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
The past three months, lots of exciting things have happened. Due to a very bad internet connection, we were unable to keep you updated! So here's a recap of the hightlights of the past couple months. If you want to read more, please check out the attachments read the complete newsletters!
Meet Kate Foundation
Changes in the boardAfter a lot of dedication and hard work, we said goodbye to two of our Dutch board members, Jurriaan and Joline. Even though they are still very committed to Meet Kate, they were no longer able to combine their professional lives with volunteering for Meet Kate. However, the board gained a couple new members. Nienke Mauritz follows in the shoes of Jurriaan as treasurer. Nienke lived in Ghana in 2011 and 2012 and got to know Kelly and Meet Kate very well. Her enthusiasm about the projects and her believe in the foundation made her commit to the cause, even after returning to The Netherlands.Expansion of sustainability projectsAs you know, we have started several sustainability projects in Ghana to help raise money for the Children's Home. One of our enterprises is a chicken farm, which up to October 2012 consisted of 1000 chickens. Thanks to a hughe contribution of the Achmea Foundation, we are now expanding from 1000 to 4000 chickens! This will mean much more income for the Children's Home and more security for its future. The Meet Kate AcademyThe past few months, a great team of construction workers have worked very hard to make the dream of a Meet Kate Academy come true. And in January 2013, it will. The grand opening of the primary school will take place on January 25th, and everyone is welcome to join in this happy occasion. If you're unable to make it, check our Facebook and Twitter pages for frequent updates.
Dear Friend of Meet KAte
We proudly present... our own TV-commercial! Five years ago, we could never have imagined this would happen to us! But it did! During August 2012 the commercial will be broadcasted on three different Dutch television channels: SBS6 , Net5 and Veronica. In case you were unable to see it on T.V. you can watch the (dutch) commercial on-line here! During my stay in Ghana last month, I realized again that the Meet Kate Foundation consists of so many extraordinary people. If you read Kelly's blog in this newsletter you will know what I mean.The major strength of the Meet Kate Foundation is, in my opinion the people: that we keep inspiring each other. It even happened to me this morning. I had a great meeting in Amsterdam concerning Meet Kate and while I was cycling back home, I was filled with the energy and ideas which came rushing into my head.This is why I love working for the Meet Kate Foundation. It gives me so much energy and positivity. I hope you will join me in this!
Chair of The Meet Kate Foundation
One decision can change a life...
The Meet Kate Children's Home is a home for these 22 children, where love, sorrow, jokes, quarrel, wrestling and care for each other are shared. The Children's Home has been fully occupied for several months now, which means that we have not adopted any new children recently. But then Philomena ( Director of the Meet Kate Foundation Ghana) came to me a few weeks ago and told me the story of the twins: Frederick and Freda (13 years old).Curious about their story? Read Kelly's blog!
Meet Frank Visser (24) is an elementary school teacher who is volunteering for the next four and a half months at the Meet Kate Foundation in Ghana. In August he will be giving summer lessons to the children of the Meet Kate Children's Home, and during the new school year he will assist our Ghanaian teachers. Do you also have the desire to go to a developing country? For example: to assist in teaching, working in a children's home or providing sport classes and being able to see more of the world? Please visit our website to see what Meet Kate is looking for in a volunteer. For other volunteering possibilities you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.Meet Richard
At the moment he is one of our employees who is contributing to the building of our school. But Richard is only 19 years old and is supposed to be going to school. Richard's father is deceased, and his mother can not afford his education. Unfortunately, the money he earns while working is not enough for him to go to school. Therefore he asked the Meet Kate Foundation to help him. He really wants to finish high school, so he will be able to fulfill his dream of becoming a researcher in a laboratory one day. Are you interested in sponsoring this motivated student or do you want to know more about him? Send an email to email@example.com.Thank you!
The progress of the construction of the Meet Kate Academy
The construction of the new school building is going remarkably well and all the employees have done a tremendous job. Here you will find a short overview of what we have accomplished over the last month:
• The first floor of the building has been poured (30 hours of work in a row)
• The toilet foundation is excavated and poured
• The school furniture for class 1 & 2 is ready
• Two new teachers for KG 1 and class 1 are employed
• Applications for the crèche and nursery are full, we have a few places left for KG 1 & 2 and class 1 & 2.
• 4 scholarships have been given to the most deprived children in EkwamkromIn a few weeks the summer holiday in Ghana will end and school will start again. In the first months, the two new classes will be taught in the existing children's home until the construction of the new building is completed.
Newsletter Meet Kate Foundation July 2012
Dear friend of Meet Kate
Our Ambassador Peter R. de Vries tweeted : "Is there an agency that wants to think about an impressive TV commercial for the Meet Kate Foundation? Help!" This announcement worked. Dozens of enthusiastic e-mails from agencies offering their services and creative ideas came flooding in. It’s amazing to see how many companies want to be attached to a good cause. We have since chosen an advertising agency that we are very pleased with. Read more about that in this newsletter.
Also in this newsletter; an update on the construction of the primary school which has made tremendous progress in the last couple of weeks. And the chairwoman of the Meet Kate Foundation Netherlands: Myrthe Oostenbach also tells of how it feels to be back in Ghana and seeing all the projects again. Last but not least, the Meet Kate Foundation has the chance to win a campaign in the Dutch newspaper: ''NRC Handelsblad''. Please get involved in helping us win this challenge by voting!
