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Grandmother’s Advocacy Rescues Aziza

Today we revisit the story of a student whose future once appeared hopeless. Because of some unfortunate circumstances, her mother could not care for Aziza, who was suffering poor emotional and physical health.

Fortunately, Aziza’s grandmother took her in and started advocating on her behalf. One brilliant decision was to enroll Aziza in the Fish Hoek Dream Center, an ER after-school program, to experience an environment filled with love, encouragement, nutrition, and accountability.

Fast forward four years. Today, Azia, who still lives with her grandmother, is a fifth grader and is thriving compared with her early self. Her life turned around in 2019 when she found a positive path forward thanks to her loving grandmother. Way to go grandma!

Pray for her future steps. We’d love to share a story about Detective Aziza one day!

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A Star Pupil is Born

Nov. 29, 2019

Aziza* was born into a broken family in a settlement in South Africa. Aziza survived, somehow, despite her mom’s inability to care for her. She was left with poor health and concentration. Aziza’s future was bleak!

Fortunately, Aziza’s grandmother became her advocate. She prayed for Aziza to survive and be used greatly in her community. She enrolled Aziza in Extreme Response’s after-school program at our Fish Hoek Dream Center.

ER staff and volunteers poured passionately into Aziza at the Dream Center. Aziza studied hard. She became a star pupil and just completed her first 100-book reading challenge. She is thriving academically. Her future is filled with hope!

Aziza is one of nearly 200 kids in our Education Reinforcement programs in South Africa, Ecuador, and the Philippines. Many of these kids would be recruited by gangs, introduced to drugs, drop out of school, and face lifelong poverty without this education support.

Thank you donors for your support of ER, our programs, and staff. You make our life-changing work possible!

*Name changed for privacy

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