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
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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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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JOYCE LATSON
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