PAY TUITION In partnership with UnimaAqualma, a seafood production and marketing corporation in Madagascar, and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries International (NCMI), a Christian service organization, 85 students were awarded full-tuition grants in 2005-2006. Our partner organizations provide support and infrastructure necessary to the overall health and well being of the students. Sponsored children range in age from six to 22, and they come from the northwestern village of Besakoa, the coastal city of Mahajanga, and the capital city of Antananarivo. Tuition money is paid directly to the schools attended, and continuation of payment is dependant on the student's successful completion of the school year.
SUPPORT A HOSTEL The families of the scholarship students from Besakoa formed a parent organization to better support their children. In order to attend high school, the teenagers must leave their village home to live in the coastal city of Mahajanga. With this parent association and UnimaAqualma, the Shama Foundation supports two hostels in Mahajanga to meet the domestic needs of those students.
DISTRIBUTE DONATED MATERIALS The Shama Foundation solicits educational and health related items. This year Shama distributed books donated by Popplewell Elementary School in Buhl, Idaho, to three schools in Besakoa. Past activities have included the distribution of educational materials donated by Didax Educational Resources, Carolina Biological Supply, and Learning For All Ages.
RAISE MONEY AND ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY The Shama Foundation continues to work to accumulate a principal money amount that will sustain the support of motivated children through college, vocational, or technical school. Since volunteers administer the foundation, all donations directly support the education of children in Madagascar. While we provide tuition and sometimes a stipend for supplies and books, students and their families must meet attendance and academic requirements indicating they also are assuming responsibility for their educations. We implement a tracking program to help us to document the progress of each child.
SET GOALS Shama�s primary goal is to support students through college or vocational training. This year RATOVOARIJAONA Sylviane Paula Tess became the first Shama student to enter college. She attends ESSCA Antanimena Antananarivo University in the capital city of Antananarivo. We supported Sylviane�s high school education, and we delight with her and her family in her success in passing her baccalaureate exams and in her acceptance to university. We are encouraging all our students, even the younger ones, to think about their futures and set their own educational and career goals. In conjunction, we are also encouraging our students to begin thinking about helping at least one other needy student outside of their own family once they have finished with their schooling and have found employment.