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Kids are Making Progress, Thanks to Your Support

Thanks to your support, we raised $188.52 since the last report. These funds have helped cover the running costs of the school and staff salaries. Over the past semester, the younger kids have been learning how to read, spell and write. They are making progress despite the unfavorable learning environment - with many of them sitting on the floor.  This is the primary challenge that the school is currently facing - inadequate chairs.  There are seven classrooms in the school and we are currently using four classrooms. Around 250 kids dropped out of school over the past year because of family financial difficulties. Current attendance is around 100 kids.   Many of the kids who dropped out are now working on family farms with their parents. The community generally likes education but the families are not able to cover the related school costs.  Ideally, we would love to provide scholarship support to 50 or more kids by the end of the year.  Your donation of $100 or more will help us get to this goal. A great time to make a donation is Wednesday, July 12 where donations will be matched at 50%, from 9:00 am EDT, with $110,000 in matching funds available. Thanks for helping us raise the next generation of leaders in Liberia.  We deeply appreciate your on-going support!
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Thank YOU For Bringing Sunshine to Susan

Susan (pictured) is 23 years old and is one of the young moms that received support because of YOUR donation.  Susan is currently staying with her elder brother at the Kama Yama Community. Both of are parents her deceased.  She is attending a cosmetology vocational institute.   We decided to provide to her part cash and part groceries (purchased from funds raised through this project). The items that we provided included pasta, potatoes, luncheon meat, a pineapple, bananas, and oranges.   Susan was excited and very grateful to receive this support.  This was a big source of encouragement to her as she struggles to take care of her child. Thank you for being a ray of sunshine to Susan.  You brought a smile and hope to her world.  You made her world a better place. Thank YOU!
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Thank You for Providing Solar Lights in Liberia

Thank you for helping us provide solar lights to students in Liberia.  In Liberia, thousands of students have no choice at night but to use kerosene lanterns and open-flame candles - in order to be able to study or read. The smoke from these light sources is hazardous to their health. The flames are also a fire hazard.  Hawa is one of the students that was delighted to receive a solar light - thanks to your support!  Hawa is nine years old and loves to write and read.  She and her family live in a mud hut with no electricity, so they were so very thankful for the solar light. Hawa and the other students who received solar lights are now able to study safely now. Thanks to your generosity, they now have safe solar light. You helped protect their health and we are deeply grateful for your support. Thanks to YOU, they are now reading safely and longer in the evenings - reading and planning towards a better future.  
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Letter from Aisha for Her Sponsor

This Child Sponsorship Update gives you a look into the relationship / communication between children and their sponsors.  This is actual communication exchanged between a child and his / her sponsor. In Aisha's letter to her sponsor she says:  "I am doing well in my school work. I came second in French with a score of ninety-six (96%).  I also scored seventy four in mathematics.  In our last class report cards I took eighth place. I am working very hard this time to be in the top five of our class. I hope my sister is doing well. How is work?  I hope you are doing well.  Wishing you the best, Aisha" Aisha's sponsor is making a difference in her life, click here to learn more about our child sponsorship program.
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Update from Frederick to his Sponsor

This Child Sponsorship Update gives you a look into the relationship / communication between children and their sponsors.  This is actual communication exchanged between a child and his / her sponsor. Watch the video from Frederick to his sponsor.   In Frederick's letter to his sponsor he says:  "I am happy to write you this letter.  I am now in S.S.S.1 Science and attending a new school and it is called Providence International High School.  I have sat to the B.E.C.E and passed with flying colours and with an aggregate sixteen (16).  I just want to say thank you for your support and Happy New Year to you. And I hope to hear from you soon" Frederick's sponsor is making a difference in his life, click here to learn more about our child sponsorship program.
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Mabinty & Aisha Love Their New Glasses

Thanks to your support we successfully raised $350. Aisha and Mabinty now have reading glasses.  Both girls are so grateful to the donors that covered the cost of their eye exams and glasses.  They say that they enjoy going to school more - thanks to their new glasses; now they can see the blackboard clearly without squinting or straining their eyes.   Aisha just finished class 7 and hopes to be a Doctor when she grows up.  Mabinty just completed JSS1 (Junior Secondary School) and is working toward becoming an Accountant when she grows up.    They each extend their gratitude to you for helping them see better, which is enabling them to learn better and keep their dream alive.  We would love to have you support their on-going care and education by signing up for a recurring donation.  This is the best way to maximize your impact. This week, when you start a new monthly recurring donation towards this GlobalGiving project, an anonymous donor will match your initial donation 100%. Thanks so much for your support!
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Thanks For Helping to Provide On-Going Education

Thank you for your continued support to help optimize educational opportunities in Cameroon for the students at the Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School in Nkolfoulou, Cameroon (BLIS).  Your donations have helped purchase school supplies, provide scholarships and cover expenses at the BLIS School.  

The students at the BLIS recently celebrated National Day. Photos included in this report show their parade in honor of National Day. 

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The Sisters are Doing Well in School

Thank you so much for helping to provide scholarships for three sisters who became orphans during the Ebola crisis. Thanks to your support, Fatmata, Hannah, and Flourence have received some of the funding they need to pay for their tuition, books, school supplies and related school expenses this year. We are so very grateful for your support that is getting these sisters closer to their dream jobs as adults. This month, they celebrated their 2nd anniversary at the Dream Home. The have been enjoying a 2 week or so break from school - in between semesters.  Fatmata, a future doctor, will be completing JSS2 (Junior Secondary School)  this spring. Flourence, a future minister, will be completing class 3 this spring. Hannah, a future banker, will be completing class 4 this spring.  The girls are all doing well in school and are looking forward to summer break. We welcome your support in providing full support for several other student scholarships and other projects that you can see when you click or tap on the following link for Develop Africa. Let's together make the education dreams of each of these students come true! There is truly no better gift that you could give.
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2 Of The 16 Students Tested Positive For Malaria!

Thanks in part to your donations, we have proactively started testing children in Wellington, Sierra Leone for Malaria.  Sixteen tests were provided by your contributions. Two of the 16 students tested positive for malaria!  We caught the illness at the very early stage.  Thankfully, we were able to treat them right away, preventing the full onset of malaria and illness.  This proactive action and instant remedy were possible because of YOUR support. With your on-going support, many more lives will be saved - by doing the simple malaria test and then immediately treating the children who test positive.  About a year ago, we lost two children to malaria and we want to ensure that doesn't happen again - because of a lack of life-saving medicine.    Our lofty goal is to ensure malaria tests and medication is available freely to all kids that need this. Please help us make this a reality. Join us in saving lives through life-saving testing and treatment.
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You are Helping Sorie Obtain A Teaching Degree

YOUR support helped Sorie further his education - giving him a new start and opportunity in life. Sorie lives in a small village called Kamawoni. He wanted to continue his education by going to a teacher's college. He tells us a little about himself and expresses his gratitude below. "My name is Sorie. I live at Kamawoni village. Kamakwe town.  I am a school teacher, teaching at the Kamawoni village school.  I am an orphan. My mother and father died when I was at a tender age.  I come from an extended family with four siblings that look up to me for support.  I shall be going to the Teachers college this academic year.  Thank you for your support."  Read more in his letter - in his own writing... Thanks for being a part of helping Sorie, a deserving future leader!  Together we are building a new breed of quality leaders. We deeply appreciate your on-going support!
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