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, ...
Jul 5, 2012

TWO RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIPS

Over some few years now, the Foundation has done a lot to improve the lives of our beneficiaries, apart from the skill acquisition, FrankEve on this recent times focusing on how, most of its skill programme trainees with attract sponsorships. Just recently, two of these girls who are offering Catering have received support to easy their career burden. The support has cared for a term's project practical in Cookery, Books and materials for their Cookery Practical. We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to all those that donated towards this worthy cause. We hope to receive similar gesture to help other girls to complete the programme and to earn a living. Frank Eve Foundation would be happy to welcome, suggestions contributions or direction in any from all well wishes to improve its programme of activities.

Jul 5, 2012

Meet Kate "back on wheels"

Myrthe (chair) with Chris (daycare)
Myrthe (chair) with Chris (daycare)

In less than a week I’ll be on the plane again, back to the country that changed my life a year ago. By doing voluntary work in Ghana, I got to know the Meet Kate Foundation. By now, there is nothing I’d rather do than work for this wonderful cause and so I can’t wait to see the children, Kelly and our employees again! I won’t leave The Netherlands empty handed, I’ll be bringing lots of wooden jigsaws, abacuses, costumes and letter boxes. All school supplies donated by you to further improve the quality of the care and education in our daycare center. On behalf of our project manager ‘Education and Development’ Noor van Hout and all the children: thank you very much for your wonderful responses and great donations! For our next newsletter I’ll give you an update from Ghana! 

Myrthe Oostenbach

Chair

 

Meet Kate is 'back on wheels'! 

Last year, both our school bus and our pick-up broke down. The first due to a broken engine and the second because of an accident. This month, we got our wheels back!
Meet Kate was able to buy a new bus to take the children to and from school every day. We can also use it to pick up the teachers and children of the daycare center. The children were very happy when they first saw the beautiful bus. They were dancing, singing and drumming in celebration! To them, this bus also means they can be taken on new trips to the beach or the castle.
The Meet Kate Foundation was able to make a great deal and get a new pick-up as well. Now we can take our own truck to go to the cacao plant or pick up the food for the chickens. The car can also be used for appointments, emergencies and for picking up visitors. 

Board meeting 

Brainstorming about new plans, discussing our collaborations and thinking of new ways to raise funds to finish building the school... The board members of the Meet Kate Foundation are ready to go! On Saturday the 9th of June we held a productive meeting on the status quo of the Meet Kate Foundation. Even secretary Nienke (who currently lives in Ghana) was able to make it!

School bus
School bus
Pick up (for agriculture, poultry farm & meetings)
Pick up (for agriculture, poultry farm & meetings)

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Jun 5, 2012

A symbolic start

A symbolic start of the Meet Kate Academy
A symbolic start of the Meet Kate Academy

First of all we would like to thank you for all the congratulations, comments and messages regarding our 5 years anniversary and our new ambassador. It is very special to see how many people are involved in the work that the Meet Kate Foundation is doing. Thank you for that special birthday feeling! 

The Meet Kate Foundation has been very busy this past month. In Ghana, the construction of the Meet Kate Primary school has officially started. This primary school will provide quality education and a safe environment for approximately 200 children, in order to enable them to achieve more and determine their own future. Do you want to know more about the construction? Click here! Do you want to contribute to this special project? You can! Sponsor a child in Ghana and enable them to attend this school!

In this month's newsletter, you will read about our collaboration with Foundation to Build; the foundation which also supervised the construction of the Meet Kate Children's Home, and the Zonline & Wakawaka Foundation. In addition you will read about the work of Noor van Hout, the educationalist at Meet Kate and the experiences of our brand new ambassador Veronica Hoogdalem. 

