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November 2013

Give the gift of education on #GivingTuesday

According to the UN, education is the best weapon we have to eradicate poverty and hunger and promote economic growth in developing countries. But two thirds of African children are effectively locked out of high school because they cannot afford to go. 

We can change that, one student at a time. 

That is why EFAC is pleased to participate in the #GivingTuesday campaign – a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. In the same way that Black Friday and Cyber Monday launch the holiday retail season, #GivingTuesday launches the "giving” season. 

Starting December 3rd we invite you to visit our webpage and give the gift of education this holiday season.

We welcome all levels of giving, whether a one-time gift or a donation in honor of someone special to you. 

  • $50 will provide uniforms and books for a student for a year
  • $100 will provide five weeks of education and mentoring
  • $250 will provide a term of education and mentoring
  • $1000 will provide a year of education and mentoring

To acknowledge your contribution in honor of a friend or colleague, we will send your recipient a personalized EFAC note card. 

And, for donations of $100 or more we will include a beautiful hand beaded Maasai bracelet or a Fair Trade Maasai scarf. For delivery of gift offer by Christmas, please send us your order by Wednesday, December 18.

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Meeting Pamela Mbogo

Written by Blair Demers on a visit to Kenya with her husband and three children: 

For the past five years, our family has teamed up with several friends back home to sponsor the education of a Kenyan high school student named Pamela Mbogo through a program called Education for all Children (EFAC).  Founded in 2008 by Nancy and Rod Van Sciver in Rye, New Hampshire, EFAC is already helping over two hundred Kenyan girls and boys receive a quality high school education and a chance for a better life.  Pamela graduated at the top of her class last year, and Blair has been “mentoring” her via regular email conversations throughout the mandatory 10–month time gap between high school and university.  Together with our Portsmouth friends, we now continue to sponsor Pamela as a first-year university student.  She scored in the top 3% of all Kenyan high school graduates on her entrance exam, earning a coveted spot and government scholarship to the program of her choice (combination of engineering, computer technology, and mechanics) at a university in Nairobi. 

For years now, Pamela has been a far-away student whom we hoped we were helping, but with whom we had very little contact or personal connection.  For Pamela, our family and her additional sponsors felt just as vague and distant, if not more so.  I’m sure you can all imagine the excitement and joy we felt upon meeting one another during our time in Nairobi!  

Pamela spent an afternoon with us in between her classes and school commitments.  Over tea and cookies, we learned about her life as a college student, about her family, her aspirations, the challenges she faces at this time.  We showed her photos of our family and friends at home, and even taught her how to make guacamole from the avocados on the trees at our house (she loved it!).  The girls showed her how to color with their markers and mandala coloring book, and they swapped drawings with her before she left.  They also taught her how to play 4-square on the deck, which she picked up quickly and seemed to love. 

It was a wonderful visit that we will never forget, and we could truly see in person the difference that EFAC is making in the lives of so many bright high school students like Pamela. We continue to email with Pamela every week and look forward to following her progress as a student and watching her bright future unfold.