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Complete: Tuition Project For Christopher and Judy of Zambia: $293 Raised. Thank You!

17 September 2011 3 Comments

This project is now complete. Launched: September 1, 2011.
Completed September 16, 2011.

Tuition Project for Christopher (8) and Judy  (7) of Zambia

Our goal was to raise $216.

$293 raised. Thank You!

Christopher (8) and his sister, Judy, (7) are orphans from Zambia and they are being raised by their aunt who has her own family. They live in extreme poverty and their aunt is unable to send Christopher and Judy to school. The fees for each child are $36 per semester with three semesters per school year totaling $108 per child. The funds were needed no later than mid-December 2011 to ensure that they reach Zambia in time for enrollment. We aimed to raise $216 for tuition, uniforms, socks, text books, and book bags. All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible.

 

Christopher (8)

Tuition Project Items

School fees for two students
Uniforms
Socks
Text books
Book bags

TOTAL: $ 216

Christopher is the sponsored child of Aura’s House partner, Inga Katelari, of Cyprus.

Inga writes:

“Hello! I would like to introduce you to a very special child. His name is Christopher; he is a smart and handsome 8-year-old boy. Christopher has a sister named Judy, who is 7 years old. They live in Lusaka, Zambia and are sponsored through Children International (CI). Sadly, their mother died and father abandoned them when they were very young. They are currently being raised by their aunt – their only relative – who is extremely poor herself and who also has to provide for her own family.

After sponsoring Christopher in June 2009, I noticed that they lived off of $30 per month and that Christopher did not attend school due to the lack of money. From a follow up received from CI, I also found out that Christopher was enrolled in grade 1 for a very short while and then he was pulled out, as his aunt simply couldn’t afford to pay the school and enrollment fees. Thankfully, with the help of some wonderful friends and fellow sponsors from LiftOne, we were able to enroll both Christopher and his sister Judy to the 1st grade of school for the 2011 school year, which started in January 2011.

Some time ago I inquired whether Christopher and his sister would be able to continue their education to the second grade but I was informed by CI that, unfortunately, it is impossible for Christopher’s aunt to send the children to school for the next year and that without help they simply can’t afford going back to school. As a good friend of mine very precisely described the situation like this: “What is it like, to go to school for the first time, sit in a classroom full of kids, make new friends, dream, laugh, hope – only to be told some weeks later “You aren’t going back – we can’t afford this”? What is it like to see the neighborhood kids go to school wearing uniforms and carrying backpacks, knowing that they are learning, drawing, reading, playing together? What is it like to see the same kids come back after school, excitedly discussing an activity or laughing over something funny that happened in school? What is it like to witness this every day and at such a young age realize that you cannot be part of it? We may take primary education for granted, without pausing to consider that primary school is not only about providing an education – it’s about providing a peer network, developing social skills, learning abilities and so much more. A child that is excluded from these benefits is going to fare so much worse in life than his or her peers. I sincerely hope that Christopher or Judy is not going to be one of these kids. Please consider giving Christopher and his sister a chance to continue their education!

Many thanks for all your help!

With all my best wishes,
Inga”

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3 Comments »

  • Inga said:

    I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart all the wonderful friends, Lifters, fellow sponsors and donors for making it possible for Christopher and Judy to go to school next year. Thank you for your love and for caring so much for these deserving children. What an incredibly generous community! 🙂

  • Kristen said:

    Inga, I’m so happy for you and for Christopher and Judy. What a great project! I hope we continue to help send more children to school.

  • Dorothee said:

    Congratulations Inga on your fundraiser completing! I can’t wait to see the photos – Christopher and Judy are going to be so happy to be going to school! And they deserve it!

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