Meet Kate Foundation

The objective of Meet Kate is to support needy children and their families in the area of Gomoa and Agona district (Ghana) in their basic needs and rights. Among them are education, housing, food and fun. We also strive to achieve two subgoals. First, we want the families and community but especially the parents of needy children to take and keep responsibility for the welfare of their children. Meet Kate does not want to be a quick fix, we want to help figure out what the best solution is for the child, through thorough research and in consultation with the parents. We believe parents should play a big part in this process. Second, Meet Kate makes sure that at the start of every project, ...
Aug 1, 2014

Meet Kate: a dynamic family

This girl
This girl's mother passed away while giving birth
Dear sponsor,
Meet Kate's first project, the Meet Kate Children's Home, opened its doors in August 2010. Now, almost four years later, this Children's Home is truly a home. A place where over twenty children are living, children whose families are unable to care for them. The temporary purpose of this shelter is becoming more and more evident. In this news letter we tell you about our dynamic family, where some are coming and some are going. 
 
Dear reader, we are very happy to have you as part of our family! 
 
Kind regards,
 
Myrthe Oostenbach
Chair of Meet Kate Foundation
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NEWS FROM GHANA 
 
MEET KATE CHILDREN'S HOME
 
Meet Kate´s children are doing very well! They are doing very well in school as well. Over the past six months, some things have changed. Together with Social Welfare, we were able to place several children back with their families. Some are still going to the Meet Kate Academy, others have also moved to another city, like Majid, Kelvin and Ciara. Rebecca, AB, Bright and Bernard are sleeping at home, but we still see them daily when they come to our school. It is amazing that these children are back with their families, but it is always sad to say goodbye to someone who feels like family to us too. 

We also have welcomed three children into our Children's Home: brother and sister, Patience and John (picture), and Rudolf. Welcome to all three!

MEET KATE ACADEMY
The Meet Kate Academy is also doing great! All classes are full (30 children per class) and we are very busy planning for next schoolyear. Starting September, we will expand to class 6 (up till now we have had Kindergarten up to class 5). We will prepare for the extra class this summer, buying school supplies and getting furnuture. 
 
POULTRY FARM
Every month, director Kelly gets a box of fresh eggs from our poultry farm. These eggs really do taste a lot better and fresher than the eggs from the supermarket! And a lot of them are double yolk eggs too! By now, the poultry farm is financially sustaining itself and is starting to make profit. However, due to raining season, the chickens are laying a bit less eggs. Hopefully the weather will pick up soon. 
 
MEET KATE IS GOING TO SCHOOL
It has been a rough several months for the scholarship program. Unfortunately, the mentor of the scholarship program was financially unreliable and we have had to fire him because of that. Luckily, this has had no effect on our graduating students. They have all taken their exams and hopefully their grades will come soon. Very exciting! We will keep you posted. 
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 FANCY FAIR AT PRIMARY SCHOOL "DE DUIF" 
 
June 20th was all about the theme "Africa", at primary school "De Duif" in Heiloo, complete with games, dancing to Azonto-music, Ghanaian snacks and awards. They raised no less than 1500 euros for Meet Kate. What a fantastic donation! We will use this donation to buy furniture for our extra classes at the Meet Kate Academy. 

We would like to thank the students and employees at De Duif, and especially Annabelle van der Spek for her effort and enthusiasm! Amazing!
 
Patience and John, new @ Meet Kate
Patience and John, new @ Meet Kate
Meet Kate Academy, some students prefer sleeping
Meet Kate Academy, some students prefer sleeping
poultry farm
poultry farm
Fancy fair
Fancy fair
Jul 8, 2014

A SMILE OF HOPE FROM A GIRL

Vivian hold one of her cake designs after class
Vivian hold one of her cake designs after class

Vivian, a 23 year old Italian based Ghanaian citizen came to Ghana to visit her parents in Ghana and decided to have a Vocational course in Catering and Decorations. The parents were introduced by neighbours to FrankEve where Vivian has been trained for some months now.

Vivian has been trained at FrankEve in Culinary Artistry, Pastry Artistry, Event and floral Decor and cake Decoration and sugarcraft. Vivian wishes to tell all Ghanaian youth that if all you need is to have a skill or career, then she would like to introduce the house of skills to as many that are also looking for similiar advantages. She says FrankEve has really made her a woman indeed.

FRANKEVE! HOME OF VISIONARIES.  FRANKEVE! MY HOME, YOUR HOPE , AND OUR FUTURE.

Vivian busily fixing sugar flowers on her cake
Vivian busily fixing sugar flowers on her cake
Vivian
Vivian's finished cake

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Jun 25, 2014

First Meet Kate Alumni

Looking to the future: Our students with GH board
Looking to the future: Our students with GH board

Dear Meet Kate family,

 

It’s been a while, but I’m delighted to bring you an update of what is going on with us. I love what I do, and sometimes a never-ending list of things requiring your attention is simply a part of life. Last month, in the middle of a busy time, I got a message from one of our beneficiaries.

 

“Hi auntie Naa” it reads, “We are all taking our final exams”

“I know you guys are working hard, we are all so proud of you” I reply

“Yes auntie Naa we know it, and we are also proud of you for what you have done for us.”

 

It was one of those moments that stops you in your tracks. There are a lot of words I can think of, if I consider how I would feel towards an organization sponsoring me through school. Words like gratitude and elation come to mind. That he is proud of us though, I think is quite special.

Cast your mind back to a time when someone was proud of you dear followers. Perhaps the time your teacher praised you for colouring within the lines of a picture. That feeling of being on top of the world, reassured that you are doing something right, filled with zeal anew to continue what you are doing. That feeling came rushing in, in that moment of stillness.

Very soon, we will have our very first Meet Kate goes to school Alumni. We can’t tell you how proud we are of these 7 students! They met with our board in Ghana recently to discuss the way forward. Some of them will start working to save up for university, some of them will start vocational courses and others will start apprenticeships.  They are amazing young people and we are so honored to have been part of their journey so far. They are now in a better position to achieve their dreams and change their world. We know that when they look at their world, they don’t just see themselves but they also see the needs of those around them, ready to help when they can. These are the values that are important to us at Meet Kate.

In the UK we have also been busy raising awareness of the work we do in Ghana. Recently, we were at the Respect Festival in Exeter celebrating diversity and the UK board was also excited to welcome the chair of our Dutch board Myrthe, who came to visit us for a few days. The Meet Kate family is international, but we are cut from the same cloth; working together to promote sustainable development, the impact of which we hope will last even when we are gone!

Over the next year, I will bring you updates of our alumni and where they are all heading, as well as updates on our current students.

 

Till next time!

Naa

 

p.s Why don’t you like us on Facebook or follow us on twitter for up to date info on what we are up to.

 

Celebrating diversity at the Respect festival!
Celebrating diversity at the Respect festival!

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