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Therese Chorun Memorial Fund
Therese Chorun devoted her life to environmental and political justice. She fought rainforest clearcutting and political oppression that led to poverty. Spending decades on these causes, Therese’s organizational and political action included nonviolent, physical protest. She risked her safety and she was jailed more than once. Described by her friends as unquestionably dedicated to what she believed and oriented around empathy for those mistreated and in need, she left an irreplaceable impression on those who loved her.
Therese also believed in the education and freedom of girls and women in male dominated societies. YVA has worked with 4 outstanding female students in rural Sierra Leone and would like to provide education for a fifth. These students have already set examples of tenacity and initiative, blazing the trail of female self determination in a culture of polygamy and pratriarchy. As with our boys, we intend to instill a drive to help others in their country, now and later. If this fund is successful we will work with these girls to instill a concern for the environment in addition to YVA’s values.
SCHOLARSHIP CANDIDATE #1 SUMA
Years of refusing to sacrifice her integrity, just to be able to be enrolled in college has finally ended. Suma’s perseverance through mistreatment and her insistence are reminiscent of Therese. Suma is also a part time YVA employee, with excellent teaching skills (VIDEO), a bold and honest personality and most of all, someone we completely trust. She is looking towards social work, hopefully with us! Her enrollment fees are not paid for this current term.
SCHOLARSHIP CANDIDATE #2 MUSU
Musu’s tenaciousness is most inspiring. Overcoming Asthma, walking 10 miles a day to and from school, failing two years, giving birth and yet never stopping her intention to be the first village girl to graduate junior high. Little by little she has consistently improved until now she is near the top of her class as a 9th grader. We are so proud of her and so excited about her future!
SCHOLARSHIP CANDIDATE #3 YANKAIN
I met Yankain at the home of an amazing teacher in Sierra Leone who has polio and has started an organization to help children with polio however he can. His own achievement is amazing, and YVA intends to help him reach out to the ‘least of his brothers’. He was hoping to put Yankain into school but did not have the money so she has now returned to her family where they see her as incapable since polio took the use of one of her legs. But she has a fire in her eyes and she could become an amazing example of overcoming adversity. She only needs funding to put her into school now. Click this to see a quick phone video of her.