Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho

by Educare Fund
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho
Help Educate 40 Bright Girls in Lesotho

When I last wrote to you I had managed to convince myself that the pandemic would be behind us by now. Alas this does not appear to be the case and the uncertainties are still with us. In Lesotho, our girls continue to find themselves periodically stuck at home as schools open and close as the virus more or less dictates. The problems associated with this are many and varied. A number of the girls were due to retake some of their exams next week, but the government has had to get these postponed yet again because of an increase in infection rates. The next exam period will now be in November when we expect another 14 girls to write their end of high school exams. We hope that things will get better soon, but in the meantime we anticipate that our budget will definitely increase as the extra tuition for the retakes will have to continue until the exams take place later in the year.

However, we do have some good news. Out of the blue two of our former beneficiaries emailed to update us on what they are doing now and to say thank you for the support they received.

Mpepuoa says:

I would like to take this chance to thank you for the support you have given me. I am very happy to report that your generous and selfless support made it possible for me to land in tertiary(education). I am additionally pleased to let you know that I am in my remaining months of study at the National University of Lesotho, at the edge of a whole Bachelor's Degree in Development Studies and Public Administration.

Another girl, Ts'epang wrote:

I am currently working towards a BSc (Hons.) in Computing at Botho University (in Lesotho) specializing in Network and infrastructure Engineering. I am in my 4th year and will be graduating in 2022. I wanted to thank you so much for sponsoring me through my high school journey. I am indeed grateful for the opportunity. Really your generosity will never go unappreciated.

These are heart-warming messages that show that in spite of the pandemic, your kind and generous support for these hard-working girls continues to make a huge difference.

I would like to add our thanks to you for your continuing kind support for these girls whose family circumstances would have robbed them of the bright futures they certainly deserve and are capable of achieving.

Warm regards

Liphethiso Monica

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I was hoping that by now the pandemic would be behind us. The arrival of the vaccination programmes brings some hope, but it seems we are not yet out of the woods. In spite of all that, I have some good news to share. The exams that were postponed from the end of 2020 did take place in the last couple of months. I can confirm that the 5 girls who wrote their Year 10 exams have all been successful despite the challenges of the last two school years. Year 12 results are yet to be published, but we dare to hope that this group will also surprise us with good results.

We are still experiencing some challenges with regard to gathering feedback from the students due to the effect of the pandemic lockdowns on schools. I have been lucky to obtain a short note from Ts'epang who is now in her final year of high school. Here's what she says:

 I had lost all hope of finishing high school, but thanks to your generosity here I am on the way to doing just that. In spite of the many challenges along the way, you never gave up on me. I now look forward to pursuing my ambition to study nursing at university. I cannot thank you enough!

 We are also proud to share Nthabeleng's story. She finished high school in 2018 and is now in her first year of a Bachelor of Law degree programme at the National University of Lesotho. She says:

 My mother was unable to afford the required school fees, but with your help, I managed to finish high school and go on to pursue my dream of becoming a lawyer. Without your generous support, I wouldn't have got this far. Thank you very much for your kindness!

 I would like to echo the words of thanks expressed by the two girls above. Your continued generous support for Educare Fund is much appreciated as always.

 

Warm regards

 


Liphethiso Monica



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I hope you all made the best of this year's festive season despite the necessary restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

There is not much to report just now, but it gives me great pleasure to have this chance to thank you again for your generosity. Despite the unprecedented circumstances, 2020 has been a year of yet another successful partnership between you and the Educare-funded girls and their families. The partnership is particularly special given the challenges brought about by the pandemic. With your help, we would have seen another 16 girls complete high school this year. Due to the pandemic, the final high-school exams have had to be postponed to March 2021, with the results not appearing until two to three months after that. We are still hopeful that in spite of this the young women will manage to successfully finish high school. Your generous donations through the year, especially during the month of December, ensure that Educare Fund will be in a position to meet potential extra funding requirements due to this extension to the girls' completion year.

I would like to express a special thank-you to those of you who supported Educare Fund for the first time this year. We feel really privileged that, from among the many worthy causes, you chose to invest in our project.

2020 has been exceptionally difficult for everyone. As we approach the new year, we dare to hope that 2021 will be much brighter.

