When we first met the people in the community of Liboré in 2007, we discovered that no girls had ever attended Secondary School.
Beginning in the 2009/2010 school year, P4K launched its Scholarships for Girls program, offering scholarships to four girls in the Madougou CES Secondary School in Liboré, and 39 girls in the Junior High School.
The results were outstanding, and the girls excelled in their studies, moving on to the next grade level.
By July 2017
25 girls from Liboré had not only graduated from Secondary but were enrolled in Post-Secondary Institutes or University.
72 girls participated in the Scholarship program and our first ever Scholarship Recipient, Hassiatou Karimou, graduated from Secondary School and became the first girl from Liboré to go on to University.
17 girls received scholarships in Secondary School with an additional 40 girls receiving scholarships in junior high school.
Small Acts of Grace
In 2009 Aichatou Halidou was unable to receive a scholarship in her second year of Secondary school from the Pencils for Kids Scholarships for Girls program, as she only entered the school part way through the semester and couldn’t qualify. Her friends Halimatou Tiémogo and Halimatou Soumana were the only other girls in the class at the time. These two thoughtful and kind girls regularly began to share their scholarship money with Aichatou. All of them passed on to the next level the following year with Aichatou receiving a scholarship in her own right. Two years later Aichatou and Halimatou Tiemogo graduated from Secondary school and went on to post graduate study.
The most remarkable transformation has been in the community itself – parents encouraging all their daughters to attend school, strive for excellence and reach for their potential. This change of mindset has impacted far more families and girls than the scholarship beneficiaries themselves.