Bright Minds

Dear Friends,

The first books have arrived at Tammah Library!   Here are some new pictures.  

26374424_1576900571965102_r.jpegThe world map mural in the library has been a hit.  

26374424_1576900110135989_r.jpegOutside the local health center, Yvette leads health classes for young women, teaching them how to use condoms and prevent HIV transmission.  Only 53% of the 1.9 million people in Nigeria living with HIV receive treatment.  Bright Minds is working to destigmatize the conversation around HIV and AIDS.

26374424_1576900484850075_r.jpegYvette with some of Bright Minds' scholarship recipients, who are enrolled in school for the first time.

26374424_1567618579758201_r.jpegFound this picture of Yvette and me back in Cameroon, co-leading a literacy session for primary school teachers.  We have made a great team ever since we started working together in 2015.  Now we have two Nigerian staff members as well.

26374424_157690198683094_r.jpegThis is  Zainab, one of Bright Minds' 55 scholarship recipients to date.  The breakdown:  48 academic scholarships, 6 job training scholarships, and one emergency intervention scholarship.  

26374424_1577574469601264_r.jpegAnd this is Mohammed with Yvette.  Mohammed is on both an academic scholarship and a job training scholarship to become a tailor.  He hopes to be able to support his mother, who is unemployed and just gave birth.  His father passed away from AIDS earlier this year.

26374424_1576903832404033_r.jpegHere's the breakdown of what your donation can do:

$32 enrolls a student in school for the first time.  This is a one-time enrollment fee for primary school.  After that, annual fees are nominal.  

$57 provides lifesaving food for a malnourished child for one month.  This is our new emergency intervention scholarship. 

$266 supports our health classes, girls club, and mentorship programs for one month.  

$3,500 builds a library in a school with no access to books or educational materials and trains librarians to keep it running.

You can view Bright Minds' operating budget at: 

26374424_1576904909818945_r.jpeg Cute kids at the first library we built, in Cameroon.  

Thank you for believing in our mission to make education accessible to all children.  We rely 100% on individual donations, so it is not a stretch to say we could not do it without you!  Feel free to reach out to me, Gina, at [email redacted] or Yvette at [email redacted] with questions or comments.  Contact Gina if you are interested in donating books or school supplies.  

I believe in this work with all my heart.  This is what keeps me going, despite all the daily bad news in the media.  It makes me feel like I am doing something small but deeply meaningful with my life.  Thank you for joining Yvette and me on this journey.  

Gina & Yvette
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Gina Dettmer 
Brisbane, CA
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