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Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea

by MindLeaps
Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea
Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea
Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea
Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea
Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea
Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea
Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea
Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea
Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea
Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea
Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea
Help 250 Youth Recover From Ebola in Guinea
MindLeaps Guinean Staff in Kindia
MindLeaps Guinean Staff in Kindia

You are receiving this Project Report since you are a current supporter of the MindLeaps GlobalGiving Program: “Help 250 Youth Recover from Ebola in Guinea.”

Celebrating Our Achievement!

On Saturday, October 8th, MindLeaps Guinea will celebrate a milestone in our Kindia program with a public celebration for the community.  The program has now been running for 7+ months following our re-opening after the Ebola crisis. 

During these months, 50 youth have attended our program 4 days/week:

-       112 hours of dance instruction (to attract youth to the program)

-       5,600 rice meals provided

-       112 hours of English language instruction (directly leading to youth employment opportunities)

During our presentation on October 8th, 30 of the youth will present traditional and contemporary dances, drama skits in English and speeches about the impact of the program and their desire to return to school.

We are so thankful that you have helped us to achieve this impact on 50 youth and their families!

What’s Next?

Our goal is to serve 250 youth – not 50 youth.  Following October 8th, we will recruit a new group of 50 youth to begin the same program and plan to achieve the same results. 

We have also been fortunate to attract the interest of another organization called The Sharing Fund.  This Fund is supported by Riverside Church in NYC.  The Fund will allow us to provide support to this next group of vulnerable youth in Kindia.

We are also starting an effort to raise funds to support boarding school scholarships for 10 of the top youth graduating from each cohort of our program in Kindia.  This can ensure that those who are still struggling to attend school but have demonstrated their passion and dedication to education will not be lost back to the street.  We look forward to sharing the details of this effort with you in our December campaign season.

Thank you – Merci!

We’ve reached 20% of our goal!  We wish you could be with us for our celebration on October 8th in Guinea.  Please look for the photos and videos on our social media!

English Teacher, M. Dumbouya
English Teacher, M. Dumbouya
Meal Program
Meal Program
Student Bangoura
Student Bangoura
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Fatim
Fatim

You are receiving this Project Report since you are a current supporter of the MindLeaps GlobalGiving Program: “Help 250 Youth Recover from Ebola in Guinea.”

Working in Kindia

Working in the city of Kindia, MindLeaps is serving out-of-school youth and street children to ensure they have access to meals and a path back to formal education.  This city is the military headquarters for the entire country.  There were cases of Ebola in Kindia during the epidemic.  Now, MindLeaps is working with Fitini Guinea to mobilize youth into productive programs and ensure their return to school. 

The Power of Girls 

Country Director Ansoumane Conde reflected on the challenges girls in particular face in Kindia in his most recent blog post: “Our society is composed of different layers that can be categorized according to one’s ability to meet his or her basic needs.  Within these different categories, you can especially see the reality and challenges of young girls.  These young girls find themselves on the street and at risk of many dangers, such as prostitution and teen pregnancy.” 

The MindLeaps program helps girls meet their basic needs, and through this, their feelings of abandonment and worthlessness start to change.

Ansoumane noted, “there are three particular girls in our program that have proven to me that change is possible: Fatim, Fatou and Sylla.  Watching these girls thrive at MindLeaps has inspired me to deepen our commitment to serving more girls.” 

These three girls attend MindLeaps' English classes at the Community Center Yeowle twice a week and are attracted to the program because of the fun, energetic dance classes that are open to both boys and girls.  Their progress since the beginning of the year has been remarkable.

Thank you so much for supporting our program.  With people like you, it’s possible to reach more of the Fatims, Fatous and Syllas of Kindia!

 

Sylla
Sylla
Fatou
Fatou
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English Class in Kindia
English Class in Kindia

You are receiving this Project Report since you are a current supporter of the MindLeaps GlobalGiving Program: “Help 250 Youth Recover from Ebola in Guinea”.

