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, ...
Jun 12, 2013

What Some of the employed Beneficiaries say

Last week the Project Director, Francisca O. Darko  with two of the management to visit few of the beneficiaries who are gainfully employed as a routine of  the school management.

Francisca spoke to them and also asked them questions concerning how they are coping with life after graduating from FrankEve and this is what they had to say.

  1. My name is Gifty Ofori, am a past student of  FrankEve. Life after FrankEve has been very fulfilling and successful. I offered Culinary Artistry at FrankEve for a period of three years and successfully graduated with very good grades from Ghana Education Technical Examination and NABPTEX examination.

At the moment I have applied for Nursing Training program which am still waiting for the response so am now working with the most popular restaurant in Agona Swedru here as a front liner with the job responsibility to :

  • Check with customers to ensure that they are enjoying their meals and take action to correct any problems.
  • Escort customers to their tables.
  • Explain how various menu items are prepared, describing ingredients and cooking methods.
  • Serve food and/or beverages to patrons; prepare and serve specialty dishes at tables as required etc.

I want to say a big thanks to FrankEve for their contribution to who i am now. Indeed FrankEve we shall forever care.

 

2. Am an old student of FrankEve with the name Paulina Gurah. I offered Food Production Technology for a period of 3 years and I graduated successfully. Presently i am a cook at a big restaurant and this is what I do daily at my work place:  

i.  Inspect food preparation and serving areas to ensure observance of safe, sanitary food-handling practices.  

ii.Season and cook food according to recipes or personal judgment and experience.  

iii.Observe and test foods to determine if they have been cooked sufficiently, using methods such as tasting, smelling, or piercing them with utensils.  

iv. Weigh, measure, and mix ingredients according to recipes or personal judgment, using various kitchen utensils and equipment. 

v. Portion, arrange, and garnish food, and serve food to waiters or patrons.

I thank FrankEve for the training they gave me which has also given me life of independency. Now am able to support my kids sisters to also go to school. FrankEve! My home, your hope and our future.

 

3. Grace Darko is my name. I am also a past student of FrankEve. I offered 3 years Fashion Designing Technology and I graduated with very good grades. At the moment am working at FrankEve as a Clothing Construction and Millinery teacher at the first year class. I will work for a year to save money and further my education at one of the Polytechnics in Ghana. I love FrankEve for the great work they are doing for the youth, more especially women in Ghana and some of the neighbouring countries.

FrankEve all youth have done well but we excel them all.

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May 20, 2013

6 year anniversary Meet Kate Foundation

6 year anniversary
6 year anniversary

 

Often people ask the same two questions after finishing highschool: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and "What are your dreams for the future?". When I got the idea to start the Meet Kate Foundation at age 19, I never could or would have dreamed that the foundation would be such a success 6 years later. 
 
We have wonderful projects in Ghana, such as the recently opened primary school and our daycare center. But the happiness of the children at our Children's Home and scholarship program also make my heart beat a little faster. In The Netherlands, more and more people are becoming aware of what we do. Thanks to our own television commercial and interviews in papers and magazines, people are hearing more about the positive side of Africa. And in the UK we are starting to create more awareness as well. 
 
Six years Meet Kate, is something the board is very proud of. It sure is an achievement! But without your support as our donor, follower and/ or supporter we could not have done it. Foundations often thank big donors and funds for their support and donations. But today, we would like to thank you! Our loyal donors. Some of you have been supporting us for 5 years! Thanks to your €2,50, €5,- or €10,- a month we have been able to give our children a nice warm bed to sleep in, fufu on their plates and a good school to go to. 
 
Dear loyal donors, thank you so much for your trust over the past few years!
 
From a hot Ghana, a grateful greeting!
 
Kelly de Vries
Director and founder
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It's Meet Kate's birthday! Congratulations, because we are all Meet Kate!

A special occasion asks for a special gift. The bracelet you see in the picture is handmade in Ghana and 50% of the profit goes to Meet Kate! A perfect gift for yourself and the children in Ghana. 

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Mar 28, 2013

Emigration, and then...

Dear follower,
 
Now that the "Love, Kate" storm has passed, it is time for new things. Spring is in the air! On March 10 in the Little Buddha Amsterdam, we experienced how loyal and valuable our followers are, and as far as we're concerned, there will be many more wonderful projects and special collaborations to come! We would like to thank you again for coming and supporting this evening. Look back at our first benefit concert 'Love, Kate' (or see what you've missed) with our aftermovie and pictures.
 
               

Sometimes you meet someone who inspires you, who changes your life. That is how the Meet Kate Foundation came to be: when Kelly and Muriel volunteered in Ghana, Kelly was struck by the positive attitude of her then 4-year-old hostsister Kate. In turn, Kelly is someone who inspires me tremendously. After visiting The Netherlands for the past month, she now officially emigrated to the country that stole her heart. Kelly lives and works in Ghana because there's no place else she is happier or feels more at home. She is the symbol for seeing opportunities in stead of obstacles, and she shows me - and many others - that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. So in a way, everyone has their own Kate. 

I wish you an inspirational spring!  
 
Myrthe Oostenbach
Chairman Meet Kate Foundation

Emigration, and then...
After living in Ghana for 2 years, it was time. Time to decide what my future will look like. Will I go back to The Netherlands and find a 9-to-5 job? Will I stay in Ghana with Meet Kate? Will I move to another country? So many choices and possibilities. For some people it is hard to choose between all the options, with a decision like this they usually focus on the obstacles instead of the possibilities. For me, it was a decision that I actually made some time ago. 
For the time being, I’m staying in Ghana. I feel at home here! But there were several things that I had and wanted to change this year. First of all, I realised that Meet Kate is doing very well.

Read Kelly's entire blog here!

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