Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana

 
$24,782 $218
Raised Remaining

Dear friend , 



2013: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR
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JANUARY 25: MEET KATE ACADEMY
 
The first milestone of the year: the Meet Kate Academy was opened on January 25th. From that day on, 150 children from the neighbourhood receive a good primary education! And we are so proud!
 
Without Foundation to Build and all our sponsors, this project wouldn't have been such a success. 
 
 
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POULTRY FARM EXPANDS
 
What started in 2011 as an idea for a second self-reliance project, grew into a project with three thousand chickens! 
 
 
 
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KATE TURNED 11 YEARS!
 
Kate, our inspiration, turned 11 this year! Let us introduce her to you with this video.
 
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MARCH 10: LOVE, KATE 
 
We look back at a wonderful evening in the Little Buddha in Amsterdam, where we held our Love, Kate event. An evening where we celebrated our successes with friends, family and donors. 
 
Many thanks to all the artists who volunteered to perform for us that night and to our wonderful ambassadors Peter R. de Vries and Veronica van Hoogdalem!
 
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BRAND NEW ON THE INTERNET
 
With the start of Meet Kate UK, the expansion of our projects and the developments we've gone through as a foundation, it was time for a new website. And, thanks to Nico Veenman and Pim Veger, we got one!
 
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MEET KATE UK
 
We would like to take a moment to thank the Meet Kate UK team for their enthousiasm and support this year. They did a wonderful job raising funds and awareness with the Halloween Event and Global Giving Challenge. Meet the English board here.
 
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MEDAASI PAA! (THANKS A LOT!)
 
We would like to thank everyone for following and supporting us this past year! A foundation like ours cannot exist without the confidence of our loyal donors.
 
We'll be back next year!
 
Kind regards,
 
Meet Kate NL: Nienke, Muriel, Kiymet and Myrthe
Meet Kate UK: Naa, Guy, Rebecca and Tanya
Meet Kate Ghana: Kelly, Steve and Philomena

 

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Dear friend,

Last month we presented you with our brand new websites. Unfortunately, a technical error prevented you from actually seeing the websites. For that we apologize. Once again, we would like to invite you to visit our website. A little tip: check our beautiful infographic, which tells the Meet Kate story in a nutshell. 
                                                                              
But, there is more! November has been a very productive month in Ghana, The Netherlands and the UK! Read all about our UK-activities in this month's newsletter. 
Wishing you warmth and happiness!
 
Naa Akle Dromo Okantey & Myrthe Oostenbach
Presidents of Meet Kate UK and The Netherlands
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HAVE A VERY MERRY CHALLENGE!

 

Tis the season to be jolly, and at Meet Kate, we are overflowing with joy this season! This summer, a Global Giving UK representative came to Ghana to evaluate our projects and we embarked on what was to become a beautiful partnership. Global Giving UK is an online fundraising platform that works with small not-for-profit organizations to raise money for their projects. To make sure that the charities they invest in are motivated, they set us a challenge: Raise £2000 in 30 days. Completing the challenge will give us access to one of the biggest online-fundraising platforms out there, training, big corporate partnerships and so much more! This challenge has given our team the new burst of energy we needed to propel us from raising awareness into fundraising.
 
Our followers have overwhelmed us with their support and it warms my heart to see that we are really beginning to build a Meet Kate family in the UK too! Do you want to help us reach our target of £2000 by the 23rd of December? Click here!

 

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LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE

Four medical students did something special for us last month. They decided that they were going to challenge themselves to spend £1 a day on food, for 5 days in solidarity with the 2.4 billion people worldwide who are living in poverty. They have raised £800 and counting for Meet Kate. We are thankful that they are raising awareness of an important global issue as well as the positive message of Africa that Meet Kate wants to show the world.
 
