Without doubt, the Nali Development Project in Ghana continues to be a very successful project with Cheerful Hearts Foundation.
An absolutely HUGE thanks to your generosity.
Please read - we have a new VIDEO to show how the project has progressed and exactly what your money has gone towards….
Here quite simply is what your donations have achieved:
- new clean toilet facilities for the children of Nali School. The wooden pit that was before, is now 3 separate chambers for girls, boys and teachers. Clean toilet seats and a waste disposal system. Before, children had to squat over a pile of waste that was reaching the top of the seat. Now thanks to you, the hygiene of the children is in safer hands.
- Fresh drinking water. Cheerful Hearts has installed a water pipe system in Nali directly to the municipal water supply. No longer do children have to rely on a stagnant well and expensive plastic sachets – clean fresh water flows straight to the school.
- New classrooms – gone are the decaying walls, cramped tables and chairs – in, are newly painted learning rooms, brand new furniture and plenty of inspired pupils! We managed to paint the ENTIRE school thanks to your donations.
- New kitchen – we replaced the charcoal cooker that was polluting the kindergarten classroom and draining school funds, to the now cleaner and cheaper gas cooker. Now there is new kitchen staff uniforms, and new crockery and cutlery, that will last a generation for cleaner and better food.
- New textbooks – no longer has the financial burden of textbooks forced children to stay at home. Cheerful Hearts Foundation has provided resources to allow the poorest of families to remain committed to education.
- New sandboards – signs to advertise the school and increase awareness of the development project occurring in the local area. It has inspired a generation of Ghanaians to focus on development aims in their own community.
When Lucian revisited in October-November 2013, we had many challenges met with success.
What was most important to our project aims was that it was a LOCAL project - working with a local community of carpenters, welders, government water officials, waste disposal experts, painters, parents, teachers, students. All with the additional help of Cheerful Hearts international volunteers and interns. The project focus was grassroots and locally-based development.
Cheerful Hearts will always remain an Ghanaian NGO run by Ghanaian leaders, committed to using international aid to implement projects sustainably so a legacy will be left. The involvement of local people was crucial in the project, to diversify the economy, and engage local partners in the project goals, so it was not solely reliant on foreign aid.
And it doesn’t stop there. In 2014 we are already underway with progress in:
- Assistance with recruitment of 2 new teachers from the community to ease the burden on the stretched timetable on the other teachers.
- 2 new volunteers at the school to help share knowledge, training and also assist the student’s motivation in school.
- New chess boards and reading club for Friday afternoons so students can finally have activities for Friday afternoon games.
- Teacher and student motivation classes from the Ghanaian Director of Cheerful Hearts Foundation to sustain teacher involvement and progress commitment to the long lasting legacy of the school.
- Campaign to recruit more children to the school and fixing the school bus, so students that live in rural areas can finally have access to education.
From everyone at Nali International High School, we want to say a heart warming THANK YOU for all those who dipped their hands in their pockets for a contribution, however small or however generous, every cent went to making this project a reality and really changing the lives of those less fortunate.
Watch this NEW video for evidence of where your money has gone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGIicQ3AHNo
Keep watching as we have a special SURPRISE for all our donors within a few weeks!!
What Next? Cheerful Hearts continues to press for Nali School and other sustainable projects to realistically improve the lives of the poorest in Ghana. We have an important Child Labour projects also currently running – please see our global giving page at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue-100-children-from-child-labour-in-ghana/
Follow Cheerful Hearts Foundation on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/CheerfulHeartsFoundationGhana
If you want to make a further donation, please feel free to do so on the Cheerful Hearts global giving Child Labour page at: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue-100-children-from-child-labour-in-ghana/
Thank you always and forever. We are continually touched by the kindness and selflessness of our donors who have helped make this happen. You have kept us motivated every step of the way.
If you want to get involved with volunteering, or the project directly, please feel free to contact Lucian, Melissa or Eric at Cheerful Hearts Foundation:
Lucian Reed-Drake (also on facebook)
Melissa Mellor (also on facebook)
Eric Opoku Agyemang (also on facebook)
With love and kindness,
Lucian, Melissa, Eric and the Cheerful Hearts Foundation,
This summer has seen another progressive period for Cheerful Hearts Foundation. Volunteers from Washington contributed tremendously to a new Healthcare campaign and CHF has combined with a new initiative, Patriots Ghana, to involve more local Ghanaian volunteers to improve lives in society from the people and develop sustainably and internally, rather than rely on foreign aid.
