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,
Apr 24, 2013

Evaluating the micro-loan process

Gbawe Community and challenges faced
Gbawe Community and challenges faced

It is with sadness that the project has been put on hold due to personal difficulties that one of the Networkers is facingfrom hospital treatment and high levels of unreliability of repaying the loans from 3 Networkers.  The micro-loans are provided by Sinapi Aba Trust in Ghana who are aware of the situation.

Two of the networkers have run away and as Project Leader, I took personal responsibility to repay their loans from my small salary from my church office where I work.   Every Thursday, I chase the Networkers at their respective homes to collect their repayment money then forward it to the loan officer from Sinapi Aba Trust.

The method of collecting the repayment of micro-loans is under urgent review and the micro-loans provided to defaulting group members have been suspended. The project will prepare more stringent loan contracts that participants must sign, the vetting process for the participants will be reviewed and changed to account for stricter background checks. We have been fortunate to have a volunteer Development Manager to help the project to work on this.

Do you have experience of providing micro-loans in a community? We would appreciate sharing learning with you. Contact me at info@paajaf.org

Thank you for bearing with us during this time.

Apr 17, 2013

Young writers receive pens, paper & encouragement!

The Children at Gbawe Methodist School
The Children at Gbawe Methodist School

You made it happen! Young writers at the After School Program have received packs of pencils, pens, paper and stickers for up to 30 children to continue their creative writing studies, thanks to your generous donations

The After School Program have been working hard and writing stories about issues that are important to them. Class 2B from Gbawe Methodist School have written about Human Rights and particularly it's affect in Ghana. They discussed in class what to look out for and some of the ways by which human rights abuse can be prevented and wrote up their thoughts in articles.

Stationery such as pens and paper helps the children practice to learn how to write and gives them the opportunity to share their thoughts on paper. If you would like to donate stationery, books or school materials to the children of Gbawe Methodist School please contact Philip at info@paajaf.org 

We share young writer Jennifer Mills article below...

I am Jennifer Mills, A member of the PAAJAF Foundation Children’s Network , As a citizen of this country, I am writing this article to talk and also write my views and opinions on the topic Human Rights Abuse

Child abuse is a cruel treatment of children such as beating, calling nasty names, insulting, cursing and so on. In other words, it is a bad treatment of a child by an adult, especially an adult in a position of trust or authority.
Secondly, I want to talk on child trafficking. This human rights abuse is a practice of taking children known as “Kayayo” for other jobs elsewhere. Many young girls and boys are brought from Northern Ghana to the Southern part of Ghana to work as common carriers.

I would like to speak on the sex trade. The sex trade is the forcing or luring young girls into sexual activities for money. Mostly, the money goes to their madam who has forced them into this life.

The fourth point is child labor. This human right abuse is the act of employing children less than 15 years old in income generating activities e.g. Children who sell ice water, rubber bags, just to support themselves of their family instead of being in school.

Lastly, I want to speak on Child Kidnapping, this is the practice of kidnapping or taking children away from their parents without the consent of the parents. 

Some of the people who suffer human rights abuse are situated in certain sectors of the Ghanaian population, these in conflict areas and minority groups in towns and villages. The reasons why such people are vulnerable to human rights abuse  are because of low education, poverty, fear, apathy and lack of political representation.

Some of the ways by which human rights abuse can be prevented includes education and the role of the courts. when people go to school and are educated on human rights abuse, it can help to prevent them suffering from it, because they know their rights.

  • The role of the court: This means they must provide justice, sections and compensations for the abused person.
  • The role of Ghana National Commission on children: They must help to protect the right of children.
  • The role of Department of Social Welfare: They must help in the community especially women and children who cannot go to the law court because of poverty.

I would like to end the article here. I hope the acts mentioned will be in no use again and that no one will stop others from having their rights. I wish that people who practice human rights abuses will endeavor to stop it. I thank you for giving an ear to what I have said. I will be very thrilled to hear  that human abuse is decreasing in our country Ghana.
by Jennifer Mills - A member of the PAAJAF Foundation 

Apr 1, 2013

You made it possible - 7 children attending school

Abigail is able to attend primary school
Abigail is able to attend primary school

Our beneficiaries and their families are grateful for the generous donations PAAJAF has received to fund school fees for 7 poor children in Gbawe.  Each school term fee is $90 per child; from your donations, you made it possible for full payment of fees for 4 children and part payment of fees for 3 additional children.

The children we help are underprivileged and from poor backgrounds where families are struggling to make ends meet. Some are orphans or neglected with no other means of attending the overcrowded public school. PAAJAF checks the financial situation of the families and ascertain which children desperately need help and steps in to provide that assistance.

Payment of school fees has given the children below the ability to attend school for the first 2013 term. They continue to learn reading, writing, math and science subjects in their respective schools and have the courage to make friends and develop. From all of us – Thank You.

1. Erica -  School fees Fully paid
An orphan living with her Aunt, Erica continues to attend Empet Academy and has a uniform and school materials, this means no more threats of expulsion from school.

2. Nidaar – School fees Fully paid
Nidaar is from a very low income family, now she is able to attend kindergarten at The Pearls School

3  Lauren  - School fees Part Paid
Lauren’s father passed away and her mother had no other means of support, with your help Lauren attends kindergarten at Precious Jesus Int. School

4. Vira - School fees Fully paid
Vira’s mother raises her alone, with your help, Vira is attending Winners Family Preparatory School

5. Abigail – School fees Part Paid
Abigail previously had to frequently miss classes because her parents did not have a steady income. She is attending primary school at Acropolis Schools in Gbawe.

6. Ebenezer – School fees Part Paid
Ebenezer wants to train to be an accountant and is close to completion of final year exams at Presbyterian Senior High School.

7. Christpher – School fees Fully Paid
Christpher’s family earn very low income, he can now attend pre-school at Mercy School.

For more information, please contact info@paajaf.org – we continue to need support for children in Gbawe.

Vira likes to read and make friends
Vira likes to read and make friends

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