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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

Dear Friends

I am pleased to report that on my last visit to Lesotho in May this year, I was able to meet with a group of our former beneficiaries (from different completion years). These young women have not only finished high school, but all have completed undergraduate degrees while one or two have actually achieved a post-graduate education. All of them continue to sing your praises, repeatedly declaring that they know that it is your kind generosity which has enabled them to get to where they are today. The most impressive thing about these young women was their offer to help the other girls still in high school. They accepted that they are not at a stage where they can make a financial contribution, but that they can help in other ways. Among other practical activities, they identified making contact with the girls still in high school and doing what they can to motivate them to work hard and aim high. They also want to help with the running of our partner organisation in Lesotho. In the same way as Educare Fund, this local organisation (Ithuteng Basetsana Educare Association, a.k.a IBEA) relies on the dedication of volunteers to carry its work forward. This way, both organisations ensure that most of the money you give goes directly to the beneficiaries. Our group of former beneficiaries also hope to help trace the others who finished high school in previous years. This would be really great!

This year’s cohort of 40 girls is working their socks off as usual. The schools normally give us feedback at the end of June so that we can see how individual girls are performing. I will share this with you once I have it. Past experience has shown that any small intervention can change the course of events for individual girls. For example, two years ago we had a girl who had a disappointing half-year report in her penultimate high school year. A visit to discuss the matter with her ensured that she changed direction and actually successfully completed high school.

Many of the class teachers and school principals are really happy that your gifts are there to help change the lives of the young women. The letters from the school authorities help not only to confirm that the beneficiary is still at the school but often to clarify the specific problems the individual girl might be experiencing.  Here’s what one of them said:

As a school, we wish to express our gratitude to you for what you are doing to for the benefit of the young women of Lesotho. Your gifts to the individual girls also help the school as a whole as it improves the school’s cash flow, enabling us to keep a lot of other needy kids in school. Thank you so much.

I would like to add my own words of gratitude to those already expressed. You generosity seems to be achieving more than just getting the girls through high school but also teaches the lesson of philanthropy to others. How wonderful is that?

Yours sincerely

Liphethiso Monica

Happy Girls
Happy Girls

 I’d like to start this message with a massive thank you for your generous support in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign at the beginning of March. This was the first of this year’s campaigns and the $770 raised on this occasion is enough to fund books and stationery for 7 of the 40 girls, for example. This is a substantial contribution to the funds needed to carry forward our joint work of supporting the young women in 2018.

Your continuing generous donations are giving the girls the confidence to settle into their school work and to aspire for futures they would otherwise have just dreamed about but not dared to hope they could attain. The constant fear of being laid off school when fees are unpaid adversely affects the girls’ performance at school. With the fees paid, the girls are able to focus on their studies and generally do really well. For example, Katleho, one of the girls who completed high school with some of the best results in 2017 is now seeking funding for university education. She wants to study medicine. This is her message to you:

I am really grateful for the help I received. My mother was struggling to find the money to pay for my school fees as she also has to pay for my younger brother. The money I got through Educare Fund helped a lot. I sincerely hope you carry on with this work. Your generosity is making a huge difference to girls like me.

Educare Fund continues to aspire to reach more and more bright girls from poorer families in Lesotho, the aim in view being to enable these families to gradually lift themselves out of poverty. As each girl finishes high school and goes on to further education, she takes her family one step away from poverty. We are forever grateful for your continued support in this work and we know that we would achieve much less without it.

Thank you so much

Warm regards

 

Liphethiso Monica

Hoping for a bright future
Hoping for a bright future

Dear friends

As we see the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, I can confirm that you have been awesome yet again in the past 12 months and especially in the last few weeks! Starting with #GivingTuesday 28th November through to 31st December you have together raised $1606. We absolutely would not have raised this amount without your very generous gifts.This money will help pay Educare Fund’s contribution of tuition fees for 20 of our cohort of 40 bright girls. How awesome is that!

During 2017 we ran a small survey to get some feedback from our beneficiaries. We asked the girls to tell us how helpful the support they are getting is. We got a 50% response rate, but all respondents rated the support excellent. The main reasons for this rating were that the girls were now able to attend school without constantly worrying about the interruptions of being laid off school on and off for non-payment of fees. The general consensus is that the educational support improves the families’ resources so that other items can be afforded e.g. food and clothing. Although Educare Fund already provides funding for book hire and book purchase for the girls, money for stationery was identified as a need that should also be considered. With your help we would like to address this need during 2018.

