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, ...
Dec 2, 2014

19th annual Graduation

Once again we are in another year and as we do every December, 45 girls and one boy are about to graduate on the 6th December, 2014. These students offered programs in Fashion Designing, Catering, Event and floral decor and Cake Decoration and sugarcraft.

During the program, the fashion design students will have a runway fashion show and will showcase beaded jeweleries, hats and bags and Africa print covered shoes. The caterers will have exhibition of foods, pastries, birthday and wedding cakes of all types.

 After the graduation, they will go for internship for 2 months and afterwards get a work.

 

Others would also have the opportunity to get admission

into the university, polytechnics, Nursing trainings and security agencies.We want to thank you for supporting us to give these ones a living and making them independent and economic vibrant.

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Oct 31, 2014

Greetings From Ghana

Naa in Ghana with one of the children.
Naa in Ghana with one of the children.

Hi lovely followers!

I recently came back from Ghana and I am so happy to report to you that, our team in Ghana remains phenomenal, (not that we doubted them for one second). Our vision has always been for Meet Kate in Ghana to be self-reliant, independent of support from the west and we are so excited that we are getting closer to that becoming a realisation.

The children and young people we support are at the centre of the work that we do and when I arrive at Meet Kate in Ghana, this is immediately obvious to me. I should be used to it by now, but it never fails to warm my heart. It is always so good to see the children. They grow so quickly, and their energy is infectious. 

The people I was really interested in though were the scholarship students, because as you know, they are Meet Kate UK’s focus. And we now have our first group of Alumni! Many of them were home with their families after a long, seemingly endless exam period. But I did get to catch up with Philip, who lives in the Meet Kate Children’s home. We took a walk together and he filled me in on what was happening in his life after exams.

Phillip is a charming, kind young man and acts like an older brother to all the kids in our home. He takes this role very seriously and we are very proud of the hard work he put into his final year. We trust him completely and to show him that we believe in his dream, we have now employed him in a small role at Meet Kate. With your help, he majored in business studies in Senior High School and wants to be an accountant.

Of course we already have a regular accountant, but we have now given Philip a small role where he keeps check on the accounts and reports to our accountant, who also mentors him on the side. We are sure that this is just the start of great things to come for Philip and we are so excited to be a part of his journey.

It was just one year ago that we took the GlobalGiving UK challenge to raise £2000 in one month and with your help we were able to raise more than that. Where has the year gone? As Christmas comes round again, we hope you will remember us as you do your Christmas shopping. Why not make a donation to us on behalf of someone else? It will be a nice present for them and definitely for us too!

We hope you are enjoying the last few days of autumn as winter begins to creep in. Surround yourself in warmth and love and thank you once again for being our friend. 

Till next time

Naa 

Phillip has a bright future ahead of him.
Phillip has a bright future ahead of him.
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

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