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Dear Friends and Supporters,

Life is very fragile!
The horrible terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday demonstrated this once again. Hardly a day goes by without dreadful news; and so often innocent children and adults are affected. Our hearts go out to everyone who has lost loved ones or has been hurt badly.

My personal apologies for not sharing with you earlier that, luckily, all our students in Sri Lanka, their teachers and our coordinators are unharmed. It took a bit of time to get news from the more remote parts of the country. The Sri Lankan people are still in shock and fear…hopefully, all terrorist cells will be identified and disarmed, so that life can return to normal and tourists will not stay away, as tourism is an important income generator for the local people.

In the midst of these tragic events, there are two rays of sunshine!

1. Myanmar:

Our scholarship programs for Myanmar for the 2019/20 school year have been finalized. 73 students (58 girls/15 boys) will be supported: 60 from Chin State and 13 from Yangon.

A true highlight is that 16 students from Chin State and 1 from Yangon graduated from High School this March. All together 19 students have completed their education since the program started in 2013/14. Please join us in wishing all Graduates well for the future.

2. Our 2019 Fund Drive
We would like to express our gratitude to all our loyal friends and supporters who have donated already. Many of you have supported our scholarship programs since the start in Sri Lanka in 2006, demonstrating a big heart for the children.
 
Equally heartwarming is to say “a big Thank you” to several new donors. We are so grateful that you joined us and hope the success of our scholarship programs will bring you joy too. The children will always be grateful to every donor for the opportunity to get a good education.

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


Thank you so much for helping us to bring hope and a chance for a better future to underprivileged children through education.

 

 

Erna, Beatrice, Martine, Dorrit, Gerd and Jim
Your Trustees of IFESCSF

 

 

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