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,
Jun 29, 2011

Afterschool Update

Dear Friends of PAAJAF,

This is to inform you the progress of our children network programme in Gbawe Community. The programme currently has 35 networkers with one volunteer co-ordinator. We are in need of facilitators who can make impact in the lives of our networkers. And this is to recruit University students as facilitators.  This project is in need of funding to meet the goals of the programme.  We would like to appeal to you all to come to our aid and invest in the thirsty minds of our networkers.  The programme is based on afterschool programme.  Kindly watch the programme as attached as linked. You can create and make a change in the lives of the impoverish children.

Thank you.

Philip Appiah

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Jun 13, 2011

Project Update

It is sometimes easy to put off things until tomorrow, but when tomorrow may bring illness or worse the meaning has a sense of urgency.  The people who are helped by donations to the PAAJAF face a tomorrow everyday where there just isn’t enough to go around.  Your support of this charity will ensure a child the right to live with hope for the next day.

Unfortunately, the school fees arrears of our current sponsored child still left unpaid and we here at PAAJAF is calling for help on their behalf.

Our client Group educational Circumstances

Children’s Education: Public schools in the area are normally very over-crowded. Due to the demography of the city (56% under 24 years) and the growing population (migration and natural increase), 24,500 new school places must be created in the basic school system (primary and junior high) each year for 10 years. Classes are generally twice the size of those considered acceptable in the Developed World. The teachers are therefore unable to give individual attention to any pupils in the normal school hours; this affects attainment levels. Whilst most Ghanaians have access to primary and some secondary education, there is a high drop out rate in primary school, especially for girls. The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 2006) stated that only 22.3% of females and 25.9% of males completed primary school in 2007.

 

Thank you to understand the impact.

Feb 25, 2011

Afterschool Program Update

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PAAJAF has successfully commenced a new afterschool program in Gbawe Methodist School in Ghana.  The main aim of the project is to contribute to the full development of children by assisting them to succeed academically, and stimulating them creatively.   Alex Nyani and Philip Appiah introduced the program to twenty-three (23) Junior High School students on 23rd February 2011.   After introduction, one hour forty-five minutes English class was held and the meeting was fantastic. The class agreed to have English class since their English teacher did not come to school that day and the subject is one of the subjects they have problem with. Exercise books, pens and pencils were donated to the program participants.

The Program Area of focus:

Academic

As an after-school program, it is expected that the primary emphasis will be education.  Assistance will be given to participating children in both their schoolwork and in other relevant areas:   There will be:

-   Tutoring in all subject areas for children.  Particular emphasis will be on English, Math and Science, and in all other subjects that participants identify as problematic.

-  Specialized literacy sessions that will include but not limited to reading circles and a book club.

-  Reading and discussions for youth (eg. Debates/speech)

Social

Since this is not an entirely academic based program, efforts will be made to make participants enjoy each other’s company.  In this way, a good amount of time will spent on allowing children to interact with each other.

Leadership

Participation in this program is aimed at creating a good environment to build into participants the essentials of leadership qualities.  Such self confidence building into members is meant to produce self-starters and outstanding citizenry.

The program would involve imparting lessons about the importance of being leaders of self and others.  Through seminars and activities, participants will be taught about responsibility, respect, taking initiative, community involvement, self-esteem, etc.  As part of their civic duty and as leaders, participants will be encouraged to partake in frequent community projects, such as clean-ups and backyard gardening.

Creativity

Creativity is an often forgotten aspect of development in young people.  It is very important and will be encouraged.  Creativity through the arts will form another pillar of the Children’s Network.  This will be in the form of

-   Teaching and learning of dramatic arts

-   Singing and dancing

-   Creative writing workshops

-   Visual and other arts

Physical activity

Health promotion will also be included in the programming of the Children’s Network.  Informing participants about healthy habits and other issues that will be beneficial to their health development would be one of the major goals of this program. This will be an excellent opportunity to discuss topics such as sanitation and the environment, healthy eating, disease prevention, fire safety, road safety, etc.

As part of the full development of young people, physical activity will play an important role. In this regard, participants will under go keep-fit   exercises. This is to achieve the ancient philosophy of the Greeks that “a healthy mind could be found in a healthy body.”

Challenges:

  • Lack of Facilitators - PAAJAF needs four facilitators to help deliver the program in Gbawe community and each facilitator is expected a stipend of $50 per a month
  • Lack of volunteers
  • Lack of funding for snack program – PAAJAF aimed to incorporate snack program to afterschool program
  • Lack of books and stationery and other racecourses.

PAAJAF needs the help to render this project in the impoverish community in Ghana.

 

Sincerely,

Philip Appiah

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