Thus far the respond has been rewarding but a lot more has to be done to keep the centre operating. Our main support is coming from well wishers and is not sufficient to meet the increasing needs of the centre.
The centre's biggest challenges are:
- Funding to support the programs
- Shortage of food
- Funds for purchasing medical supplies
- Shortage of Childrens' school supplies
- Need for computers, printers and office supplies
- Funds for conducting workshops and seminars
- Getting volunteers
The centre is growing by the day, numbers are increasing and 75% of the first registered students in early childhood programs at the Boran Education Centre are in high school and due to graduate in 2015.
65% of the refugee youth and their families who attended the Boran Education Centre ESL classes and were resettled as refugees have successfully transitioned in their resettlement countries. A portion of them have graduated from high school, a number graduated from the community college and or university. A good number of the older refugees are holding decent jobs, some are doing taxi businesses, some are managing small retail shops and others are homemakers.
We are hoping with the support of the donors we can increase the sitting capacity by acquiring more classrooms, school library, a youth centre/women empowerment space and a van to ferry the children to and from various school activities.