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FAWE Girls are Eagerly Getting Computer Training

Your generous support is helping the FAWE girls get the computer training hours that they need. Your donations help cover the cost of power / electricity and a replacement memory module for one of the computers. 

Our support of this computer lab is helping these girls acquire the essential computer skills needed for success in today's computer-driven society. Most of the girls at the FAWE School come from disadvantaged homes that do not have computers.

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Business is Growing for Mariama & Mabinty

Thank you so much for helping to make the next phase of  Mariama's and Mabinty's entrepreneurship dreams come true.    Mariama is so thankful to have received some the microfinance funding to start her small business.  In the photo included with this report, she is showing some of the personal hygiene and other supplies she purchased to start her business. Mabinty is likewise very thankful to have received funding for her microfinance loan to start her small business.  We are so very grateful and excited that we together have helped to further their lives.   We welcome your support in providing full support for other projects that you can see when you click or tap on the following link - Develop Africa projects.  Let's together help transform all of these lives.  There is truly no better gift that we could give. 
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You Helped Provide the Dream Home with a New Fuel-Efficient Stove

Your generous support helped provided the Dream Home with a new fuel-efficient, Wonder stove.   The new stove is 40% more fuel efficient than the traditional, previous stove. Consequently, the stove is already helping to save money, as it uses less coal. The new stove also reduces air pollution, providing a much safer and cleaner cooking environment. We greatly appreciate your helping us provide the new stove for the Dream Home and look forward to your continued support toward the Dream Home needs.  Thank you for being a part of our "village" - that is helping raise 22 Ebola orphans.  We couldn't do it without you!
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Computer Training Moving Forward

Thank you for the donations that we received to help bridge the "digital divide" for the young ladies at the Creating Pathways Centre.  At this point, we have not raised adequate funds to get internet access yet.  Every bit helps move us in the direction of bridging the gap. We are continuing to provide computer training to empower these young ladies. The ladies are now learning how to use edit images and PowerPoint.  Your continued support is helping us position them for a brighter future. Thank you again for your support!  We couldn't do what we do without you!
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Site Visit By Sylvester - Discussions With Realtor

At the end of July, Sylvester made a 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 trip provided me with the opportunity to observe, learn, interact and evaluate. I spent quality time with the Dream Home 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.

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Thu, 10/27/2016
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Providing Bed Nets to Families in Need

We appreciate your support that has enabled us to provide more families with bed nets. Thanks to your support, ten kids have received mosquito nets and are now sleeping well at night, free from mosquito bites and malaria.  

One of the recent beneficiaries pictured in this report, is a boy who lives in the Goderich community.  Goderich is a suburb of Freetown and a fishing town.  Located on the coast / Atlantic Ocean, it receives a large amount of rainfall each year. This rainfall often accumulates in pools and results in an increase in malaria. 

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Wed, 10/26/2016
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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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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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