Bessassi December 2011


Post: Bessassi

Date(s) of project: January 5, 2012

Brief description of Project:

Funds are being requested to finance the start-up cost of an orphan support group in the village of Bessassi. There is currently an NGO – LARES – that provides both financial and emotional support to abandoned or orphaned children, however their resources are scare and their work is limited only to girls. As a result not only are there a number of young girls who are unserved, but boys are left completely out of consideration. This translates to a number of young students left not only without the financial means to purchase necessary school supplies, but also without a cohesive support network. The ramifications of these realities are stark and often lead to higher dropout and delinquency rates among orphaned and abandoned children. To remedy this problem a local councilman has been using his own resources to subsidize the price of school materials and to organize eighteen such students into weekly support group meetings. Funds from this grant will go directly to the formalization and expansion of this group.
Specifically the grant will be used to purchase textbooks to be shared among the students. Currently these students are not able to complete assignments on time, if at all, as they must wait for peers to lend them these textbooks. This often results in the students having to choose between attending class and being publicly reprimanded by teachers, or simply skipping class. By providing students with communal textbooks not only will they be able to complete assignments on time, but also this cooperation will foster feelings of camaraderie and support likely to transcend gender boundaries. In addition rather than simply purchase school supplies, this project seeks to impart ideals of resourcefulness and problem solving to the students. As a part of their weekly meeting all students will be engaged in toffee-making in addition to other activities. Toffee-making is a relatively simple process with unusually high profits (up to 200%). Students will then each be given a set quantity of toffee and be expected to return with the profits the by the following meeting. These profits will be pooled into a public account monitored by the councilman, to be used specifically and equally to purchase future school supplies. In this way orphaned and abandoned boys as well as girls will learn the importance of working together and taking an active approach to improving their current condition. The goal of this initiative is to become successful enough not only to operate independently of GAD funding, but moreover to raise enough money to purchase required textbooks for each and every student the following school year.

Number of people involved:

# of
# of Service Providers (work partners, Project co-organizers,
technicians, animators, etc.)
Women over 24 1
Men over 24 1
Girls 15-24
Boys 15-24
Girls under 15 9
Boys under 15 9


Item Number Unit Cost Total Cost
Math Textbook 2 5,000 10,000
English Textbook 2 5,000 10,000
French Textbook 2 5,000 10,000
Conjugation Textbook 2 5,000 10,000
Milk 10L 200 2,000
Sugar 20 sachets 25 500
Total 42,500

Amount Requested: 42,500

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