Celebrating the Day of The African Child and After School Lesson Program Growth
By Sylvester Renner - Project Leader
Day of African Child Group
Dear Project Supporters
As you may know, June 16th every year is commemorated as the Day of the African Child (DAC) by Member States of the African Union (AU), and its Partners as follows:
This occasion is firstly a commemoration to recall the 1976 uprising in Soweto, when a protest by school children in South Africa against apartheid –inspired education resulted in the public killing of these unarmed young protesters by police officials.
The DAC further presents an opportunity to focus on the work of all actors committed to the rights of children on the continent, to consolidate their efforts in addressing the obstacles for realizing these rights.
The DAC also provides an occasion for Governments, International Institutions and Communities to renew their on-going commitments towards improving the plight of children by organizing activities aimed at including them.
This year we took the time to commemorate the day at the new Dream Home for Ebola Orphans. Our goal was to pass on the message of sharing to them and to also help them realize that as children they are very important and valued. We used the opportunity to share with the orphans briefly about the origin of the DAC and to also pass on the importance of education.
Food was prepared to commemorate the program held at the school that they attend. The kids also gathered flowers to remember those that have passed away. The kids enjoyed eating Foofoo (a local dish).
The After School Lesson program at Door of Hope has experienced tremendous growth in the past 2-3 months. On July 1st, 2015, we registered over 240 students!
The children are clearly benefitting from the lessons and the school materials that YOU are helping to provide. Thanks to your support, we have also been able to purchase additional benches for the kids to sit own. We still need more benches to keep up with the growth. We are delighted that we can help to strengthen the education of these kids - the next generation.
Save The Date: On July 15th, starting at 9:00 am Eastern US Time, donations on GlobalGiving USA and GlobalGiving UK will be matched at 50%. This would be an ideal time to make your donation go even further and we welcome your support. Your $50 donation will go towards providing scholarships for these deserving kids.
Thanks so much for your support.
The Develop Africa team
Orphans commemorating the Day of The African Child
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