Educating the slums

by Maria Cristina Foundation
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Dear Supporter

I would like to sincerely thank you for your support through GlobalGiving to 'Maria Cristina Foundation' 

We haven't always been the best in updating our supporters or even thanking them, our limited volunteers are generally very busy in the field.

Your contribution has helped us achieve great things, this includes in 2018 giving 10 of our students an opportunity to study at a university in Europe, we hope to send another 30 by the end of 2019.

They are the first generation in their families to complete secondary education and going to university. 

All of this is only possible thanks to our amazing supporters you truly understand and appreciate the strong values that we hold as a charity.

Thank you again for all you have done to help this history in the making project.

With gratitude,

Maria

 

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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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Maria Cristina Foundation

Location: St Austell - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @MCFConnect
Project Leader:
Katrin Winter
St Austell, United Kingdom
$19,759 raised of $120,000 goal
 
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