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Visit to the Dream Home By Sylvester & Dream Home Children Start a New School Year

September marked the start of a new school year for the Dream Home children and thanks to your ongoing support, the children had new uniforms and school supplies.    At the end of July, Sylvester made a surprise, 2 week project visit to Sierra Leone.  The Dream Home was one of the top reasons for his trip. He reports on his trip as follows: "The kids were very appreciative fo the support that you have provided towards their on-going needs.  They asked me to convey their deep appreciation and gratitude to YOU. Included in this report is the photo that we took together. The trip provided me with the opportunity to observe, learn, interact and evaluate. I spent quality time with the kids as a group and also on a one-to-one basis. I interacted with each of the kids individually. I wanted to understand their fears and dreams.  I wanted to learn more about the challenges that they are facing. I wanted to see what they are experiencing at the home. The kids were happy and played as normal kids.  We sang several songs and had fun together.   I saw great potential in each of them.  I saw them as leaders in the future, people who would tell their story of how they came up out of nothing. Given the right opportunities, the sky is their limit. Being there in person also enabled me to examine the facilities with a critical eye, evaluate the level of service provided etc. I visited 2 possible other available houses that we could move into and investigated schooling opportunities. I spent time with each of the staff - learning more about them, their backgrounds and the challenges that they face in carrying out their duties.   I came back with a new challenge and eager for us to do so much more for these kids.  Here are some of the key observations that remain fresh on my mind as I reflect back on my trip: The kids were in good health and appeared well taken care of. The home sits up on a hill in Wellington and there is an urgent need for us to secure a bus to facilitate transportation of the kids. 2 of the kids need prescription glasses There is still a desperate need for us to install running water.  The current need is for us to build 2 structures to raise and support the water tanks that will hold water from the well - fed by a solar pump. Several of the kids need additional lessons / coaching to strengthen their educational foundation. These opportunities are all achievable - with your support. Together we can do so much more." 
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Chairs and Tables From the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua Find a 2nd Life

Chairs and tables from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua have found a new home at the after-school program of Door of Hope in Wellington - a suburb of Freetown, Sierra Leone.   This is the 2nd batch of chairs and tables that have been provided. 

 

Joshua Sandy, the Director of Door of Hope, sent his deep appreciation and gratitude to the Church for providing the chairs.  These chairs and tables are helping to provide a great study environment for the growing program.  The kids are able to do their homework and learn effectively using the sturdy equipment.

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Mon, 10/17/2016
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One Year of Activities - Successes and Progress, Trip Report From Sylvester and Looking Ahead

It's been more than a full year since we launched the Creating Pathways Centre, back inMay 2015.  

Over the past year we have offered a range of courses including Psycho-Social Counseling, Christian Counseling, English Language, Literature, Government, History, Computer Studies, Mathematics, Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Career Talk, Integrated Science, Social Studies and Economics. These courses were focused on providing remedial education andstrengthening their education foundation, while they were out of school.

We have been able to accomplish the following:

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Thu, 10/13/2016
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The Future Depends on the Next Generation

Sometimes it is challenging to believe that a dollar makes a difference, but it does make an impact. Every dollar donated is like a pebble being thrown into a pond; that pebble causes a ripple in the water that affects a large area around it. The future depends on us and if we educate the future leaders and empower them with knowledge we will cause a positive ripple effect across the world. More than 30% of the African population are between ages 10 and 24 and will remain that way for the next 20 years. When the numbers of working-age people surpass the numbers of dependents, countries can experience an economic boom, a phenomenon known as a “demographic dividend.” But first, young people must be enabled to contribute to their countries and communities. “Educated, healthy and productive young people have a better chance of breaking out of poverty and making positive contributions to their communities,” said Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway. Schools are back in session. From the reports that we have received, the kids are learning well. Unfortunately, admission is down at some schools. Due to economic pressures, many families are simply not able to cover the costs of uniforms and school-related expenses. So the start of school has been delayed for some kids. Unfortunately, this may be permanent for some kids.  Your donation of $40 today will provide a uniform an a pair of shoes for a kid, a future leader of Liberia.  This would ensure that 1 more kid does not stay home and miss out on learning for days or weeks.   Thanks for your support.
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Solar Light Gift Makes Studying Possible for Aminata

