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Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
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Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Improve 70 Girls Education with Tutoring Program
Together we are stronger
Together we are stronger

 How Lydie Escaped Sexual Assault

We recently heard from one of the students in our Aumazo Tutoring Program. Lydie was confronted with a sad reality of life and one of the bigger challenges facing girls and women in societies across the globe. In her case, she was presented with options and had to make a difficult choice between fears that could destroy her or true love that would sustain her.

The tutoring had concluded that day at the scheduled hour of 6pm. Thereafter, Lydie went out to finish a group project with her classmates. She walked back home alone. Halfway through, two boys who were hiding in the bush by the roadside jumped out and attempted to rape her.

“At that moment, my life flashes in front of me. I remembered a discussion we had in our sexuality class about childbirth and knew that I had to overcome my fear and fight for my life. I just didn’t want to become pregnant and endure the pain of childbirth. I am not ready for that life now. I want to study and build a better future for myself before deciding on my own to have a baby.” Lydie said. “I kicked and yelled and did not let the fear paralyze me. A bystander heard my cry and came to the rescue.” Lydie recounted.

The Importance of Sexuality Education

Last year, we hired a part-time sexuality teacher in response to a growing demand. He was back by popular demand during the 2019-2020 academic year. He is one of the most requested teachers in the program. Lydie successfully defended herself thanks to the tools you afforded her and the defense strategy that your gift had allowed her to learn in the program.

The decision to hire a sexuality teacher arose after three of our students became pregnant and were having babies by the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. We took care of the mothers-to-be to the best of our ability and helped them carry their pregnancies to term. We understood, however, our shortcomings and took preventive health measures to lessen the emotional, financial and psychological damage on girls and the financial burden on their parents. The hiring of the sexuality teacher proved to be the best intervention and a cost-effective way to empower girls and teach them how to identify and treat potential health issues or hazards before they occur or worsen.

Your Gifts For Insight to Lydie

Your unprecedented support, and especially your donations, has given Aumazo this creative hedge. We really recognize that without your financial support, the particular way that Lydie learned how to get herself out of a sticky situation would never have happened.

We honestly want you to know that this is a result of your generosity. Everything boils down to money. One can have all the great ideas in the world but without the financial resources to turn them into concrete actions, they will just end up in the cemetery of ideas.

Donate on #GivingTuesday For More Impact

Your exceptional kindness is working wonders for Aumazo programs. We invite you to partner with us again this #GivingTuesday to create many of these positive feedbacks. @GlobalGiving is giving away $500,000 in matching funds to its nonprofit community members. How much we earn depends on how much you give!

Together, last year #GivingTuesday, we raised a total of $7,686 including $1,138 in matching funds from 25 donors. Donate this year and let’s beat that record by winning a big share of the half of million USD from @GlobalGiving and continue creating these positive results. Lydie did not let fear destroy her when she was attacked. She chose true love that sustained her and gave her the strength to fight back and win. We trust that on #GivingTuesday next Tuesday December 3rd, 2019, with your donations, you will send a strong message to Lydie’s attackers by standing with her.

Again a special thank you to you and all our donors. Happy Giving Season!

Jacqueline Audige and the Board 

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Unity is Strength
Unity is Strength

We want to send a special THANK YOU! to you for being involved in the success and growth of AUMAZO, INC. Your unprecedented support and generosity have advanced our mission of a quality STEM education for girls in rural Cameroon. We at AUMAZO recognize that without YOU, the great things that we are witnessing at AUMAZO would never have happened. 

Your Donations Fuel Progress

On July 18, 2019 you donated almost $4,500. That is 33% toward our goal of $13,500 to fuel the momentum that together we created for the AUMAZO tutoring program. This has already allowed us to begin the 2019-2020 program this year on a good footing. 

The final admissions testing results came in right after July 18thSix out of seven of the girls who took the high school entrance exam for the 2018-2019 academic year passed. That's an 86% success rate for a third year running and makes the pass rate for our program the highest in the Region! These impressive results increase the number of girls who graduated from our tutoring program to 29 over the last three years.

We could not be more thrilled with this outcome. We are even happier to report that ALL of the girls who participated in the program as 7thgraders last year returned to the program as 8thgraders for this academic year. Audrey, one of the two single mothers that we have welcomed to the program in the last three years, was the first to show up for class on September 3rd

Audrey's World of Opportunity

A year ago, Audrey joined the tutoring program with one goal in mind, “to turn my life around and secure a better future for my two children. Today, I am happy and feel very empowered. I never imagined that I would be rushing to get to class. I wish learning were this fun and emancipating everywhere, in particular at my day school. The tutoring program helped me develop a different attitude toward learning and I can turn on and off that mental switch depending on the context and environment that I find myself in.” Her success in the program over the past year is a testament to the life-changing and opportunity-altering nature of our program. This would not be possible were it not for YOUR generosity.

