Paajaf Foundation

Provide education for orphans and other vulnerable children. Equip women and female youth with vocational and handiwork skills. Develop social support systems for orphans, other vulnerable children, and women. Foster prevention education about communicable diseases, such HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, as well as care and support for those afflicted with long-term illness. Research children's and women's rights, adult education, and literacy training. Investigate policies covering orphans,
Mar 21, 2012

Project Report

children, teens,partners, schools,scholarship
children, teens,partners, schools,scholarship

Dear Friend of PAAJAF,

Once again, I would like to express our sincere thanks to you for helping us pay schools fees for your two of our children at PAAJAF.  We have conducted research and our intentions is to need to call for partners, sponsors, donors and volunteer fundraisers to team up to help build scholarship school in Gbawe community to give quality education for the underprivileged children and teens in the community. In view of this, I would like to share our findings with you:

The information obtained indicates that public schools in Gbawe are over-crowded. Some elementary schools have up to 65 students per class and there are up to 45 students per junior high school class. Teachers are therefore unable to give individual attention to pupils in normal school hours. Additionally, poverty prevents a significant number of children from staying in school and completing their education. The resulting lack of basic skills makes it difficult for individuals to secure employment. About 45% of Gbawe’s young residents are unemployed. Extreme poverty and low levels of education also impact upon health and ill health further impacts an individual’s ability to acquire and maintain employment. Additionally, people live in poorly structured and over-crowded housing. There is inadequate sanitation and potable water appropriate facilities in Gbawe are almost non-existent. Low education levels, lack of employment, ill health, inadequate sanitation, and over-crowded housing trap individuals and families in a cycle of continuous deprivation.

 

In addition to the aforementioned obstacles, traditional and cultural beliefs reinforce gender stereotypes that give preference to boys over girls with regard to access to education. Generally, girls share the role of primary care givers with their mothers and often have to work to generate household income, in addition to engaging in daily household chores. This prevents many girls from attending and remaining in school, particularly at the upper primary level.

 

The Ghanaian government conceived of an education strategic plan for 2010 to 2020 which seeks to:

  • eliminate gender and other disparities in the education system, and
  • include disadvantaged children in mainstream schools whenever possible.

Additionally, Ghana is pursuing the Millennium Development Goals (universal primary education and gender equality) to ensure that all children attend school and that enrollment for girls and boys is equal.

 

With the above background information in mind, PAAJAF decided to launch the Scholarship School Projects to provide formal education to deprived children, in addition to courses in adult literacy.

 

The primary component of the school project is providing scholarships for children at PAAJAF and in the impoverished community. PAAJAF plans to establish an educational institution from elementary to junior high school level that will create an enabling environment in which all children can develop their full potential. The pilot school is to commence at Gbawe as a day care center and elementary school (grades one to six and Junior High School). It is expected that in the first year, the school will support and educate 300 children. To avoid discrimination and ensure equality of access, the school will be opened to all. In the event that the number enrolled is higher than the places in any class, place allocation will be determined based on need and disadvantage.

 

In view of this, I would like to extend invitation to you for collaboration work to help educate neglected, orphans, and underprivileged children and teens in Gbawe.  We have our detailed proposal for the project at hand if it would interest you to have a look and see what you can do or could help us to find partners, sponsors, donors or volunteers to help on fundraising for the project, we would be much appreciated to you.

children, teens,partners, schools,scholarship
children, teens,partners, schools,scholarship
Feb 14, 2012

Children Networking - The children need your help

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networker at Gbawe

Dear Friends of PAAJAF,

The Children’s Network provides an after school programme for children and young people to support their learning and links the children their schools, and the greater community.

It enables them to share ideas and develop problem-solving strategies so that they are better able to understand the barriers to education and social engagement in which they are trapped and develop solutions to these problems. Children are guided in homework revisions, studying for exams and in life skills and games, to motivate and encourage them in their success at school.

Started in 2007, the Children’s Network began in Benkasa Community, BrongAhafo Region of Ghana with 65 public school students. However, the project has now closed in 2011 since there is lack of funding for the project.

In 2010, the programme was recommenced at Gbawe Methodist Basic School with 32 networkers. The project has brought a major relief to parents who cannot employ part-time teachers to help their children concerning their homework. Due to the networking, many of such underprivileged children now enjoy extra teachings after school to help them.

PAAJAF needs your help to resume this project; $50 helps to pay 1 volunteer facilitator allowance per a month for 12 month in this year 2012.  PAAJAF needs 3 volunteers to help on the project.  Summary,  $1,800 needed.  Other needs include: stationery, hire of venue, utility bills.  Volunteers are also needed to write winning proposals for the project and fundraising.

 

All helping hands are invited and we need minded people like you to help these underprivileged children at Gbawe in Ghana.

 

Thank you

Children Network Volunteers Facilitator - Teaching
Children Network Volunteers Facilitator - Teaching
Dec 14, 2011

Project Report

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children

Dear Friends of PAAJAF,

We here at PAAJAF are much grateful to you for your generosity and selfless contribution and investment in the lives of underprivileged children at PAAJAF in Gbawe Community, Ghana. Your donations are making real changes in their lives - Erica, Abigail and Josephine.Please visit our website to read about these children and other children at PAAJAF: http://paajaf.org/recipients/.

The situation at Gbawe in Ghana.
Gbawe is the village of Accra, the capital city of Ghana with about 45% of Gbawe's residents are unemployed. There is a large number of young people in the area and youth unemployment is high. A lack of basic skills makes it difficult for individuals to secure employment and families continue to experience extreme poverty due to lack of education etc. Extreme poverty and low levels of literacy have had a negative impact on health. The rampant ill health is decreasing the ability of people to acquire and maintain employment and is trapping individuals and families in a cycle of continuous deprivation. Parents depend on their children in old age, so it is crucial that their children are educated to secure jobs in future. African women seem strong, however their social position is determined by their husbands and single women with families find themselves marginalised. If a child in the family succeeds then s/he will be able to help his/her family. But there is lack of support to these children. Without your support to these children at PAAJAF, please, let us imagine their future.

Thank you for investing in their lives and the concerns. We appreciate your support a lot. In January 2012, PAAJAF would be paying tuitions for the children at PAAJAF but no funding now. If you don't come in to support these children, they would be removed from school and this would be sad, I believe you would not like to hear this. Christmas is here and 2012 also is just at the corner. We would like to plead to you to share our project to your friends, co-worker, families etc. invest in the lives of children at PAAJAF. This Christmas, everyone will celebrate and thank the Lord for what he/she received in his/her life. Few will be thinking about the less privileged. I hope you and they are one of them. Merry Christmas!

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