We currently have 10 African students in full time education and our initial goal is to have 20 students each year, for three years, impacting their families and community. The trustees commit ¬£10,000 each year and we are looking for matching funding of ¬£10,000 to enable 10 more young people to become teachers, doctors, nurses or engineers.
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We are training teachers, nurses, doctors, social workers etc whose own lives will be transformed but who will also touch thousands of others throughout their working lives ‚Äì teaching, healing, comforting, helping. Most of the people that your grant would be used to help are orphans, some are being helped already to complete their secondary education by children‚Äôs charities such as CICA (see below). However, these young people are on their own once they leave school. For boys, the prospect is generally piece-work, hawking goods or unemployment. For girls, there is even less opportunity and many end up through desperation in abusive relationships or prostitution. Starfish UK has set up relationships with a number of local education providers and the funds are delivered directly to them. The students don‚Äôt get the opportunity to use the funds for any other purpose, and there are no intermediaries, either in this country or locally. Therefore there is minimal risk of diversion or dilution of funds. We insist on a written report for each student each semester, from their college, to ensure that they are on track. Continued funding depends on this. We are in constant communication with our partners overseas and we visit Zambia each year (at our own expense) to check first hand that all is well and to interview potential new students. Thank you for your kind attention.
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