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Kids wanna skip school, right?

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Brian Dickerson via Crowdrise
August 16, 2012

It's a new school year, and we're expanding the project when funds are available. We've identified 2 more communities to join and help.  See more

BENEFITING: STEP UP INC

EVENT DATE: Jun 01, 2013

HOURS PLEDGED: 200

Mileage Tracker: 16,000

Brian Dickerson

THE STORY:

They wanna skip school, right? 

Nope. They want to go to school!  Really!

These fellas are new additions for us this year.  They and their family are so pleased to have a little help with school and crops and water.  They're doing all the work, and we get to help cover costs.

All of our kids did spectacularly well this year, too ('12) with one youngster actually at the head of her class.

Funds go to support children and their families in one of the world's smallest countries, Sao Tome & Principe, West Africa. Funds go through STEP UP, a small NGO we encountered while in the country; they were recommended to me by US embassy staffers for transparency and effectiveness. It's a poor country with little employment for the unskilled. It's tough for families to cover the cost of school. Girls especially get left behind in Africa when families have to choose which of their kids get to go to school. STEP UP provides uniforms, shoes, school supplies, in-home tutoring, and some food assistance for the families.

Our sponsored kids and their families are all folks we've met. They are so touched to have friends in the US who will partner with them to get their kids through school. We're expanding the program, targeting 100 kids who will struggle with fees and uniforms and such; we'll be doing tutors as well. 

Pictures are from Children's Day at Almas Elementary School and the neighborhoods.  We visited in JUN '12.  Wonderful folks, could use a hand.

The old guy (wearing the crowdrise cap) is Ned Seligman, the NGO director.  We've been working our projects through him and his staff.  Roberta dos Santos is the coordinator.  Nice folks we know well and trust.

This project will progress through the year, covering costs for the kids and their families.  We'll do some targeted family assistance along the way, too.

Pictures are from our visits Jun '11 and Jun '12, mostly.  More of the story at the website and blog.

http://africa.texasex.org/

http://brian-dickerson.blogspot.com/

 

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  • Computer Sciences Corporation

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    $500

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58% Raised of $9,500 Goal

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The Team: $5,500 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Donor Comments

Camden Roofing

Camden Roofing

DONATION: $1,000

5 years ago

Buddy Ferris

Buddy Ferris

DONATION: $400

5 years ago

Camden Roofing & Construction

Camden Roofing & Construction

DONATION: $1,000

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

5 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $1,000

5 years ago

Camden Roofing & Construction

Camden Roofing & Construction

DONATION: $500

5 years ago

Computer Sciences Corporation

Computer Sciences Corporation

DONATION: $1,000

5 years ago

Old guy

Old guy

DONATION: $100

6 years ago