Here's wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Warm regards

 


Liphethiso Monica



 

Warm regards

 


Liphethiso Monica



lt for everyone. As we approach the new year, we dare to hope that 2021 will be much brighter.

 

Here's wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

 

Warm regards

 


Liphethiso Monica




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I would like to say a big thank-you to you all. Thank you for all you do to make sure the girls finish high school and reach for the sky in their quest for brighter futures. 

A week ago, on #GivingTuesday, you joined us in the campaign which saw us raise $3356, inclusive of matching funds from GlobalGiving. As always, you were not only generous in your own giving, but you helped spread the word and we saw more people join the campaign too. As a result, we raised more this #GivingTuesday than ever before. This bears testimony to your caring and compassion in a year that has been quite a challenge for everyone because of the pandemic. The funds raised will enable our 40 girls to remain in school one more year. 

In a previous conversation, I mentioned that some of our former beneficiaries are now taking a leaf out of your book and joining in the giving campaigns too. Because of you, Jay was able to finish high school and go on to medical school. She is now a qualified doctor, working in a local hospital. She told me she is now able to support her parents and other members of her community. This year she was able to make a donation during one of our campaigns. This is what she said about being in a position to donate: 

I am happy that I was able to make a small donation to support Educare Fund. I hope to continue to share the little that I have with Educare Fund and make a difference to another girl's life. 

Because of you, in addition to working to improve the lives of her immediate family, Jay also helps some of her patients pay for their medical treatment when they are unable to afford the fees. Through your generosity, you have sown a seed of kindness and compassion. Jay is not the only one of our former beneficiaries to show this quality. 

I want to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy festive season. Let us hope 2021 will be a better year for us all.

 

Warmly,

 

Liphethiso Monica

 

 

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Dear

Thanks to your kind donations the GlobalGiving Little by Little campaign in September was a great success for Educare Fund. We absolutely couldn't have done it without you. Once more your generosity surpassed all our expectations, especially considering that the Covid-19 pandemic is still with us, along with the challenges it has thrown at us all.

We have some good news, though. After many months of school closures due to Covid-19, partial re-opening has now been allowed, to enable students to prepare for exams. The exams have been deferred to February/March 2021, meaning that the fifteen or so girls in their final year of high school will now finish next March. Hopefully, the interruption to their learning will be mitigated by the intensive tuition the schools are now providing. Reports from our partner organisation in Lesotho indicate that all the final year students are back in school. Given the impact of the pandemic, there was every chance that some of them might have had to drop out of school altogether. This, in no small measure, is down to your generous donations which have enabled these girls' families to manage the fees despite the current difficulties.

Here's what Ts'ireletso, one of the girls, says: Before I got the Educare Fund sponsorship, I had lost all hope of a bright future. In 2018 I had to drop out of school for the whole year because both my parents had lost their jobs and couldn't afford the fees. Now I can focus on achieving my goal of a bright future. In the future, I would also like to be able to help other needy children too. 

I never cease to be amazed by the determination displayed by these girls, despite the difficulties they face in their quest to improve their lives. It is a clear indication of what they can achieve when an opportunity comes their way and an assurance that your donations never go to waste.

Ts'ireletso's story is not unique. Many of the girls in our cohort tell similar stories. Mats'eliso writes:

Your sponsorship has been such a help to my family and me. Without it I would have been unable to stay in school. Thanks to you, I now know I will be able to build a bright future for myself, change lives within my family, and contribute to the welfare of my community. 

Once the girls are able to stay in school, other opportunities follow. For example, Educare Fund sponsorship enabled Karabo not only to continue schooling but also to be nominated for participation in a computer coding camp in South Africa. She says:

 In addition to the learning at the camp, I was given my very own laptop! If I hadn't remained in school, this opportunity would not have come my way. So, thank you very much. 

Those of you who are new supporters of Educare Fund can rest assured that you will be changing the lives of these young women. They in turn will change the lives of others and help stop poverty in its tracks. You will be pleased to learn that some of our former beneficiaries are starting to donate too. What a lovely example you have set! We cannot thank you enough.

Warmly

Liphethiso Monica

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