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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

I have been in Lesotho for nearly three weeks visiting family and checking on our project. My plan to visit some of the schools where some of our sponsored girls attend was hampered by the fact that government school teachers are currently on strike over a pay issue. We are hoping that these strikes will not have an adverse effect on the performance of the girls, especially those writing their final high school exams this year.

Early last month our local partner Ithuteng Basetsana Educare Association (IBEA) held a weekend workshop for our sponsored girls. The aim of the workshop was to give the girls the chance to meet their fellow sponsees, compare notes and motivate each other. One of our former sponsored girls also attended the workshop along with teachers from each school. This young woman is now a trained teacher. The workshop provided sessions on life skills for the young women, covering issues such as self-believe, motivation and embracing hard work to in order to achieve one's goals. Feedback from the girls seems to indicate that they thoroughly enjoyed the event and would like it to be repeated annually as a minimum, which seems to be a good idea. The most encouraging thing to us at Educare Fund is that not only was the workshop a local idea, but it was actually locally funded by IBEA through fundraising activities and local sponsorships.

Feedback from the workshops indicates that the girls felt they had learned a lot from the event. They also indicated that the partnership between Educare Fund and IBEA is important to them and that they would like it to continue.

Here’s what Tsepang says about the workshop:

In my opinion, the workshop was excellent. The Educare Fund/IBEA  partnership motivates us, girls, to strive for a better future with the knowledge that it is up to us to achieve our own goals, that our today does not define our tomorrow and that we each can achieve anything we want. The workshop helped me feel more confident and I was able to talk to people had not met before.

Another workshop attendee remarked that the workshop reduced the isolation of thinking that you are the only person experiencing certain problems in life when you meet people with similar issues. All remarks about the workshop were really positive.

A batch of the annual feedback letters reconfirms the need for continued support for girls education in Lesotho. Mahlape said:

You have played an important part in my life (by paying for my school fees). I am now able to fully concentrate on my studies and have no further worries about unpaid school fees and the threat of being laid off school.

Ten more girls will finish high school this year and it is all thanks to you. Clearly, going by the comments from the girls, your gifts are very highly appreciated. We know that the success of our project is largely because of your support. For this, we are really grateful.

Warm regards

 

Lphethiso Monica

It gives me great pleasure to have this opportunity to thank you yet again and to remind you of the great work you are doing. Your work with Educare Fund is continuing to bear fruit, changing the lives of the young women in Lesotho. In addition to individual benefit, feedback from beneficiaries indicates that the effect of your kind gifts extends further than the individual girl. The ripple of effect is helping to lift the individual girl out of poverty, enabling them to begin the process of reducing poverty in their families. Although we have not traced all the beneficiaries, those that we are in contact with do bear testimony to the success of your generosity. We are proud to report that pretty much all these girls have seized the opportunities you made available and have gone on to become successful people. Your very kind support for these girls has clearly laid the foundation stone in the long process of reducing poverty for these girls and their future dependents.

It is gratifying to have the chance to share with you the success stories of our beneficiaries. I am sure you will agree that supporting these girls is a very worthwhile activity and indeed it is clear that these girls already have the potential to excel. As an example, Karabo’s school performance immediately improved once she had no further worries about school fees. Being able to continue her education gave Karabo an opportunity to shine. She was subsequently chosen to represent Lesotho at a coding workshop in South Africa. Needless to say, this would not have been possible had she not been able to continue her schooling.

I hope you will take pride in the example you have set for some of the people who have become aware of your kind support for the young women in Lesotho. You have sown the seed of generosity and have inspired some local giving. Some of the local donors are teachers who have directly observed at close quarters, the effect of your generosity on the young people they work with. Among our new local donors is a former beneficiary who has turned the corner and is now able to give in her turn. Mpho finished high school a number of years ago, went to university and is now a working woman. We are ever so proud of her achievement.

We are really grateful for your continuing support for Educare Fund. None of the work we do would be possible without your very generous gifts.

