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 20, 2013

When I grow up, I want to be...

Naa with the students and their mentor
Naa with the students and their mentor

Hello lovely people!

For the past 6 weeks, I have been in Ghana visiting all our projects, but really focusing on the scholarship program. I have had a phenomenal time. This is my expereince.

"Meeting the scholarship students was an experience I will never forget. Being a student myself, I love learning. I think that education is such a powerful tool and opens up so many opportunities. In Ghana the Meet Kate Foundation gives brilliant but needy young people the opportunity to finish high school. We make sure that we can cover all three years of tuition, boarding, books and food so that our focus is more on quality than quantity.

To describe these young people is incredibly difficult without sounding like I’m exaggerating. Their passion was so inspiring it actually overwhelmed me! Tears sprang to my eyes as I thought of how amazing it would be if each and every one of them had the opportunity to live their dreams. I get to do that when I am in university and the only difference is that we were born into different circumstances: something that is completely out of our control.

Chatting to Ebenezer, one of the second years, I am speechless as he describes with no bitterness, his mother’s heartbreak that her intelligent son couldn’t finish high school. He speaks of how difficult it was when he used to sell yogurt on the streets to bring home an income. Then his face lights up as he talks about how he now wakes up at 3:30 in the morning, not because he has to, but because he wants to learn. His eagerness is something akin to a dry sponge. His passion is to absorb everything, feasting eagerly on education, never satisfied until he is completely saturated with knowledge. He doesn’t see it as hard work, but sees himself as extremely lucky to have that opportunity! His smile tells a story of restored hope. His future is bright again and all thanks to the generous donations Meet Kate Foundation gets. Now when he grows up, he can be what ever he wants to be.

And it’s that time of the year again. The motivation letters have started coming in. Each year because of funding, we have a limited number of places to give away. The selection process can therefore be quite competitive. The students have to write a motivational letter explaining why they want a scholarship, take an exam and come in for an interview. Our mentor also finds out about their parents’ financial situation to makes sure we really are reaching the neediest people.

One evening, just as I am about to leave the office, a young boy, small for his age comes into the office with a hesitant smile. It is plain to see, that this means so much more to him than I could possibly put into words. With trembling hands, he hands over the letter that could change his future. One line reads: “The reason why I want this scholarship is that I want to be a medical doctor to help the people in my community and country, because people in my society die because they lack medical care.”

I’m blown away by his selflessness; he sees a need in his community and he wants to be the one to fill it. The late Steve Jobs said, “the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” I think it takes incredible strength to dare to believe that you can change your world, even though at first glance, your situation suggests otherwise. These are the people who inspire us. Every child has dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. Meet Kate invests in them. Will you get involved?

 

Sending you a pocketful of the sunshine from Meet Kate! 

Naa Akle Dromo Okantey

President Meet Kate UK”

Ebenezer
Ebenezer's passion for education inspires me!
The motivational letters have started coming in.
The motivational letters have started coming in.
Jul 30, 2013

They inspire...

Dear follower,

This month, Meet Kate got some visitors from other organisations. They said so many lovely things about us and about the great work we are doing. For me, being a part of Meet Kate is such a marvellous thing but sometimes working within it, you can lose sight of just how remarkable it is. It is nice sometimes, to take a step back and look at Meet Kate through the eyes of visitors. Then
I can fully appreciate that we can only do what we do because of all the wonderful people involved. 

Kate inspired Kelly to start Meet Kate Foundation and she is still an inspiration to us today. But behind the scenes, there are other people without whom Meet Kate wouldn’t be the same. Today we would like you to meet just a few of those special people.

We can’t forget that Meet Kate only works because of the collaboration between you and the team in Ghana. We couldn’t do any of it without you: our lovely donors and followers.

Sending you warmth and peace from Meet Kate,

Naa
President Meet Kate UK
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THEY INSPIRE...
Meet Mr. Annam
He is the head teacher of Meet Kate Academy.
 
He inspires...
Mr. Annam has great vision! He is open-minded and is always ready for new ideas to make the school better. He sees so much potential in both the children and teachers and wants to see them all succeed. This month, he entered the school in a cultural competition. Even though the school is only a few months old and competition was tough, Mr. Annam believed in the children and they won 1st prize. Meet him and you will understand why Meet Kate Academy, though barely a year old, is already thriving.

