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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

Three more young women finished high school at the end of 2014. They all did really well and we are hopeful that their future will be bright, just like Nthabiseng, who tells her story below.

‘‘My name is Nthabiseng (Nthabi for short). It means ‘rejoice with me’. I am rejoicing right now, having successfully finished high school and gone on to complete a university degree. I am now doing a part time Masters degree while working in a government department as a senior administrator. I am now married and have a daughter who I know I can support to get a good education so that she has a better life than I did.”

 Nthabi’s story could have been completely different. Like many young people from poor families, finishing high school is in itself a huge challenge. Her father was retrenched from his mining job in South Africa. The years of mine work had taken their toll on him, but even if he was able to work, jobs were scarce. Meanwhile Nthabi’s mother eked out a meagre living growing and selling vegetables to support the family. Nthabi’s uncle did his best to help her stay in school, paying some of the fees, but he had his own children to think about. Unless a miracle happened, Nthabi would have to leave school.

 “The principal at my school had heard of the support that Educare Fund gives to girls like me so that we can finish high school and maybe attain university level education. The moment I heard that I had been offered sponsorship, all traces of tension and worry left me. I knew that if I worked hard I could achieve my dream of getting degree level education, thus improving my chances of getting a good job. I made up my mind that I would work hard, not only to pass, but to actually excel in all the subjects I did so that I would not struggle to get a government grant for university level education. The hard work paid off and now I can see my future is bright. Moreover, my ambition is to be able to help other young people whose dreams would vanish like mine nearly did had I not been given the wonderful opportunity to further my education. My aim is not only to take part, but also to encourage others within my generation where possible, to extend the hand of fellowship and help support other young women in a similar situation.”

Last year Nthabiseng joined the committee of the local non-profit organization that works with Educare Fund to reach as many young women from poor families in Lesotho so that they can lift themselves and their families out of poverty forever.

It is our hope that thiese and many more young women in Lesotho will benefit from the project and have stories like Nthabiseng's to tell in the future.

Once more, thank you for continuing to work with us. Please feel free to leave comments and/or ask any questions you may have.

 

Liphethiso Monica Harris

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Dear everyone

The visit to Lesotho last month provided an opportunity for Liphethiso to meet some of the principals from the schools which have girls supported by Educare Fund. This was made possible by the fact that the teachers were in Maseru for one of their scheduled meetings. The consensus is that the support that Educare Fund gives to each girl has more impact than just helping the individual. This is because the money enables the school to manage its cash flow and as a result it is able to ‘carry’ other students who are also struggling to keep up the school fee payments. Thus, the support given reaches further than we imagined.

At the end of 2014, three girls wrote their GCSEs, thus graduating from high school. Ten girls wrote their year 10 exams and are set to continue on to write their GCSEs in just over eighteen months. 2016 looks like it could be a bumper year with potentially all 10 girls finishing high school!

Students at one of the schools (Lesia High School) took part in a short video expressing gratitude for the support given by you through Educare Fund and our partner organisation in Lesotho, Ithuteng Basetsana Educare Association (IBEA). You can access the video on YouTube via this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo6kLYa6R6Y

The students express in their own words what the support from Educare Fund means to them. Of course we would not be able to do any of that without your support. I hope you enjoy the video!

I would really appreciate your comments on this and future reports. Any suggestions as to how best to help you help us would be very welcome. If there is any information you would like included in the reports or any questions about the project, please feel free to ask.

Once more, thank you for helping Educare Fund help the girls in Lesotho! 

Best regards

Liphethiso Monica

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Educare Fund wishes you a happy and prosperous New Year. I hope you had a pleasant festive season.

Many of you kindly supported Educare Fund during the GivingTuesday campaign, a collabotaion between GlobalGiving and Microsoft which was held on the 2nd december 2014. Together you helped us raise £755, inclusive of matching funds and the UK Giftaid. This is a handsome amount to raise in one day and we would not have done it without your kind help.The sum raised could pay annual school fees for up to seven girls!

December is the end of the school year in Lesotho. Those in the final year of high school wrote their exams and are now awaiting the results. This year 5 girls sat their year 12 exams and are now about to find out how they have done and what bright future awaits. Our hope is that all 5 will have successfully prepared their way toward a brighter future which you have all helped to shape. Two girls wrote their year 10 exams, leading to progression to year 11 and on to the final year of high school. 

In the previous report I indicated that the process of recruiting new girls, administering the distribution of funds to the schools as well as obtaining feedback from the beneficiaries was proving to be an increasing challenge for Ithuteng Basetsana Educare Association (IBEA),our sister organisation in Lesotho. You will be pleased to know that you have helped to solve the problem. During the December visit to Lesotho, Liphethiso worked with the local team to 'set up shop'  in a shared office as a base for IBEA to operate from. A laptop and a printer had already been procured, so it made sense to engage an office assistant to support the secretary and 'man' the 'office'. The hope is that the collection of feedback, among other things, will be a lot easier in the future. Needless to say, none of this would have been possible without your very kind support. 

The 'office' has only been operating since the beginning of January, but we are already reaping the benefits. The letters in the attached document are proof of that and we hope that we will be able to gather more feedback to share with you in the future. The letters highlight the importance of the work made possible by your kind and generous donations. Some of the girls even express their hope that in future they may also be in a position to help someone else. 

