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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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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