Dear friend of Aspyre Africa,
GlobalGiving Evaluation visit
As you may already be aware GlobalGiving regularly sends evaluators to visit partner projects, complete in-depth organizational assessments and ensure donations are used responsibly. During these visits evaluators conduct interviews with staff members and volunteers, identify training and support needs, and ensure a good assessment of a project’s transparency and effectiveness.
It was with great pleasure that we welcomed GlobalGiving Evaluators Anna Maria and Isabella to Saint-Louis at the beginning of November. A very full and varied schedule had been drafted alternating in depth discussions on topics like governance, finance and fundraising with field visits to see the work and meet with beneficiaries, partners and other stakeholders.
Quote from the Evaluators: “We visited Aspyre Africa's projects in Saint-Louis and carried out an in-depth evaluation of the organisation over the course of four days. During this visit, we were impressed with the strong relationships Savina and Veronique have built with local NGOs, businesses and government. Most of all, it was inspiring to see the impact the work of Aspyre Africa is having on young people in Saint-Louis, by building their confidence and providing them with the tools to access sustainable, fulfilling careers. We wish Aspyre Africa all the best in continuing their amazing work and we hope that others across not only Africa but other continents too will recognise the value of the model they are building.”
YEAR END CAMPAIGN: Sustainable Livelihoods for Talibes in Senegal (COHORT 2)
With the help of our local partner AJE, we are in the final stages of securing the needed support for the construction of the chicken coop for the first cohort of talibes. We also secured the commitment for technical support from the largest chicken feed producer in Senegal, whose technical advisor personally came to assess the plot and give us advice. All 18 talibes are doing well and are eagerly awaiting the chicken coop to start their income generating activity. Meanwhile however they continue doing small jobs to pay for food and necessities. The great news is that some have already put their newly acquired skills to great use and earning from it.
Following the successful training of this very first cohort of talibes in a government-run vocational training centre last year, we have decided to replicate this (pilot) project with another cohort of 20 talibes. This time however the government and training centre will cover all the training fees (horticulture & aviculture), which means that Aspyre Africa can focus its funding on providing a dedicated social worker and a career advisor for vulnerable students. We will also cover the cost of essential equipment and other expenses to allow the talibes to either set up their own business or find employment after training. It is our aim for this project to serve as a model, opening the door to formal vocational training centres to talibes, and to be replicated at a national level to tackle issues of youth unemployment and economic migration.
We truly hope you will continue to be our partner on this journey and support us for our 2018 Year End Campaign. Please check our updated project page for more details.
Have you ever considered becoming one of our regular supporters?
3 good reasons for you to become a regular donor:
- Through your commitment you will allow Aspyre Africa to spend more time on programmes work and less on fundraising, thereby directly increasing our efficiency.
- As part of the GlobalGiving Year End campaign new recurring donations up to $200 will get an additional 100% match on the initial donation (as long as it remains active for at least four consecutive payments).
- It is the most convenient way to spread your donations over a year, without ever having to worry about it.
Thank you for your continued support.
Warm wishes, Savina