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

2022 is a special year for Educare Fund and for you, our donor community. It is a year of celebration of 25 years since Educare Fund was founded. It all started in 1997 with us supporting one girl though high school. Since then we have been able to support many other girls in this way.

 I'd like to share a few numbers that will give you an idea of the impact your awesome work has had over the years. Starting with that one girl in 1997, the list gradually increased to 40 students per year. 600 or more school fee years were paid for, and about 200 girls successfully finished high school. A good proportion of these girls went on to higher education including university, although we haven't been able to keep track of all of them. Of the graduates, we have had contact with 10 or so, and we’ve shared their stories with you.

We have recently made changes to how Educare Fund operates on the ground in Lesotho. Starting this year, we are partnering with an organisation called Graduate, Tertiary Students and Youth Network, which we hope will help foster local ownership of the programme. We have appointed Puseletso, a member of GTSYN and one of our former beneficiaries, as a volunteer local coordinator for Educare Fund. 

With your help, we have been able to increase the annual cohort of students we support to 50. We are also supporting two girls through the newly introduced AS programme. Lesotho has seen a recent change to the way secondary schooling is structured, with high school reduced to four years, followed by an AS year designed to better prepare students for tertiary education. Educare Fund is committed to helping poorer girls through this new curriculum.

As Neo, one of the beneficiaries of Educare Fund observes, 'helping one girl at a time goes a long way in shaping our society. She is one of the former Educare Fund-supported graduates who are now making a huge difference in their communities. We are contacting more like her so that we can share their stories with you.

Many people have contributed to giving these girls the chance to change their lives and the lives of their communities for the better: you, our donors, the girls' parents, the teachers – and of course the girls themselves.

So a massive thank you to everyone! We are forever grateful.

Warmly

 

Liphethiso Monica

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No words can fully express our gratitude!

This #GivingTuesday, you became part of a global movement of generosity. Together, you helped us raise $3406 in total ($2582 in donations and $824 in matching funds). Your compassion will allow us to cover the proposed cohort increase from 40 to 50 girls supported annually. We should also be able to afford funding for resits next year (if needed) for any of the girls writing exams just now.

You'll be pleased to know that one of our former beneficiaries joined the campaign and made a donation alongside you all. How marvellous is that? Thank you for spreading the joy of giving. For this, we are forever grateful.

 

Gratefully,

 

Liphethiso Monica

Educare Fund




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As you learned from my previous reports, high-school education in Lesotho was severely affected by the teachers' strikes that preceded the arrival of Covid-19. The pandemic only added more troubles to communities that were already struggling. This combination of events understandably had a negative impact on students' performance at school. A number of the girls supported by Educare Fund were not able to get the grades required for entry to the further-education or university courses they had their hearts set on.

The news hasn’t been all bad, though. Out of the blue, three of our girls who finished high school a few years ago got in touch with Educare Fund, keen to share news of their successes in higher education.

Mpepuoa went to university to do a degree in Development Studies and Public Administration. This is what she told us:

I was sponsored by IBEA (Educare Fund's partner organisation in Lesotho) whilst I was in Lesia High School. I would like to take this chance to thank you for the amazing kindness you have shown me. I am very happy to report that your generous and selfless support helped me to attain 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, just about to complete my Bachelor's Degree in Development Studies and Public Administration. Thank you once again.

Tlalane went into accountancy and writes:

It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that I have completed and graduated from my General Accounting course and have started pursuing a Chartered Accounting qualification. It has always been my dream to become a chartered accountant, and with your support, my dream is about to come true; Educare Fund paid for my high school fees allowing me to focus on my academic pursuits. Without your support, I would not have achieved all this. I will forever be grateful for your support. Thank you Educare Fund.

Mpepuoa and Tlalane celebrated their graduation in October. The third young woman, Ts'epang, has just got in touch to say this:

I was one of the recipients of IBEA scholarship. I am currently working towards a BSc (Hons) in Computing at Botho University, specializing in Network and infrastructure Engineering. I am in my 4th year and I will be graduating in 2022. I want to thank you so much for sponsoring me through my high school journey at Lesia High School. I am indeed grateful for the opportunity. Your generosity will not go unappreciated.

Without your help. none of these success stories would be there to tell. Your generous donations enabled these girls' families to pay their school fees, paving their way into higher education.

I must admit all this has put a big smile on my face. I hope it has the same effect on you!

Warmly


Liphethiso Monica

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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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Location: Loughton, Essex - United Kingdom
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Liphethiso Harris
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