Marissa Baratian

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GKEF Students Helping Others

Several months ago, a few of the children in the Guinea Kids program had the opportunity to lend a helping hand to another non-profit organization doing work in Guinea. Woontanara Aid provides aid to many diverse people in Conakry, Guinea. Our students helped to build a sewing school building at the Home for People with Disabilities. The [...]

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4th Annual Guinea Kids Benefit Concert

photo courtesy of Julie Graber c.2011 Guinea Kids Education Fund, with the help of many volunteers, put on a beautiful and exciting event this year to raise much needed funds in support of children’s education in Guinea, West Africa. It was probably our best event yet! I was so proud of the work that went [...]

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The Guinea Kids: In Their Own Words

While recently in Guinea, I sat down with some of the Guinea Kids to ask them about what they are learning at school and about what interests them. Here’s what they had to say: “I learn how to do math and read my lessons and learn to write and to draw. When I finish school [...]

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A Visit To Guinea

I recently had the delightful and deeply moving experience of spending a month in Guinea staying in the neighborhood where the Guinea Kids students live. Many of these children I knew when I visited 3 years ago and was overjoyed to see them again grown that much bigger! Addams is the girl in the center [...]

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Groovin’ for Guinea: GKEF Gets By With A Little Help From Our Friends

Guinea Kids Education Fund would like to heartily express our thanks to Mandjou and Maya Kadakia of Mandjou Mara Djembefola who held a trio of fun events in Madison, Wisconsin to benefit GKEF in late October! Groovin’ for Guinea — A Benefit for the Guinea Kids Education Fund was comprised of 3 opportunities to give: [...]

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Spotlight on a Guinea Kid

Sia is a young girl who now attends Nimba Elisa School in Conakry, Guinea with the help of GKEF. She is one of the new students who started school last January. For Sia, the opportunity to receive an education is a special gift. When Sia’s mother was young, she was taken out of school to [...]

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Back To School Preparations

The school year in Conakry, Guinea doesn’t start back up until October, but the Guinea Kids’ students began their summer tutoring this past week in order to begin gearing up for another year at the Nimba Elisa School. Tutoring in session. Most of our students are doing very well in school and passing onto the [...]

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GUINEA KIDS GETS A MAJOR TUNE UP!!

PART DUEX The Homework Place Gets An Upgrade The big project that was accomplished this year was the renovation of the Homework Place. The space in the front yard of the Koumbassa home where the GKEF students gather for tutoring 4 days a week was formerly made from partial walls and a partial roof. It [...]

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GUINEA KIDS GETS A MAJOR TUNE-UP!

PART UN GKEF member Karim Koumbassa recently returned from Conakry, Guinea where he spent 3 months at the Koumbassa home with his family in the Enco-5 neighborhood. There he was living and working among his family and community which includes all of the Guinea Kids’ children. Much of that time he used to assess, improve, [...]

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3rd Annual Guinea Kids Benefit Concert

We had a record turn out this year at the 3rd Annual Guinea Kids Benefit Concert on October 17th. Over 200 friends, families, and community members showed up to celebrate the rich culture of Guinea with us and help Guinea Kids Education Fund (GKEF) move forward on our mission to enrich the lives of so [...]

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