November 8, 2011
We are lucky to be working with Abdul Koligbonda Lebbie, who runs the Network on Disadvantaged Children. He located four more young women who are highly qualified and keen to attend college. Since this is our first year in Sierra Leone, we chose to select one scholarship recipient. Next year, we’ll look at our funds and Ms. Bangura’s success and decide how to continue. We are committed to funding Ms. Bangura’s entire university education.
Here’s what she wrote in her application essay (without corrections):
“I believe education is a right for all. This is appeared in the human rights documents Universal Declaration Human Rights–UDHR, UN Security Resolution 1325.
As an educated nurse/medical doctor, I personally will benefit economically as I will be well paid and will increase my respect in society. This will be able to help me educate my future children who will not suffer like me in terms of marginalisation.
I believe education will help me rise up above poverty and become a pillar in my family to help others.
It is my dream to establish a medical centre that will cater for the less previledge. I will also use my skill to increase awareness on health and sanitation in my community. My focus will be on maternal health, infant mortality, malaria and HIV/AIDS.
As a teenage girl, I grew up in a community plague with high rate of illiteracy and teenage pregnancy. It is my desire to mitigate the above situation with will hlep to increase participation in my community and Sierra Leone as a whole.”
We are honored to help support Ms. Bangura’s pursuit of her dream.
August 19, 2011
We are excited to announce we plan to offer a scholarship to a young woman in Sierra Leone. Lillian G. N. Baio completed secondary school with financial support through a program and grant by the International Rescue Committee. She wanted to continue her education, yet there were no additional funds available. She wants to major in Peace and Conflict studies and we want to help.
Sierra Leone is slowly recovering from 11 years of brutal civil war, which ended in 2002. If you’ve seen the movie “Blood Diamond” or read “A Long Way Gone” by Ishmael Beah, you know something of the war’s depravity and devastation. The average annual income is Sierra Leone is $220. The adult literacy rate is 27 percent (Source: UNESCO EFA Monitoring Report 2009), one of the lowest in the world.
We are grateful to friends of Cheryl Hatch, Bob and Betty Press, who recommended Lillian for a scholarship. Bob and Betty worked for years as journalists in Africa. When Bob received a Fulbright grant, the couple spent a year from 2008 to 2009 in Sierra Leone.
We expect to pay about $850 annually for tuition, room and board, books, uniforms and other expenses.
You can learn more about Isis Initiative, Inc. and our work at www.isisinitiative.org. You’ll find a link to our PayPal account if you’d like to support Lillian’s education.
August 7, 2010
I was excited to collect a registered letter from the Philippines this week. Leah visited Marethel Guinsayao at Western Mindanao State University in Dumingag. Marethel is the first recipient of a scholarship from Isis Initiative, Inc. She lives in a remote area on the Zamboanga Peninsula on Mindanao. Communication has been sketchy throughout her first semester at university.
Leah made the long trip by bus to pay her tuition and take photographs of Marethel and her school for us.
Leah wrote: “I think she tries her best to get good grades for her grades last semester are not so good. She asked an apology and told me that, that was because everything was new to her…We’ll just wait and see her performance this semester.”
We’re happy to support Marethel and wish her all the best as she pursues her dream to become an elementary school teacher.
August 18, 2009
Isis Initiative, Inc. received $1,150 in donations for the Captain Casey Scholarship Fund.
This is a new project for Isis, brought to us by our treasurer, Samanda Dorger, from her good friend Anne Stanley, a dear friend of Captain Casey’s widow, Charmia.
Our primary project offers scholarships for women overseas who have the desire but not the resources to attend college. We have just awarded a scholarship to our 2009 recipient, Marethel Guinsayo, who plans to study education and become a teacher on her island, Mindanao, in the Philippines.
The board discussed the opportunity to help the school children on the Caribbean island of Mayreau. We felt the school children’s needs met our mission’s criteria. The story of how Captain Casey felt compelled to help the children parallels in many ways the story of why Cheryl Hatch founded Isis Initiative, Inc.
When Captain Casey saw a need, he took action.
One person inspires another person, who inspires others to make a difference.