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Educating the slums

by Maria Cristina Foundation
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Incredible journey
Incredible journey

It has been a challngeing few months. Our students were transferred to a new school - one that we felt provided a better curriculum and better admin faciitlies, enabling us to monitor the students progress more easily.

As you can imagine this as meant alot of challenges for MCF, with the various paperwork and legal procedures required, but also for the students, to settle in to the new school.

After a few months it was brought to our attention that several of the students were struggling with the new curriculum, maybe due to a more stringent syllabus or some topics that were lacking in the previous school. So we made arrangements for additional tutoring for those students who needed it. It is essential for us that they get through the year with accpetable results.

We have been incredibly busy for the last couple of months with a fantastic project, we were able to agree a special reduced fee at the Institituto Politecnico de Braganca in Portugal, so several of our students who graduated grade 12 this year applied - after extreme diffculties obtaining their visas and travel expenses we now have 10 students studying for their degrees in Portugal - we are so proud of them.

We still have a lot of fundraising to do to secure the funds for educating all the 125 children we have remaining from the 101 families we set out with 13 years ago.

Lastly, we would like to thank each and every one of you, who have been with us since the beginning of this journey, or who just most recently join in. 

We couldn’t do all that we do without your donations, support and belief in the power of education as a tool to create a better world.

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June started with another big challenge to raise the funds and the awareness MCF needs .

This time, the challenge was to  climb Mount Denali, in order to raise the projected direct costs for the education fees of USD 120,000 for the remaining 87 children up to Grade 12.

After much patience waiting for the storms to clear, the expedition leaders made the decision to come back down the mountain. They felt we didn't have enough time or supplies to make a summit attempt.

After so much training and preparation, I just feel that I didn't get a proper chance. I

desperately tried to join another team going back up, but it's too late in the season, with few summit expeditions due to the dangers of more crevasses opening on the glaciers etc.

This is the 2nd time that I have been denied a chance to get to the Denali summit by the weather Gods. I guess it just wasn't meant to be this time either.

Thank you for all your love and support. It was amazing reading all the wonderful messages and support that you have shown.

We currently have 20 students who completed their secondary education this year and are now  applying for universities in Sept 2018 and its been really busy. Administration wise we are struggling severely with We lack the manpower and we just been keeping head above water surviving this credit crunch. 

We lack the manpower and we just been keeping head above water surviving this credit crunch. We are on the process to writing a sequel to my biography which will be published later this year.  

Lastly, I would like to thank once again all of you for yours continues support and do believe that you are making the difference in the life of all these children, families and Gawair community.

 

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Maria completed successfully her expedition to the South Pole!

One challenge completed, many others more ahead.

We are still struggling to raise the necessary amount to secure the funds for educating all the 125 children we have remaining from the 101 families we set out with 13 years ago.

We are also taking up the big challenge of shifting children to a new school, due to the decline in teaching standards we have been facing in the last months. We believe the new school keeps with the conditions we consider as essential to give children a better future.

On the other hand, the twenty students of 12º Grade will shortly take their final exams and soon will start applying for University Scholarships. Another big challenge ahead!

Lastly, we would like to thank each and every one of you, who have been with us since the beginning of this journey, or who just most recently join in.

We couldn’t do all that we do without your donations, support and belief in the power of education as a tool to create a better world.

Keep on believing,

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Another new year is upon us and our children in Dhaka are about to start their new school year.

27 students are currently still without a sponsor and unable to start the new year.

Sponsoring a student is quick, transparent and so rewarding. If you want to change a life in 2018, please get in touch with us at marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org

Maria started her expedition to the South Pole on the 3rd January 2018.

She aims to raise the necessary funds to put the children through high school and thus give them an equal chance to succeed in life.

Show your support by making a donation. Please do send words of encouragement, too!

With thanks, as always, and a very happy new year!

MCF team

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Barbie award

Autumn is finally here and we are hoping it will bring some much-needed relief from monsoon rains for Bangladesh. The country has been very heavily hit this year with people losing their lives and livelihoods in the floods. Thousands of students throughout South Asia missed out on school, because their schools were flooded or roads were simply washed away.

The rains did not leave our community unaffected. The students really struggled to get to school with the lack of school transport; some homes were destroyed in the floods and families’ possessions were badly damaged.

We are hoping to raise enough funds to cover the cost of three school buses, so that all students can get to and from school on a bus. We also desperately need funds to cover school meals six times a week. Students cannot concentrate without a meal, some are unable to have breakfast before school. We have had two reports of our students fainting at school from malnutrition. We appeal to you to help us better this situation to prevent students’ results from wavering.

At the same time I want to thank everyone, who has made a donation in the past few months. I also want to thank those, who have decided to continue to sponsor a student for another year, who have set up monthly payments; and those, who have volunteered and given us their precious time.

There are still a number of students in need of a sponsor to cover their fees. If you would like to sponsor a student and help them continue going to school for another year, please get in touch with us at marketing@mariactistinafoundation.org. Sponsoring a student is easy, transparent and a great way of making a long-lasting change in someone's life.

Our founder, Maria Conceicao, has just been awarded the 'Barbie' award by Mattel Portugal. This award recognises women, who are distinguished in their area of activtiy by creating a Barbie doll in their image to inspire future generations. 

It's a wonderful commendation of everything Maria has done for our 101 families in the past 12 years and continues to do daily, giving her life to the community. But, as always, none of our work would be possible without the generostity of our supporters. 

Thank you.

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Maria Cristina Foundation

Location: St Austell - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Katrin Winter
St Austell, United Kingdom
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