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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

In the last report we shared with you the great news of Joalane’s success story. She has now started her work as a junior doctor in Lesotho and has reconnected with a couple of her former high school classmates. One of Joalane’s former classmates from Thetsane High school, Teboho was also supported through high school by you in partnership with Educare Fund. Like Joalane, her hard work paid off and she is now also a medical doctor. She recently sent a letter of thanks to Educare Fund, giving an update of her progress. As you all know, Educare Fund would not achieve very much without your very kind help, so Teboho’s success is definitely your success too. She tells her story here:

I would like to pass my heartfelt gratitude to Educare Fund for coming into my life at the time when I most needed help with my educational costs. I am the second born in the family and have 5 siblings (one sister is now late) all raised by my mother who is unemployed. After my father died, it fell to her to find ways to feed and clothe us all as well as pay for our school fees. It wasn’t easy and we hardly had any food to eat, so finding money for school fees was an added challenge for her.

My father died in 2004 and no clear cause of death was identified. That’s the year I decided I would like to become a doctor so that I can save lives. I felt my school results were good, but hope was down. I was just about to start high school level education which is more expensive for both fees and books. Fortunately I was the best student at my school and the principal helped me to apply for help from Educare Fund. I couldn’t believe my luck when I was offered the sponsorship. Without this help I would not have been able to go further than secondary level education, let alone become a doctor.

Teboho realised her dream of becoming a doctor, graduating in 2013. This powerful young woman has not only improved her own life but has also been able to support her family and help her siblings to aim high and improve their own lives too. She says:

I started helping my five siblings with their education while I was at university. I’m still supporting them all now as well as my mother and my one child. One brother went on to gain a certificate in Hospitality and Catering while a sister has just completed a Diploma in HR. The younger three are currently at the National University of Lesotho. One sister is doing Economics, a brother is doing a BSc in Education (Maths and Physics) and the youngest is reading Literature.

That’s an impressive level of achievement for one so young. She has definitely exceeded our expectations and probably her own. We are grateful to all of you for having played a part in Teboho’s amazing success.

Educare Fund’s aim continues to be to work with you to reach more and more girls like Joalane, Teboho and others, helping them to realise their potential and achieve their dreams.

In a week’s time Educare Fund will be taking part in a week long matching fund campaign with GlobalGiving UK. We are asking for your support with this campaign so that we can together support more of these brilliant young people to change their own lives. In the next few days I will give details of how the ‘Little by little by little’ campaign will work. We are counting on you, as always.

Let me finish by thanking you again for continuing to support the young women. Let’s hope that their futures will be much brighter. As Teboho says, you are really doing a good job. And long may you continue!

Yours Sincerely

Liphethiso Monica Harris

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A few years ago, we told you the story of Joalane who you all supported through her time at Thetsane High School. She worked really hard, got the best results in her final exams and obtained a government scholarship to study Medicine at a medical school in Cuba. Well, here's the good news! Joalane has now completed her studies and graduated as a medical doctor. We at Educare Fund are really excited about this and pleased to share this great news with you.I certainly hope that this news will bring you the same joy and serve to highlight the great work you are doing, changing lives that would otherwise be blighted by poverty.

This is what Joalane said a few weeks ago:

I am so happy to let you knowthat I am now a doctor! I only have to wait for the graduation, legalise and translate the documents, then I'll be on my way back (to Lesotho).

Thank you sooo (her word) much! You are all doing a really great job helping us achieve our dreams!!

Joalane expects to be back home in the next couple of weeks.

Our dream at Educare Fund remains the same; to work with you to reach more and more girls like Joalane, helping them realise their own dreams.

Your kind donations work miracles in lots of ways, inspiring the girls to aim higher. A visit to one of the schools revealed the unique combination of your kind support and the determination that some of the girls demonstrate. At this particular school we met Alice. She is slightly older than the other girls at high school, being almost in her late 20s. On chatting with her, we discovered that it was almost a miracle that she had persevered with school. Her reason was that she was determined to finish high school and pursue her dream of becoming a nurse, no matter what hurdles lay in her way. Alice's father had died about ten years earlier and since he was the breadwinner, Alice was forced to drop out of school as there was no money for fees. Alice's mother who was previously unemployed, later got a job and Alice re-started school. However, the mother's job was too low-paid for her to afford the fees as well as other needs for the family. So, once again Alice was forced to drop out of school. When support from Educare Fund became available, the school called Alice back and encouraged her to apply for it. Alice is now in her final year and has lost none of her enthusiasm for a career in nursing.What impressed us most was her determination and perseverance despite the setbacks. It can't have been easy for her to go back to school after each period of being laid off, let alone then joining classes with kids much younger than herself.

