Water and health save lives. Education builds them.
In developing nations it’s not uncommon for children to have almost no education, for young women to be raising their own children without the basic reading and math skills every family relies on.
HATN believes education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. When kids learn to read and write they acquire the skills to move beyond subsistence toward an unlimited horizon. The dream of an education came true last year for kids in the village of Doneguela in Mali West Africa. Enrolment in grades 1 through 3 exceeds 100 kids and our three-room school is busting at the seams. We included latrines; a first for this village and the community participated in the cost through the construction of housing for teachers. Provision of school supplies and furniture and a contribution to teacher salaries ensured a successful outcome.
You might wonder what will become of children in grade 4 and up. At the present time, those kids who are able will travel upward of 10 km daily on foot for later grades. Predictably, most are not getting an education. There are 150 kids in grade 4 to 6 ready and waiting to enroll in the next school year, providing we can provide the funding for an additional 3 rooms, supplies, furniture and salaries for 2 teachers. The local government can only provide for one teacher.
Help us expand the school in Doneguela. Help us provide an opportunity for a better life. Our anonymous donor is prepared to match your generosity.
HATN is happy to announce that with the help of our donors we accomplished our goal and completed the Matching Campaign! We raised $10,000 in funding (even a little more, in fact!) and our generous donor has already honoured their commitment to match it with another $10,000. In total, this campaign raised $20,225.
The people of Doneguela will soon get the much-needed extension to their school and a maternity center. Thank you to all who were involved and to those who contributed. Please follow the construction of these facilities and see this money transform into an initiative that improves lives. We couldn’t have done it without you.