Your exceptional kindness is working wonders for AUMAZO programs. The return on your investment in these girls is greater than we had ever anticipated. Their hopes and expectations for their futures are bountiful. Their families, and their villages will reap the greatest rewards from this positivity. Together, we can nurture these budding young women – the future of their communities. Let’s challenge ourselves to expand our own hopes and expectations in order to accomplish what is otherwise not possible for these girls. Please keep Audrey and the other young women and girls in the program in your hearts as you consider your year-end donations.

Our Appreciation for Your Enduring Support.

As a Friend of Aumazo, YOU have already turned this almost 15-year old dream into a reality and a pathway to the future that 29 girls in Bankondji village in Cameroon deserve. So again, we send a special THANK YOU! to you. Only in partnership with caring people like you can the work of AUMAZO to change the future for these girls be accomplished; and we are grateful.

 

Jacqueline Audige and the Board 

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Happy and confident
Happy and confident

“The more you sweat, the luckier you get,”  And “It requires a lot of courage,” Audrey concludes. 

Nine months ago, Audrey, a single mother of two, joined our tutoring program. She has been out of school for five years. She was scared and very apprehensive about participating in the program. Initially, when she returned to the day school in the village, she was placed in 8th grade. As the year progresses and the school was in full swing, the day-school principal realized that she was struggling and couldn’t keep up with her classmates. The struggle spilled over to the tutoring program and showed up in her frustration and aggressiveness toward other girls in the program. The final decision at her school was to demote her to 7th grade.

What a turn of events in less than a year! I talked to Audrey few days ago and was stunned when she said this: “I am lucky to have Aumazo and all the people who support me. I am equally lucky to have my classmates in my life now. We have become friends and we have respect for each other.”  

Audrey is one of the two single mothers that we have welcome to the program in the last three years. Her success in the program during this past academic year would not have happened were it not for your generosity. 

Audrey's Academic Journey

Raïssa, our first program single mother in the tutoring program, who had graduated a year earlier with her high school entrance diploma, inspired Audrey. She joined the tutoring program with one goal in mind, “To turn my life around and secure a better future for my two children. Today, I am happy and feel very empowered. I never imagined that I would turn down the offer made by my day school principal  to take the high school entrance exam while still attending 7e grade” said Audrey.

This is such a great come back and the story that Aumazo is proud of. Audrey slowly made a great comeback as a result of the school placement and the help of our tutors. She built her mental abilities and physical strengths. She understood her role in the classroom and her contribution as one of the students in the tutoring program. She also took control of her life situation. “At beginning of the school year, I was coming to school hungry and couldn’t really concentrate in class. With the help of the tutors, I regained my physical strength and was able to do farming after school and grow some crops. I harvested them during the school year and provide food for myself and my children.” Audrey stated.

Your unprecedented kindnessis working wonders for Aumazo programs. Your gifts are not only giving our girls such as Audrey the opportunity to change their lives, they are also transforming the lives of their families and forever shifting the course of history of their communities.

Keeping Tag on Dreams 

In order to continue creating these successful results, we still need your help and will greatly appreciate if you can mark your calendar today and participate in our GlobalGiving Bonus Dayon July 18, 2018 from 9AM to 11:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time.Your contributions will help us continue supporting Aumazo’s effort and work during the academic year 2019-20.

As a Friend of Aumazo, you have already turned this 14-year old dream into the reality and luck that single mother of two like Audrey deserve. Thank you for standing by Aumazo. 

 

Jacqueline Audige and the Board

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Alida in our Tutoring Program in 2017
Alida in our Tutoring Program in 2017

“I am lucky to have Aumazo and all the people who support me and my fellow graduates in my life. When I joined the tutoring program three years ago, I would never have imagined that today, I will be this happy as a student. I do not know how to express my gratitude to all of you. Please, just tell everybody at Aumazo that education changed my outlook in life,” Alida hammered out these words Sunday morning when I had an opportunity to talk to her by phone.

Alida is one of the first tutoring program graduates and also one of the lucky scholarship recipients. Her success in the program during these past three academic years would not have happened were it not for your generosity. 

