The Los Altos United Methodist Women’s goal this year for the African Student Education Fund has been to raise $28,225. That amount is sufficient to support 10 female students at Africa University with half-tuition scholarships for the 2020–2021 academic year. To date, the UMW has raised $23,188.
James Salley, Africa University’s associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement, joined LAUMC on January 26 to celebrate our connection with Africa and our support for African women who have hope for a better future with education. Since the fund was established in 2005, the UMW has raised over $400,000 and supported 68 students, most of them for two to four years until they graduate.
Donations to the African Student Education Fund can be made through the LAUMC Finance Office or through the UMW.
All services on Sunday, January 26, will focus on LAUMC’s ties to Africa and to education for African women. What began in 2002 as a simple birthday wish to an African missionary has resulted in tuition scholarships for 68 African women at Africa University (a United Methodist institution) in Zimbabwe.
Our guest speaker at all services will be Mr. James Salley, associate vice
chancellor of institutional advancement for Africa University. Because of Jim, we
are able to have individual African women named to receive our support. During
this academic year, 11 women are receiving half-tuition scholarships of $2,823
each. Once we begin supporting a student, we hope to continue our support each
year through her graduation.
To continue to provide 10 partial scholarships for the next academic year, we need to raise $28,230. You can contribute to this important effort by giving generously at church and by shopping at the Sale-Abration between services. Please make checks payable to LAUMC with “African Student Education Fund” on the memo line, donate online, or text AFRICA and your gift amount to 650-229-5200.
Also on January 26, Los Altos United Methodist Women will present their annual Sale-Abration, 9:00am–1:00pm in the Children’s Center. A variety of gifts, snacks, and homemade baked goods will be available for you or for your valentine. Coming just before Super Bowl Sunday, you will find all the snacks you’ll need to enjoy the big game. If you prefer a healthier meal, there will be the now-famous soup mix available for purchase.
This is the only annual fund-raising event at LAUMC designated for the African Student Education Fund to benefit women. All proceeds will go directly to student scholarships. None of the funds are used for set-up.
All services on Sunday, January 27, will focus on Africa and education. Bishop Minerva Carcaño will be our guest preacher for the morning services. She is a member of the Board of Africa University in Zimbabwe. Don’t miss this special Sunday!
In 2005 a simple birthday greeting connected a member of LAUMC’s United
Methodist Women with Loice from Zimbabwe, who was studying at Michigan State
University. Loice had a couple of years left to complete her economics degree, and
she was struggling to find a way to continue her education in the United States
once her scholarship funding ended. Our UMW responded by gathering enough funds
to support the remainder of her education. That was the spark that led to our
special African Student Education Fund and our yearly focus on Africa. We
strive to promote awareness of the overwhelming hardships of our African
siblings, with a focus on education for African women.
Over these past years we have supported over 60 young women, most of them for three or four years until they graduate. Our current goal is 10 students per year, supported at half tuition. A special collection at all services will benefit the African Student Education Fund. To give, you may donate online, text AFRICA and your donation amount to 650-229-5200, or make checks payable to LAUMC with “African Education Fund” on the memo line.
In addition, we have an opportunity to shop at the United Methodist Women’s annual fund-raiser for the African Student Education Fund! Sale-Abration is open on January 27 and February 3, 9:00am–1:00pm in the Children’s Center. Find unique gift items, delicious sweets and snacks for Super Bowl, beautiful floral arrangements for your Valentine or other occasions, and more. All proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for African women at Africa University.