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Nutritious Meals Keep Our Children Healthy & Strong

How many times growing up did you hear your parents say,  "Eat your food, it will make you grow up big and strong" or  "You are not leaving the table until you finish all of your food".    Most of us take our meals for granted, especially as children, but the 22 children in the Dream Home are orphans and depend on us to make sure they are getting nutritious meals.  Your generous support is making that possible.    Your donations have helped purchase food staples such as: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods (fish, bread, eggs, fish, peanut butter, rice, vegetables, and dairy.  Your support has also helped purchase food for special celebrations such as birthdays, Easter and the second anniversary of the Dream Home.  The pictures below show some of the recent celebrations held at the Dream Home. The kids are healthy and strong thanks to the nutritious food we are providing them together.  We are so thankful you are a part of our village raising the Dream Home children - helping them to grow and mature into healthy adults.
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Review of Our Impact and Transition for Creating Pathways

Develop Africa launched a GlobalGiving project to provide and report on remedial training to 100 girls who became pregnant during the Ebola crisis (and were temporarily out of school). Over the past 2 years, we have provided support to over one hundred young ladies that dropped out of school.  Thanks to the generous grant we received from GlobalGiving and yourdonations, we provided psychosocial counseling, computer training, tutorials on school curriculum, scholarships, vocational training and micro-finance funds to over 100 pregnant girls. This targeted support helped to give them a new vision and reason to dream again. Below is a summary of our what you supported and made happen. Watch the video summary. Psychosocial Counseling: This counseling was central to our intervention because of the background of the ladies. In this counseling, we maintained a collaborative effort between the counselor and client, with the aim of helping these ladies set out goals and identify potential solutions to their problems. As a result of this, we have seen marked positive changes in their decision making with regard to their career choices and other aspects of their lives Computer Proficiency Training: The computer lab was launched with the aim of giving these ladies the opportunity to become computer proficient. The excitement and enthusiasm of the ladies were very high. They deeply appreciated this opportunity. They started off with the basics of computers and have covered topics like MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet access and MS Access. They attained the desired goal of computer proficiency. The lab has served its original intended purpose and is now providing training to other youths in the community. Tutorials on School Curriculum: In order to ensure that the pregnant ladies did not regress educationally, we incorporated selected subjects from the school curriculum tutorials as part of our intervention. We covered subjects such as English language, Social Studies, Integrated Science and Mathematics for junior school students and Cost Accounting, Financial Accounting, Mathematics, English Language, Literature, History, and Government for senior school students. This served as a springboard for most of them to go back to the formal school system. Microfinance Support: This was launched in order to support the ladies who had decided to start a small business - either as a means to help support them while in school or as a full-time occupation.  This support is helping them become self- reliant. So far microfinance support has been provided to seven ladies. In June, we visited each of the ladies and we are delighted to report that their businesses have grown.  They are able to take care of their babies, families, studies and themselves.  Vocational Training Support: During our psychosocial counseling sessions with the ladies we noticed that some of these ladies did not have the desire to continue traditional, formal schooling.  So we encouraged them to learn new skills. Some of these young ladies adhered to the advice and we got them enrolled in various institutions to learn skills. Thanks to your support, five ladies are now enrolled in Cosmetology and Hair Designing, Business Studies and Human Resource Management  Scholarships: We provided scholarship funds to nine beneficiaries. Funds were geared towards their school fee, school materials and transportation to and from school and extra classes to help them prepare for exams.  Special Requests / Miscellaneous Support: We were also able to provide financial support to 6 ladies to help them take care of themselves and their babies.  Funds helped to cover transportation, hospital costs, rent, and food. As you can see from the above summary, we have together enabled and touched many lives. Their lives will never be the same again because of YOUR support. Because of your support, this remedial project has been a huge success. Over 100 lives have been strengthened and impacted. We rejoice in our joint impact. Going forward, we are continuing to provide on-going support to the ladies through scholarship assistance, microfinance support and vocational training. We are firmly committed, more than ever before, to helping the original set of 100+ plus ladies and many more pregnant ladies start over again and pursue their dreams.   Please see the links below for different ways you can continue to support these young moms. Sponsor Microfinance: Empower Small Businesses Provide Vital Vocational Trade Skills Training Educate a Girl, Educate a Nation - Sierra Leone We deeply appreciate all you have done and continue to do to make the world a better place.
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Princess Says Thank you to her Sponsor

Princess is so thankful to her sponsor, Amy, for her support.  She says in the video "Thank you very very much"

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.  Princess's sponsor is making a difference in her life, click here to learn more about our child sponsorship program.

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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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