After a successful opening, the school is now almost ready for use. The finishing touches are being made, and it's looking nice! The paths and fence are finished and in three weeks time we'll put up the slides, swings and seesaws. Finally, we'll lay green grass between the paths to give the school a fresh look. But, no school without students. Fortunately, many children want to attend our school. Since the opening, so many children have enrolled that we are now full! This is a wonderful start for the new school year and sign that parents in the Ekwamkrom area appreciate and believe in what we’ve been doing so far!
On January 25th, after 8 months of hard work, we finally had the official opening of the Meet Kate Academy, where we'll be teaching 150 students. With speeches of president Kelly de Vries, ambassador Peter R. de Vries and several honorary guests, it was a festive and special day.
The construction of the school literally cost blood, sweat and tears, but the result is magnificent! We are so very proud! The past few months we have documented the development of the construction and today we'd like to share it with you.
In the attachment you'll find our newsletter with pictures of the opening.To get a 30 second overview of the construction of the building, check out this film.
Meet Kate would like to thank everyone for contributing to the construction of this primary school. Without you, we couldn't have done it!
The Meet Kate Team
Happy new year to you all! We hope all your dreams come true this coming year.
At Meet Kate, we look back at a wonderful and successful year. Our anniversary, our new ambassador, the national tv commercial, changes in the board, the construction of the primary school. Our last newsletter of the year sums it all up for you.
In 2013 we hope to continue doing what we love to do. We want continue working on our projects becoming financially independent and sustainable so more and more children will have a chance to a brighter future.
We hope you'll stay with us in 2013 and continue to follow and support our projects and foundation!
We have great news! Proudly we present to you... Meet Kate UK!
Below you can read Myrthe's story about how she and Naa (President Meet Kate UK) met and how our little UK sister came to be!
Check out our extra newsletter and read Naa's story and vision on Ghana and Meet Kate.
In 2006 the Meet Kate Foundation was established in the Netherlands. Since then, we have been growing. Expanding in our projects; increasing the number of people who benefit from our work and snowballing in spreading our message. Through online platforms such as Facebook and Global Giving, we are getting more and more international friends and followers.In 2011, I was volunteering in Ghana, and in my first weeks I shared my host family with another volunteer called Naa; a British girl born in Ghana and with whom I immediately felt a great connection to. Although we only knew each other for a couple of weeks before she flew back home, we stayed in touch, and last summer Naa visited me in Amsterdam. Naa, Kelly and I share the same great ambition and enthusiasm in showing the potential in Africa, and now we unite in one mission: Meet Kate!So how does it all work? Meet Kate Foundation UK was established in November 2012 and is the sister charity of Meet Kate Foundation in the Netherlands. Its aim is to raise awareness and money for projects that Meet Kate Foundation Ghana undertakes. While doing that, we will show people the positive side of Africa.Though Meet Kate UK has their own seperate board, Meet Kate’s core values are still the same: we still believe that there is more to Africa than just poverty; we still start each project with the aim of leaving them self-reliant; we still work and co-operate with the local people on meaningful small scale projects; and we still believe in keeping everything 100% transparent. The only difference? Now we can reach more people, and people in England can hear about and get involved with us more easily.Kind regards,Myrthe OostenbachPresident Meet Kate Foundation the Netherlands
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