July 2017 Newsletter
This has been a busy summer here at Partners for International Cooperation (PIC). One of our first and longest-standing partner organizations, Mfangano Education Fund, has successfully fundraised and awarded over 100 high school scholarships to students on Mfangano Island and its sister Islands in Kenya. These scholarships are awarded to students who would otherwise not be able to attend secondary school. In addition, the Education Fund provides uniforms, school supplies, and repairs for schools around the area.
Finishing secondary school is a crucial step to university entrance and job security. Many of them hope to give back to their own communities, so I am incredibly pleased to introduce you to a few of our many award recipients:
Veronica Achieng, 16, is the daughter of a fisherman and a local farmer. In her early childhood Veronica suffered from many ailments, but she started going to school in her village school and her exam marks earned her a spot in secondary school. She is a determined and promising student. Best of luck, Veronica!
Sharon Adhiambo Balaka is one of five children living with their ailing father. The loss of her mother at a young age and her father's health struggles has sparked her passion to become a doctor so she can help the vulnerable in ways her mother was not able to be helped. Sharon's hard work and the support of the Mfangano Education Fund has helped her thrive despite having only the use of one hand.
James Oluoch, 15, is one of 9 children to the parents of peasant farmers. James is a dedicated student, and despite walking 2 miles to school every day, he has scored exceptionally well on his final exams and offered a place in secondary school. He dreams of one day becoming a lawyer to defend the rights of his countrymen.
Partners for International Cooperation is a 501 (c) 3 registered organization in the State of California. Since 2016, we have been working with community based organizations around the world to fundraise, share development knowledge, and help each other reach our humanitarian goals all while emphasizing equality with our partners through cooperative effort.
We've assisted new grassroots groups by building websites, grant writing, developing existing and new projects, setting up financial and PayPal accounts as well as Etsy accounts to bring jewelry and other handcrafted items for sale here in the USA, networking and promoting their efforts abroad, creating instructional materials on various nonprofit management topics, and much more.
PIC emphasizes equality with our partners, striving to break down the economic and social walls that separate and divide us. None of this would be possible without the support of people like you.
Barton, a PIC Volunteer, and the entire PIC Team