EduNations Benefit Concert is Next Week!
EduNations’ benefit concert featuring Sandra McCracken will be held on December 3rd at 7:00 PM in the Memorial Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church Sanctuary. Get your free tickets for early access at 6:00 PM! Doors will open for general admission at 6:45 PM.
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480 Registered for December Youth Camp in Rokassa
We are very excited to have registered 480 youths from the six EduNations’ school villages[i] for this year’s camp in Rokassa from December 13-17, 2021. The record registration was the result of close cooperation between EduNations’ staff and the EPC Sierra Leone village pastors.
The theme for this year’s camp is taken from Philippians 3:10 “That I may know Him”. The planning committee has been working hard behind the scenes to make arrangements for all the details of programming and logistics for such a large group. Since last year’s camp was canceled due to COVID-pandemic restrictions, the student and administrators are especially eager for what can be a life-changing experience. We welcome your prayers to that end.
We are grateful to EPC churches in Presbytery of the Alleghenies who generously provided most of the funds needed to run the camp.
[i] The six villages are Fintonia, Gbenekoro, Mabum, Mapainda, Mayatta, and Rokassa
Rokassa Health Center Saves and Improves Lives
We are happy to report on the ongoing contributions of the “Orfonthy” community health facility in the village of Rokassa. Upon reviewing our records, we realized the “Orfonthy” clinic has registered more than 20,000 patients since it opened in 2017.
Administered by the health care non-profit Jericho Road in cooperation with EduNations, the clinic has provided life-saving care to patients both near and far by providing FREE health care services for pregnant and lactating mothers, children under the age of five, and the disabled. The Orfonthy clinic is also a valuable resource for students from EduNations’ Hope Academy with over 1400 visits by EduNations’ pupils in the first 10 months of 2021.
In addition to maternal and child health services, the Orfonthy clinic provides laboratory analysis, immunizations, and surgeries (including life-saving appendectomies). Just in 2021, there have been over 100 surgeries.
The clinic also conducts educational outreach to remote communities including screening for hypertension and diabetes, the most common life-threatening chronic conditions even in remote Africa.
Having a clinic in such a remote area of Sierra Leone continues to be a blessing to many, many in the region.
Reflections on Organizational Accountability
EduNations relies on and is grateful for the donors whose generosity has made our schools a reality. In fifteen years, there has not come a time we were unable to meet our financial obligations, even during the extraordinary challenges of the 2015 Ebola outbreak and our current Coronavirus pandemic.
I am writing to let you know how seriously the leaders and staff of EduNations take our responsibility to manage your donations with utmost care. To uphold our organizational value of utmost integrity, we work very hard to employ best financial management and reporting practices in order to retain the esteem we have earned with all our stakeholders, including parents and village leaders, government officials, other NGOs in Sierra Leone, our financial supporters, and our Board of Directors.
Our reputation for integrity has been gained over the years through rigorous attention to the details of management of and accounting for all financial transactions as well as managing operations to ensure best efficiency in the use of our funds. EduNations’ leaders and staff work closely with the US Board of Directors to prepare and manage budgets and actual operations.
Over my years in financial management with EduNations, I have found the work to ensure transparency, accountability and good financial management to be exceptionally rewarding. My colleagues and I are proud that we have made a contribution to EduNations’ success and are committed to keeping your trust every day.
Thank you for helping us to Ignite Hope through education in Sierra Leone.
 Edited from a draft written by Isaac Boima – EduNations’ Administration and Finance Manager