Education  Niger Project #38772

Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School

by Remember Niger Coalition
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School
Send 40 Girls in Niger to Secondary School

Thank you for giving the gift of education to girls in Niger through the Remember Niger Scholarship Program!  I just returned from Niger where I saw in concrete ways how you are changing lives through your thoughtfulness and generosity.  As I traveled throughout the country, the two words I heard most often were, “Thank you!” Thank you from the girls, their parents, their teachers and the leaders of the schools they attend. They are very grateful for this opportunity that you are giving them in a country where only one out of ten girls attend secondary school.

I had the pleasure of meeting the mothers of three scholarship recipients at the Hamsa Girls’ Education Center, which Remember Niger supports.  Each of the mothers had limited experiences in school, yet, they all saw the importance of their girls receiving a quality education beyond primary school. The first mother I spoke with, Zeinab went through primary school, however, her father died when she was young and the family could not afford to send her to middle school.  She married at a young age instead.  Chefautou’s parents sent her to primary school, but after 1stgrade, she refused to go back. Barkisa did not attend school.  When asked why, she replied that it just wasn’t an option in her family.  

All of the mothers believe that, "it’s important for girls to go to school in today’s world."  It will help them manage their families later in life and they can get jobs. They are thankful for the scholarships, because without them, they are certain that their daughters would not be in school. Instead, it's likely that they would be married, starting their own families. All three of the girls attended the first year of the public middle school, but they did not pass and had to redo the year.  Their mothers said that the Hamsa School is different from the public school because "the teachers teach well and care."  They do not move on to the next lesson until they are certain that the girls understand.  That is the reason Bienta has the best scores in her class this year despite having had to redo the first year of middle school two times.  She is a shy girl and does not have the confidence to ask questions in a class of 75-80 students, which is the situation at the public school.  At the Hamsa School she feels comfortable asking questions and will tell the teacher when she doesn’t understand a lesson.

The mothers desire for their daughters to have a better life than they had.  They don’t want their daughters' lives to be all about survival.  Instead, they want them to learn and develop and have more experiences than they had.

Thank you for your gift of scholarships to secondary school girls!

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Your gift of scholarships to secondary school girls in Niger goes beyond tuition and fees. Your support builds confidence and dreams within these young women as they learn their value and potential through education. I hope you enjoy learning about Binta, who receives a scholarship from the Remember Niger Coalition. I will be going to Niger in October and I look forward to keeping you updated on the difference you are making in the lives of Binta and her classmates. Thank you for your important, life-changing gift.

Binta enjoys being a student and says that it has inspired her to pursue a career in medicine. However, before the opportunity to attend secondary school, continuing her education wasn’t a possibility. Binta’s family lives in a remote area outside of the city. Without access to free, reliable transportation, Binta had no way of commuting to and from school. Because of your support, her tuition is covered and she also receives free transportation to school. Thanks to you, Binta was able to return to school full-time. Binta says that she, “loves school and my studies. When I finish school I want to be a doctor.”

With gratitude,

Kara

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Amira, 7th grade scholarship recipient
Amira, 7th grade scholarship recipient

This Spring as a result of your gift to the scholarship fund for girls, 31 girls were able to attend secondary school! Thank you! This would not be possible without your kindness and generosity. Niger is one of, if not the poorest countries in the world and only 9% of girls attend middle school and just 3% go on to high school. Your gift of secondary school education to these 31 girls will have long-standing effects on the girl, her family, and her community. 

Keeping girls in school and building their skills not only reduces child marriage, but also increases the economic productivity of married girls. In Niger, approximately 76% of girls are married before the age of 18 and 1/3 before the age of 15. However, in girls who have a secondary education, only 18% marry before the age of 18.

Amirah is a student who is currently receiving a scholarship. She writes this letter to express her gratitude.

Dear friend,

I am 13 years old and I am happy to write this letter to tell you that I am doing very well and that my studies are in good conditions. I inform you that I am in 7th grade of middle school and I have a lot of fun studying to have a better future.

I am in a family of 10 children and it is a relief for my parents that I am supported by your generosity. My parents join me in expressing their appreciation for your support of me.

One day I would be very happy to meet you and to show you my gratitude. I am very happy to be in school and I will do my best to work well and succeed to honor the support I have received from you and be useful to my country Niger.

Very soon God willing. I send you the picture of my whole family.

Amirah

Amirah's words inspire us and remind us that we must continue to provide quality educational opportunities to the many girls and young women who desire a better future for their families and their country. Kara will be traveling to Niger later this week and we look forward to keeping you updated about the many ways your support is changing young lives in NIger. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

 

*A total of $10,000 has been given to the scholarship fund through private donations not included in the amount given through Global Giving. The total amount currently raised for the scholarship fund is $18,442.

 

 

 

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Remember Niger Coalition

Location: Holland, MI - USA
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Twitter: @Remember_Niger
Project Leader:
Kara Vanderkamp
Holland, MI United States
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