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, ...
Mar 24, 2014

Nearly There!

A few students with the Meet Kate Ghana board
A few students with the Meet Kate Ghana board

Dearest friends,

We are very excited at Meet Kate this spring! 7 of our students will be taking their final year exams in a few months and we couldn’t be prouder of them. They are an amazing, inspirational group of young people and we are so humbled that we get the opportunity to be a part of their journey. They have worked hard over the past three years and will be the first set to graduate with “Meet Kate Goes To School” scholarship program.

I want to share with you a day in one of their shoes. We offer them boarding as part of their scholarship because their schools are often too far from home to commute everyday, and often, they would still be expected to contribute financially to their homes. For Ebenezer, a day starts at 4 am when he gets up to study. The morning bell goes at 5 am, but he likes to wake up early to study before the beginning of the day. When the bell goes, he joins the rest of the students in sweeping their rooms and doing their laundry before breakfast is served. Then its time for school: maths, english, science and business buzzes around his head until 2pm, when the bell rings signaling the end of the day. Then its free time to relax and socialize before evening chores as the sun goes down. Dinner is served, then everyone goes back to class for homework and extra study time. Just time to squeeze in some extra socializing if he can before lights out at 10pm. Sometimes, Ebenezer stays up late to read up on a new subject he came across that day, and may buy a snack to keep him going with the pocket money that Meet Kate provides as part of his scholarship.

 Chatting with them, its evident that they love what they do and to see the way the scholarship has changed their lives reminds me of how important it is that we keep going. We are constantly looking for ways to improve what we do for them and the students are always eager to help us make things better for new students. They feel privileged to be there and their selfless attitude is one we can all learn from.

We wish them the best of luck with their upcoming exams and with your continued support, look forward to supporting more people like them.

 

Warm wishes

Mar 7, 2014

A SEND OFF CEREMONY FOR A GERMAN VOLUNTEER

DORIS SEND OFF 1
DORIS SEND OFF 1

FrankEve Foundation had a sendoff Ceremony for Doris Grewe a55 year old German volunteer who worked as a teacher at the Foundation for 6 months. During her time at the school, she was an instructor for self-defense and dancing. Students really enjoyed her class as she teaches with music. Doris taught them 3 different dancing for the school's graduation ceremony in the year 2013. Her time of volunteering came to an end and the entire school felt and seemed to have lost a teacher and mother as some students’ calls her mum. On the day of her sendoff; students, teachers and Doris herself shared tears together but one word she said that calm all the beneficiaries is that, she believes will come for a visit someday. The Director of the Foundation Mrs. Francisca Odifo Darko congratulated her on behalf of the organisation and handed over to her a gift of a glass wall hanger as a token of their love and a sign of appreciation. She furthermore thanked the organization Kolpin in Germany and ARA in Ghana for their continuous supply of volunteers.

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Dec 27, 2013

Have a very merry challenge!

Dear friend,

Last month we presented you with our brand new websites. Unfortunately, a technical error prevented you from actually seeing the websites. For that we apologize. Once again, we would like to invite you to visit our website. A little tip: check our beautiful infographic, which tells the Meet Kate story in a nutshell. 
                                                                              
But, there is more! November has been a very productive month in Ghana, The Netherlands and the UK! Read all about our UK-activities in this month's newsletter. 
Wishing you warmth and happiness!
 
Naa Akle Dromo Okantey & Myrthe Oostenbach
Presidents of Meet Kate UK and The Netherlands
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HAVE A VERY MERRY CHALLENGE!

 

Tis the season to be jolly, and at Meet Kate, we are overflowing with joy this season! This summer, a Global Giving UK representative came to Ghana to evaluate our projects and we embarked on what was to become a beautiful partnership. Global Giving UK is an online fundraising platform that works with small not-for-profit organizations to raise money for their projects. To make sure that the charities they invest in are motivated, they set us a challenge: Raise £2000 in 30 days. Completing the challenge will give us access to one of the biggest online-fundraising platforms out there, training, big corporate partnerships and so much more! This challenge has given our team the new burst of energy we needed to propel us from raising awareness into fundraising.
 
Our followers have overwhelmed us with their support and it warms my heart to see that we are really beginning to build a Meet Kate family in the UK too! Do you want to help us reach our target of £2000 by the 23rd of December? Click here!

 

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LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE

Four medical students did something special for us last month. They decided that they were going to challenge themselves to spend £1 a day on food, for 5 days in solidarity with the 2.4 billion people worldwide who are living in poverty. They have raised £800 and counting for Meet Kate. We are thankful that they are raising awareness of an important global issue as well as the positive message of Africa that Meet Kate wants to show the world.
 
Have you got any ideas of something fun or challenging that you can do to raise money for us? We would love to hear from you. Get in touch: uk@meetkate.org

 

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A LITTLE PIECE OF GHANA

Any occasion is an excuse for a party, so it was no surprise when everyone came out in their best Halloween outfit for Meet Kate night! If you look closely, you will see that they are wearing Meet Kate bracelets on their wrists. These were handmade by a craftsman in Ghana and were used as tickets to enter the club. Everyone loved having a little piece of Ghana to keep with them forever and all proceeds from the night, went to Meet Kate! Thank you to Medsoc for organizing it. 

 

 

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