Your generous support provided Aminata with a solar light, which makes a significant improvement on her ability to study at night. Please see Aminata's letter of appreciation.  In her letter, Aminata says: "My name is Aminata and I am 15 years old.  Due to where I live electricity is not available. Whenever I want to study I find it very difficult, because it is only when the generator is switched on that I will study well. But with the help of Develop Africa's light, I know that I can study now even if the generator is not on.  Thank you Develop Africa for this wonderful gift" Solar lights, along with other forms of solar powered technology, are effectively enabling students who have no electricity to study.  The lights remove this crucial roadblock for the children.  We greatly appreciate your helping Aminata and look forward to your continued support in providing more students with solar lights.
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Helping Girls Progress With Their Education - This is HUGE

Thanks to your support, 2 girls - Baindu and Theresa, who had dropped out of school are now able to go to school again.  This is HUGE and we are super excited about this! We have been able to provide them scholarships to cover the costs of books, coaching classes and transportation.  We greatly appreciate your ongoing support that enables more girls to complete their education and have a better future. In this video, Baindu and Theresa express their gratitude to YOU for helping them with their education. Baindu says "I want to say thank you to GlobalGiving for their support." Theresa says "Thank you very much GlobalGiving for supporting me in my education" We are empowering girls like Theresa and Baindu together.  Thanks for making a difference!  
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The Magical Simplicity of New Clothes

Great News: Through your support we have purchased new clothes for the Dream Home children.   Every 2-4 months, we need to buy new clothing for the growing kids.  Thankfully, YOU have helped make this round of purchases possible.  We are so very grateful for your support! The kids were excited to have new clothes. They were all smiles wearing their new clothing.  In August, some of the kids went to a week-long summer camp. In the included group photo, taken at camp, you can see some of them - all smiles - with their new clothes. What a joy! There is just something special about new clothes and the magical simplicity of enjoying the little things in life.. Thanks for helping to brighten their world!
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School Supplies Are Boosting Education in Cameroon

Many children and schools in Africa lack adequate school supplies. To help address this, Develop Africa and the US Military teamed up to provide school supplies to children and classrooms in Garoua, Cameroon. The joint goal is to reinforce learning and the quality of education. 

16 large drums of school supplies were provided to schools between September 5th and 9th, 2016.  The wide range of school supplies included pencils, pens, calculators, rulers, note books, erasers, dictionaries, reams of paper and pencil sharpeners.

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Sun, 10/02/2016
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Uncle Mike Visits the Dream Home

Uncle Mike came to visit the Dream Home in June. While he was visiting the Dream Home, Uncle Mike and Aunt Cecilia (who was also visiting) celebrated June birthdays.  June birthdays included Uncle Mike, Aunt Cecilia, Dauda and Hannah.  Aunt Cecilia brought the food and the celebration was enjoyed by all in attendance.  The Dream Home children enjoyed their visit with Uncle Mike.

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Thu, 09/29/2016
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New School Year & New School Books for Marveline

Classes have just resumed at the Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School in Nkolfoulou, Cameroon.   Marveline and her sister have received all their books for their new classes thanks to generous donations. They both passed their end of year examinations; Marveline came out with the 2nd best marks in her class and her little sister came out the best in her own class.  They started Class 5 and Class 3 this week.    With hearts full of gratitude and faces filled with gleeful smiles, Marveline and her sister say a big "thank you" to YOU for your support. We would not have been able to help these deserving children without your support.  We are thrilled to know that they are in excellent form to do well this academic year.   Thank you so much for making the school year start out on a positive note for Marveline and her sister.
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