Alida's Academic Journey

She previously failed the high school entrance exams for two years in a row and was beginning her third year in 8th grade when she joined the tutoring program in 2016. It was her last chance to prove herself or risk being expelled from the school. Her parents’ tedious ultimatum of pass or withdraw was beginning to discourage her.

“Today, I am happy and feel very empowered. My student’s life is the most amazing one. I would never have been this smart if I had quit school three years ago. My understanding of education concepts and my public speaking skills have improved tremendously. I am no longer shy and have become an inspiration to my peers. I am currently coaching one of my classmates, helping her understand that shyness can make one feels like a second-class citizen. ” Alida said.

Your unprecedented kindness is working wonders for Aumazo programs. Your gifts are not only giving our girls such as Alida the opportunity to change their lives, they are also transforming the lives of their families and forever shifting the course of history of their communities.

Moving Beyond The Tutoring Program

Our work in Cameroon has a tremendous payoff. Alida’s update is a testimony to how persistent efforts could lead to visible and desirable changes. However, so much more remains to be done. The twenty-three girls that graduated from the tutoring program in the last two academic years could not enter our school because the buildings are not yet complete. 

As we prepare to build the school, we must continue to provide ongoing support for our operating budget, which includes planning for the school construction, continuing the tutoring program, developing curriculum, finding partners, and a host of other important tasks that the Aumazo organization does on a daily basis.

 Meeting Our Objectives

I know that we can achieve these goals together. In order to continue with our work, we still need your help and will greatly appreciate if you can commit to a recurring donation or an annual giving amountYour contributions will help us continue supporting Aumazo in the U.S. and Cameroon as we plan for the building and opening of our school in Cameroon in the fall of 2020.

As a Friend of Aumazo, you have already turned this nearly 14-year old dream into the reality that girls like Alida deserve. Thank you for throwing your support to Aumazo. 

Jacqueline Audige and the Aumazo Board

Alida today as an Aumazo Scholarship Recipient
Alida today as an Aumazo Scholarship Recipient
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Togetherness is beautiful
Togetherness is beautiful

The year 2018 is about to bow out but we are not talking about the “final moments” to give. I don’t think that is the feedback you want to get from us after all we have built together during this year. I am sure that you want to know that we would not stall after all the progress we have made in 2018.

That is exactly why we are talking about recurring donations instead. It is the ultimate way of making the most of your year-end gift to Aumazo.

2018 – A Year of Milestones

Your unprecedented generosity worked wonders for AUMAZO, INC in 2018. The increase in donations from your hearts is tiny seeds of hope that you have sown in the minds of the girls in our tutoring program. We have successfully tutored 88 girls so far, with more than 80% of them passing the high school entrance exam this year. That number far exceeds the previous local average where only 23% of students have successfully passed the exam.

Opening The School in 2019

Our work in Cameroon is paying off tremendously, but there is so much more to be done. The 23 girls that graduated from the tutoring program for the last two academic years could not enter our school because the buildings are not yet complete. Our goal for next fall is to open the doors of our school where we will enroll 50 high school girls, giving them the opportunity to change their lives, as well as the lives of their families and forever change the history of their communities.

As we prepare to build the school, we must continue to provide ongoing support for our operating budget, which includes planning for the school construction, continuing the tutoring program, developing a curriculum, finding partners, and a host of other important tasks that the Aumazo organization does on a daily basis.

Build With Us

I know that we can achieve these goals together. In order to continue with our work, we need the help of friends like you to commit to a recurring donation or an annual giving amount and help us continue to support Aumazo in the U.S. and Cameroon as we plan for the building and opening of our school in Cameroon in the fall of 2019.

Token of Appreciation

Our token of appreciation to you as a friend of Aumazo who commit to $500 and more per year, will be:

  • Acknowledgment on our website
  • Acknowledgment on our social media outlets
  • Your name on the walls of our school library when the school opens
  • An invitation to visit the school

You can make a one-time annual donation or a recurring monthly giving throughout the year.

Friend of Aumazo, turn this nearly 14-year-old dream into the reality that each of the girls deserve! Thank you for choosing Aumazo. You are awesome.


Happy New Year to you and yours in 2019!


– Jacqueline Audigé and the Board

 

 

 

 

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AUMAZO, INC.

Location: ROCKVILLE, MD - USA
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Project Leader:
Jacqueline Audige
Potomac, MD United States
$77,739 raised of $99,950 goal
 
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