Rebuilding After Ebola

Guinea was faced with several challenges before the outbreak of Ebola.  This West African country ranks 182nd on the UN Human Development Index.  Before Ebola, 42% of the population was under the age of 15 years, and the youth literacy rate was 45%.  

With the onset of the outbreak, the basic development challenges have only increased.  In particular, youth need additional services ranging from basic nutrition to educational support and psychosocial counseling.  MindLeaps is concentrated on attracting street children and vulnerable youth to safe community centers in the city of Kindia, and providing these essential services.

Resilience

Those foreigners who visit MindLeaps in Guinea remark on the resiliency of the youth: “These children believe they will overcome obstacles.”  Indeed, every weekend, youth fill the community center in Yewole, a village in the city of Kindia, because they want the chance to learn English.  We constantly here the kids say, “If we had understood English, we could have learned about Ebola before it happened.” 

During the weekdays, these same youth come to the community center to participate in MindLeaps dance classes (traditional Guinean dance and Western styles).  “Dance makes us feel happy and free,” one youth remarked after his first classes at the center.

As these youth start to feel a love of life again and the passion to learn, MindLeaps' next step is to sponsor them to attend boarding schools in Guinea.  With a complete education, these youth will not only recover from the Ebola crises, but they will thrive and leap into the future!

Your support makes these services available to the most needy youth in Guinea today.  Together, we are building their future.

Thank you!

 

Meal Program
Meal Program
M. Doumbouya, MindLeaps' English Teacher
M. Doumbouya, MindLeaps' English Teacher
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Salifou eating after dance class
Salifou eating after dance class

You are receiving this Project Report since you are a current supporter of the MindLeaps GlobalGiving Program: “Help 250 Youth Recover from Ebola in Guinea”.

What Happened Last Week?

On December 28 – exactly one week ago – Guinea was declared free of Ebola.  Although this is wonderful news, it really means our work is just beginning.  In the two-year fight to contain the virus in West Africa, 115 health workers died and 8 workers were killed by a team of hostile locals in the Eastern part of Guinea (http://oceansidepost.com/2016/01/03/ebola-epidemic-halted-in-guinea.html).

A lack of understanding of the disease was one of the main reasons that locals resisted international care.  MindLeaps’ work is targeting youth and their families to ensure that a more knowledgeable community is developed in the aftermath of this epidemic. 

Education is a driver of economic development, but it is also key to prevent the loss of lives in the future.  Now that the emergency situation is over, it’s time to educate communities for long-term prevention. 

The Story of Salifou

Salifou has been a student at MindLeaps before it was even called “MindLeaps”.  Back in 2011, working under the name “Rebecca Davis Dance Company”, we set up classes in the town of Kindia to serve youth exactly like Salifou – teenagers who attended school irregularly and floated between extremely poor living conditions at home and on the streets.

Like so many kids living in West Africa, Salifou was fascinated with dance and acrobatics, so he was willing to join our dance program that kept kids at the community center instead of wandering the streets.  Salifou learned that English language classes were available to students who attended regularly and rice meals provided for kids who stayed all day.  It was a way for Salifou to become “connected” to a different type of home.  

Over the years, Salifou became a student leader in our program.  In 2014, he was promoted to “teaching assistant” in the English class.  In 2016, MindLeaps is preparing Salifou and other top students to become teachers of the dance curriculum in order to serve more children in multiple communities in Guinea.

Salifou can continue to be a role model for new children because of your support.  Without this critical provision of meals, teaching stipends and community classes, Salifou’s life would have fallen apart forever as the country struggles to meet the needs of the post-Ebola crisis.  Your dollars give Salifou the confidence and support he needs to continue his life-changing path.

What’s next?

MindLeaps still needs to raise more funds to provide critical support to the family members of the children that participate in our program.  Please consider sharing our project and helping us build support in this post-reconstruction period.  

Lives cannot be lost now.

Thank you! 

Three top students: Ibrahima, Salifou, Kalil
Three top students: Ibrahima, Salifou, Kalil
Community Performance in Kindia
Community Performance in Kindia
Performance Day in Kindia
Performance Day in Kindia
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Location: New York - USA
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Rebecca Davis
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