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CHILDREN'S EDUCATION FUND

The youth of Dogon communities have been educated by their families, community, and the indigenous healers in their villages, having been raised to learn/understand the intricacies of working closely with nature.  They are seeking support so that they can pursue a modern school education in order to have the skills necessary to communicate and interact on a global scale. With the solid educational foundation they receive in both worlds, they will be ready to heal, guide, and enlighten the paths of those they come in contact with in the future.  

THE CHALLENGE

The Children’s Education Fund Project is designed to assist youth who are born and raised in West Africa, who have lived close to nature in rural village areas, who show tremendous capacity for living according to their indigenous traditions and customs, and who are now seeking a modern school education in order to secure a brighter future for themselves, their families, and to be better leaders of tomorrow. A lack of monetary resources is proving to be a handicap in their efforts to pursue an expensive modern education that can give them access to exposure and advancement in the modern world. 

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OUR SOLUTION

The Earth Center recognizes the power of education and believes that all children should have access to educational opportunities to support their advancement. The Children’s Education Fund Project is currently designed to provide $1000 per year for each child to secure the costs of tuition, uniforms, books, transportation, food, and other miscellaneous expenses. This year we are aiming to support 50 children in this capacity from the villages of West Africa, namely in the countries of Togo and Burkina Faso. 

The Fund is seeking financial support to ensure that these children in those countries have access to the infrastructure, teaching, and learning opportunities so they can benefit from a school based education and go on to lead productive, healthy and fruitful lives. 

You can help us to make a difference in the lives of these children. Give a gift and sponsor a child. It could be the most powerful thing you do today. Visit us at www.theearthcenter.org and click donate.

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STORIES

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NADIA

Nadia comes from a  village in Sokode in Togo, West Africa. Nadia's mother and father come from a long lineage of healers. Nadia is in 5th grade and is 10 years old. After both her parents passed, her care and upbringing have been entrusted with The Earth Center. Nadia loves taking care of and playing with her younger siblings.

DJELILOU

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Djelilou descends from a rich tradition and legacy of healers and priests. His father, Ouro Sama Gbeleou, is one of the most respected priests who is demanded by his community and royalty for healing and spiritual assistance. 

 

Djelilou has inherited a natural inclination and capacity to work with nature and learn the art of healing and indigenous spiritual practices. Djelilou is also an excellent cook, a pro at taking care of babies and has a strong work ethic

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HEQITEM

Heqitem is 16 years old and born in Burkina Faso, West Africa. As a very young child he became interested in The Earth Center’s spiritual and philosophical education. He comes from a legacy of story tellers and diviners. 

 

Heqitem continues to work hard in both his traditional initiatic studies in carrying on the legacy of his family, as well as a student about to enter high school. 

FADILA

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Fadila is in 10th grade and has lived with her grandmother from the age of six until recently. Fadilla loves spending time with her family, learning English and fashion.

 

In her own words:

" My name is Fadila, I am Togolese, I come from Togo. More precisely in Sokode. And since I was very young I lived with my grandmother in Sokode. I studied a bit in Sokode and now I am in Burkina Faso to continue my studies. So when I arrived here in Burkina Faso at my uncle's house … I decided to continue my modern studies to be able to better understand and advance in the future and I am sure that in the future it will be very useful for me in being able to educate other children and my [future] children as well, to be able to understand and also to follow modern courses to be able to do better in life, thank you."