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 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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Jan 18, 2013

Latest children's articles and some challenges

Mary Essuman
Mary Essuman

This project so far gives 36 children help and support with their school work. We thank you for your generosity and the children have been writing articles, engaging in exercise classes and creative art activities.

$10 provides a much-needed book or snack. $30 helps pay for electricity to run the program after school hours and $50 pays 1 facilitator. We have some challenges, can you help? Please share this message with others.

Some of our challenges:

  • Facilitators - PAAJAF needs four facilitators to help deliver the program in Gbawe community and each facilitator is expected a stipend of $50 per month
  • Volunteers – provide teaching and support to students in reading, writing, football - volunteer with us today
  • Funding for snack program – PAAJAF aimed to incorporate snack program to afterschool program
  • Books and stationery needed by students - Gifts in kind

The bright and brilliant members of the PAAJAF Children’s Network (Nkabom) at Gbawe Methodist ‘2’ Basic School have written these thoughtful and engaging articles from their own unique perspective. 14 year old Mary shares what is important to her about child education.

Mary Essuman is my name. I am fourteen (14) years of age. I am a member of PAAJAF Foundation (Children’s Network) also known as Nkabom. I’m writing an article on a topic of Child Education.

Poverty is a factor why child education is very low. Because some people don’t have money to send their wards to school, they send their children into trading such as selling on their own street and others hustle about, they become street-children, pregnant and their lives become miserable.

Another fact is that some places in our society have no school buildings and they children study under trees and even only the lucky ones study under a tent. Though these people don’t even see why they must send their children to school.

Some don’t know the importance of school. In the olden days girls are not allowed to be educated because of some reasons. They said girls are to stay in the house and cook while the boys are allowed to go to school to get a good work. Only a few Ghanaian girls were educated.

Some also send their children to be educated but are not able to provide them with their school materials. Others don’t have computer laboratory when studying I.C.T to do practicals and also don’t have science laboratory to perform practicals. Some schools don’t have material such as a pair of compasses, a pair of dividers and blackboard rulers for teaching mathematics.

In my points, I have listed above what make education low in Ghana. But if the government and other NGOs helped, it can make child education in Ghana move to higher level.

First of all let me talk on poverty: the government and NGOs must provide public schools so that parents who are in poverty can send his/her child to school and they will not pay school fees. Those who sit under trees can also benefit and when it is during the rainy season they can come to school and not only in the dry season if they build the school for that area in society.

Secondly, the government and NGOs must tell people about how child education is important. They must tell society about how child education is important. They must tell them that, if you go to school it will help people to achieve their aims and they also will be able to read and write. Government must also educate parents on what Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey said, which states that if a man is educated it benefits one person but if a woman is educated the whole nation benefits. So am pleading with the government, ministers, NGOs to educate parents and even children to what Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey said.

Thirdly, I like to plead with the government and NGOs to do their best and visit schools in Ghana and provide them with academic needs that the teacher will use in teaching. Also they must give materials such as pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, exercise books, note books, school bags to the needy who don’t have these item so that they can also write and learn hard. I suggest that government should enforce laws to improve upon child education in Ghana. They must also build science and computer laboratories for the public.

THANK YOU! FROM MARY ESSUMAN – CLASS 2B

Exercise class - Nkabom
Exercise class - Nkabom
Creative arts activity - Nkabom
Creative arts activity - Nkabom

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