Warm regards

Liphethiso Monica

Thank you for supporting Educare Fund in the 2019 GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign and International Women’s Day Campaigns. Together we raised enough to pay basic school fees for 10 of our 40 students. That’s 10 girls with a guaranteed place in class who will not miss any school days due to unpaid fees. A former beneficiary who finished high school several years ago thanks to your generous gifts reports that she has since completed a B.Ed degree. She is now working as a volunteer teacher at her former high school while awaiting return to university for post-graduate studies.  Like others before her, Puseletso believes that your support has had a two-pronged effect. With her fees paid, she no longer had to miss classes and could concentrate better in class with the worry of unpaid fees removed. These are her own words:

…. I got the scholarship through IBEA (Educare Fund's partner organisation in Lesotho). That was when my life changed for the better. I was no longer at risk of being laid off school for owing fees, so I was able to relax and concentrate on my studies. Not only did I finish high school, but I have now graduated from university. I was the first member of my extended family to obtain a degree and I believe I motivated my younger sister to finish high school. Also, with my own fees covered, my parents were able to afford her fees. She is now preparing to go to university too.

I asked Paul, one of our long-term donors to tell us why he supports Educare Fund. This is what he says:

I have supported Educare Fund more regularly since 2013 when they first joined GlobalGiving. Having lived and worked in Africa for a good part of my life, I know how important education is in this continent and how poverty and gender differences can have a disproportionate impact on girls. Although this problem applies to the whole continent, I know that it is significantly more so for Lesotho. My experience is that Educare Fund does an excellent dedicated job of addressing this issue. I am happy to continue supporting this organisation.

Puseletso and Paul bear testimony to the wonderful work you are all doing. None of this would be achievable without your kind donations.

Thank you so much for your generous gifts. We really value your support.

Warm regards

 

Liphethiso Monica

You made 2018 a wonderful year for the girls in Lesotho. Right now we are awaiting results for 8 girls who wrote their final high school exams this year. You helped them reach this milestone in their lives. Without your generous support, these girls would not have got this far in their educational journey. You’ve made it happen for them.

I have been fortunate to make contact with two of our recent beneficiaries. Lerato is on course to complete her international baccalaureate studies at a local college. She reports:

Next year will be my final year of the baccalaureate. I am hoping to secure a government scholarship to further my studies at university. Your support has been crucial in getting me to this point.

The second girl, Katleho says:

I am in my first year of a BSc course at the university in Lesotho. My aspiration is to study medicine, so I am hoping to gain access to a school of medicine in the near future.

Joalane, on the other hand, finished her medical internship in September and is now a fully fledged doctor. She is now in the process of applying for jobs in government and other hospitals. All three girls bear further testimony to the awesome work you are doing.

Thank you so much for supporting Educare Fund again this year. Without your kind support, none of the work would have been possible. We are really grateful for your generous gifts during various GlobalGiving campaigns as well as for the recurring donations throughout the year.

With Christmas being only a few days away, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Festive Season. I hope the New Year brings you much joy and prosperity.

Warm regards

Liphethiso Monica

Sharing laboratory equipment
Sharing laboratory equipment

Dear friends

It is hard to believe that it is already the end of September. In some shops here there is evidence of preparation for Christmas. Alas, this is prompting me to contact various members of my family who have young kids to ask for suggestions for presents for these folk.

The end of the year is, of course, exam time for some of the young women you support. For them, the best Christmas present will be the completion of their high school education, if they are at that stage. For the rest, there is no better present than the certainty that you are there to help them continue their studies until they complete high school. This year we have 8 girls poised to write the final high school exams. They have reached this milestone in their life’s journey and are potentially on the threshold of a new bright future. This is all thanks to your generous donations, of course.

 A recent conversation with one of the school principals reminded me of how far-reaching your support for the young women really is. The teacher told me that the effect of your donations reaches further than the individual girls who are direct beneficiaries. This is how she put it:

Our school has 4 girls receiving support from Educare Fund. In my opinion, this support reaches further than the individual girls. Having their fees paid improves the school’s cash flow and thus the overall running of the school. This means we are in a better position to give all the students a better chance of success. When these students succeed, it's not only the families and communities that benefit but the country as a whole. Educare Fund donors are doing a fantastic job changing lives in this country. Let them know we appreciate what they are doing.

This teacher’s words reinforce what we at Educare Fund know and believe. You may well have heard such thoughts voiced before, but they are no less true and significant now. I hope they make you realise just how awesome what you are doing is.

Thank you so much.

Warm regards

 Liphethiso Monica

 

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Educare Fund

Location: Loughton, Essex - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Liphethiso Harris
Loughton, Essex United Kingdom
$46,697 raised of $54,000 goal
 
943 donations
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