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
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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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
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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.
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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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Women Helping Women, Inc.

Location: Stone Mountain, GA - USA
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JOYCE LATSON
Stone Mountain, GA United States
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