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Despite resistance from his family, Ronaldo is pursuing an education — and his faith.

Ronaldo (left) with some of his friends at the WAVS School. 

Ronaldo (left) with some of his friends at the WAVS School. 

Ronaldo grew up in a small village called Tame. A few times each day, a truck rolls through the village on the dusty road that serves as the community’s only lifeline to the outside world. If you can catch a ride, a bumpy journey through the forest takes you to the town of  Canchungo.

Ronaldo made that trip when he was 16 so he could attend high school in Canchungo. After enrolling, he heard about the WAVS School – the only school in Canchungo providing job-skills training – and he signed up for its computer basics class. He enjoyed the class so much, that he also enrolled in the school’s English class.
Ronaldo has had to work hard to keep up his studies at both his high school and the WAVS School. His mother didn’t go to school and doesn’t understand why he’s enrolled in so many classes.


“The best thing about the school is the skills I am learning. I can use these skills throughout the rest of my life.” - Ronaldo, WAVS School student

“It’s still difficult to convince my mother of the importance of school,” Ronaldo said.  His family has also resisted Ronaldo’s decision to become a Christian. Some have even threatened him if he doesn’t renounce his faith. But with the support and encouragement from staff and students at the WAVS School, Ronaldo continues to hold firm in his decision to follow Christ. 

Now a level 3 student in the English program, Ronaldo is quickly becoming a fluent English speaker with the help of his teachers. He said that the English classes at the WAVS School, which are two hours each day, are much more effective than his high school English classes, which were 45 minutes twice a week and lacked the quality of teaching and materials available at the WAVS School.

In the future, Ronaldo wants to go to the capital city, Bissau, to study to become a lawyer.

“The best thing about the school is the skills I am learning,” he said. “I can use these skills throughout the rest of my life.”

We invite you to give more students like Ronaldo the Gift of Education with a year-end, tax-deductible gift. This gift will help train 100 students with life-changing job skills in the first semester of 2018.

Each student pays tuition for the courses they take, but this only covers about 25% of the total cost each semester. The remainder of the costs are covered by generous donors like you. Help us raise $10,000 by December 31 to cover the remaining costs of the courses for these dedicated students. Any amount you give will help reach this goal!

Give the Gift of Education.

Give Opportunity. Give Hope.

 

Deusa's WAVS story: How her education gave her new opportunities and hope.

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Deusa was nervous. It was her first day at the WAVS School’s computer basics class and she wasn’t even sure how to hold a computer mouse. But she was confident that she would learn.

After all, her friends who graduated from the WAVS School were now able to speak English, conduct research using the Internet, and create PowerPoint presentations. She imagined how much better she could do her job as a local radio journalist if she, too, had those same skills.

“The reason why I enrolled was because I saw that the students who studied there succeeded and are now using their skills,” Deusa said.

Deusa applying her computer skills

Deusa applying her computer skills

Six months later, Deusa completed her course. A computer mouse no longer intimidated her.

Now, Deusa is able to type up her stories to be read on the radio instead of writing them out by hand. She is also able to search the Internet for news and report it to her community.

And thanks to her new Excel skills, Deusa was also hired to help keep track of a United Nations school-feeding program in surrounding villages. Every day, she collects data from the villages and returns to her office to enter the information into her spreadsheet.

“The skills I learned are helping me a lot,” Deusa said. “It’s very important to have this school here. It’s a blessing.”

The education that Deusa received at the WAVS School has given her new opportunities and hope. This holiday season, we invite you to give students, like Deusa, the same opportunity. Help us train 100 students with life-changing job skills in the first semester of 2018. Each student pays tuition for the courses they take, but this only covers about 25% of the total cost each semester. Help raise $10,000 before the end of December to cover the remaining costs of the courses for these dedicated students. Any amount you give will help reach this goal.

Give the gift of Education.

Give Opportunity. Give Hope.

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WAVS School graduate: "I'm ready. If there's an opportunity, I can go for it."

Crouching under a large cashew tree beside a dirt road, Agusto carefully welded together two square rods of metal. Chickens pecked at the ground around him. Neighbors wandered about. This is his workshop.

