This is unashamedly an appeal for the school children in Guinea.
Much has appeared in the press recently about Guinea due to the ebola crisis. I arrived on my most recent visit in April as the outbreak was occurring. Until this devastating news broke most people would not have heard of Guinea or have been able to locate it on a map.
Guinea is a desperately poor nation in West Africa with over 60% of the adult population being illiterate. The Newfrontiers church in the capital, Conakry, is trying to help change this through the Jubilee International School.
Jubilee International School
JIS started in 2006. Since then it has grown to over 300 children ranging in age from 3-26 years. Yes, I really do mean 26! Due to the various outbreaks of violence which are part of life in Guinea much schooling is lost, so students stay at school until they have been able to acquire a qualification.
The school has to be fee-paying but also has a vision to bring high quality education to those who are poor or in need. As a result, finding the fees is a struggle or impossible for many parents or guardians, despite the fact they cost only about £8.50 ($14) per month, less than a weekly cup of coffee at Starbucks!
How can you be involved?
Please would you consider helping by sponsoring a child? Click on this leaflet (JIS Sponsor Leaflet-FRONT , JIS Sponsor Leaflet-INSIDE) and download it to learn more about the scheme which we are launching. Alternatively request a printed copy from Deborah Hobbs of City Hope Church (Newfrontiers) in London who is providing the administrative support for this. Gift Aid can be reclaimed through City Hope Church for tax-payers in the UK.
I am personally launching this initiative and will be monitoring how this goes and is administered both in Guinea and UK. I hope to visit Guinea again next year.
Thank you so much, and Happy Christmas!