Support the Lasallian Foundation Christmas Appeal
With your help, the Lasallian Foundation can continue to work holistically by providing a quality education for girls in a safe and secure primary and secondary school, as well as nutrition, clean drinking water and sanitation programs. Your gift will also support vocational training initiatives for young women who are unable to continue their secondary school and as a consequence are unemployed.
I would like to share with you two beautiful stories of four incredible girls from two very different countries. They represent hope and what is possible if girls are just given a chance. Thanks to you the outlook for each of these girls is better and brighter than before, and also for those close to them.
Kalani* lives in one of the poorest and disadvantaged slum areas of Colombo. She was only 14 when her parents forced her to drop out of school to look after her younger siblings because of their need for money and their lack of understanding of the importance of education which is an all too common occurrence in poorer communities.
Kalani, a smart and determined young lady, knew that she wanted something more for her family, so she commenced a free sewing and patchwork course run at the Lasallian Education Community Services (LCES) situated near her home in Mutwal. Kalani has excelled and her teachers say that she is so skilled at this work that she now works from home sewing for family, friends and her local community. Kalani is now able to make enough money to pay for food and utilities for her whole family. Her younger siblings can now also complete their education.
Ruth, Merolyn and Idesah* all live in the poor settlements (slums) of Port Moresby, PNG. All three dropped out from the local urban high schools however all were given a second chance to complete their secondary school at La Salle Hohola Youth Development Centre (LHYDC) funded by the Lasallian Foundation. All three girls, against the odds, worked hard to complete their studies. They not only graduated but they also received trade qualifications in welding and metalwork. Female trade graduates from LHYDC have an excellent reputation and are highly sought after by local employers.
Ruth, Merolyn and Idesah were no exception, they are now employed renovating a teachers’ housing complex and they are now able to stand on their own two feet creating better futures for their families.
It really is a no-brainer. By educating girls, we can better equip them to thrive in society. Children of educated women are far more likely to go to school themselves, creating positive effects on education and poverty reduction for generations to come. That’s right, breaking the cycle of poverty!
Please join me today to help show girls that their voice is important. That they deserve a chance to reach their full potential. It takes just a moment of your time to give a gift that no one can take away. A gift that will change their world for the better.
Together, we can break down the barriers to girls’ education, and provide educational and vocational opportunities for all girls. Then the future of this generation and their wider community will be so much brighter. Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy, happy and safe 2016.
With warmest regards,
Chief Executive Officer
PS. Two-thirds of the world’s uneducated children are girls. Help us correct this imbalance by giving one of the most powerful gifts this Christmas — education – the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.