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Agusto was able to attend the WAVS School because of Teacher Sponsors who help keep tuition affordable while allowing the school to grow and improve every year.

Between now and the end of June, we invite you to partner with us so we can train even more students in the welding course like Agusto.

Today, you can sponsor a welding teacher or make one-time gift to support students like Agusto. It costs $500 to train one student for a lifetime.


A few years ago, Agusto wasn’t sure how he was going to earn a living in Guinea-Bissau, one of the world’s smallest and poorest countries. Here, the education system is in crumbles and there are few paying jobs. Agusto knew that it doesn’t take much to set up your own business in Guinea-Bissau – just some tools and some job skills. But many young people like himself who are ready and eager to work don’t have the opportunity to get those basic things.

One day, his younger brother told him about the WAVS School and its welding program. He encouraged him to enroll in the nine-month course. Agusto said to himself: “OK, I’m ready. If there’s an opportunity. I can go for it.”

After completing the course and purchasing a set of quality, affordable tools through the school’s New Entrepreneurs Program, Agusto started working.

“All the skills that I’m using now, I got them from the school,” Agusto said. “How to work with the tools, how to work with the machines – all these skills I learned from the school.”

He’s now able to provide for his younger siblings and his mother, all of whom depend on him.

“I’m so proud of myself because now I have my own shop,” Agusto said. “I don’t have to go out there to ask people for money.”

And Agusto says he learned more than just a job skill. He also grew in his faith.

“I will never forget to thank God for giving me the opportunity to study in this school,” he said. “The school has a good program that helped me progress in a technical way and spiritual way, as well.”

Agusto was able to attend the WAVS School because of Teacher Sponsors who help keep tuition affordable while allowing the school to grow and improve every year.

Between now and the end of June, we invite you to partner with us so we can train even more students in the welding course like Agusto. There are two ways you can give:

1) Sponsor a teacher

Before the end of June, we are looking for seven people to help sponsor Cirilo, the lead welding teacher, so we can equip more students with life-changing job skills. As a WAVS Teacher Sponsor, you will receive personal updates from Cirilo about how your investment is impacting him and the lives of his students.

2) Give to the WAVS welding program

You can make a one-time gift of any amount before the end of June to help train more welding students. It costs $500 to equip one student with the skills needed to provide for himself and his family for a lifetime.

More Than a Guard. Meet WAVS school staff: Quidam Sau

By: Jenna Harvey - Director of International Development

You may already be familiar with the faces and the names of the WAVS School’s lead teachers and administrative staff, but today I want to introduce you to a dedicated employee who works behind-the-scenes so that WAVS can carry out its mission: to equip young women and men with life-changing job skills.

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Quidam Sau

Quidam Sau began working at the WAVS School in December 2012 as the head guard. His job is to coordinate with all the other guards at the school, manage the keys to the school, water the plants, keep the grounds clean and orderly, and other minor tasks such as replacing light bulbs and ensuring toilets and sinks are in working order. Above all, his main job is to keep the school a safe atmosphere where students, clients, community members and guests feel welcomed.

Quidam Sau is more than just a guard. He studied both English and computers at the WAVS school. He studied English up to level 3 and graduated from the computer course in April 2015. As a computer course graduate, he also took advantage of the New Entrepreneurs Program that the school offers and purchased a personal laptop.

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Studying computers at the WAVS school.

Quidam Sau is a mason by trade and has helped the school with many masonry projects over the years. Most recently, he laid cement in two of the rooms in the welding department which previously had only dirt floors. He also built conduit boxes to bury the electric line from the main school building across the street to the welding workshop.  

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Quidam Sau giving a Creole lesson to a group of U.S. visitors. 

Quidam Sau is at the school every weekday morning starting at 7 a.m.. He warmly welcomes all who visit with a large smile. Last February, Quidam Sau even gave a group of visitors from the U.S. an introductory lesson in Creole.

It truly takes an entire team to make the WAVS School what it is. We are so thankful for the work and commitment that Quidam Sau contributes to the WAVS team!