She said:

I've always wanted to be a nurse and nothing will put me off the idea. When the offer of support was made, I jumped at the chance to fulfil my dream. I am working really hard to make sure that I get grades that are good enough for me to get accepted onto a nurse training course. 

A lot of the feedback we get from the girls indicates that a fair proportion of them are looked after by single mothers or grandmothers, even. Some of the girls may have two living parents, but either or both might be unemloyed or in really low-paid jobs. Your donations are a great help to these girls and their families.

I'd like to finish by thanking you for continuing to help us help the young women. It is our hope that their futures will be much brighter, all thanks to you.

Yours sincerely

 Liphethiso Monica Harris

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First of all, let me start this update by again thanking you for supporting the work of Educare Fund. In March this year, many of you rallied round to support the matching fund campaign on GlobalGiving. Some of you were new donors while many had supported our previous campaigns and a number of you have set up regular monthly donations. Regular donations are of great value to Educare Fund because they give a certain amount of stability to our fundraising by providing a guaranteed minimum monthly income. Your donations continue to change the lives of young women in Lesotho. Many of the girls you are helping support would otherwise be denied the opportunity for further education simply because of family poverty.

During my visit to Lesotho in December 2015, a colleague and I visited St Mary’s High School where Alice, one of the girls sponsored by Educare Fund currently attends. The specific reason for the visit was that this particular girl had shown rather disappointing performance at the mid-year exams held in June every year. These exams are used by schools to get an idea of how the student might perform in the end of the year exams especially in years 10 and 12. The feedback from these exams enables the school to identify gaps in the student’s learning so that remedial action can be taken. Our visit with Alice gave us the opportunity to find out why she was no longer getting good results. It turned out that her mother was very sick and the girl, on top of having to care for her mother, was herself really worried about her health. This was definitely having an adverse effect on Alice’s studies.

The good news is that at the end of the year Alice did pick up on her studies and obtained a rather good 2nd class pass. Her story of being a young carer is unfortunately not unique as it is not uncommon for girls of her age to have to care either for a sick parent and sometimes younger siblings as well. This responsibility for younger siblings is indeed the case for Timello. Here’s what she says:

My father died 12 years ago and since then my mother has been struggling to make ends meet. \it has been very difficult for her to pay my school fees especially since I got to high school. In the end she had to go look for work in South Africa (slightly better paid) and now I am left with the responsibility of looking after my younger brother and sister.

At sixteen years of age, it would be hard enough for Timello to have sole responsibility for herself, let alone having to take care of younger siblings. Needless to say, without your help, she would have the added burden of worrying about whether or not her school fees would be paid. This would clearly have a huge negative impact on her performance at school.

Attached to this report is the video recorded at St Mary’s High School. The girls hope that you enjoy their singing. We certainly did.

Here's the YouTube link for the video:

https://youtu.be/CW_g_1nrH2w

I hope you enjoy it!

Till next time.

Warm regards

 

Liphethiso Monica Harris

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Dear everyone

It gives me great pleasure to have this chance to update you on what has been a year of yet another successful partnership between you the donors, Educare Fund , the girls and their families. Here's what  your donations helped to achieve:

  • Supported the campaigns which raised a whopping £2280 in total during 2015.
  • Helped 10 girls finish high school. There were 3 1st class passes, including one with a set of straight A's. 
  • Saw 6 girls progress from year 10 to year 11. This group did really well too, with one of the girls achieving a 1st class pass with merit and the rest quite a decent set of grades.

On previous visits to Lesotho, Liphethiso has usually visited the schools to meet the girls and get some measure of the impact of your donations. Last December the visit was later than usual and the schools had already closed for the Christmas break. However, two of the schools managed to arrange for the girls’ parents (or guardians) to come to the school for a short meeting. This was possible because they either worked nearby in the industrial area, or they lived near the schools.

