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rock-star missionary

Posted by on March 17, 2011

I want to take some time over the next few weeks to highlight some of the awesome things going on here in Niger.  It is so easy, when you are working hard on a job or project, to focus only on what you are doing.  The truth is there are heaps and loads of amazing things going on to benefit this needy people.  It is no coincidence that the first of these posts is all about my friend Chantelle.  She is my hero.

… and this is why…

Welcome to the Kouara Kano Formation Center for girls.  It is a place for girls to learn that they can make a difference in their own lives which will effect their families and the world around them.

They are taught skills like reading, math, sewing, French, basic health and nutrition.

More than that, they are taught that they are valued by the world and capable of growth.

Chantelle believes in “the girl effect.”  By helping a girl you can in turn help everyone in here sphere of influence.  She becomes a mother, a wife, a leader.  For more info about this click here.

This school gives real beauty a face and a name.

There really aren’t words to describe what all this means.  But the big one that comes to mind, on behalf of women every where, for the time and treasure and tallent being given to these girls…. to Chantelle and her co-workers….

(sorry for the blurry photo, but I could not pass up its cuteness)

For more information on the Centre or to find out how you can sponsor a girl click here.

To hear more about Chantelle and her family visit her blog.

Her amazing photography can be viewed here.

7 Responses to rock-star missionary

  1. Judith


  2. Gma

    I agree. Chantelle’s school is amazing, and I’m so glad I was able to visit. I especially was impressed by the room full of sewing machines that the girls who finish the program will receive. Such a great incentive–such a practical and tangible reward that can give them a livelihood. Also, the fact that they have a school where they can learn about a range of life skills as well as academic subjects–where they can ask questions about anything from health issues to life issues to how read and write French more proficiently–a very freeing environment of hope and possibility. Thanks for sharing, Hopie!

  3. Mitch

    Chantelle: totally a Rock-star. Awesome update!!

  4. Chantelle

    Aww you are too kind Hope. I happen to think you are pretty rock-star yourself and am so happy we are getting to know each other better! Love you!


  5. Becky Peterson

    So fantastic! I love the whole idea of “The Girl Effect”. Love to you and Jesus on ya!!!

  6. Auntie Lala

    Seriously amazing school. I have already started pitching to one of my French speaking teacher friends to go work with Chantelle – I personally would love to follow her around for a few months and see all the great transformation in those girls’ lives. (And my bad for that blurry picture of our cute Mama, after years of bossing around photographers on shoots for work I humble myself by forgetting to switch the auto focus back on. 😉 Oh and also I miss you guys like super crazy. HUGE HUG!)

  7. Steph

    What a fantastic program for Niger! I love it. Thanks for sharing about Chantelle and the way she’s investing in other girls’ lives. It’s so beautiful.

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