Thanks to supporters like you, we are more than half way to our goal - only $13,953 to go! Several prospective sites have been selected to begin building a new school once full funding is available. Proceeds from this project will go toward construction of a classroom in a new school. Thank you for your part in making a difference in the lives of the students who will benefit from the education they'll receive.
A team just returned from Angola, having visited RISE-built schools and witnessing the excitement of the children in class learning. The communities are grateful and the parents can now dream of a future for their children. However, our work is not done. It is estimated that between 513,000 and several million Angolan children have no opportunity for education – some “of the fortunate” school under trees, carrying their own chair, stool or can to sit on. Without a building, children learn in the hot sun, and if there is rain, cold or wind, there is no class. A school changes that and once a RISE school is complete, the Ministry of Education provides desks and chalkboards. Classrooms facilitate learning – students are more engaged, able to concentrate and serious about their studies.
Your continued support of RISE will give more kids in Angola the opportunity for education. We appreciate your partnership.
Thanks to you and others who have contributed to our project, we have raised 40% of the funds needed to build a classroom for kids in rural Angola. We only need $17,898 more to give 100 kids, year after year, the opportunity for education. Your gift will have a lasting impact on the children, their families and communities!
The Executive Director of RISE, Lynn Cole, just returned from a trip to Angola, where she visited RISE-built schools, both under construction and in session. She witnessed firsthand the joy of kids learning in classrooms. A group of kids at a school construction site shared their excitement about being able to attend a beautiful school close to their homes. They were in desperate need of a school and there are so many others like them, as it is estimated that between 500,000 and 4 million children are still out of school.
Our work is not done and we grateful for those who partner with us to make a difference in the lives of these children. The principal from a RISE-built school said to Lynn, "When you go back, tell people that their investment is not in vain. One day, people will come from this school that will lead the country." This is the hope that your gift brings. Please join us in helping even more kids.
Thank you for your contribution to our project - Fund a classroom for kids in rural Angola. Education is the right of every child. We appreciate that you have joined us, making the opportunity for education available to children who would otherwise not have the opportunity for years to come.
We strive to work as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible to get more schools built, but have needed to raise our project goal to $30,000, the current cost for a classroom in a RISE school. The realities are harsh - Angola's economy is suffering from the significantly lower oil prices, as oil is Angola's largest industry, and the price of materials and supplies in-country continues to rise dramatically.
The cost of a school varies depending on the number of classrooms, which can be from 3 to 8, depending on the number of students in the village, and the needs of the community. Each classroom accommodates about 50 students, and there are generally two shifts a day. The cost is to get the school built, but children will be in those classrooms for the next 25 or 30 years, which breaks down to about $12 per student per year - an amazing return on investment!
We will continue to focus our efforts in bringing the opportunity for education to the children of Angola and we hope that you will continue to support our efforts. Together we can make a difference.
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