Claudinne, a Global Giving-supported school girl
Good news to report, straight from DR Congo. Bernadette and other AMCAV officials spoke with schoolgirls (the vast majority of Global Giving donors support girls), their mothers, school officials, and teachers:
Remember, the older students we're supporting were born of rape and had never, until now, attended school because they're considered rejects of society. According to the teacher, Ms. Neema, of the school ELIMU BORA, KILIBA SUCKI, our students were initially ill at ease with the younger schoolchildren. Today, however, thanks to "multiple awareness sessions" organized and implemented by counselors at AMCAV, the children are well integrated. Even the games have been changed to accommodate the diverse age groups.
I had Bernadette ask the children how they like going to school. She reports, "All the children that we have asked responded that they always want to go to school. The teachers confirm that the children we send to school thanks to Global Giving donors are never absent even if they are sick. They truly like to attend school."
The Global Giving/AMCAV students report that they are studying hard. They are surpassing their younger classmates in studies in their native tribal language, but they are having difficulties with learning government-required French, having never been exposed to the language before.
We have been gifted 5 desktop computers for these students, which could potentially be loaded with level 1 French software, but our huge problem is that the offer does not include shipping. If anyone knows of another organization that can donate shipping service from Washington, DC, to eastern DR Congo, please notify us.
More will be revealed in Part 2 of this report. For now, let's just say the kids and their mothers are extremely grateful for each and every donation that comes to this project. Please consider supporting them again, perhaps with a recurring donation.