Project Co-Ordinator, Lucian Reed-Drake, is planning a visit in the next few months to implement those worthy funds that you have so graciously donated towards. Nali School continues to struggle, but with the sustained effort of the kind donations and hard work of the Foundation Director, Eric Opoku Agyemang, we have not let the issue rest and we very realistically will target the problem areas of fresh water and clean toilets to benefit the children in over 100 families of the impoverished region.
There will be detailed project reports upcoming during the project implementation in the coming months, so kindly check your email, stay in touch. This project report is simply to remind you that we have not forgotten your kindness and we are proactively focussed on accomplishing the achievements we set out to do. We promise from our hearts that the ounce of kindness you sent to us, will be returned with heartfelt gratitude, and very real projects will take place that will change lives. Watch this space.....
It has been 3 months since the launch of the Nali School project, and what a wonderful and progressive 3 months it has been.
We at Cheerful Hearts Foundation want to provide ongoing updates to the project so that you know exactly where your money will go and how the project is advancing. This means everything to us for transparency and gratitude of everyone's efforts to change lives in Ghana.
After Lucian and Melissa's visit to Ghana in 2013, the Nali School project has gone strength to strength, with some incredible input from nearly 90 donors worldwide! Here's what's been happening since the inception this year:
- we are approaching $5000 and nearing 70% of the target for the project! Special thanks to the amazing person who individually donated $1000 to the project - wow our hearts were touched!
- we have teamed up with another NGO 'Big Bang Ballers' who provide opportunties to alleviate poverty through basketball. Successfully launched a fundraising campaign at John Paul College during vacation week, raising money and educating the Australian pupils about the differences between Ghana and Australia and the challenges that are faced. 3 large boxes of basketball supplies have been prepared to send to Ghana and construct a basketball court to give students at Nali an opportunity to have sports in their curriculum (currently there is none)
- we are working with Rotary Club Logan and Brisbane surrounds, after an invite to a Rotary meeting, we had a 15 minute audio-visual presentation to leading Rotary members. After an effective Q&A session, we have confidence that we will form a partnership with Rotary Australia and Rotary Ghana to raise necessary funds and have backing from businesses and individuals.
- Organisation and Project leader in Ghana, Eric Opoku Agyemang, has been invited to a conference in Denmark about empowering the youth in less developed countries. With this visit, he has learnt invaluable skills and advice to take back to Ghana and contribute significant policies to change the lives of impoverished families in the Kasoa region.
- A return trip by international volunteers is now scheduled for September-October 2013, where Lucian will adminster the first set of funds to ensure that clean water is available for students and the beginning of the reconstruction of toilet facilities. We have spoken with the Water Agency and local contractors to put the plans into place.
- an inventory is being set up for textbooks bought locally to sustain the local economy and provide adequate supplies to the school.
- another partnership is being formed through Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and Education and IT tutor, Vinesh Chandra, who is developing a literary resource of digital storybooks for children across the world, with university students and children both taking part in the storytelling process. We aim to provide an offline resource that will provide literary and IT education simultaneously and also reduce the financial burden of delivery books to Ghana and saving shipping costs. We also want to promote a socio-cultural exchange between schoolchildren around the world that will ease the barriers of understanding between children in developed and less developed nations and the poverty that exists.
- we have an order for 5 Macbooks to be delivered to Kasoa to provide a much needed IT program made available to the local community.
None of this would be made possible without your kind donations and your piece of heart that will make a difference.
There simply cannot be more passion that what we already have in making this project a reality and we are edging ever closer to our goal to complete it. Thank you so much for your efforts. Thank you for taking that moment to think about others. And thank you from Cheerful Hearts Foundation for being utterly selfless.
We need to build on this strong start. Please, spread the world - update your status to Facebook, tweet about it, talk about it with friends. If you want to be part of it and come to Ghana from September to personally take part, please don't hesitate to contact the project leader or Lucian Reed-Drake on email@example.com . Let's keep going and ensure sustainability so that a pillar of change will stand firm for decades to come.
We are 200% committed to the cause and are gracious with appreciation for everyone involved in this life changing project.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Or as they say in Ghana, Medasi.
You are part of the road that is going to make a real difference.
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