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Impact Update - 150 Trainees & Empowering Trainees to Start Fishing

Did you know that this project has trained over 150 trainees to date?  Thanks to your support - over 150 people have learned how to sew.  We are excited at having reached this milestone.

This school has had a significant impact in the Wellington community.  A good number of the youths and school dropouts have learned how to sew. We rejoice in being able to have this type of impact.

The school started with female tutors.  Now we have male teachers. We currently have 10 trainees. 

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Dream Home Kids Celebrate Birthdays and Holidays!

We send warm greetings to you from the Dream Home children - who are doing well.  They are growing and studying hard in school. Each month brings a new adventure, challenge and milestone for them

In November, Susan, Felicia and Aminata's birthdays were celebrated with a special birthday dinner and party at the Dream Home.  Your support helps to provide a birthday party each month.  With 22 kids, there is never a dull moment.

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Wed, 01/18/2017
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Computer Training is Empowering Jeminatu & Other Girls At The FAWE School

We are so excited that we are together helping to provide computer training to deserving young women. This sets them on course for a better future for them and their families. We have been making improvements to the FAWE School upgrading some of the computers and programming to better assist the girls in their training.  The teacher in charge is also receiving additional training to enable her to better teach our girls. Jeminatu is one of the students at the FAWE school that is benefitting from the computer courses. She tells us that she enjoys going to school and that she is learning a lot of things in her computer class - in this video.  She says "It helps us a lot. I have learned many things like typing, learning new words...it is a great time" Thank you again for making a difference in these young girls' lives!    The computers at the lab are over 7 years old. Our goal for this year is to replace all of them. We welcome your continued support to help us make that happen. 
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Look! - Our Students Can Now Create Presentations

Thanks in part to your support, the young ladies are learning new computer programs like TypingMaster and PowerPoint.  Several of the young women are unwed mothers who are trying to provide a better life for themselves and their children. Over the past couple of months the Creating Pathways Centre has been reviewing what the students have been learning. For the TypingMaster program, where they learned how to type, the focus was on the speed and accuracy of students -  how fast and accurately they were able to type within a limited time.  The students received training on PowerPoint including the following: formatting slides, adding animations of slides, applying background to slides and slide transitions.  They also learned how to create professional-looking documents such as certificates, greeting cards, souvenir cards, invitation cards and organization cards. The students were divided into groups and they created PowerPoint presentations for the class.   Thank you again for your support that is helping these young ladies prepare for a better and greater future. 
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The Dream Home Gets a Paint Refresh

Freetown, where the Dream Home is located, receives a lot of rainfall - with high humidity. The discolored and faded outside walls of the Dream Home were in need of a fresh coat of paint. You can see this in one of the group photos in this report.

Since the last report, this project has raised $50.  These funds were used towards repainting the entire Dream Home at a total cost of around $375 - using a weathershield oil paint. 

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New Year, New Hope for Students in Liberia

A new year normally means new resolutions...promises of better health, more exercise, making a difference in people's lives.  We invite your New Year's resolution to include making an impact on the lives of students in Liberia.   Most of these students live far below the poverty line and live with their large families in a one bedroom mud house with no electricity and no running water.   $10 to an average American, may not see like a lot, but to a starving child in Liberia, $10 could be nearly a week of food, $50 could be food and clothes, $100 could be food, clothes and school supplies,  $900 covers all school expenses, clothes and food for a year.  One of the students in desperate need is Patrick. Patrick lives in a mud house with his dad and siblings.  Patrick's dad is out of job and the family is struggling to eat.  Patrick's hope of getting an education is impossible without help.  We may not be able to fix the world's problems in 2017, but I hope that you will consider supporting students, like Patrick, in Liberia and choose to make a difference for a child in need as one of your New Year resolutions. Less than a week ago, on December 27th 2016, a local newspaper, the Liberian Observer published a review on the education system in Liberia: Since the country’s 14 year civil war ended in 2003, the education sector is yet to regain the needed respect where the quality of schools would improve to match the required teaching. As such, the sector continues to show signs of decline with students performing poorly in public exams to the extent that admission to the state run University of Liberia (UL) has continuously exposed the weak educational system by rejecting high school graduates who fail the university’s admission exams in massive numbers. Under the year in review, 13,000 candidates registered for the UL placement and examinations. The result, only 15 candidates passed. This statistics confirms what we already know. There are tremendous opportunities to make a difference.   As we help ensure kids like Patrick have a stronger educational foundation, we will truly be making a difference. Patrick, and kids like him, will excel in their exams and also as they lead Liberia in the future.  We are excited about the opportunity we together have to change lives and future outcomes.  Thanks for your support.
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Simeon Can Now Study Safely With A Solar Powered Light

Your support has helped us provide solar power and technology to students who had to rely on dangerous kerosene lamps previously to study at night.  One of the students who received a solar light is Simeon. Simeon is nine years old and is a pupil of the Vickrays Community Primary School. He is in class three (3rd grade).  He lives in a house with no electricity or running water. He is pictured with his grandfather showing his new solar light.   Simeon is a hard working student who is now able to study at night.  He would like to be a lawyer when he grows up.  He likes to play football and enjoys music - especially drumming. Simeon was delighted to receive a solar light.  Simeon expressed his thanks and appreciation for the light that has changed his world. Thank you for helping make a difference in Simeon's life.   Please join us in making 2017 brighter and safer by providing solar power and technology to other students in need.  Thanks so much for your support.  
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Uniforms Making a difference for 2 Girls

Thank you for your support to providing uniforms for students for school. While, we did not raise enough money to provide 40 students with uniforms, we were able to give uniforms to 2 young ladies who were delighted to receive them. According to Poverty Action lab, giving a uniform reduces school absenteeism by 6.4 percentage points (43 percent) from a base of 15 percent school absenteeism. The effect is 3.4 percentage points larger for students who did not have a uniform at the baseline. Providing shoes and uniforms will enable more children to attend school and the promise of a better future. We appreciate you working with us to make a difference in the lives of these children. We invite you to support education for children in Freetown,  which contributes to the achievement of UN Millennium goal - ensuring that children will complete their schooling. It is an effective long-term investment to eradicating poverty & will help improve the quality of education and lives in general. Education is a proven contributor to individual and national development. Through the education that we are providing, we are raising better equipped and resourceful leaders, families and nations. Thanks so much for helping to give them the opportunity of a brighter future.
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Trainees Are Making Progress & Lab is Now Connected to the Internet

We are together continuing to empower youths through the provision of computer training.

Thankfully, in November, we were finally able to connect the computer lab to the Internet. This was a huge milestone. This means that we can offer a new and wider range of opportunities to the trainees. The monthly subscription cost is a little less than $200 a month.
 
We currently have 30+ ladies that are coming to the center for computer training from three different organizations as follows:

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Hannah's Future is Getting Brighter Each Day

Educating girls has a wide array of positive benefits that affect not only the girl receiving her education, but to the entire nation. Statistics say that women make up 2/3 of the illiterate in the world.   So what difference would it make if all women had a chance to get an education?  -Female genital mutation avoided -Decline in infant/children mortality rates -A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5 -With each year of schooling, a girl will significantly increase earning potential from 5%-15% -Women can stand up for their rights -Less violence -Health would improve significantly -Reduced HIV/AIDS Infection rate Please take a moment to watch a video of Hannah, one of the girls that received a scholarship through your support. Hannah is happily learning and progressing in school. Because of your support, young ladies like Hannah are receiving not only an education, but also a chance for a better future - for themselves and their families. Thanks so much for helping to give them the opportunity of a brighter future.
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