As the first secondary school in the region, buildOn’s Bla school, that ROL supported, serves 18 villages giving the poorest kids access to education. buildOn is increasing the number of female students in the Bla school – with the long-term goal of having 50% female students. Currently only 20% of women in Mali are literate, so the Bla school is making a critical difference.
AIL is currently running 7 adult literacy courses in Herat and 1 in Kabul, serving 286 women. The students receive lessons about health education, life skills, peace, love, humanity and mutual respect. The women are learning to write and read faster because they meet every day outside of class to continue practicing with each other. AIL’s health program has served 28,000 patients to date this year with health education and clinical outpatient visits.
JP/HRO officially opened the L’Ecole de L’Espoir (School of Hope) in May 2016. The primary school continues to provide quality education for children of Delmas 32 and targets students that are most marginalized either because of poverty or learning disabilities. J/P HRO has also expanded its impact through its Delmas 32 Education Revitalization Initiative, a project to develop the curriculum in 25 other schools in the area, so that the best curriculum reaches the 6,000 students the schools serve.
Downtown Youth Boxing Gym founder, Khali Sweeney, has been named a CNN hero. CNN highlights how Khali has used boxing to overcome challenges in his own life and to raise up his community. "Education is key," he said. "Books before boxing has always been our motto."
SHOFCO is scheduled to finish construction of the gender safe house, funded by the Ray of Light Foundation, in September 2017. The gender safe house will provide temporary shelter for children and women who have been victims of gender-based violence. The safe house will ensure victims are connected with SHOFCO’s long-term health, legal and economic resources
This summer, Bahay Tuluyan renovated the Sinag Center supported by the Ray of Light Foundation. Sinag which means “ray of light” provides emergency services and shelter to children in need. The renovation brought brightly-colored walls, a new play area, classrooms conducive for learning, and a new dining area to make the center an even safer, more inviting space for the children to explore, learn and interact.
On July 11, His Excellency President Peter Mutharika and Madonna opened the Mercy James Centre for Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, the first of its kind in Malawi. The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Health and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital as well as partners and benefactors from around the world who traveled to Malawi to celebrate the milestone. His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika and Madonna toured the Mercy James Centre, including the three operating theatres and Malawi’s first paediatric intensive care unit, and greeted patients in the 50-bed ward. Called the “pride of Malawi” by His Excellency, the opening ceremony was a celebration of the partnership between Malawi’s Ministry of Health and the global and local partners that made the Mercy James Centre possible. Raising Malawi’s long-term partner, Professor Eric Borgstein, called the Mercy James Centre “a game-changer for Malawi.”
SHOFCO reached over 1,000 households last month with their community programs to break the silence around sexual and gender-based violence. A gender safe house supported by the Ray of Light Foundation is scheduled to open in October.
Our support to Bahay Tuluyan’s “Sinag Center” in Manila has enabled the organization to shelter over 80 children so far this year and provide the children with case management, psycho-social support, nutrition, and medical care.
We are in the final stretch of our project to build a new pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, the Mercy James Center for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care! The new facility will be the first of its kind in Malawi and will double the number of surgeries performed on children each year. We are looking forward to the official opening in July.