           

Meet Janet
Lives in the Meet Kate Children's Home
 
She inspires…
She is beautiful, funny and confident. Sometimes, she is shy in the way that teenagers are when they are unsure of themselves.
Janet wants to be a hairdresser. She said to Naa “I want to do your hair for you so that you can look beautiful. That’s why I want to be a hairdresser, so that I can make everyone look beautiful”. There is so much beauty in this young girl and that is why she inspires!


 
Meet Kofi
He is the head administrator at Meet Kate. He is also the one who now oversees the cocoa plantation.

He inspires…
One of Meet Kate’s visions has always been self-reliance. We are at the stage now where we really want to focus on the projects being run by locals. With Kelly now living in Accra, Kofi is one of the keys in making this transition smooth. He sends daily updates to Kelly and takes all the beautiful pictures you see on Facebook.
  
  
Meet Helen
Helen works for GlobalGiving UK: an online platform that allows people to make online donations to charities. They also help small organisations with training and advice.
 
She inspires…
Helen was with Meet Kate for one week. She met all the staff and children and will write a report on what Meet Kate does well and suggest some tips on how we can be even better. GlobalGiving UK and Meet Kate UK are starting an exciting partnership. Helen worked with Naa to get this off to a great start.
 
She brought so many ideas, enthusiasm and positivity! That’s what we love at Meet Kate. Thank you Helen. Meet Kate UK looks forward to working with you.
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NEWS FROM GHANA
Meet Kate has recently expanded with a school shop and a carport. Parents will be able to buy school uniforms, gym clothes, school books, notebooks, pens and pencils at our school shop. The new carport is to protect our car's from the wear and tear caused by the wheather conditions in Ghana. Our pick-up is currently at the garage for a major overhaul. There is a lot of rust on the car, and because of the many potholes in the roads, the car has a lot to endure. Hopefully, in two weeks time, the car is in good condition again. 

The school year is coming to an end. August 1st is the start of summer vacation in Ghana. Right now, the children are working hard at their exams! Exciting!
 
Our 'my bood buddy' library project is up and running for about three weeks now and it's going very well. The children are very enthusiastic and make sure to bring their books on Fridays to switch it for a new one! 'Reading is fun!'.

Last Friday, the students of the Meet Kate Academy played a friendly match against the teachers of the Fairview school, to strengthen our relationship. The match ended in a draw: 1-1.  
 

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Jul 2, 2013

Part of something wonderful

Dear follower,

Meet Kate UK is taking on scholarships. “Meet Kate Goes to School” was started a few years ago by a volunteer and now allows 8 students to finish high school. As The board of Meet Kate UK are all university students, we realise how important education has been in our lives. We want to see those opportunities given to other children. While Naa is in Ghana, she will be meeting with the current students, the mentor and seeing the schools they go to. When she goes back, the team will start with a fresh passion to give more people this wonderful opportunity.
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Meet Kate UK team

Part of something very wonderful

Hello! 
Whenever anyone talks about Meet Kate, the sense of family is always the major feeling they express. Still, it took me by surprise when I came here. The sense of unity, the feeling that this is home is almost palpable in the air. I find that children are extremely adaptable: put them in a place with love and they will create their own family. Family takes on a whole new meaning at Meet Kate, especially with the staff. The flow of conversations, the fun they have with each other and the genuine care for each other. It is not always easy when there is a mix of two cultures, but these signs are demonstrative of people who love each other completely and care deeply for each other. Its so evident it makes my heart swell and now I get to be a part of that! I get to call this place my home for the next couple of months and get to know the project inside out.

As I type this, the children are outside, drumming and dancing in preparation for a cultural show they have in a week’s time. They are carefree, happy and sometimes get frustrated because they can’t pick up a dance move quickly. But what is important is that they are just as children should be. They feel like they belong and they can be themselves here because they are loved and part of a family and I think that the quote above is truer here than it could ever be. Something very wonderful is indeed happening.
Sending you a pocketful of the sunshine from Meet Kate!

Naa Akle Dromo Okantey
President Meet Kate UK

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