Myrthe Oostenbach

Chair Meet Kate Netherlands

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We work for Meet Kate
Veronica van Hoogdalem
'Last week my mother called me to tell me how proud she is of me . These last couple of weeks she has told everybody about her daughter being the new ambassador for the Meet Kate foundation.  I could imagine her talking about this with enthusiasm and passion for the work the foundation is doing. I was very moved when I heard my mother speaking with so much pride and love. It was then that I realized that I have indeed started a new adventure by becoming the new ambassador of this foundation. Meet Kate has welcomed me into their organization but also into their family. Every picture I see on Facebook and every story I read makes me even more anxious to visit the foundation in Ghana. I am determined that, that will happen this year. I can not wait to get involved in Ghana as well, see how the organization is working there and experiencing everything for myself. My job as an ambassador is to raise more awareness among my target group. Through Twitter I have a lot of contact with young people who watch my TV programmes. It is very pleasant to see that they are very curious about the Meet Kate foundation. When I tell my followers on twitter what Meet Kate is doing they all respond in a very positive en enthusiastic way, frankly I didn't expected anything else!  Meet Kate represents the positive side of Africa and that is something I want to forward as well.' 


Read more here about our second ambassador and watch her promotional video here!

 

Noor van Hout

'Time flies.... I have been in Ghana for almost two months now! It's amazing how quickly the time passes , but that's a good sign I guess, because since the first day I arrived here I have felt very welcomed and I am very happy to be part of the Meet Kate family. 

The Ghanaian people and children are a great inspiration and example of how to live a happy life. Although major challenges can cross their path, with a lot of strength, perseverance and optimism people can overcome them and continue. I have great admiration for the people here! The satisfied and happy faces of the kids and the appreciation of the staff fills me with satisfaction, enabling me to continue my work with a lot of joy and love.
To start with, I am particularly focusing on writing a curriculum for Meet Kate's day care centre. In this curriculum, the vision, principles, methods and teaching potential of Meet Kate are illustrated.  In addition I am working on the implementation of schedules and registration forms which will provide guidance for the teachers.
By means of workshops (training), observations and assessment of teacher competencies, we are working on the quality of teaching. This will eventually contribute to the futures of the Ghanaian children.'

We work together with Meet Kate
Foundation to Build
'My name is Peter Schlooz and I started working for Foundation To Build in April 2, 2012. After 4 years of working in the Netherlands for a major contractor, I have taken my chances to start building for Africa. I always wanted to work abroad and especially in Africa. After a successful Skype job-interview with Eric de Ruiter (co-founder of Foundation Building), the decision was easily made.
Foundation to Build supports Dutch NGO's with designing, budgeting and building constructions such as schools or clinics. One of our main goals is to involve the local community in the construction. So for the Meet Kate foundation, we are building the primary school with the help of skilled workers from Ekwamkrom and surroundings.
In this way, we hope to create support and commitment within the community to the construction of the new school and also to generate some extra income for the local economy. During construction, Foundation to Build will monitor the budget, planning and quality.
I hope I can use the knowledge and skills I obtained in the Netherlands to contribute to the expertise here in Ghana and vice versa. Ultimately, our goal is that with this collaboration between Ghana and the Netherlands we can open a beautiful new school within 6 months.'

Zonline & Wakawaka foundation   
At Zonline you can order solar panels for your own home and simultaneously help to enlighten the lives of children who live in the dark. Last Thursday, April 12th , the Waka Waka Foundation was launched. WakaWaka, which in Swahili means:  'Brilliant Light', is a friendly and affordable LED light that runs on solar power.
A short movie demonstrates that this lamp can make the lives of 1.5 billion people without electricity a lot easier and safer. Zonline is the first sponsor of this sympathetic initiative and donates an average of five WakaWaka lamps for each solar system sold. The Meet Kate Foundation is one of the charities that distribute these LED lights within their projects among the children who desperately need them. We are very pleased with this partnership!

Bright, Christopher and Emmanuel
Bright, Christopher and Emmanuel
Jojo (6 years)
Jojo (6 years)
Kids back from school
Kids back from school
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