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 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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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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I have been wondering how you have all been during these unprecedented times. I am aware that the current pandemic has affected all our lives. It is a pleasant surprise to observe that, in spite of the difficulties that come with the Covid-19 pandemic, you continue to support the girls in Lesotho. In fact, a few of you donated for the first time during the last two to three months of the pandemic, demonstrating how thoughtful your generosity truly is.

In my last report, I gave you an update on how the girls were doing and how your kind support continues to make a huge difference to their lives and those of their families. I reported that, despite the difficulties resulting from a year of teachers‘ strikes, most of the girls had managed to pass their exams and either finish high school or proceed to the next class. Covid-19 has added another layer of difficulty for the girls and their families. Because of the lockdown, parents or guardians have been off work, and some may not have jobs to return to when the lockdown is lifted. Schools have been closed and there is currently no clarity as to when they will properly reopen or whether or not end-of-year exams will take place. In spite of all this, schools still require the fees to be paid. The same applies to exam fees.

Because the girls are not at school, we are not able to obtain feedback from them directly, but our partner organisation in Lesotho reports that current events will present a number of problems. We anticipate that 2021 will be another difficult year for our cohort of girls and their families, and we need to plan ahead to increase the level of support, should this be necessary. The good news is that thanks to your generous donations, we are optimistic that we will be able to meet this extra funding requirement for at least one year. We couldn’t do it without you.

We truly appreciate your commitment to the girls we are jointly supporting. We can never thank you enough.

Warmly

Liphethiso Monica

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I have just returned from a visit to Lesotho. My visit provided an opportunity to visit two of the schools that have girls supported by you and Educare Fund. I can still visualise the smiles on these girls’ faces! They were really happy to express their gratitude to you for changing their lives and giving them hope for a bright future. I can confirm that talking to them reassured me that your donations will not be wasted; these girls have the will to succeed.

2019 was a difficult year for our cohort because of sporadic teachers’ strikes during the year. These had a significant impact on the girls’ end of year performance, especially those who were writing final exams. I am happy to confirm that most of them did very well, some even attaining passes with merit. A few girls did not manage to get all the grades required for their chosen university courses, but they were able to resit the relevant exams. Hopefully they will achieve the required grades.

Every year, thanks to your support, Educare Fund ensures that the annual cohort of 40 girls remains in school, without the threat of being laid off due to non-payment of fees. In their feedback letters, the girls express their heartfelt gratitude for your kind generosity. Here are a few extracts from their letters:

 Timello wrote:

I hereby express my appreciation and gratitude for the support that you gave me. Thanks to you I finished high school in 2019, passing the LGCSE exams with good grades. For that I will be forever grateful to you. I am now determined to pursue my dream of becoming a medical doctor and your kind support makes me feel I am getting closer to achieving it.

Itumeleng says:

The scholarship has changed my life. Thanks to you, my performance at school has improved by leaps and bounds because I am now able to concentrate on my studies and no longer tress about unpaid school fees.

And Mahlape wrote:

Thank you so much for kindling the fire in us, letting us know you that you have our backs and that with hard work we can make it in life in spite of our disadvantaged backgrounds.

I hope you feel proud to be part of these girls’ journeys to a bright future. We at Educare Fund know for sure that we couldn’t do this important job without your ongoing generous support.

 

Warm regards

Liphethiso Monica

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Educare Fund

Location: Loughton, Essex - United Kingdom
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Liphethiso Harris
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