Have you got any ideas of something fun or challenging that you can do to raise money for us? We would love to hear from you. Get in touch: uk@meetkate.org

 

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A LITTLE PIECE OF GHANA

Any occasion is an excuse for a party, so it was no surprise when everyone came out in their best Halloween outfit for Meet Kate night! If you look closely, you will see that they are wearing Meet Kate bracelets on their wrists. These were handmade by a craftsman in Ghana and were used as tickets to enter the club. Everyone loved having a little piece of Ghana to keep with them forever and all proceeds from the night, went to Meet Kate! Thank you to Medsoc for organizing it. 

 

 

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Dear follower,
 
It is high season in the world of developmental work. Last week, the Millennium Goals of 2015 were discussed during the General Assembly of the UN. The first goal - halving the number of people living in poverty and with hunger - is achieved. Furtermore, there are more girls going to primary school, child and maternal mortality rates have been reduced and there are less people dying of Aids. A good start. 
"Is it true that Africa used to be poor?" It is UN secretary Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's dream that a 7-year-old boy from her native South Africa will one day utter those words.
 
In our own country international developmental work is again point of discussion, partially due to the economic crisis. The new National Budget states that in 2014, 986 million euros will be cut from the developmental budget. For now, The Netherlands take a step back from the 0.7% norm (of the GDP). 
 
We think it's time to show you what developmental work brings. This month, we would like to go back to how we see Africa: a continent filled with strength and positivity, where good investments can make any dream come true.  
 
                                                                        See more videos
 
Kind regards,
 
Myrthe Oostenbach
Chair Meet Kate Foundation

 
'We Africans want the same things that you want'. This movie proves that. These Ugandan women lipdub in style to the hit Price Tag by Jessie J: an initiative by Microbanker. In this movie, 500 women show the enterprises they were able to start with bankloans. 
 
 
Huge market opportunities, upcoming mobile services and a fifth of the government expenses go to education. This infographic shows seven reasons why Africa's time is now. 
 
 

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NEWS AUGUST

Dear follower,

A new season is upon us and with that a whole new website. Our regular (web)designers Nico Veenman and Pim Veger have once again managed to wonderfully project our vision to the web, and we can't wait to share it with the world and with you. Keep a close eye on Facebook and Twitter the coming days! Our Scholarship-students await a new schoolyear. The first batch of students will be taking their exams this year: very exciting! You can read all about them in this newsletter. On behalf of the entire Meet Kate staff, I wish you a wonderful beginning of an exciting new season!

Kind regards,

Myrthe Oostenbach
Chairman of Meet Kate Foundation

MEET KATE IS GOING TO SCHOOL NEW STUDENTS IN THE SCHOLARSHIPPROGRAM
One of our projects of which we are very proud, is the scholarship program. High school students, who do not possess the financial means to pay for their school fees, get a chance to graduate, thanks to this program. Meet Kate and program-coordinator/mentor Emmanuel, select the youngsters that have the most potential. If you are selected for our program, you receive a 3-year payment of school fees, study books, boarding fees, some pocket money and examination fees from Meet Kate. This year our first group of students are taking their final exams, and we are so very proud of them! We would love to introduce them to you:

Third year students: Theo, Gifty, Ebenezer, Benjamin, Fatima, Richard and Philip
Second year students: Veronica and Romeo
First year students: Edward and three more open spots!

Would you like to invest in their future? Send us an e-mail or read more about this project!


Richard is taking his final exams this year! Very exciting!

AMBASSADOR PETER R. DE VRIES IN GHANA: "PROGRESS IS MAINTENANCE"
In the beginning of August, our ambassador Peter R. de Vries visited Ghana and the projects of Meet Kate. We were very pleased with his visit. As always, he has given us useful advice. Here's what he said about his stay with Meet Kate: 

''My visit to Meet Kate in Ghana last week was fun and at the same time very useful. It had been over six months since my last visit; I attended the opening of the school. And boy o boy, how much has changed in six months time. The 'decoration' of the complex is pretty much finished and it looks very impressive and beautiful, with the fields of grass, the gravel paths, the sports court and playsets for the young ones. It is a beautiful whole!"

