Promoting education in Sierra Leone as a pathway out of poverty and toward better well-being.

Hope Notes

June 3, 2018

Education for Hope would like to thank all of the donors who contributed to the Back to School Supplies Drive on GoFundMe. We exceeded our goal of $1000 to purchase backpacks with school supplies for the new students of the Three Communities School. To see the school progress, view the project page.

May 19, 2018

See our progress in the photo gallery. We are finishing the Three Communities School and building the desks and chairs.

March 1, 2018
Education for Hope expresses thanks and gratitude to the Kirkland & Ellis LLP Washington, D.C., office staff employees for selecting our organization as a charity of choice to donate proceeds from their “Denim Day for Charity” event held on Friday, January 19, 2018.
The funds donated will be used to complete the Three Community Primary School project in Rogbomtama village in time for the 2018/2019 academic school year.
August 27, 2017

We are making great progress with the Three Communities Primary School project. The doors, windows, and ceiling installations have been completed – we are getting closer to the finish line. The children are excited and cannot wait to start their educational journey!

Three Communities Primary School project
July 26, 2017

Our 2016 tax return provides insight as to our financial activities. Education for Hope is an organization that remains committed to our core values of accountability and transparency. We are 100% volunteer run and all funds donated are used for the operation of our programs and activities.

A huge thanks to our donors and supporters without whose contributions we would not be able to accomplish so much with so little.

We look forward to your continued support! 

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April 28, 2017

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.

Please share Education for Hope’s mission with your network.

From time to time, we will send you updates of the school’s progress and activities; you may also visit our website (www.educationforhope.org) to learn more about our activities.

See some of the highlights of the fundraising event in the photo gallery below.

EFH Avalon fundraiser
April 7, 2017
The Kelly Rural Vocational Agricultural Secondary School in Hastings, Sierra Leone approached Education for Hope for assistance to build a fence around the school perimeter to prevent burglary and vandalism of its properties and assets. The school toilet facility is being used by unwelcome guests and people from the neighboring communities, leaving it filthy and destroying its components. Over the years, the school has faced multiple break-ins, resulting in property damage and loss of valuable educational resources. After school hours, its classrooms are being used as a leisurely and hang out spot by people in the surrounding areas.
 
The Kelly Rural Vocational Agricultural Secondary School is a government assisted institution and lacks additional funding to continuously repair and replace these assets. Additionally, the situation poses a high safety concern for its teachers and pupils as there is no single point of entry or access control. Although the school has a security staff, they are only able to cover a limited area. Furthermore, the pupils tend to skip classes after breaks resulting high absenteeism and poor grades.
 
In 2014, the school submitted a proposal requesting funding to build the fence, but due to lack of funds, more immediate focus of completing the Three Communities Primary School in Rogbomtama village, Port Loko district, and the devastating Ebola outbreak, Education for Hope was unable to fund the project. The situation is now urgent and dire and, as a result, EFH Board Member Mr. Sylvanus Davies was able to raise the funds necessary to construct the fence.
 
We are incredibly indebted to Mr. Davies for his efforts and generous donation in making this project a reality. The construction of the fence commenced on Monday, March 20 th , 2017, an intended completion date of May 31, 2017.
 
Kelly's Vocational School
January 17, 2017

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.  

Children of the Three Communities at the School
November 4, 2016
On November 3rd, EFH held its annual board retreat at Quinn Emmanuel in Washington DC. The retreat was very successful and productive. A five-year strategic plan was set in motion and key objectives were outlined for the coming years.
 
Many thanks to our board members and staff who attended the retreat and moderator Michelle Rhoda.
2016 Board Retreat
August 19, 2016

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

Susan Snurpus

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