There are 250 students: most are under 10 years old and 40% are orphans. Tuition is $5 a year. Volunteer teachers, usually college students, make $25 a month. It’s the only alternative to distant, expensive, overcrowded public schools for this Dar-al-Salam-Taiwidat community of 45,000 refugees fleeing drought and war. High illiteracy compounds their chronic poverty, massive unemployment, and insufficient health services.
Educating large numbers of boys and girls otherwise doomed to a dismal future. Buying books for students and teaching materials; paying tuition fees and teacher salaries; continuing school reconstruction and improvements.
Children are literate and have math skills; are off the streets; and have some potential for a future, as well as continued education.