The mission of our partner in Cameroon, Hope Services, is “To build up the capacity of our beneficiaries through the provision of skills that can enable them to be self-reliant thereby avoiding dependency syndrome.”
In sum, to provide children with the resources they need to attend school and become successful adults.
And thanks to our supporters, and our partners throughout Africa such as Hope Services, that’s exactly what we have been doing for 20 years.
Through our school fees assistance program, Hope Services is able to do more than provide scholarships for hundreds of primary and elementary students – more than 4,500 orphans in 20 years – but also pay for the essential items they need including the mandatory school uniforms, books, exam fees, school bags and supplies, and more.
As Hope Services director Esther Ndichafah puts it, the objective is to give “the underprivileged the same opportunities to be educated like others…to be successful and fulfilled like others.”
In the thousands of Cameroonian children, Esther has been able to assist through our school fees assistance program thanks to people like you, Blandine is among those who stand out.
Blandine was selected by Esther for tuition assistance despite being visually impaired, which for most destitute children like her would have meant a miserable life, a day-to-day struggle for survival.
But Esther could see beyond that in Blandine – a smart young partially blind woman seeing a bright future for herself.
Blandine excelled in secondary school, but all the while wondered what happens after she graduates. Even with a high school degree, there is no way she could even begin to earn the money she would need to realize her dream of attending college.
For Esther, there was no one more deserving of a college education than Blandine, and she turned to us. And thanks to our supporters, for the first (and so far only) time, we provided tuition assistance to a college student.
“She has experienced a great feeling of fulfillment because she has no one to count on,” Esther told us when Blandine started classes at the University of Bameda a few years ago. “The funds made all the difference.”
And she hasn’t let us down.
“Our first university beneficiary of our annual school program for vulnerable children rounded off this year,” Esther reported recently.
As for Blandine, with her dream realized, “Today, I can boast of an education.”
This year, we are helping to provide educations for thousands of orphaned and destitute African children in Cameroon, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe, but we need your help to assist even more realize their own dream of attending school.
Your gift of $25, $50, $100 or more goes a long way in countries where it only costs a few hundred dollars a year to help lift a deserving child out of a life of poverty and despair.
Please give the gift of an education today.