Education for Hope had a successful fundraising event on Saturday April 22, 2017, at Avalon (First and M) in Washington, D.C. We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to you for coming out to support a great cause despite the rain - making Education for Hope a priority. Without you, we would not have been able to achieve our mission and vision, making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged children of Sierra Leone. With funds raised, we will complete the doors, windows, and ceiling of the school, and we will be able to finish the school in time for the 2017/2018 academic year.
Many thanks to Avalon’s management team and staff for allowing us to use their space to host the event. Without their generosity and kindness, this event would not have been possible.
If you were unable to attend the event and would like to make a contribution to the school’s project, please click on the link http://educationforhope.org/donate to make a donation. Thank you for your support! All donations are tax-deductible.
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See some of the highlights of the fundraising event in the photo gallery below.
Three years ago, we were approached by three communities in the Port Loko District, Sierra Leone, for assistance to build a primary school for their communities, because they had none and their children had to walk many miles to attend the nearest school. The children that were not strong enough to embark on the treacherous journey to the nearest school simply did not attend, which left approximately 150 children without access to education.
We took on the challenge of building a school for these three communities to share. In December, 2013, we broke ground and started construction of the Three Communities Primary School in Rogbomtama village. The communities provided unskilled labor and local resources to assist with the project. However, the Ebola outbreak and other logistical challenges slowed construction.
With your contributions, we have now made tremendous progress, and in December, 2016, we completed the roofing of the school. The school structure is now 80% complete and will be ready for the 2017/2018 academic school year once the following have been achieved: installation of the doors, windows, and ceiling, plastering of the walls, painting the entire building, putting in the chalk boards, and purchasing tables and chairs.
The elders and children of these communities are very grateful for your support and investment in their well-being. They are very excited about the school’s progress and are anxiously waiting and looking forward to the school’s completion, so the children can begin their educational journey. They believe that learning how to read and write will help them become productive citizens. Those that embark on the treacherous journey daily to seek education will be able to attend school in their own community nearby, giving their parents peace of mind.
We are counting on your donations and support to finish this important school and make a dream come true for these communities.
Suzanne Snurpus brings 25 years’ experience to Education for Hope leadership team. With her background and knowledge, Suzanne will help guide the organization in accomplishing its vision and mission through the development of strategic initiatives and implementation.
We are delighted to have Suzanne on our team! Learn more about her background - http://educationforhope.org/staff/suzanne-snurpus
Education for Hope’s Executive Director, Momodu Jalloh, traveled to Sierra Leone in April to monitor the implementation of our programs and explored other areas in which our organization could create an impact.
Although more than a decade since it ended, Sierra Leone is still recovering from the effects of the war as well as the Ebola outbreak. The basic necessities of life such as clean water, adequate toilet facilities, clothing, food, and access to schools and educational resources are still lacking. Much of the populace live below the poverty line, and the people in the rural areas are at a greater disadvantage as these communities lack access to resources or structure and rely heavily on basic subsistence farming for their livelihood.
Three Communities Primary School
The Executive Director visited the Rogbomtama project and communities. Work has resumed and a lot of progress has been made on the Three Communities Primary School project, which is currently at the roofing level. The elders of these communities are very pleased with the progress of the school and they extended their thanks and appreciation to the donors, Board of Directors, volunteers, and management team. As a symbol of their appreciation, they presented a goat and five gallons of palm oil to the Executive Director. The Executive Director on behalf of the organization expressed his thanks for their hard work and contributions of local resources to the make the school a reality. He encouraged the communities to continue on this path until the completion and opening of the school. Moreover, he informed them that the best way to express their gratitude is to encourage and allow their children to attend school when its construction is complete. He stressed the importance of education as a gateway to ending generational cycles of poverty and how it could help revitalize their communities by enabling them to farm wisely, establish businesses, and live healthier, meaningful lives.
The children of these communities are very excited and desperately looking forward to the completion of the school, so that they can start their educational journey - learning how to read and write, charting their destiny and leading a productive life.
RoTumba Primary School
The Executive Director travelled to RoTumba village and visited the RoTumba Primary School. He was pleased with the progress of the school and its achievements. There are currently 120 plus children enrolled in the school, class one to class six. The head teacher indicated that the children are doing extremely well given their situation and condition of learning. Some children attend school on an empty stomach, making it difficult for them to concentrate; others arrive late due to the house chores they have to perform prior to leaving their homes, oftentimes resulting in missed class activities. And yet more do not have the basic educational resources such as writing utensils, notebooks, or backpacks. This makes learning difficult. The most important item many of the children are missing is the proper attire or shoes, forcing them to walk bare foot.
On a brighter note, last year, five students took and passed the NPSE exam to move to secondary school. They are attending secondary school in surrounding cities because there is no secondary school in the immediate area. Currently, there are six students, four girls and two boys, preparing for the NPSE exam this Fall.
Education for Hope would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to our donors and supporters who donated to our recent Indiegogo campaign – The Three Communities Elementary School Project. We did not meet our goal, but we were able to raise approximately $2,000.00 online and offline.
This donation will enable us to resume the project and take us closer to give the children of Rogbomtama the opportunity to go to school for the first time to learn how to read and write.
Education for Hope has been approved by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is the workplace giving program of the federal government of the United States.
The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
If you are a federal employee, postal worker, or member of the U.S. military, please consider giving to Education for Hope through your CFC.
Our CFC Number is 59455
Education for Hope is excited to receive a Gold Star ranking from GuideStar - a Gold Star is the highest ranking. GuideStar is a nonprofit organization that specializes in reporting on U.S. nonprofit organizations and ranks them based on reporting, credibility, compliance, and transparency. We are excited to be part of this exclusive club!