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Kordiè / 16 September 2018 / Scholarships

Scholarships

The first of our 80 students whom with your sponsorships have been able to go for 4 years to “middle school” have graduated. Some with spectacular results: being 1st or 2nd in their huge classes of more than 80. Some are now going to take exams to enter into government work, while others will have a choice of work.

Some, especially those with the highest grades are going on to high school (lycée) and perhaps to university. One of our students has ranked first in the entire province! We are very proud of our students and very grateful to you all who have made this possible for them. AND... we very much hope more of you will become sponsors!! Please let us know!!!

Samba / 28 August 2018 / Community centres

Community centres and Library

BUT this is only part of the story. The PARENTS of our students in each commune, KORDIE and SAMBA formed associations from the very beginnings. They proposed and themselves built 2 community centres and 2 libraries! (Fitil added the roof, doors, windows etc.) They comprise 2 very active groups many of whom continue to work with us even though their children have now graduated. In October we had the GRAND OPENINGS of both centres, each attended by more than 300 people and included the local administration. Music, traditional dance, speeches and food and drink for all provided by the parents groups made for a wonderful day! The CENTRES provide space for meetings, classes in everything from requests from the community to agriculture, civics, women, language, theatre, dance, art workshops, documentaries, cinema, sport and lots else. . The LIBRARIES are running with 2 trained librarians. We had begun with books suggested by the teachers and students, but now we are expecting a shipment of 2,600 new French books of many sorts from scholastic to fiction, graphic novels and much more for adults and children, all thanks to the St. Paul, Minnesota organization Books For Africa, which is the world’s largest shipper of donated books to Africa, shipping 42 million books since 1988 and serving every country in Africa. We want to give them all a huge Thank you. This gift will change the life of these communities.

Samba / 31 July 2018 / Mills, Waterwell and School

Mills, Waterwell and School

HELLO TO EVERYONE! This has been a fantastic time for us all! We have completed the requests of our 43 villages for mills to grind grain, reparation of closed wells bringing clean water, solar panels in local schools, fencing for women’s garden projects etc.

AND we are proud of making possible 2300 birth certificates which are essential in the life of every student, every citizen...and we are planning to make possible many more plus an important campaign to encourage every parent to register their children at birth. We are now asking each of the 43 villages in the 2 communities for their next requests.

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