“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”
It is estimated that more than 61 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa will not obtain a primary level education and of these children, 15 million will never attend any school. Further more, there is a large gender gap with girls almost twice as likely to never attend school than boys. As you can imagine, the opportunities for these children will be severely limited.
ICF is committed to make a sustainable improvement in the lives and communities that we serve. As such, providing education is a core activity. We support educational programs at all our missions. Our support ranges from primary and secondary education to technical/jobs training. These programs are life-changing for the individual and their families.
One such program is located in the Kibera slum outside Nairobi, Kenya where an estimated one million people live in truly horrendous conditions. Our Open Gate of Hope mission operates a primary school and social welfare feeding program in Kibera. Our feeding programs target the most vulnerable children. Many of these children come to school for the food but … leave with the education that will allow them to get a good paying job and eventually leave the terrible living conditions in Kibera.
In addition to school, ICF supports a broad range of technical/skills training within our missions. Pastor Geoffrey at the Kingdom Care Orphanage in Togo has been tireless in providing the needed skills, tools and education to orphaned youth so that they may be equipped for the life ahead. These skills training programs include a baking center, fishponds, sewing center, farms and most recently a leather craft center where leather working skills will be taught, and leather shoes and other products will be produced and made available for sale to the local community.
Our largest educational project is the new girl’s college in Monrovia, Liberia. Our goal is to create a safe space for women to focus on their education and to mitigate the gender gap in education, training, and employment. This will be truly transformational for thousands of young women.
This is a multi-year construction project which is progressing according to plan. The first-floor structure is complete, and the second-floor construction is underway. We expect to be able to begin to utilize this facility for classes after the second floor is completed.
When completed, the facility will include approximately 50 classrooms and the full range of support facilities. It will be sufficient to accommodate as many as 3,000 students. The curriculum will range from nursing to computer science to business administration.
Together We Make A World of Difference
Regular giving helps us support our efforts to drill wells along with countless other programs promoting sustainable improvements in the lives of desperately poor children and their families. We call these donors Hope Ambassadors because they help ICF to provide hope to those who truly face life and death needs in Africa and India.
Every gift, no matter how large or small, is an answer to our prayers and an investment in the life of a child. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your continued prayers and financial support.
Thank you and God Bless, Dr. David Bruenning Founder/Int’l Director
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