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Who are the people teaching our Africa ELI students? A terrific ensemble of teachers from Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya are preparing our girls for their future endeavors. Under the leadership of Headmistress Rita, faculty are teaching classes which include English, math, biology, chemistry, physics, agriculture, commerce & accounts, geography, and history.

At the conclusion of the year, we received a written report from the administration of Yei Girls Boarding Secondary School. All of our boarding Africa ELI students study at this location. Here are some highlights from the report:

Africa ELI positively contributed to the survival and improvement of Yei Girls BSS. More notably, Africa ELI tremendously contributed to our outcry in the following ways:

* A positive relationship and free interaction between the Africa ELI staff and Yei Girls BSS.
* Contribution to increased enrollment in 2009 through sponsorship, programs, and awareness raising about Girl Child Eduction in Yei County.
* Teaching staff
* Reduction in Malarial infections through provision of mosquito nets to students.
* Transport
* Cultivation of school garden
* Formation of various clubs
* Provision of sports equipment & uniforms
* Financial assistance during crisis
* Prompt payment of tuition fees of students
* Provision of dormitory facilities – beds and mattresses
* Holiday study program
* International visitors which raised the standards of the school as viewed by the locals
* Ever joyous moments with Africa ELI staff

Indeed, it is a pleasure to work with numerous education professionals at Yei Girls Boarding Secondary School, Yei Day Secondary School, St. Joseph’s Secondary School, and Nile High Secondary School. We extend our sincere appreciation to this fine group of women and men for their continued dedication to improving the lives of so many young people in Southern Sudan. We salute you.

-Anita

P.S. We are happy to report that we have achieved 80% of the Girls Rising Scholarship Fund goal. Our generous Africa ELI friends have time and again showed us their generosity and passion for sending Sudanese girls to high school. THANK YOU!!! Together we will give the gift of secondary education to 200 girls in 2010.

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