I hope you find the students' words inspiring, as I did. May 2015 prove to be as successful a year as last year was so that together we can continue to help more girls In Lesotho to a brighter future.


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This year with your help, Educare Fund has been able to raise enough money to afford a further increase in the support given to our young women in Lesotho to include book hire and book purchase. Reports from the schools’ principals and feedback they have received from the parents of the young women indicate that this extra help is highly appreciated.

During her last visit to Lesotho, Liphethiso visited a couple of the schools which have girls sponsored by Educare Fund. As on previous occasions, chatting to the sponsored girls confirmed the impact that the support is having on the individual young person’s performance at school. Over and over again Liphethiso heard the girls mentioning the fact that knowing that school fees can now be afforded meant that they no longer have to worry about being laid off school because of inability to pay.

Our efforts to further reduce the fee burden for the parents of the girls we sponsor continue on. With the recommendation of our sister organisation in Lesotho, Ithuteng Basetsana Educare Association (IBEA), it was decided that funding for at least one item of school uniform for each sponsored girl should be considered. Thus, from the beginning of 2015 this additional help will be offered. Again, this is only possible because of your continuing support of Educare Fund.

Ithuteng Basetsana continues to help Educare Fund with operational matters such as distributing the funds, collecting and collating feedback from the schools, the young women and their parents as well as attempting to follow up those who finished high school in previous years. These tasks take up a considerable amount of time for the secretary who up to now has been handwriting all the information and then had to do the whole thing over again when new information is available. It was decided that a laptop and printer would make it easier for the secretary to do the updates as well as email the information to Educare Fund when needed. Communication with the schools should also be easier whether it be my post or by email depending on the individual school’s available resources. This equipment was procured during Lipthethiso’s visit to Lesotho in August.

I was lost for words to express our gratitude for your generous support for Educare Fund when among the letters of appreciation by the young women I came across a poem written by one of them. Tlalane at Lesia High School decided to write a poem instead of a letter. Here is part of the poem she wrote:

                   Deep feelings of gratitude

                   For your companionate offer

                   Offer to be educated

                   This is a great opportunity to me

                   To my family

                  To my boon companions, and

                   To the nation as a whole

                             

I definitely cannot put it better than Tlalane has done, but I would like to add that we at Educare Fund feel really honoured that you continue to help us to support these girls in their quest to achieve the best they can.

 

Once more, thank you for your kind help.

 

Liphethiso Harris

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It gives me great pleasure, once again, to have this opportunity to update you on how Educare Fund is continuing to support young women in Lesotho to finish high school and where possible go on to higher education.

On my last visit to Lesotho in April this year I was fortunate enough to get a chance to visit a couple of schools that were within a reasonable distance from Maseru where I was based. Every time I talk to the teachers and the students we support, I am amazed by the extent to which all those I spoke to reaffirm the importance of the support.  From the school principal's vantage point, it would appear that the impact of the award for one student extends beyond the individual in that the school as a whole benefits. The students are happy to get the support as it guarantees them a place at the school and ensures that they no longer have to worry about the dreaded periods of being laid off school for non-payment of fees. The teachers confirm that the girls who get support definitely do better because they are able to relax and get on with their studies rather than continually think about the possibility of being laid off school.

This year, for the first time in the life of Educare Fund your very kind support has enabled us to give extra funds to help with book purchase for 8 girls and book hire for a further 8. Lack of funding for books was identified as yet another problem for the young women in their endeavours to complete high school. With more of your help, Educare Fund will continue to extend this support to more girls.

During my visit to Lesotho I was introduced to another young woman who finished high school with the help of Educare Fund. Below is an extract of my email conversation with Mpho:

  1. What sort of life would you have had if you hadn't had educational
    support from Educare? 

>>I could have struggled to pay my fees obviously, and you know that time of the quarter when all those who have not paid are sent home, to get the fees, then at the end of the day, end up having lost sometime, which could have been used for reading and attending classes. Luckily for me with the help of Educare, I never experienced that.



2. What is your current job and position? 

>> I am currently working as Financial Systems Specialist, in the ICT department. What I basically do is to work as the first line of support to users on all financial applications that our Company has.


3. How many people in your extended family stand to benefit from your
success i.e. how many are likely to look for support from you? 

>> I am from a family with just two children, that's me and my younger brother. We have been raised by our grandmother with the help of our uncles. so currently, my grandmother and my brother, do get support from me. then my two children.


4. Do you think Educare Fund should do more (or less) to support young
women in Education?

>>I think they should do more, because it’s through their financial support that me and others managed to make something out of our lives.


5. Any other information you want to share??  

>>I finished my first degree in 2007, then got married in 2008, I have two lovely boys... Completed my honors degree in Technology Management 2011. Still considering to do my masters...

One other young woman who finished high school thanks to support by Educare Fund is also on the verge of starting a part-time post graduate degree, with a university in South Africa. 

 I hope this report illustrates the fact that your money is achieving a huge amount and is definitely changing lives for the young women in Lesotho. Please continue the good work of supporting these young people so they in their turn can change the lives of those they become responsible for.

 Educare Fund continues to appreciate your kind support.

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Location: Loughton, Essex - United Kingdom
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