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Dear follower,

This month, Meet Kate got some visitors from other organisations. They said so many lovely things about us and about the great work we are doing. For me, being a part of Meet Kate is such a marvellous thing but sometimes working within it, you can lose sight of just how remarkable it is. It is nice sometimes, to take a step back and look at Meet Kate through the eyes of visitors. Then
I can fully appreciate that we can only do what we do because of all the wonderful people involved. 

Kate inspired Kelly to start Meet Kate Foundation and she is still an inspiration to us today. But behind the scenes, there are other people without whom Meet Kate wouldn’t be the same. Today we would like you to meet just a few of those special people.

We can’t forget that Meet Kate only works because of the collaboration between you and the team in Ghana. We couldn’t do any of it without you: our lovely donors and followers.

Sending you warmth and peace from Meet Kate,

Naa
President Meet Kate UK
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THEY INSPIRE...
Meet Mr. Annam
He is the head teacher of Meet Kate Academy.
 
He inspires...
Mr. Annam has great vision! He is open-minded and is always ready for new ideas to make the school better. He sees so much potential in both the children and teachers and wants to see them all succeed. This month, he entered the school in a cultural competition. Even though the school is only a few months old and competition was tough, Mr. Annam believed in the children and they won 1st prize. Meet him and you will understand why Meet Kate Academy, though barely a year old, is already thriving.

           

Meet Janet
Lives in the Meet Kate Children's Home
 
She inspires…
She is beautiful, funny and confident. Sometimes, she is shy in the way that teenagers are when they are unsure of themselves.
Janet wants to be a hairdresser. She said to Naa “I want to do your hair for you so that you can look beautiful. That’s why I want to be a hairdresser, so that I can make everyone look beautiful”. There is so much beauty in this young girl and that is why she inspires!


 
Meet Kofi
He is the head administrator at Meet Kate. He is also the one who now oversees the cocoa plantation.

He inspires…
One of Meet Kate’s visions has always been self-reliance. We are at the stage now where we really want to focus on the projects being run by locals. With Kelly now living in Accra, Kofi is one of the keys in making this transition smooth. He sends daily updates to Kelly and takes all the beautiful pictures you see on Facebook.
  
  
Meet Helen
Helen works for GlobalGiving UK: an online platform that allows people to make online donations to charities. They also help small organisations with training and advice.
 
She inspires…
Helen was with Meet Kate for one week. She met all the staff and children and will write a report on what Meet Kate does well and suggest some tips on how we can be even better. GlobalGiving UK and Meet Kate UK are starting an exciting partnership. Helen worked with Naa to get this off to a great start.
 
She brought so many ideas, enthusiasm and positivity! That’s what we love at Meet Kate. Thank you Helen. Meet Kate UK looks forward to working with you.
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NEWS FROM GHANA
Meet Kate has recently expanded with a school shop and a carport. Parents will be able to buy school uniforms, gym clothes, school books, notebooks, pens and pencils at our school shop. The new carport is to protect our car's from the wear and tear caused by the wheather conditions in Ghana. Our pick-up is currently at the garage for a major overhaul. There is a lot of rust on the car, and because of the many potholes in the roads, the car has a lot to endure. Hopefully, in two weeks time, the car is in good condition again. 

The school year is coming to an end. August 1st is the start of summer vacation in Ghana. Right now, the children are working hard at their exams! Exciting!
 
Our 'my bood buddy' library project is up and running for about three weeks now and it's going very well. The children are very enthusiastic and make sure to bring their books on Fridays to switch it for a new one! 'Reading is fun!'.

Last Friday, the students of the Meet Kate Academy played a friendly match against the teachers of the Fairview school, to strengthen our relationship. The match ended in a draw: 1-1.  
 

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Kelly de Vries

Agona Swedru, Central Region Ghana

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