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, ...
Sep 17, 2012

VOLUNTEER FROM GERMANY

Last Monday FrankEve received a volunteer from Germany named Annalena Rommel. She will be volunteering at FrankEve for 11 months. We will be much grateful to receive more volunteers.

Below is what Annalena says: Hello, I arrived in Ghana on Sunday 2nd September 2012 and had my first day at FrankEve Vocational School on Monday this week. I'm going to teach mainly I.C.T, Food and Beverage and Maths and will at times help with the administrative works. I'm really excited for the following year to come. Many greetings from Agona Swedru-Ghana. ANNALENA

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Sep 4, 2012

One decision can change a life...

Meet Kate commercial
Meet Kate commercial

Dear Friend of Meet KAte

We proudly present... our own TV-commercial! Five years ago, we could never have imagined this would happen to us! But it did! During August 2012 the commercial will be broadcasted on three different Dutch television channels: SBS6 , Net5 and Veronica. In case you were unable to see it on T.V. you can watch the (dutch) commercial on-line here! During my stay in Ghana last month, I realized again that the Meet Kate Foundation consists of so many extraordinary people. If you read Kelly's blog in this newsletter you will know what I mean.The major strength of the Meet Kate Foundation is, in my opinion the people: that we keep inspiring each other. It even happened to me this morning. I had a great meeting in Amsterdam concerning Meet Kate and while I was cycling back home, I was filled with the energy and ideas which came rushing into my head.This is why I love working for the Meet Kate Foundation. It gives me so much energy and positivity. I hope you will join me in this! 

Kind regards, 

Myrthe Oostenbach

Chair of The Meet Kate Foundation                  

 

One decision can change a life... 

The Meet Kate Children's Home is a home for these 22 children, where love, sorrow, jokes, quarrel, wrestling and care for each other are shared. The Children's Home has been fully occupied for several months now, which means that we have not adopted any new children recently. But then Philomena ( Director of the Meet Kate Foundation Ghana) came to me a few weeks ago and told me the story of the twins: Frederick and Freda (13 years old).Curious about their story? Read Kelly's blog!

 

Meet Frank    

                                                    
Meet Frank Visser (24) is an elementary school teacher who is volunteering for the next four and a half months at the Meet Kate Foundation in Ghana. In August he will be giving summer lessons to the children of the Meet Kate Children's Home, and during the new school year he will assist our Ghanaian teachers. Do you also have the desire to go to a developing country? For example: to assist in teaching, working in a children's home or providing sport classes and being able to see more of the world? Please visit our website to see what Meet Kate is looking for in a volunteer. For other volunteering possibilities you can send an e-mail to noorvanhout@meetkate.nl.

Meet Richard

 At the moment he is one of our employees who is contributing to the building of our school. But Richard is only 19 years old and is supposed to be going to school. Richard's father is deceased, and his mother can not afford his education. Unfortunately, the money he earns while working is not enough for him to go to school. Therefore he asked the Meet Kate Foundation to help him. He really wants to finish high school, so  he will be able to fulfill his dream of becoming a researcher in a laboratory one day. Are you interested in sponsoring this motivated student or do you want to know more about him? Send an email to kellydevries@meetkate.nl.Thank you!     

 

The progress of the construction of the Meet Kate Academy

The construction of the new school building is going remarkably well and all the employees have done a tremendous job. Here you will find a short overview of what we have accomplished over the last month:

  The first floor of the building has been poured (30 hours of work in a row)

  The toilet foundation is excavated and poured 

  The school furniture for class 1 & 2 is ready

  Two new teachers for KG 1 and class 1 are employed

  Applications for the crèche and nursery are full, we have a few places left for KG 1 & 2 and class 1 & 2.

  4 scholarships have been given to the most deprived children in EkwamkromIn a few weeks the summer holiday in Ghana will end and school will start again. In the first months, the two new classes will be taught in the existing children's home until the construction of the new building is completed.

Freda and Frederick
Freda and Frederick
Meet Frank
Meet Frank
Meet Richard
Meet Richard
Building progress
Building progress
All the workers
All the workers

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Jul 24, 2012

Newsletter July: From tweet to TV-commercial

Commercial News paper
Commercial News paper

Newsletter Meet Kate Foundation July 2012

Dear friend of Meet Kate

Our Ambassador Peter R. de Vries tweeted : "Is there an agency that wants to think about an impressive TV commercial for the  Meet Kate Foundation? Help!" This announcement worked. Dozens of enthusiastic e-mails from agencies offering their services and creative ideas came flooding in. It’s amazing to see how many companies want to be attached to a good cause. We have since chosen an advertising agency that we are very pleased with. Read more about that in this newsletter.


