Budget $60.000

S.O.S. School bus needed

Our underprivileged students in West Africa must walk miles to school and miles back to their village in the dark. They urgently need a school bus.

Telling our children's story

Our students at John Hicks High School have to wake up as early as 4am to attend a class that will start at 7am. This is a long 3-step walk.

  • The first step is to walk from their hut in the village to the main street.
  • The second step, along the main street.
  • The last step, from the main street to the school.
  • The dangerous part of these steps is to pass a cemetary, or cross a hevea (rubber tree) plantation, where they can be aggressed, especially while walking alone after 6pm.

    In raining seasons, the road is impracticable and they get splashed with mud by passing-by motorcycles.

    Mrs Josephine Yobo, the WeHASS representative of the school, explains how hard it is for the children to walk to school. The students often run late to class and these long walks have a detremental impact on their health and grades.

    Josephine explains that she tried to walk with them these three long steps, and ended up exhausted and dehydrated.

    A school bus for these children, would likely result in improved grades at school and better overall health.

Told by our Fundraisers.

My name is Mary Hernandez.
I and I'm a volunteer for WeHASS, which stands for We Help African Students Succeed.
About a year ago, I met John and Delphine Hicks, and I was fascinated by their story of building a high school in a rural area of the Ivory Coast where no school has been built before.
I have been an elementary school teacher and then taught English as a second language for many years, so their story fascinated me and especially when they talked about students and need, so I decided to I join and become a volunteer.
The school in the Ivory Coast is very important.
Ivory Coast became independent from France in 1960 and they had a good economy until the year 2000 when they ended up in a civil war. Of course, one of the casualties of a war was the educational system.
Since then, the country has tried very hard to develop a good elementary program, but not all the high school students are being served yet, especially those in rural areas and especially for girls. Therefore, John Hicks and his wife Delphine started the school there to provide an education for underprivileged students and those that needed a way to get to school.
One of the problems that the school is having now is that it doesn’t have a school bus or a system for the students to get to school.
Walking to school is not easy. For some it is a long distance, and they must even start walking when it is still dark.
Another big problem is that in the rainy season, the roads and the streets are very hard to get through.
Therefore, we are raising money to buy a school bus.
Our budget is 60.000 dollars. Would you help us?

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