Having worked with scores of schools throughout the Horn, ARAHA is keenly aware that a child’s success in school requires ongoing resources and support. In acknowledgment of this fact, ARAHA invites donors to sponsor a student for one year. A contribution of $20 per month towards a student sponsorship will cover class materials, a uniform, and school fees for one child in grades K-12, paving the way for a life of opportunity and a chance to rise out of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency.
We reiterate the importance of children going to school all the time. It’s a pathway out of poverty and a chance for students to improve their lives and those of their families. But we can’t neglect those who will educate those children.
Teachers play an essential role in the education and development of a child. They act not just as educators, but as mentors, role models, and guides. And yet in certain communities of the Horn, teachers are underpaid or subjected to payment at irregular intervals. With our teacher sponsorship program, donors can sponsor the salary of a teacher for only $200 per month, and in doing so ensure a stable existence for an educator and a quality education for many students.
To meet the challenges of tomorrow, the Horn of Africa needs bright and talented leaders who have had the opportunity to attend university and engage with ideas at the highest level. Economic circumstances, however, prevent many students from continuing their studies after high school. Donors can give promising students the opportunity to attend university with a monthly donation of only $100 – covering tuition, room, and board. A college sponsorship will not only impact the student, but the ripple effect for the communities these students and leaders hail from will be immeasurable.
Hunger is a serious obstacle to learning. Students who don’t get enough to eat lack focus, earn poorer grades than their well-fed peers and have a harder time staying in school. Daily hunger can impair education and, consequently, an entire life. To combat this, ARAHA has a school lunch program–all children who attend certain schools in the Horn region will be guaranteed a full meal during the course of their school day. This has the triple benefit of alleviating hunger for children living in poverty, ensuring that the students maintain their focus in class, and providing an incentive for children to stay in school for longer periods of time.