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Dear Friends and Supporters,

Andrew, the volunteer coordinator of our scholarship program in Chin State/Myanmar, allowed us to share his email. The following is an excerpt:

“I was so thrilled by the mother of one of our Scholarship recipient girls (Duh Rem Sung of Salen village) when she expressed her heartfelt thanks with tears on her face to me. She said many beautiful and sweet words about her thankfulness to the scholarship program and also to us. I was really humbled by such kind words and tears of joy that I did not deserve at all. But I was so happy to see that.

 

I personally again, on behalf of all children and their families,  would like to say my heartfelt thanks to you and all the donors for the wonderful help for the poor and the needy children in such a remote and undeveloped region.” 

 

It is our hope that Andrew’s words touched you as much as they touched us. It is so rewarding to be able to give children an opportunity to be educated. Thank you for your donations which make this possible.

Our scholarship programs in Myanmar (Chin State and Yangon) have been in place for 6 years and have been very successful. In 2018/19 20 students are in their second and final and 17 students in their first year of high school. All together 75 students are on the program: 52 girls and 23 boys. ((In Section ‘Scholarships’, the article “Scholarships Myanmar 2013/14 – 2018/9” gives full details.).

 

Your strong support during our annual fund drive and your donations received to date are greatly appreciated. In total for 2018 in Sri Lanka and 2018/19 in Myanmar 368 students have received a scholarship: 290 girls and 78 boys.

Thank you for your compassion for the children.

 

With best wishes for a good summer,

 

Your Trustees of IFESCSF

 

6 July, 2018

 

 

 

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15 April, 2018

 

Dear Friends and Supporters,

 

We are in the process of finalizing our scholarship programs for 2018/19 in Myanmar, since the school year starts early June. It is expected that we will support 75 students for this coming school year. A total of 31 students from Chin State and 6 students from Yangon will be in high school; almost 49% of the scholarship recipients.  

In Sri Lanka, out of the 293 students on our programs, 121 are in high school this year, approx.. 41% of the scholarship recipients.

While the high number of students in high school demonstrates the success of our programs, our fund needs have increased exponentially and this will remain the case for the next few years.  

To ensure each child, whose study results are satisfactory, will be supported until she/he finishes high school, we have capped the number of students on our programs and, where prudent, will not replace school leavers.

 

In this connection, many of you have asked how many students have completed their education to date. Please note 73 students from our main scholarship program in Sri Lanka, started in 2006 with 20 children, have graduated from high school and 4 from University. Our apologies, we do not have statistics for the other scholarship programs in Sri Lanka, as they were started much later. The same applies to the programs in Myanmar.

Considering that 369 students in total were on our programs in 2017, graduates represent 21%, a high number, keeping in mind that only 105 students were on the program in 2010.

 

April is the last month of this year’s FUND DRIVE. If you have not yet sent us your 2018 donation, please do so. While contributions are greatly appreciated at any time of the year, receiving them during the fund drive period will allow us to determine whether we have a shortfall for next year, and if yes, there will be sufficient time to act.

We guarantee that your donations go directly to the children; we, the trustees and the coordinators in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, are volunteers. All administrative costs, except the modest bank transfer fees, are borne by one of us and not funded from donations. 

 

Thank you so much for helping us to give underprivileged children a better chance for their future through education.

 

Your Trustees of IFESCSF

 

 

 

 

 

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