As this school year ends, three students who have benefitted from the noon meal which you have supported at the Lycee Moderne de l'Amitie (the girls' middle/secondary school) wish to share their stories:
Fatou. I will enter my final year of secondary school next year. My parents are subsistence farmers in a village 3 km from my school. I am the only one in my family to go to school. On weekends and vacation, I sell boiled eggs on the side of the road to help support my studies. I thank you for enabling me to have a noon meal and not have to walk the 3 km to and from home (in the hot Sahel sun) but rather stay at school and study. I am majoring in science in school and hope to become a gynecologist.
Omaimatou. I come from a polygamous family with 12 children. My father is a subsistence farmer and my mother sells small biscuits at the side of the road. The only child in my family to advance to secondary school, I am a science major with two years left in secondary school. During vacation, I sell bananas and mangoes in the market.Â I look forward to serving my country in whatever capacity I qualify for training in.
Zakiatou. I am majoring in literature in my final year at the Lycee Moderne de l'Amitie. The daughter of subsistence farmers, I am the only child in my family to advance to the final year in secondary school. I want to thank you for supporting the school's canteen which provides me and my fellow students a noon meal which we would otherwise not have. I prepare and sell small biscuits in my village during vacation to support my studies. Upon graduation, I hope to get a scholarship to the university to study law.
Three hundred seven village girls attended the Lycee this year. Academic results are not yet available for this school year. Last year, a full 100% of students in the math/science series passed national year-end exams and 82% passed exams in literature. This is an extraordinary credit to the students and teachers, and to a simple NOON MEAL which enables students to concentrate on their studies. Thank you for continuing to be an important part of these young village women's success.
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