Only A Few Hundred Left to Go!

Dear Echoers!

Earlier in January, I wrote about an impending rent deadline for Esther and the Women in Action Development Project. Since that time you have all helped shrink the gap on the outstanding funds we needed to help Esther keep the school going for another semester. Thank you! And thank you to our new donors who have recently joined our community of support! Also a big shout out to web developer and designer Wes Bos who promoted us through their social media network to help support our fundraising efforts.

Wes Bos Social Media Campaign for Esther’s Echo

Esther was given until the end of January to come up with the remaining funds, about $1100US. With all your support, we got that down to about $450US. Esther wasn’t able to make the scheduled court date last week and so they gave her another week which means we only have a few days left. Without the rest of the funds, it is possible that the court could rule in favour of the land lord and push for the school to leave. We’ve had to relocate once before as a result of outstanding rent payments and the process is very disruptive to the school and could result in a long-term cessation of classes. Let’s see if we can avoid that and get those funds in by Thursday!

We also recently posted a new series of videos from Women in Action that Esther sent me. I have posted them to our new YouTube Channel. I recently e-mailed out a new video to all donors - Esther’s introduction to the daycare centre. I wanted to share another, it is an overview of Women in Action and its founding given by Esther herself.

Thank you again for all your support! Let’s make this happen!


Esther Kanu founded the Women in Action Development Program in 1996 in the midst of the Blood Diamond Civil War. Here she gives a brief overview of the project and introduces some of the students Esther's Echo is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Women in Action Development Project, a vocational training centre for young women and girls in Sierra Leone.