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Students Training to Become Successful

Thank you for your continued support of Vocational Trainees. Your generosity is truly making a lifelong impact on these individuals and their families.  Your support most recently has helped the Generation 21 (G21) Cosmetology students. G21 was established in Sierra Leone in 2010, training young girls in the art of cosmetology. The prime goal of the center is to train young girls to be self-reliant and self-sufficient. The ladies are trained in both in the theory and practical aspect in cosmetology. Adult literacy classes have also been established for young ladies who have never gone to school. Since the establishment of G21 the center has made some great accomplishment in training young girls. More than 500 young girls have been trained in cosmetology through the institution and many of them have since been employed in different saloons across the country and others have established their own saloons. Tenneh, pictured below, is one of the students at G21. She is a single mom of a 3-year-old and is staying with friends while she completes Cosmetology school. Both of Tenneh's parents have passed away so it is important for her to be able to learn a trade that will give Tenneh and her child a chance at a better future. Click here for the full photo album. Thank you for making a difference for these young people and their families.  We welcome your continued support! 
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Susan Grace thanks her Sponsor

This Child Sponsorship Update gives you a look into the relationship/communication between children and their sponsors.  

This is actual communication exchanged from a child to her sponsor.

In Susan Grace's video to her sponsor, she says:  "Hi Michele, this is Susan.  Thank you for your sponsorship. Now I am dreaming again.  When I grow up I want to be a banker"

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Providing Opportunities For Girls to Reach Their Full Potential

Thanks in part to your generous donations we were able to give 16 young ladies scholarships for school this year in Freetown.  The parents of the young ladies receiving scholarships were so thankful for the scholarships.  The scholarships "made the impossible possible ".  The families would not have been able to afford to send these girls to school without the scholarships.   Pictured below is Konnie holding her scholarship envelope with a smile of appreciation. She has just started JSS2 and hopes to be a teacher in the future.  October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child. It's a UN designated-day - dedicated “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”  Helping girls move towards reaching their full potential is what we have been doing together.  We are so grateful for your support.   As we focus on the UN call to help girls worldwide reach their potential, our goal today is to provide 11 more girls with scholarships of $120 each. Please join us in providing opportunities for 11 girls today. For each donation of $120 and above, you will receive a photo and a thank you letter from the girl receiving your support. Thank so much for your kind assistance and investment into the lives of girls.
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Kadiatu Writes a Letter to her Sponsor

This Child Sponsorship Update gives you a look into the relationship/communication between children and their sponsors.  This letter is from Kadiatu to her sponsor.   Kadiatu's sponsor is making a difference in her life. You too can be a hero for a child in need.  Click here to learn more about our child sponsorship program.
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Chairs for Liberian Students

Thanks to your support, we have secured a set of sturdy chairs that will serve the children for a long time.  Soon they will no longer have to sit on the floor.   We are very thankful for this because these chairs will improve their focus, attention, and learning. This is yet one more building block towards an improved and more conducive learning environment.  By upgrading the quality of education offered in schools, we will be helping to transform communities and the entire nation. Investing in child development is critical for human development and we cannot talk about economic growth without talking about healthy and literate communities. We welcome your support to help ship the chairs and desks to students in need in Liberia.
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You are Helping Reduce Malaria

Thank you for your continued support that is providing more families with bed nets and saving more lives from malaria.  Aruna (pictured) is one of the children who recently received a net.  We are actively working in concert with the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 – adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2015. The Strategy sets ambitious but achievable global targets, including:  "Reducing malaria case incidence by at least 90% by 2030. Reducing malaria mortality rates by at least 90% by 2030. Eliminating malaria in at least 35 countries by 2030. Preventing a resurgence of malaria in all countries that are malaria-free.  This Strategy was the result of an extensive consultative process that spanned 2 years and involved the participation of more than 400 technical experts from 70 Member States. It is based on 3 key pillars: Ensuring universal access to malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment; Accelerating efforts towards elimination and attainment of malaria-free status;  Transforming malaria surveillance into a core intervention." The bed nets that you are helping to provide to families is one of the three key pillars to the goal of reducing malaria by 90%. Your donation is helping to take us one life at a time closer to this goal. These malaria nets are a proven way to prevent malaria. Thanks to your generosity, we are continuing to provide bed nets to families in need.     We are additionally providing diagnosis and treatment of malaria. We are convinced that together we will one day see a world with no malaria.  We are excitedly looking forward to this and taking steps to get there.   You can help save lives by donating to malaria testing and medication
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Dauda is Looking Forward to School

Thank you so much for providing funding to help Dauda start class three at school this year. YOUR funds have helped pay for his books and school supplies.  We are so thankful for your support that is getting Dauda closer to his goal of becoming a lawyer when he grows up.   We welcome your support in providing other students with scholarships or by sponsoring a child.   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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Future Liberian Leaders Start New School Year

