This quarter we have been able to move our new junior high school 3 students into the boarding house and hire a housemother to care for the students living in the boarding house. The boarding house provides a safe living environment for students in the junior high school and provides them with nutritious meals and additional classes and time to focus on their studies as they prepare to write their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). Mary, a student in JHS 3, has been benefiting from the Student Empowerment Feeding Programme these past two terms, and is now living in the boarding house as she prepares to write her BECE at the end of this school year. She is a bright student with a passion for education and sports. When she’s not studying or reading, you can often times catch Mary running around or playing volleyball with her teammates. Your generous support has been instrumental in ensuring that Mary and all of the Challenging Heights students are able to remain in school. Your donations have also helped to provide the students living in the boarding house with cookware, maintenance and upkeep in the boarding house, and additional money for feeding and preparing meals for the students.
This quarter we have also been able to provide some of the students with new uniforms, shoes, notebooks, and school bags. All of these things have been made possible because of your generous contributions to Challenging Heights. Thank you for helping our students remain in school and assert their right to education!
As the students prepare to write their end of term exams this week we look back at the advancements made in the sponsorship program this term made possible by your generous support. This quarter we have continued to make advancements in the Student Empowerment Feeding Program, with nineteen additional students benefiting from 1 cedi a day for a nutritional meal during the school day. The feeding program also extended to reach the junior high school (JHS) 3 students to provide them with two nutritional meals a day as they wrote their Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE). This was particularly important and beneficial as the first group of graduates from Challenging Heights Junior High School finished their exams. Abigail, a JHS 3 student, said that if the feeding program did not exist most of her classmates would have had to buy food off of the street, which would have made them more susceptible to illness while writing their examinations. Parents and guardians of the JHS 3 students also expressed extreme gratitude that their children were benefiting from the feeding program during this important time, as it reduces some of the financial burdens at home.
We have also continued to make improvements and repairs to the boarding house to ensure a safe environment for the twenty-one students boarding at the school. Maintenance work this term included repairs to the doors and locks, and repairs to the electrical sockets.
Once again, we thank you for all of your generous support and contributions to help keep the Challenging Heights students in school and away from forced hazardous child labour!
In this quarter we have seen some exciting advancements in the Child Sponsorship Program. 16 additional students were added to the Student Empowerment Feeding Program this term. The feeding program continues to reach some of the most vulnerable students to ensure they have access to one nutritional meal when they come to school each day.
Emmanuel, a student in JHS 2, is one of the students benefiting from the Feeding Program. Emmanuel is a bright student with a passion for animals. He is hoping to become a veterinarian when he completes his education. Earlier this year he lost his father, which has put added financial pressure on his mother to provide for Emmanuel and his siblings. When Emmanuel’s mother came to Challenging Heights School to sign the contract for him to begin benefiting from the feeding program, she expressed extreme gratitude and relief because Emmanuel would now be able to buy a nutritional meal at school each day.
During this term we were also able to purchase new Science, Ghanaian Language, and English textbooks for students in classes 4 to JHS 3. Previously textbooks were in short supply, and the students often had to share, sometimes hampering their ability to properly learn course material.
The students living in the boarding house benefited from several projects this term; including getting a new iron and ironing board in each of the two rooms. This is important so the students can iron their uniform before school each day. The Child Sponsorship Program was also able to buy the boarders some new cookware including a saucepan set, a frying pan, a coal pot, rubber bowls, and a new knife set. The boarders also received a large bag of rice, a bag of charcoal, and cooking oil to help reduce the financial burden on parents to provide feeding to their children living in the boarding house.
General school maintenance this term included repairs to the washrooms and replacing all of the light bulbs in the classrooms.
All of these advancements in the Child Sponsorship Program would not be possible without the support and generosity from you. You have enabled the students to continue to strive for excellences in their classes and most importantly, you have helped give them the means to stay in school.
With the commencement of term two at Challenging Heights School in January, the Child Sponsorship Program continues to grow, and reach more children. This term, we are happy to report the implementation of new projects, and the growth of existing projects at the CH school.
With the help from our generous donors, we have been able to reach more children for our feeding program for at-risk children this term. When children come to school without money to buy food they often times report feeling confused, angry, tired, and lacking in energy to concentrate on their studies. Some children will even stay home from school if they are unable to get money for food. Since the implementation of the program, the children have reported being able to focus more on their studies and have more energy to contribute to class activities and discussions. Our feeding program is very valuable to our students because we are able to reach the most vulnerable children by supplying them with lunch money to ensure they remain in school and have access to nutritious meals.
Ishmael, age 14, is a student in class 6 at Challenging Heights School. He is a bright student with big plans for the future to become an artist. Prior to being included in the feeding program, Ishmael’s parents would struggle to provide their five children with money for lunches, which would result in Ishmael coming to school without lunch quite frequently. He said that it was difficult to focus on classes and he would often times feel tired and hungry throughout the day. Now that he is benefiting from the feeding program, Ishmael can buy his favourite food, wakye or kenkey, and remain focused and energized to excel in all of his classes and studies. Ishmael says, “If you do not have food you cannot learn. When I come and collect the money for lunch I become happy because I feel motivated to learn, bath, and sleep.” Thank you for helping us to provide our students with nutritious meals!
We have also been able to continue doing maintenance work on our boarding house to ensure the children have a safe and healthy living environment. Our work on the boarding house this term has included repairs to the fan in the boys’ dorm, feeding money, gas for the gas cylinder, and electrical repairs.
A look at the term ahead:
In the current term we are excited to be able to implement new interventions at the Challenging Heights School as part of the Child Sponsorship Program to keep children in school and away from child labour. Some of the upcoming interventions that we will be implementing in the next month include subsidized school fees for vulnerable children and providing school supplies and materials needed to keep our students in school.
We really appreciate your generous support and loyalty to the Child Sponsorship Program! The children are extremely grateful that they are able to come to school and get an education at Challenging Heights School!
As the holiday season approaches, we at Challenging Heights would like to take the time to thank you, our generous donors, for all of the support that you have provided us over the past year. Due to your contributions, we were able to supply the many students of Challenging Heights School with books, classrooms, club funding, cooking supplies, lunch money, and countless other benefits. These many projects have made a significant difference in the lives of our students, allowing them to take charge of their own futures and work their way to a better tomorrow. For this reason, the students of Challenging Heights would like to send you a special message to thank you for providing them with the support to receive an education and build for themselves a better future.
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