Guinea-Bissau is a tiny country in West Africa about the size of Maryland. Despite a fertile land, and status as one of the leading cashew exporters, it is also the sixth poorest country in the world. Guinea Bissau’s residents live in extreme poverty in an area marked predominantly by child and drug trafficking. Most consider their futures to be bleak in such an environment; however, West African Vocational Schools (WAVS) is working to turn this outlook around. A Christian, non-profit, WAVS believes in the power of education and training as long-term solutions for poverty.
The Forward Advantage Foundation is pleased to support WAVS’ Sponsor a Teacher program. Located in the city of Canchungo, the school’s teachers are currently instructing more than 100 students in subjects that include sewing, computer basics, English, and auto mechanics. Monthly donations of $30, $50, or $100 fund teacher salaries and help ensure that locals receive the job training they need to survive. The hope is that someday WAVS can open similar schools in other cities in Guinea-Bissau and throughout West Africa.
For more information on the program, including how to sign up, click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.