Thank you for your support that is giving students who live below poverty level a chance at receiving an education.  Education is the key to success.  Educating these future leaders in Liberia is giving them the ability to get out of poverty. Educating these children will give them and all future generations what they need to thrive.  Thanks to your support, last school year ended well with the kids being promoted to the next classes as follows: K2 to first grade: 19 pupils (these graduated and went to elementary school) K1 to K2: 15 pupils Nursery to K1: 20 pupils Beginners to K1: 25 pupils  School reopened on September 4th and the kids are happy to be back in school - after the summer break. Current enrollment is 100 pupils and the school will be accepting pupils until mid-October. Thanks to your support, funds raised have helped cover the some of the costs to start the new school year.  Over the summer we repaired some of the school's roof. An annex to the school building was renovated to serve as the living quarters for the property caretaker. We are now in the process of replacing the back door.   Here in Tennessee, we also secured chairs for the students (pictured).  These are sturdy and durable chairs that should serve for many years.  We welcome your support to help us ship these chairs from Tennessee to Liberia.
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Racheal is Starting The School Year With a Smile - Thanks to You

Thank you so much for helping provide a scholarship for Racheal.  Racheal extends her deep gratitude to you. Through your support, she has received some of the funding she needed to pay for her tuition, books, school supplies and related school expenses. We are so very grateful for your support. Thanks to your support, Racheal was able to complete school, has enjoyed her summer break and is looking forward to starting school. We welcome your support in providing other students with scholarships or by sponsoring a child.   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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Their Stories are Heart-Rending!

The flood victims lost everything! Their stories are heart-rending: “My mother and Father are still missing since the flood,” said a seven-year-old boy.  A woman told us “I am the only survivor. My whole family of 6 got affected. I was on my way from the mosque for prayers and saw everything that happened with my own eyes. I want to die too, as there is no reason to be alive after my husband and my five children all perished.” “My uncle and aunty who paid my high school fees are no longer alive. They drowned! I saw the water dragging my aunty away. I am undone! Totally finished.” “My younger brother lost his wife and three children. He is now isolating himself from everyone. He has suicidal thoughts.” Based on our estimate, the Hill Station camp has in total 187 occupants. As of September 17th, we had engaged 88 survivors/victims. Male: 47 Female: 28 Children: 13 Based on our interview/interaction with them, here is a summary of their mental states / current concerns Depressed and in a state of confusion Loss of appetite Loss of interest in daily activities and life Hallucination and loneliness Negative thoughts and withdrawal from other people. Heavy drinking and smoking and eating lots of cola nuts Sleep deprivation Loss of hope for a future that looks bleak. Problem of accommodation and lack of help from the government and donors The issue of continuing education for children and some youths.  Kids are out of school Wishing to return back to their normal way of life by engaging themselves appropriately. Insufficient clothing for women and children to protect from the cold rainy weather Tents are uncomfortable/inconvenient:  when it rains, they become waterlogged. When it’s hot, it is scorching-hot inside. You can read some specific interview summaries at the following link. The summaries give you a peek into their world and what they went through.  Summary of Psycho-Social Counseling Interviews of Flood-Affected Survivors (PDF).  Based on this, we are continuing to provide counseling to the survivors/victims and offering psychosocial support.   This counseling includes how to deal with trauma and stress. It also includes encouraging the victims on how to start over again – restoring hope and suggesting new opportunities that they could pursue.   We are talking them through the crisis and the loss of their loved ones/family members. Group counseling and discussion are essential to their wellbeing as well as follow-ups. Counseling sessions are provided by a Mental health doctor, nursing sisters, nurses and students from the Medical Students Association.   Video: See support activities at Hill station The victims, however, need more than counseling as indicated in the PDF linked above.   How We Plan to Continue To Help: Coordinating the needs and concerns of the victims/survivors with necessary partners and institutions in charge. Provide remedial classes for over 70 kids who are out of school.  This will help ensure that the kids do not fall back / regress with their education Support children with school supplies, uniforms school fees and help them get re-admitted into the school system Provide clothing and toiletries Support mudslide/flooding victims re-integrate back into society by introducing business opportunities. The provision of micro-credit or microfinance capital will help them start up small businesses and sustain their livelihood. Technical and vocational assistance for dropouts interested in furthering their education. This training will help them re-enter the workforce Help cover the rental costs of housing for a year for selected families. This will help them leave the camp and re-integrate into society. This is the largest roadblock that the survivors are facing at the moment.   How YOU Can Help:  We, however, will not be able to do this without your help. Could you help the survivors get back on their feet by making a donation of $100 today?  Thank you for joining us in helping them get back on track with their lives.
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