Field Trip Visit, Education Continues to be a Definite Priority...
By Sylvester Renner - Project Leader
Sylvester, Phillip and some children beneficiaries
Just a few weeks ago, in May 2011, I had the opportunity to travel to Freetown, Sierra Leone and meet a number of the children - beneficiaries of this project. It was a true delight to see their smiling, happy faces. I verified that they are receiving your donations and making steady progress at school.
During our group meeting, I passed on these messages, which I had received from you, encouraging them to focus on their studies and to excel at school. I also encouraged the parents to support their children morally and be a continual inspiration.
My presence and the message of encouragement that I passed on were well received. The parents and children asked me to bring back their warm appreciation to you for your support that has helped to provide books, school supplies and scholarships for the children. Your support truly means a lot to them - much more than you would realize.
Over the past month, I ran into a news article that affirms our commitment to supporting education in Africa: "Look at how Asia’s extraordinary growth in recent decades was fueled by a determination to invest in “human capital". It is widely understood that Africa’s children will not own the 21st century until their leaders put more emphasis on educating them. Poor, barely literate 18 year olds in a rural area cannot compete for jobs. Neither can they take advantage of the investments being made on the continent.
It seems the critical investment of this century will be how Africa’s children are equipped to prepare for the challenges and chances ahead. There is no time to waste."
We are definitely on the right track - investing into the future of Africa's children. Our continual investment is truly raising the future leaders of Sierra Leone. Thank you so much fro your on-going support!
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