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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

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 

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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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The first batch of the 2017 feedback letters from the girls has reached our desk. Every one of them is grateful for your kind generosity which has enabled them to stay on in school and for those who have finished high school, the prospect of achieving their dreams. The main immediate impact of your donations is to release the girls from the worry of being laid off school or being excluded from classes because of non-payment of fees. This has the effect of enabling them to concentrate more on their studies, sometimes achieving much better results than would otherwise be the case. For example,

Lerato wrote:

Through your assistance and no longer having to worry about non-payment of school fees and subsequent exclusion from classes, I managed to obtain very good results for the final high school exams ( 2 A* , 1 B and 5 A).

From the bottom of my heart, I really thank you.

Likeleli says:

I am very optimistic as I write this letter to thank you for sponsoring me. I used to be expelled from classes everyday because of owing school fees. Now I am able to enjoy being at school.

Many of the other girls report much the same sentiment. Without your generous donations, these girls would continue to be in despair, but you’ve changed all that. They now feel more optimistic about their futures and it’s all thanks to you.

Because of you we are able to continue our work of supporting these young women, helping them finish high school. 2017 is a special year for Educare Fund as this is the organisations 20th anniversary year. Without your help, this milestone would not have been reached.We are very lucky to have you as a donor and are proud that you have chosen to invest in our project.

I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your generous donations in the past as well as during the recent campaigns. I hope we can count on your continuing support in the future.

Warm regards

Liphethiso Monica

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Dear Supporters of Educare Fund

We wish all our donors a very Happy New Year. Together, let’s look forward to a peaceful and prosperous 2017.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting Educare Fund over the years and especially for campaigns during the past year.  I would like to extend a special welcome to our new donors who supported us for the first time during 2016, including those who contributed to the #GivingTuesday and Year End campaigns. Since 1997, your generous donations have collectively helped more than 100 girls complete high school and go on to improve their lives even further. This would not have been possible without your very kind contributions. We have shared some information about the achievements of those beneficiaries we have traced so far and we continue to look out for more. We will share more stories as we go along. Your investment in ‘Help educate 40 bright girls in Lesotho’ will make a huge difference to the lives of these girls for generations to come. A unique donor who anonymously donated a four-digit amount during deserves a special mention. Thank you so much! Your very generous gift is highly appreciated.

Feedback from our beneficiaries continues to shed more light on the huge difference your donations make to the girls and their families even before they finish high school. They highlight small changes like the fact that with some of the fees covered by the award, the family is then able to afford a packed lunch for the girl. Difficulty affording school fees understandably runs along other needs, which can have a further negative impact on the girls’ education.

Mpolokeng wrote:

You have lightened my family’s financial burden such that I am now able to focus on my studies without forever worrying about being laid off school. Now my performance at school has definitely improved. As it happens, the award from Educare Fund is the only money paid to the school this year and is the only reason I am still able to attend (the family was not able to pay anything the previous year)!

Puleng further illustrates the amazing effect your support has had.

She writes:

I would like to thank you for paying school fees for me. Without you I would be sitting at home and not attending school like other kids. Your generosity is enabling me to work toward a better future than would have been possible without your help.

Many more beneficiaries have made comments similar to those quoted here. You can rest assured that your donations are making a huge difference to these young lives.

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 with you in 2017 and beyond.

Warm regards

Liphethiso Monica

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The organisation that later became Educare Fund started in 1997 with just one donor and one beneficiary. The process of identifying and verifying the beneficiary was quite straightforward at that point as it involved contact with just one school.The school would identify a bright girl whose family had problems paying the fees and provide feedback. Getting this feedback about the girl’s progress was simple and trouble–free. As the years passed and the number of girls and schools grew, things got a little bit more complicated.  It was at this point that it was agreed by the Educare Fund trustees that it would be a good idea to work with people on the ground in Lesotho. This is how Ithuteng Basetsana Educare Association (IBEA) came into being. This organisation helps to contact the schools, collect the application forms, distribute the funds, collect feedback from the schools and report to Educare Fund.

The IBEA board includes two school principals who are tasked with approaching the schools on our list, facilitating the application process and selecting appropriate students for support. The thinking was that these individuals have inside knowledge of how schools work and would be a good link with the schoolteachers and principals associations, ensuring that these groups understand how Educare Fund works and what the selection criteria is. In the early days, with relatively small numbers to deal with, all went well, with the two officials managing the student selection process appropriately. This was borne out by the good exam results achieved at each year end. The pass rate for our completing students was consistently high and with a satisfactory spread of good grades achieved. However, as the list of students increased further, it seemed that the selection team was no longer properly managing to identify bright girls with good potential to succeed. Reported exam results achieved by the girls started to deteriorate and some of the girls failed to complete. There was clearly a problem with the selection process (no other issues were identified as contributors, such as illness, for example).

The board discussed the results issue and the possible problem with the selection process which is now not working as well as before. This process, in addition to failing appropriate students, would also lead to a waste of scarce resources. The selection officials may be too closely associated with their colleagues and may be finding it difficult to decline unsuitable candidates. It may also be the case that the selection now poses a problem for the two officials due to the increase in student numbers. It became clear that a change of approach was needed.

The conclusion to the discussions was that from now on the selection process should be changed. Instead of just two individuals, there will now be a larger selection sub-group. This group will be made up of two school principals, two deputies, one board member who is a retired teacher and one other without a teaching background.

We are hopeful that the new approach will help target resources at the right students and produce the good results that were observed previously. Just this year, three former beneficiaries were found to have really turned their lives around as a result of support by our donors in partnership with Educare Fund. This is what we would like to see going forward.

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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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