Through donations and sponsors Into-Africa has been able to bring hope to some of the poorest countries in the world. In the past three years, Into-Africa has awarded 13 scholarships totaling over $25,000, and provided $1,000 in scholarships for tuition and school supplies for children affected by the most recent Ebola outbreak in Libera.
Currently we are supporting seven college students pursuing degrees at varying levels across Africa; a young woman in Freetown, Sierra Leone who will soon graduate with her Doctorate of Medicine; a young man at the University of Abomey-Calavi in Cotonou, Benin studies to become a plastic surgeon; in Accra, Ghana a young girl works to complete her Baccalaureate in Information Technology from Wisconsin International University College; and two sisters attending the Catholic University of West Africa in Abidjan, Ivory Coast to pursue studies in law and economics. These students are not only making a difference in the schools they are attending, but will continue to bring change, self-sufficiency, and empowerment to the nations of Africa. By giving these young men and women an education and the tools and resources necessary to make an impact in their field of study, we are also equipping them to make a difference for future generations.
It is also our desire to support missionaries as much as we can. We seek to provide funding for the children of missionaries who are serving on the field, knowing that it is virtually impossible for missionary families to avoid the exorbitant tuition charged by overseas schools. Recently, Into-Africa provided scholarships to three American recipients, two of whom are missionary children. The Sarabia family, who recently moved to Accra, Ghana after pastoring in Denver, Colorado for 11 years, was able to move into this new calling with the assurance that their two boys would be able to attend the local missionary school and receive a quality education.
Into-Africa's focus on education has always been two-fold. First, we aim to financially support students who have maintained a 3.2 GPA or higher while they pursue their educational goals, whether at the primary, secondary or collegiate level. Secondly, it is our hope that these students will go on to serve their community through medical teams, development teams, or fundraisers. Sheila Rugnao, currently finishing up her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, has had the opportunity to volunteer multiple times at The Potter's House Mission in Gugulethu, South Africa, a nation her parents had previously been missionaries to. It was through these times of service that Sheila dedicated herself to the medical field, determining that she will one day return to Africa to use her medical training.
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