Myrthe Oostenbach & Kelly de Vries
P.S. We have reached the 1000 likes on Facebook! Thanks for your support!
The start of the Meet Kate Academy
The construction of the new primary school has been going on for 2 months now and we’re making great progress. Once ten workers had dug out and deposited the foundations of the school, they continued with the columns and the first floor. It really looks like a building now. In upcoming weeks, they will continue with the second floor and we hope that within six weeks, the highest point of the construction will be reached. Foundation to Build is supervising the construction, with Godsper as foreman. He's doing very well and we are also very pleased with all the other workers. The employees provide us with their expertise and Foundation to Build is providing the workers with skills and techniques which are sometimes less common in construction work in Ghana (but which nonetheless, are good to gain knowledge of).
The quality of the construction is very good, since the iron and cement being used is extremely durable. This is noticed by all the residents in the surrounding area. Everybody is complimenting the Meet Kate Foundation on this strong building. In addition we have already received many applications for the school. Starting on the first of August 2012, parents will be able to register their children for primary 1 and 2 (the classes we will start with in our first year). There will be 25 children in every class, and full means full. We expect that we will be completely filled on the second of August! Altogether a great success so far! Go to www.facebook.com/meetkate for daily updates and photos, or visit our website for more information about the construction, the costs and our sponsors.
Chairwoman Myrthe in Ghana
''After living in Ghana for five months last year, this time it felt like coming home. I am staying in Ghana for five weeks; to visit the projects, to collaborate with Kelly and also to enjoy a holiday and see a little bit more of this beautiful country. It feels great to be surrounded by the children and employees again. And every day I am amazed to see the progress of the construction of the primary school. These men are working so hard to complete the building within six months so that the Meet Kate Foundation can open an incredible new primary school." What do you see when you think of Africa? The Meet Kate Foundation has the opportunity to launch a commercial in a newspaper as well as on television in upcoming months. In this commercial, we would like to share our vision about development work with you.
TV commercial: Through one of our board members: Joline Deen, we have the opportunity to broadcast a free commercial on the following channels: SBS6, NET5 and Veronica. Through a tweet by our ambassador, many advertising agency have offered to help us without any charge, with the development of this commercial. After receiving many fantastic responses we have chosen to collaborate with: Veldkampprodukties. Last Wednesday, we had our first meeting and we are very excited. Hopefully we can show you the commercial soon!
Dutch newspaper :''NRC Handelsblad'': The NRC has started a charity competition in which a charitable organisation can win an advertising campaign worth 300,000 euros. There is a jury and audience award. By voting you can help us to win the audience award. Please use this link to vote and you’ll have the chance to win an iPad.
- Click on the link
- Click on the middle of the picture (stem op deze reclame)
- go to the right bottom and fill in your email address
- tick the first square (meaning you agree with the terms, standard procedure)
- click: STEM- you will receive an email in which you have to confirm your vote by clicking on the link.
The Meet Kate Foundation wants to show the positive side of Africa and through these ads, we hope to bring this to you and your community. Do you support the vision of Meet Kate? Pass it on!
We... Kiwanis... are INVOLVED! On Sunday the 26th of August 2012, service club Kiwanis Stein "Maaskentj” are organizing the recreational ''Brikke Bekker'' tour for the fifth time. On this day, one can participate in various walking and cycling tours throughout the beautiful scenery on both sides of the Maas (Dutch river). The (financial) profits of this ‘‘Brikkbekkerstocht’’ go to a project for children every year. This year the proceeds will go to the construction of Meet Kate Foundation’s primary school. Would you like to participate in this cycling and walking event ? Or would you like to contribute financially to the event as an entrepreneur (if you live in this region)? Please visit: www.brikkebekkerstocht.nl
In less than a week I’ll be on the plane again, back to the country that changed my life a year ago. By doing voluntary work in Ghana, I got to know the Meet Kate Foundation. By now, there is nothing I’d rather do than work for this wonderful cause and so I can’t wait to see the children, Kelly and our employees again! I won’t leave The Netherlands empty handed, I’ll be bringing lots of wooden jigsaws, abacuses, costumes and letter boxes. All school supplies donated by you to further improve the quality of the care and education in our daycare center. On behalf of our project manager ‘Education and Development’ Noor van Hout and all the children: thank you very much for your wonderful responses and great donations! For our next newsletter I’ll give you an update from Ghana!
Meet Kate is 'back on wheels'!
Last year, both our school bus and our pick-up broke down. The first due to a broken engine and the second because of an accident. This month, we got our wheels back!Meet Kate was able to buy a new bus to take the children to and from school every day. We can also use it to pick up the teachers and children of the daycare center. The children were very happy when they first saw the beautiful bus. They were dancing, singing and drumming in celebration! To them, this bus also means they can be taken on new trips to the beach or the castle.The Meet Kate Foundation was able to make a great deal and get a new pick-up as well. Now we can take our own truck to go to the cacao plant or pick up the food for the chickens. The car can also be used for appointments, emergencies and for picking up visitors.
Brainstorming about new plans, discussing our collaborations and thinking of new ways to raise funds to finish building the school... The board members of the Meet Kate Foundation are ready to go! On Saturday the 9th of June we held a productive meeting on the status quo of the Meet Kate Foundation. Even secretary Nienke (who currently lives in Ghana) was able to make it!
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