The meeting was Liphethiso’s first opportunity to meet and talk to the parents of any of the girls we support. It was a real honour to talk to these ladies and get their perspective. All three work at the factories nearby and are the sole support for their children. One of the ladies is actually an aunt of one of the girls. The girl is an orphan and the aunt is raising her along with her own kids. In her own words, ‘Mathabang  said:

 'The support from Educare Fund makes the money I get from the factory work stretch a bit further to enable me to afford food, transport and the rest of the uniform. Without it I would really struggle. My niece is a very good girl who works really hard. I want a different life for her. I don’t want her to struggle like me.'

 One lady is a widow and has four kids to raise on her own. The two older ones have finished high school but it was a huge struggle for her to keep them in school.  Mamotsamai  says:

The pay I get from factory work is too low to enable me to look after my children’s needs especially the younger ones still at school. I feel bad that among other things I can’t afford to pay for them to go on educational trips when these are arranged by the school. However, the money that Educare Fund provides pays for all of the school fees for my girl, which means that I can now afford food, and such things as her bus fare to get to school and also for me to go to work. It is such great help.

Makananelo also works in a factory nearby.  She agrees with the other ladies that the support from you all has made a huge difference to her family. She said;

 The money from Educare Fund can be described as giving my child access to ‘free education‘  in that at her school, it pays all of the school fees, removing that burden from my shoulders. With the fees paid, my pay can go towards other needs. I do hope the people who give this money will continue to help other families with the same problems.

 All of the ladies described a scenario which is common to a lot of families in Lesotho. Anyone who is working, no matter how low paid, has to contend with an expectation that they can help and support members of the extended family who are worse off than them. All these women would have an extra 15 to 20 people who depend on them. The stories that these ladies told are only a sample, but it is clear what huge difference your donations are making to these lives. They all expressed the hope that twith your support, their children would have a better life than they themselves are having.

Thank you once again and let’s go forward and make 2016 another success story. Our first campaign for 2016 is coming up in a few weeks.time at the beginning of March. I know I can count on your support.

Please feel free to send any questions or comments if you have any.

Kind regards

 

Liphethiso Monica

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Let me start this report by expressing our huge gratitude for your support for the work of Educare Fund during this year. I would especially like to thank you all for supporting our fundraising campaigns on GlobalGiving. This has resulted in a number of new unique donors, both on a one-off as well as a recurring basis. In the last two months, the matching fund campaigns we participated in raised a total of £338 ($513.48). In the local currency in Lesotho, this money is enough to power up to 7 girls through one year of high school when added to what their families contribute. How amazing is that!

The girls continue to work hard toward achieving their dreams for a bright future and in their own words; the support with school expenses represents a huge weight off their young shoulders, enabling them to concentrate on their school work without the constant fear of being laid off school. Many of the girls rely on their grandmothers’ pension (about $40/ 550 ZAR a month) for all their needs, including school fees.

 Liteboho is in the final year of high school this year. Here’s what she says:

 'I’m really grateful for your support. My parents are both not working and were struggling to pay my school fees. If I hadn’t been lucky enough to be sponsored by Educare Fund, I would not have got this far with my education. Now I’m really optimistic about achieving my dream of becoming a medical doctor in the future.'

 Palesa is also in the final year of high school and dreams of becoming an accountant in the future. She writes:

'I’m very happy to have this opportunity to write and thank you for your support and to tell you my hopes and dreams for the future. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for having given me financial assistance since 2013 up to now. Being an accountant is my dream. I plan to work hard to make it happen.'

 It is such an honour to be part of these young people’s support system through enabling them to continue their paths toward a bright future.  In her letter Kananelo says:

'Your gift of sponsorship means I no longer have to worry about whether or not I can continue with my education. This also helps my parents who previously struggled to keep up with the payment of school fees. Now I can see my dream of becoming a teacher in the future becoming a reality.'

 Trawling through the ‘thank you’ letters the girls have sent reveals that the most popular future career this year is accountancy. This is closely followed by medicine, with one or two girls thinking about teaching, mechanical engineering and air traffic control as possible careers to pursue. They all voice their joy at being given the opportunity to change their own lives.

I hope I can speak for you too in saying that it is such a joy being part of this process of life changing effort. Not only is it a joy, but it is also a privilege.

Thank you again for supporting Educare Fund. I will be visiting Lesotho in Next month and I hope to have a chance to meet and talk to some of these young ladies. Watch this space for feedback on their progress!

Liphethiso Monica Harris

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Location: Loughton, Essex - United Kingdom
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