I want you to meet Mahelta Moussa. Mahelta is from Mokolo village which is about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), from Dono-Manga, Chad where our health center and schools are located. Mahelta heard about the opening of our primary school in Dono-Manga in the fall of 2010.
She rode the family bicycle to Dono-Manga and enrolled in school.Six days a week (yes school is Monday through Saturday), Mahelta rode that bicycle back and forth to school every day. Her bike ride was not over paved roads, but hardened, rut filled walking paths, and in many cases sandy soil. She was an excellent student and remained in school through the six years of primary school. When the time came to graduate and move on to secondary school…there was none. So, Mahelta repeated the sixth grade two more times in hope that a secondary school would be possible. She began school as a young teenager, but with no secondary school, she and her parents felt it was time to move on, find a mate, and start a family. Sadly, for her, our secondary school would become a reality the following year.
Mahelta got married in July of 2019, and this past May gave birth to a baby boy. I hope when he is ready to start school, he will be able to attend the school his mother did.
Girls like Mahelta face many physical and cultural challenges. They are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and put her at grave risk of physical violence walking long distances to school. But in rural Africa without an education, you are denied a chance to fulfill your potential and break the cycle of poverty. Educating a girl changes her destiny, as well as those of her future children, and ensures that she can contribute to the economic life of her community. Most of rural Africa is an oral learning society dependent upon others to read and interpret for them. Learning to read opens a vast new world.
Hope Springs’ Primary and Secondary schools reached a record total enrollment this year of 1,134 students. The girl/boy percentage for the primary school is 40% girls 60% boys. In our secondary school, the percentage was 34% girls 66% boys. Overall, 38% girls 62% boys. These are high percentages of girls compared to other schools in Chad.Something as simple as the inability to buy a uniform keeps many children, boys, and girls alike from attending school. Add tuition to this and most kids in Chad cannot go to school. We want to remove all obstacles for the children in our schools. We do not charge tuition and now we want to provide uniforms. Here is the link to a recent video about our schools and the need for uniforms. https://www.dropbox.com/…/h7o37qwo…/HSI%20Schools.mp4…