Happening Now

Happening Now

The Masa Memorial Essay Contest This year’s contest is underway. This year, a number of teachers have strongly recommended that a special focus be placed on the female students, who, particularly, need to be encouraged more than their male counterparts.  As a result, only female high school seigniors are participating in this year’s contest. They’re writing about what change means to them, as future leaders of their community. The topic was chosen by a small organic group of local teachers. The papers are due in on Tuesday, May 31. There will only be 3 cash prize winners, due to our limited budget: First place: $50.00. Second place: $45.00. Third place: $40.00. This Year’s Middle School Entrance Exam The national Middle School Entrance Exam is scheduled to take place on June 15, 16 and 17, 2016. This is a big deal for our students. We will be helping 245 children of Lavie and its surroundings (from 12 schools) who will take the exam. Their ages range from 10 to 16. These candidates include 117 girls, whose pictures we’ve begun to post on our Facebook profile since March this year. Please visit our Facebook profile to meet all the female candidates and give each one a like. How We Will Help These Students Do Better on This National Exam: As we did last year, on June 14th (a day prior to the exam) we’ll give each student a pen and a folder (which the students were supposed to purchase on their own and bring to the exam that day. So this will be a big help). On June 14th, the students will each receive...
Meet Akouvi

Meet Akouvi

Meet 13-year old Akouvi Y., a face of change you’ve been helping to grow from the ground up. Akouvi is one of our elementary students, in their final year, who are getting ready for the 2016 middle school entrance exam. The exam will take place in June. This year, there will be 245 children of Lavie and its surroundings (from 12 schools) that will take the exam. Their ages range from 10 to 16. We are especially happy to announce that 117 of the candidates are girls. In the coming days, we’ll be profiling these brilliant girls of Lavie on Facebook, 1 or 2 at a time. As we did last year, a day prior to the exam, each student will receive a pen and a folder – the only things they are allowed to bring to the exam room that day. They will each also receive $1.00 – a breakfast allowance for the 3 exam days. The children will buy their breakfast from the women who sell food in the school yard (of the exam center) every morning. After the exam, the top 3 students of each class will receive a cash reward. The exact amount will depend on how much you – our supporters — can help us raise. Last year, 75% of the students in the Lavié district, passed the middle school entrance exam, compared to only 48% from the larger region. We hope to do even better this year. Donate today to help us keep growing change from the ground...
Thanking Our Donors

Thanking Our Donors

Donors of The Children of Lavie: Over the last few weeks, I have received kind words from many of you, congratulating us on the NYU Award for Humanitarianism given to The Children of Lavie in October 2015. I’m not only deeply honored to accept this award, I’m proud to have accepted it on your behalf; you who’ve kept The Children of Lavie committed to its mission even in difficult times. Thanks to your uplifting generosity, we’re planting the seeds of change, and opening up Lavie to this little corner of the world. I am sincerely grateful and humble for the award and for your subsequent messages of encouragement. Without false modesty, this award is rather for you, our donors; you, our Board of Directors; and you, everyone over in the village of Lavie. As many of you know, Lavie’s children and their parents are the mirror of my incurable optimism. As they try, fall, get up, dust themselves off and just keep on, so will I. Always. This award is the reward for their hard work. So will the Lavie Library, our project of priority. I’m sure you’d agree. When you buy the book, Kofi, a Child of Lavie, the proceeds will help make this, too, happen. You may make your year-end tax-deductible donation here. I thank you immensely and ask you to please join us in saying thank you to NYU, NYU’s School of Professional Studies and the NYU leadership for this great recognition. Sincerely, Kofi...
NYU Award Recognizes “Extraordinary” Work Done By The Children of Lavie

NYU Award Recognizes “Extraordinary” Work Done By The Children of Lavie

— Written By Marguerite Marty, Esq. | Photo By Milla Magri On October 24, 2015, NYU opened up Lavie, the remote, little known village, and its children to its prestigious academic community in New York and around the world by honoring Kofi Amouzou (’99), the co-founder, the Board, and the donors of The Children of Lavie (COL), with the Bart Lawson Alumni Award for Humanitarianism. This NYU Award, of which The Children of Lavie is the only recipient this year, recognizes the extraordinary contributions of the organization and its commitment to the education of others, anywhere in the world, through participation in community service and the alleviation of human suffering. As we celebrate this award, and congratulate Kofi, we remember when The Children of Lavie began quietly in the village it was named after – Lavie, a collection of mud and clay houses with straw and tin roofs built into the African hills of Togo, a narrow country in West Africa. With its ambitious but pragmatic mission to support the education of the village’s children in need, the organization immediately sent 14 children to school before it was officially formed in 2003. “We didn’t just send these children to school that year,” explained co-founder Kofi. “We promised them and their parents that we would help them every year going forward, though we had no idea exactly how.” To date, The Children of Lavie has helped over 1,700 children pay for their primary, middle, and high school education. More than 52 alumni are in college, and we are currently in search of funds for the construction of Lavie’s first library. The...
Just In

Just In

The 3-day national entry exam into middle school, that started on June 16, 2015 in Togo, ended on Thursday, June 18. The exam took place in Lavie and other designated exam centers around the country. 246 children of Lavie and its surroundings (from 12 schools in total) tried their chances for middle school next year. Prior to the exam, on June 15, 2015, each student received a pen and a folder, the only things they are allowed to bring to the exam room. We also gave them their breakfast allowance for the 3 exam days. The children will buy their breakfast from the women who sell food in the school yard (of the exam center) every morning.           As a last-minute effort, some teachers even held a prayer session for their students.   After the exam, when the results are in, we’ll award cash prizes to 36 students: the first place from the entire center and the top 3 places of each class.                 Our children entering the exam hall on the morning of June 16. Stay...
Meet Herve

Meet Herve

Herve’s Mom and Dad are farmers, subsistence farmers whose only tools are hoes and machetes. We met them in 2012. His father said he couldn’t wait for Herve to grow up and help out on the farm. Dad’s arguments for his only son, Herve, to help him on the farm, were as sound and convincing as any survivors’ objectives: food, water to cook, water to drink and water to wash. But as we talked, he also understood that tomorrow might be different for Herve if he could be in school today. We offered our support so that Mom and Dad no longer have to choose between Herve’s education and feeding him. With his parents’ consent, we took Herve to school. Today, Herve is thriving in 2nd grade. We thank our supporters for their continued understanding and generosity. Remember to visit this site often for the chance to meet another...
Kofi, A Child of Lavié

Kofi, A Child of Lavié

It costs a dollar a year for Kofi to go to school. In his African village of Lavié, that is a lot of money. When Kofi turns 13, the worst happens. His parents have no money to pay the fees. Out of school and facing a future of working on the farm he hates, he despairs. What happens next tugs at heartstrings as Lavié comes to his rescue in an unexpected way. BUY NOW Kindle: $2.99 Paperback: $13.45 Also on barnesandnoble.com, ibooks and Kobo. Loading...