Edify is on the move!
This summer Edify began pilot projects in two new countries in Africa: Liberia and Burkina Faso! We are so grateful for our partners in Liberia and Burkina Faso who have blessed us with enthusiasm and local expertise to help expand and improve Christ-centered low-fee schools. Here’s a quick snapshot of our progress to date in Liberia.
Liberia ranks as one of the poorest countries in the world (174 of 186 on the UN Human Development Index) and the Liberian people suffered greatly during a fourteen year civil war that ended in 2003. Since 2003, the affordable private school market has doubled in size. Low-fee, good quality proprietor owned schools have been encouraged by the current President of Liberia, Madame Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. When our partner, Foundation for Women – Liberia awarded the first schools loans, the Vice President of Liberia was in attendance to present the loans to the schools!(As shown in the picture above) FFW-Liberia is a micro-finance NGO with a passion for alleviating poverty of communities and families through the pivotal role that women play. They have been operating in Liberia since 2006.
Burkina Faso also ranks as one of the poorest countries in the world (183 of 186 on the UN Human Development Index) and has one of the lowest adult literacy rates of any country in the world at just 23%. Our partner, MICROAid has gotten technical assistance from our colleagues in Ghana at Sinapi Aba Trust. In addition, we are grateful for the welcome we have received from Burkina Faso’s small but growing Christian school association. We are partnering with Dr. Philippe Ouedraogo, Executive Director of AEAD (Association Evangelique d’Appui au Developpement) who will be developing recommendations and plans for Christian transformation programs in schools that Edify serves. In addition to being a Pastor in the Assemblies of God Church, Dr. Philippe is author of the book “Overcoming Obstacles to Female Education in Burkina Faso”.
As Edify expands gradually to new countries (stay tuned for more coming!), we are grateful for God’s provision and pray for wisdom and unity as we work closely with partners to support and expand Christ-centered education!