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,
Jan 8, 2013

2013 Best Wishes and January update

Christpher
Christpher

We start the year with a big Thank You to everyone. The year 2012 was a great challenge but our collaboration with you as donors and volunteers enabled PAAJAF to sponsor 6 children’s school fees and provide welfare support to 2 additional children.

Without your help we would not have been able to reach our beneficiaries.  Please, let us celebrate the impact we have made.  

PAAJAF identifies children in desperate circumstances, orphans, neglected and poor children. $90 pays for one child’s school term, there are 3 school terms in an academic year. Your 2012 donations enabled us to settle school fees for the following poor children:

  • Gilbert and Ebenezer are senior high school students; they want to go to university to become qualified accountants. Ebenezer says...”I want to become an accountant and learn business, I am 7th born of my parents and PAAJAF have helped pay my school fees.”
  • Lauryn’s mother is a widow; with no form of income therefore donations have meant Lauryn can attend primary classes.
  • Vira was abandoned by her father and lives with her mother. Her mother works as a nursery teacher with monthly of income of $50. On her own, it is barely enough to pay the school fees.  With your help, Vira is now attending school.
  • Erica is an orphan and was frequently given school notices for her dress-code and threatened with expulsion from school. Now Erica is at primary school. Erica’s aunt is incredibly grateful to donors.
  • Christpher now attends pre-school, Christpher's mother Doris says " I am much grateful to the donors for Christpher's Education.  It is marvelous to see this. There was no hope but your donation has put smile to my face and my child's face."

In addition, we are grateful to sponsors contributing to the well-being of 2 year old Nidaar and 7 year old orphan Ben. This is providing food, clothes, vaccines and school fees. Thank you so much for your support.

Ben’s sponsor Mainak from the USA says “I’ve decided to sponsor a child in Ghana because it really makes a difference. I’ve chosen to sponsor Ben, 7, because I really want to help him to have a better life...”  We are very happy for Ben.

Regular contributions from donors, even $10 a month (less than a cup of coffee per day) helps improve a needy child’s life. It gives a child basic necessity – food such as rice and maize, a vaccine, a school book, durable clothing and improved living conditions. Additionally, donors help give a needy child emotional and mental comfort because he or she knows that someone cares for him or her elsewhere. Find out more about PAAJAF children

Please note Global Giving matches all monthly recurring donations. Please pass this message on to friends and family and spread the sponsor a child story. We are also grateful to Global Giving for raising awareness of this project on their website and in their social media.

Our goal for 2013, by the end of the year we want to be able to extend child sponsorship from six to twenty and resume other projects that are on hold due to lack of funding. We will keep you updated on our children’s progress!

How can we work together to attract wider support for this cause and help more children? Your ideas and suggestions are gratefully received - please email info@paajaf.org

Lauryn and Christpher
Lauryn and Christpher
Vira
Vira
Benjamin
Benjamin
Erica
Erica
Ebenezer
Ebenezer

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Dec 17, 2012

Thank you and the role of the facilitator

Volunteer facilitators guide students
Volunteer facilitators guide students' learning

Adult illiteracy remains a major social problem in Ghana, preventing people from obtaining jobs, running businesses, even helping their children to learn. The aim of the program is still to assist 100 adults to attend literacy classes.

 We are fortunate to have a generous donor whose fundraising efforts are contributing to this project. We thank you sincerely for your support. We have identified members of the community who did not have the chance to attend school and would benefit from this program.However the project is currently on hold due to lack of funding for program facilitators. The plan is to resume this project in January 2013 and we call for your support to recruit 3 facilitators. A facilitator needs $60 per month.

In January 2013, PAAJAF is upgrading our website and have designed e-card gifts to help raise funds to support this worthwhile project. An e-card donor contributes to the Educate People in Ghana and receives a beautiful printed postcard. Even a donation of $10, will contribute towards paying a facilitator. 

What does a facilitator do? They will provide the training and teach adults to learn to read and write English and native Twi dialect. Many students want to learn how to open a bank account and read their children’s school reports. A facilitator is a great source of experience and learning. They give hands-on assistance to students in group work and through individual study. Students are taught basic mathematics and health skills which improves their daily lives.

Volunteer Facilitator Alex Nyani says "I am 57 years old and a volunteer facilitator of PAAJAF Foundation. The foundation has had a great impact on the lives of the adult population of Gbawe in Accra, Ghana. Most adults have been taught how to read English and also their own language (Twi)."

The feedback we received from previous students themselves was how much the Literacy Program helped students increase their self-esteem, and increase a sense of belonging within the community. PAAJAF is seeking your support for facilitators for this project.

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Nov 1, 2012

LIN Update - Women in Business

LIN brings together local business women
LIN brings together local business women

We're pleased to bring you an update about our meeting. The Lifelong Initiative Network (LIN) creates job opportunities particularly for women. Through LIN they will learn business skills and are given support to sustain jobs. Women will also be able to access the necessary stock and resources they need.

We have been meeting with a group of women in our community and giving them education about the LIN programme. We have contacted a micro-finance organisation based in Accra to help support the women.

The women are from poor backgrounds and are struggling to find employment. As of today we have 20 networkers. The current members range from age 25 to 50 and we are starting to fill application forms for those that want to join LIN.  

Meet some of the LIN networkers...

Juana is aged between 28 - 30 and is a second-hand clothing dealer with a month income about $50, she has joined Lifelong Initiative Network so that she can get support to expand her trade.

This is also the same for Millicent who sells fish on table as a petty trader and Doris, a jewelry seller aged 25.

Do you want to help a young woman like Juana grow her business? contact us at info@paajaf.org

Long-term goal

Our long term goal is to operate a thrift store. We generously receive items in-kind from abroad, to help us with our welfare projects. The thrift store would receive stock and sell items to local entrepreneurs in a micro-enterprise framework. All proceeds from thrift store sales will be invested back into PAAJAF education and welfare projects. Local entrepreneurs will be able to create jobs and sustain employment for local people. 

This is how the micro-enterprise framework will work;

1)    We receive donations in kind (clothes, shoes)

2)    The thrift store will sell clothing, shoes and other small household items at a very reasonable price to local entrepreneurs

3)    Shops establish a network - the Lifelong Initiative Network (IFIN) this will create jobs for local people, ending the poverty cycle

All the sales income will finance and sustain PAAJAF's projects and to support unemployed youth, women and local entrepreneurs.  It will also help to ship and pay handling charges of container of goods to PAAJAF and operating the thrift store. We will keep you updated on our progress towards our long term goal!

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