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 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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Mar 11, 2013

Let's make a difference!

Family Learning Program
Family Learning Program
  • We believe that everyone has the right to an education
  • We believe in giving everyone in the community access to education
  • We believe that people can make their lives better through education

With your help, we can make this possible for 100 adults in Ghana....

There are many people in the area that could not complete or attend school due to poverty or working to help their family, and have nowhere to go for free education. They are marginalised in our society because they find it difficult to identify the English alphabet and even the local dialect. They suffer from a lack of basic health because they do not understand health and financial information. This presents a big challenge in living their lives day-to-day.

PAAJAF has successfully run free family learning and adult literacy programs in Gbawe and Bronso-Afaso. In 2010, our family learning program increased literacy up to 50% in Gbawe; parents can read their children’s school reports and help them with school work. They can access health information and learn basic sanitation.

Since January 2013, we have sought out grants to fund classes for 6 months with facilitators. This month of March, we have 3 volunteers through UN Volunteering to assist us with developing our grant proposals so that we may generate funding to run the literacy classes. Our aim is to provide free classes to 100 poor and illiterate people to give them the education that they rightly deserve.

Together we can give opportunities for everyone and make their lives better. Want to volunteer? We need grant writers and proof-readers contact info@paajaf.org

Jan 25, 2013

Seven receive micro-loans to start new trades!

Doris uses her loan to sell fruit
Doris uses her loan to sell fruit

The Lifelong Initiative Network (LIN) project helps to improve living standards by providing micro funding, business management training and the spirit of entrepreneurship.

In partnership with Sinapi Aba Trust, in November 2012 PAAJAF provided a total of $1950 in micro-loans to help 7 local unemployed youth and women to start new businesses. Another seven women have also been registered for loans in January 2013 – we will feature their news in our next update.

“How happy I am! As a recipient of Lifelong Initiative Network loan!  I was unemployed so this loan is going to give me hope and put smiles into my children education and family. I am going to use this loan of $200 to buy soap (Omo) and in future to open a shop.” - Millicent, age 31

Your donations support youth and women to receive business training from a facilitator to help Networkers manage their finances and improve trading skills.

The long-term aim of the project is to fund a thrift store, for new entrepreneurs to sell items and end poverty in the community. We are calling for help to support and raise awareness of this project - Email us at info@paajaf.org to give us a helping hand!

Three LIN Networkers want to share personal journey with you…

Why do you want to join Lifelong Initiative Network, Doris?

 “I am a petty trader and I trade in selling oranges, apples and bananas. I didn’t have money to invest in this trade so I couldn’t buy large amounts in stock, so that I can get some forms of income to take care of my children and support my husband. So when I heard about this LIN project, I decided I have to join, that is why I am here , the network would helps me to invest in my business so that I can be able to pay my wards schools fees”~ Doris

Evelyn is a 50 year old woman who trades in pito with a monthly income about $40. She has received her first loan of $350 through the network which is payable in 5 months time.  Her goal is to invest the money received into her selling maize and pito.  She can buy in large quantity and would be able to look after her dependants.

 “I trade in Pito, I think the Lifelong Initiative Network (LIN) is a program that would help the women in Gbawe Community. I heard about this program from a friend who is a member of the network and about PAAJAF – That the organization supports children and women.  So I decided to join the network if I could received any assistance so that I can look after my family” ~ Evelyn

The micro-loans through the LIN project are supporting the long-term unemployed to start new trades; Priscilla aged 24 says “I was unemployed. I am going to use the loan of $350 to start a petty trade by selling second-hand clothing this will help me to look after my son and my family. After the repayment of this loan, I want to apply for another loan that can help me to open a shop.”

The story has featured in media channels Vibe Ghana, Modern Ghana and Microfinance Nigeria.

Thank you for your support.

Millicent - How Happy I am!
Millicent - How Happy I am!
November micro-loan recipients
November micro-loan recipients

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