Also in this newsletter; an update on the construction of the primary school which has made tremendous progress in the last couple of weeks. And the chairwoman of the Meet Kate Foundation Netherlands: Myrthe Oostenbach also tells of how it feels to be back in Ghana and seeing all the projects again. Last but not least, the Meet Kate Foundation has the chance to win a campaign in the Dutch newspaper: ''NRC Handelsblad''. Please get involved in helping us win this challenge by voting!


Sincerely,

Myrthe Oostenbach & Kelly de Vries

 

P.S. We have reached the 1000 likes on Facebook! Thanks for your support!     

 

 

The start of the Meet Kate Academy

The construction of the new primary school has been going on for 2 months now and we’re making great progress. Once ten workers had dug out and deposited the foundations of the school, they continued with the columns and the first floor. It really looks like a building now. In upcoming weeks, they will continue with the second floor and we hope that within six weeks, the highest point of the construction will be reached.
Foundation to Build is supervising the construction, with Godsper as foreman. He's doing very well and we are also very pleased with all the other workers. The employees provide us with their expertise and Foundation to Build is providing the workers with skills and techniques which are sometimes less common in construction work in Ghana (but which nonetheless, are good to gain knowledge of). 


The quality of the construction is very good, since the iron and cement being used is extremely durable. This is noticed by all the residents in the surrounding area. Everybody is complimenting the Meet Kate Foundation on this strong building. In addition we have already received many applications for the school. 
Starting on the first of August 2012, parents will be able to register their children for primary 1 and 2 (the classes we will start with in our first year). There will be 25 children in every class, and full means full. We expect that we will be completely filled on the second of August! 
 
 
Altogether a great success so far! Go to www.facebook.com/meetkate  for daily updates and photos, or visit our website for more information about the construction, the costs and our sponsors. 

 

 

Chairwoman Myrthe in Ghana

''After living in Ghana for five months last year, this time it felt like coming home. I am staying in Ghana for five weeks; to visit the projects, to collaborate with Kelly and also to enjoy a holiday and see a little bit more of this beautiful country. It feels great to be surrounded by the children and employees again. And every day I am amazed to see the progress of the construction of the primary school.  These men are working so hard to complete the building within six months so that the Meet Kate Foundation can open an incredible new primary school."      

What do you see when you think of Africa?
The Meet Kate Foundation has the opportunity to launch a commercial in a newspaper as well as on television in upcoming months. In this commercial, we would like to share our vision about development work with you. 

TV commercial:  Through one of our board members: Joline Deen, we have the opportunity to broadcast a free commercial on the following channels: SBS6, NET5 and Veronica. Through a tweet by our ambassador, many advertising agency have offered to help us without any charge, with the development of this commercial.  After receiving many fantastic responses we have chosen to collaborate with: Veldkampprodukties.
Last Wednesday, we had our first meeting and we are very excited. Hopefully we can show you the commercial soon!  

Dutch newspaper :''NRC Handelsblad'': The NRC has started a charity competition in which a charitable organisation  can win an advertising campaign worth 300,000 euros. There is a jury and audience award. By voting you can help us to win the audience award. Please use this link to vote and you’ll have the chance to win an iPad.   

explanation voting:

- Click on the link

- Click on the middle of the picture (stem op deze reclame)

- go to the right bottom and fill in your email address

- tick the first square (meaning you agree with the terms, standard procedure)

- click: STEM- you will receive an email in which you have to confirm your vote by clicking on the link.  
 

The Meet Kate Foundation wants to show the positive side of Africa and through these ads, we hope to bring this to you and your community. Do you support the vision of Meet Kate? Pass it on!  

 

We... Kiwanis... are INVOLVED! 

On Sunday the 26th of August 2012, service club Kiwanis Stein "Maaskentj” are organizing the recreational ''Brikke Bekker'' tour for the fifth time.  On this day, one can participate in various walking and cycling tours throughout the beautiful scenery on both sides of the Maas (Dutch river). The (financial) profits of this ‘‘Brikkbekkerstocht’’ go to a project for children every year. This year the proceeds will go to the construction of Meet Kate Foundation’s primary school.

Would you like to participate in this cycling and walking event ? Or would you like to contribute financially to the event as an entrepreneur (if you live in this region)? Please visit:  www.brikkebekkerstocht.nl

Kelly and Myrthe in Ghana
Kelly and Myrthe in Ghana
meeting for tv-commercial
meeting for tv-commercial

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