You will be pleased to learn that 12 more girls wrote their final high school exams at the end of 2017; another miracle of kindness from you. I will report on the examination results when they become available but we know that the milestone of completion of high school has definitely been achieved. As always, this is 100% due to your thoughtful contributions.

On behalf of Educare Fund, let me take this opportunity to wish all a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring joy and success in all you do. We look forward to your continued support.

Warm regards

 

Liphethiso Monica

Earlier in the year, I told you Lerato’s story. She had just finished high school and had got the best grades in her year. She informed us all that she plans to study medicine and that her ultimate goal is to become a cardiologist. She says she knows that if it had not been for your kind support she most likely would not have got this far. Here’s how she puts it:

Your help is really appreciated. Without it, I probably would eventually have finished high school, but with my father unemployed and my mother in a low-paid factory job, it would have been very difficult indeed. My mother also supports my younger sister, who is in primary school, so I would have had to drop out of school on and off when she couldn’t manage the fees. 

But here’s the good news.  As Lerato got such good grades in her final exams, she secured government funding to study for a baccalaureate at the international school in the capital town. This means she is one step closer to starting her medical course. All this has been made possible by your generous donations. 

The end of the current school year is fast approaching and another 13 young women sponsored by Educare Fund will be writing their final high school exams. With the future ahead of them, we hope they will follow in Lerato’s footsteps and get the best results they can so they can achieve their dreams. This again is all thanks to you. 

As in previous years, Educare Fund is gearing up for participation in the end-of-year fundraising campaigns. Tuesday 28th November is this year’s #GivingTuesday and marks the start of the 2017 End of Year Fundraising Campaign.  We are, of course, yet again asking for your support in these campaigns. 

On behalf of Educare Fund, I want to extend our sincere gratitude for your continuing support. Your generous donations are having a major impact, helping us make a positive difference in the future lives of the young women in Lesotho. 

Thanks again for your generosity and support.

Warm regards

Liphethiso Monica 

Happy girl in class.jpg
Happy girl in class.jpg

Keep up the good work.

Your generosity continues to change young lives. Many of you have supported Educare Fund since the late 90s. In the past 20 years that Educare Fund has been operating, your continued support has made a huge difference to many families in Lesotho through enabling the girls from these families to follow their dreams and seek a bright future for themselves. This would not have been possible without your very kind contributions.

Feedback from our beneficiaries continues to shed more light on the huge difference your donations make to the girls and their families and it would appear that there is continuing need for support. Ithabeleng (now in the final year of high school) writes:

‘I am really happy to have been awarded the sponsorship. I was struggling to stay in school as my mother was not able to pay the school fees. Examination fees were especially challenging when taking into account that the tuition fees still had to be paid. I thank you very much for the help you have given me.’

Ithabeleng’s class teacher further clarifies:

‘I do not hesitate to tell you that with your help Ithabeleng is now able to come to school regularly, which was impossible before. Her single mother is unemployed and was unable to afford the fees. With the fear of unpaid fees having been lifted, Ithabeleng is now working really well in class.’

The common issues affecting girl child education in poorer families appear to include being orphaned, having a large number of siblings, parents being unemployed due to little or no education or being ill. Where one or both parents are working, they tend to be in low-paying jobs and are therefore still struggling to raise their children, let alone pay school fees.

In her letter titled ‘letter of happiness’, Lerato says:

‘I wish to thank you for your sponsorship to me. You have helped my parents because they do not have the money for the school fees. I am so excited and my family too is very happy about your help.’

Surprisingly enough, the girls report that getting the sponsorships lifts their spirits and reinforces their individual resolve to work hard and aim higher.This is, in fact, further emphasised by the teachers in their reports. The girls’ optimism, in spite of the setbacks they face, is very humbling and gives us hope that a positive change will come.These brave young women will definitely change their lives and those of their dependents in the not too distant future. What a privilege to be associated with such courage!

Allow me to reiterate our own ‘thank you’ to you all for helping Educare Fund to work with you to support  the young women in their quest  to change their lives and improve their communities for generations to come.  We look forward to continuing to work together this year and I’d like to take this opportunity to let your know that Educare Fund will be participating in the Youth Week campaign in a few weeks’ time. We hope you will join us.

Warm regards

Liphethiso Monica 

 

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Educare Fund

Location: Loughton, Essex - United Kingdom
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Liphethiso Harris
Loughton, Essex United Kingdom
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