Providing Lesotho's Children with Keys to the World

This is the story of our efforts to end the vicious cycle of poverty, disease, inadequate education, and early death
in a remote rural community in Lesotho, Africa, by providing quality education and life skills
to the young children there. Join us on our journey ...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Local Educators Applying for Grant

One thing I am very proud of about our project is the work we have done mentoring and training local project leaders and educators so they can eventually take complete control of every aspect of the project and expand it to other schools all on their own.

Top to bottom:  Fortunate Gunzo, L2L volunteer, Tsela
Mapeshoane, Project Manager, and Locadia Tenene,
Nohana Primary School teacher, work on writing grants
at a workshop in Mohale's Hoek, Lesotho, 2011.
(Photos by Cecily Salmon)

Last year, we arranged for two project leaders, two teachers, and a project volunteer to take a 2-day grant-writing workshop.  (Our project participants were sponsored at the workshop by the Maseru Rotary Club.)

A few months later, with the help of  Peace Corps Volunteer Delia Helie, they wrote a grant application for the purchase of 44 XO laptops to start a program at another school, Kokobe Primary School.  The grant was successful and awarded to Laptops to Lesotho by an anonymous international foundation we have been working closely with.

We're now approaching the deadline for new grant applications for 2013.  Project Leader Matlabe Teba is working again with the teachers to write a grant to expand the solar-powered electrical system at their school, Nohana Primary School.  This will accommodate the 50 Dell laptops donated earlier this year by Pueblo West High School.

Project Leader Matlabe Teba (second from left) attending grant-writing
workshop in September 2011.
The foundation representative has indicated that she will accept the grant application directly from Nohana Primary School this time, rather than going through L2L, as long as L2L vets the application first.  This is because Matlabe has showed great reliability, integrity, and now has mastered email communications directly from the school so he can send regular reports to the foundation.

One huge step closer to our goal!

--  Janissa