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Sam and Becky Barber

Field Staff Reports: Sam & Becky Barber – March 2013

The Ministry of Education once again changed the starting date of the nutritional program that would provide a healthy meal daily to each student. It is now scheduled to begin in early March and also will include health checks and iron and folic acid supplements for every student. With the snack program from the generous donations of USFW and the…

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Ann Riggs

Field Staff Reports: Ann Riggs – February, 2013

As we approach the general Kenyan elections on 4 March 2013, the eight presidential candidates have presented goals for their hoped-for presidencies. Economic matters are high on their lists. One candidate has pledged to create a million new jobs a year. In a country with only 40 million people, a million new jobs each year would make a huge difference…

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Sam and Becky Barber

Field Staff Reports: Sam Barber – February, 2013

January is always a time of transition at Belize Friends School. Now that the second term has begun, our focus is geared toward the preparation of the Primary School Examination (PSE). We also accepted three more students, bringing our total to ten. On a personal side, our house was broken into again on January 14. This time some of Felicia…

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Joyce Ajlouny

Field Staff Reports: Joyce Ajlouny – February, 2013

As the second semester began at Ramallah Friends School (RFS), the staff committee initiated a one-hour strike each morning to emphasize their desire for better benefits and pay. Negotiations are continuing and it is my hope the staff will agree to a five-year offer from the Board of Trustees. Meanwhile as discussions continue, the staff agreed to freeze the strike…

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Ramallah Friends School

FUM Ministry Of the Month – February, 2013

Ramallah Friends School Upper School Campus — “You can take away our land and our freedom, but you cannot take away our education” is a motto threading itself throughout the history of the Friends Boys School (Upper School) which began in rented spaces in Ramallah, Palestine, in 1901. Over a century later the educational ministry despite many wars and atrocities…

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Ann Riggs

Field Staff Reports: Ann Riggs – January 2013

My report entails three recent blessings. Before I left Kenya for Christmas in US, the new chair of the FTC board’s Development and Fund-raising committee went with a student, a faculty member and a driver to visit our sugarcane plantation. They took a picture of the cane, which appears on the back of the FTC Christmas card. When they returned…

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Eden Grace

Field Staff Reports: Eden Grace – January 2013

December is always a busy month, but this past December was even more so! Colin Saxton, FUM’s General Secretary, visited Kenya in late November and was able to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with my family and me. During that visit, he asked me to take on a special short-term assignment helping Friends Theological College reorganize its accounting system. With the dawn…

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Field Staff Reports: Joyce Ajlouny – January 2013

Celebrations and performances were the main focus for the entire Lower School in the month of December. All the hard work that went into the preparation for the performances was evidenced in the wonderful choral program presented. Tala, the FGS librarian, recorded all performances and placed them on YouTube. Parents were delighted to be able to watch and share these…

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FUM News In Brief

College Prep Students at Ramallah Friends School Make 300 Points of Growth on SAT Scores By Michael Madormo, RFS English Teacher Over 130 students learned how to improve their SAT scores, how to apply for colleges and explore their goals and dreams for the future during the past two summers in the “I Know I Can” College Prep Academy. Students…

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Sam and Becky Barber

Field Staff Reports: Sam & Becky Barber – January 2013

Friends, In my last report, I shared the difficult behavior problems of a pair of brothers who attend our school. Time and a talk with their father have allowed the situation to improve dramatically. On a sadder note, all of our students attended a funeral for the father of another of our students. His father had died from complications of…

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