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, ...
Nov 27, 2012

Catching up on news from Meet Kate!

Dear followers,

The past three months, lots of exciting things have happened. Due to a very bad internet connection, we were unable to keep you updated! So here's a recap of the hightlights of the past couple months. If you want to read more, please check out the attachments read the complete newsletters!

Kind regards,

Meet Kate Foundation

Changes in the board
After a lot of dedication and hard work, we said goodbye to two of our Dutch board members, Jurriaan and Joline. Even though they are still very committed to Meet Kate, they were no longer able to combine their professional lives with volunteering for Meet Kate. 
However, the board gained a couple new members. Nienke Mauritz follows in the shoes of Jurriaan as treasurer. Nienke lived in Ghana in 2011 and 2012 and got to know Kelly and Meet Kate very well. Her enthusiasm about the projects and her believe in the foundation made her commit to the cause, even after returning to The Netherlands.

Expansion of sustainability projects
As you know, we have started several sustainability projects in Ghana to help raise money for the Children's Home. One of our enterprises is a chicken farm, which up to October 2012 consisted of 1000 chickens. Thanks to a hughe contribution of the Achmea Foundation, we are now expanding from 1000 to 4000 chickens! This will mean much more income for the Children's Home and more security for its future.

The Meet Kate Academy
The past few months, a great team of construction workers have worked very hard to make the dream of a Meet Kate Academy come true. And in January 2013, it will. The grand opening of the primary school will take place on January 25th, and everyone is welcome to join in this happy occasion. If you're unable to make it, check our Facebook and Twitter pages for frequent updates. 

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Sep 17, 2012

VOLUNTEER FROM GERMANY

Last Monday FrankEve received a volunteer from Germany named Annalena Rommel. She will be volunteering at FrankEve for 11 months. We will be much grateful to receive more volunteers.

Below is what Annalena says: Hello, I arrived in Ghana on Sunday 2nd September 2012 and had my first day at FrankEve Vocational School on Monday this week. I'm going to teach mainly I.C.T, Food and Beverage and Maths and will at times help with the administrative works. I'm really excited for the following year to come. Many greetings from Agona Swedru-Ghana. ANNALENA

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Sep 4, 2012

One decision can change a life...

Meet Kate commercial
Meet Kate commercial

Dear Friend of Meet KAte

We proudly present... our own TV-commercial! Five years ago, we could never have imagined this would happen to us! But it did! During August 2012 the commercial will be broadcasted on three different Dutch television channels: SBS6 , Net5 and Veronica. In case you were unable to see it on T.V. you can watch the (dutch) commercial on-line here! During my stay in Ghana last month, I realized again that the Meet Kate Foundation consists of so many extraordinary people. If you read Kelly's blog in this newsletter you will know what I mean.The major strength of the Meet Kate Foundation is, in my opinion the people: that we keep inspiring each other. It even happened to me this morning. I had a great meeting in Amsterdam concerning Meet Kate and while I was cycling back home, I was filled with the energy and ideas which came rushing into my head.This is why I love working for the Meet Kate Foundation. It gives me so much energy and positivity. I hope you will join me in this! 

Kind regards, 

Myrthe Oostenbach

Chair of The Meet Kate Foundation                  

 

One decision can change a life... 

The Meet Kate Children's Home is a home for these 22 children, where love, sorrow, jokes, quarrel, wrestling and care for each other are shared. The Children's Home has been fully occupied for several months now, which means that we have not adopted any new children recently. But then Philomena ( Director of the Meet Kate Foundation Ghana) came to me a few weeks ago and told me the story of the twins: Frederick and Freda (13 years old).Curious about their story? Read Kelly's blog!

 

Meet Frank    

                                                    
Meet Frank Visser (24) is an elementary school teacher who is volunteering for the next four and a half months at the Meet Kate Foundation in Ghana. In August he will be giving summer lessons to the children of the Meet Kate Children's Home, and during the new school year he will assist our Ghanaian teachers. Do you also have the desire to go to a developing country? For example: to assist in teaching, working in a children's home or providing sport classes and being able to see more of the world? Please visit our website to see what Meet Kate is looking for in a volunteer. For other volunteering possibilities you can send an e-mail to noorvanhout@meetkate.nl.

Meet Richard

 At the moment he is one of our employees who is contributing to the building of our school. But Richard is only 19 years old and is supposed to be going to school. Richard's father is deceased, and his mother can not afford his education. Unfortunately, the money he earns while working is not enough for him to go to school. Therefore he asked the Meet Kate Foundation to help him. He really wants to finish high school, so  he will be able to fulfill his dream of becoming a researcher in a laboratory one day. Are you interested in sponsoring this motivated student or do you want to know more about him? Send an email to kellydevries@meetkate.nl.Thank you!     

 

The progress of the construction of the Meet Kate Academy

The construction of the new school building is going remarkably well and all the employees have done a tremendous job. Here you will find a short overview of what we have accomplished over the last month:

  The first floor of the building has been poured (30 hours of work in a row)

  The toilet foundation is excavated and poured 

  The school furniture for class 1 & 2 is ready

  Two new teachers for KG 1 and class 1 are employed

  Applications for the crèche and nursery are full, we have a few places left for KG 1 & 2 and class 1 & 2.

  4 scholarships have been given to the most deprived children in EkwamkromIn a few weeks the summer holiday in Ghana will end and school will start again. In the first months, the two new classes will be taught in the existing children's home until the construction of the new building is completed.

Freda and Frederick
Freda and Frederick
Meet Frank
Meet Frank
Meet Richard
Meet Richard
Building progress
Building progress
All the workers
All the workers

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