polygamous, he alone has three (3) women and fifteen (15) children ; Marie’s mother is the first wife with nine (9) children of which Marie is the seventh.  Marie has four brothers and four sisters, but none of them was able to continue their studies due to lack of financial means.  Marie’s father had to flee the village to come to Conakry, the economic and political capital of Guinea, because he was categorically opposed to his family who wanted Marie and her sisters to be circumcised.  He found himself in Conakry with his wives and children without any means that could allow him to send his children to school.  So Mary and her brothers were left to their own devices.  Marie’s mother was the one who looked after her children through her small fruit business which enabled Marie and one of her four brothers to go to school.  Unfortunately suffering from breast cancer, Marie’s mother saw one of her breasts cut due to this disease.  Marie and her brother found themselves at home once again, but Marie expressed her desire to return to school by taking lessons given by a volunteer in the neighborhood where Marie lived.  The life of this ambitious young girl is nothing less than a miracle.  Now she has teachers, mentors and women helping the women on her team, helping to secure her bright future.  The following is from Marie in her own words about her experience with Women Helping Women.

 "Without the help of Women Helping Women, I would not have returned to school, and I fear it, because if this help stops, I will not go to school because I have no one to help pay for my studies.  Marie tells us that   "With the help of Women HelpingWomen, I realize that God had not abandoned me and that hope is still possible for me. Today, I hope to study and become a lawyer later. What I would like the most is to become a lawyer and to defend the rights of children, because children have the right to education, the right to medical care, the right to development. "She affirms with this glimmer of hope and confidence in her eyes, and that smile that never leaves her.  She ends by saying : “I have no words to express my gratitude to Women Helping Women whom I thank.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love you give me.

 

 On behalf of the twenty-two children you are educating who have received tuition, bookbags and school supplies, we join them in presenting our gratitude and thanks.

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JOYCE LATSON
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