Help Underprivileged Children in Ghana

 
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Helen at GlobalGiving visits Vera (Aug 2013)
Helen at GlobalGiving visits Vera (Aug 2013)

We have lots of exciting news for you! From your amazing support we are happy to give you a progress update covering June – September 2013 about the bright and hopeful scholarship students living in our community in Gbawe.

First, with your direct support to the Underprivileged Children in Ghana project, 4 children out of 24 children are receiving a HELPING HAND with their school fees and home feeding, namely, Erica, Nidaar, Lauren and Vera. These children are in special need of help due their impoverished situation and home-life where they are dependent on very low income family members, earning a meagre $2 a day.

We are pleased to report the 4 children are FULLY SETTLED in their schools. With YOUR generous help the full school fees for Erica, Nidaar and part-payment of fees for Lauren are settled and food supplies have been provided to Vera's single mother Grace to take care of Vera. Vera's mother Grace is so grateful for the help given her daughter eventhough she is a local teacher and says she cannot afford the school fees and food costs together, so this has made a huge difference in Vera's life.

Second, schools have just re-opened in September and we are very EXCITED because of generous donors at GlobalGiving and support from GlobalGiving through their newsletter. Gilbert is receiving support towards his dream to go to University . Gilbert is a determined and motivated young man who has endured great hardships after his father passed away. Thanks to YOU, through his GlobalGiving microproject, Gilbert is receiving support towards his tuiton costs and lodging so he can go to Cape Coast University and become an accountant.

Mary, age 7 and her mother and sister, send a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to AMAZING and generous donors that are supporting her educational needs. For some time, Mary was not able to attend school because her mother, an Okro seller, did not have sufficient money to send Mary. Now, with your kind and enthusiastic support, Mary is now able to attend school for a WHOLE YEAR, at Mercy Schools Complex in Class 1. We will keep you updated with her progress!

You are giving the children not just a one-off item that can be used and forgotten but an incredible gift to receive an education to learn how to read, write and do math so that their lives will not be solely dependent on donations or from somewhere else in future but would be able to learn for themselves and able to teach their generations.

Thirdly, our volunteers also organised a walking fundraiser in September and raised $70 towards the project! We thank you all for your energy and committment! All the children have gone back to school but schools are not yet paid. We continually look for support for the 20 children featured on PAAJAF's website so that they may have the opprtunities to attend school. http://www.paajaf.org/fundraisers/

Finally, we are also looking for talented and motivated people to be online, on-site volunteers and ambassadors.  If you are interested in any of this, you can find application form on our website. http://www.paajaf.org/get-involved/

We count it as a great privilege to have you on board, without you we cannot achieve as much as we have! PAAJAF is still in existence due to your donations of time and money and we are pleased to be accountable to you dearly for what we have been doing.We were very happy to receive a visit from helen at GlobalGiving who gave us lots of good ideas and support and look forward to meeting again in future!

Mary is very happy to receive scholarship help
Mary is very happy to receive scholarship help
Erica attends Empet Academy
Erica attends Empet Academy

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Erica attends Empet Academy
Erica attends Empet Academy

We have been fortunate to have been given a unique opportunity to raise additional funds and support our amazing kids through GlobalGiving’s June Bonus Day.  Two generous donors came forward and the following school children will benefit from your recent donations of GH¢ 250 – GH¢ 280 (Ghanaian Cedi). 

  1. Erica  - GH¢ 60 full school tuition this term
  2. Vira  - GH¢ 50 to support her mother to purchase food to take care of Vira. 
  3. Lauren  - GH¢ 100 part tuition (Lauren’s school  fees are GH¢220 per a term)
  4. Nidaar  - GH¢60 full tuition for this school term

In July, the children continue to develop and progress. Erica and Vira are in class one and in the second term of the academic year and are learning English Language, Ghanaian Language, math, science, social and cultural studies. Being able to go to school this term means Erica and Vira are engaging in all school activities including this term physical education (PE) and worship service classes.

Nidaar and Lauren are in nursery school. The four children are in good condition and happy for the support they are receiving from you our passionate donors and from your continued support.

Our next goal is a September fundraiser - where fundraisers themselves can earn prizes from their amazing effort - please contact kappiah@paajaf.org!

Here is more detailed background about our wonderful children. As an orphan, Erica relies on the help of PAAJAF otherwise she would be thrown out of school.

Lauren has a single mother, her father died, and currently her mother has no job and finds it difficult to take care of her and the brother Kwaku.  A donation means we can step in to part-pay this term’s fees and support her education.

Vira has a single mother who has not seen her father since her birth.  Her mother is employed to teach nursery school with small take home pay that could not take care of Vira.  Your donations provide support her mother so she can provide nutritious food to Vira

Through a generous sponsorship donation Nidaar's school fees can be paid in full this term helping her remain in nursey, we have stepped in because Nidaar’s father is only able to secure casual labor and her mother remains at home to look after children, making things difficult for Niddar to meet her educational needs.

Once again, thank you for your kindness and support across the world. We continue to campaign to local residents about our children and raising awareness at a local level.

Abigail is able to attend primary school
Abigail is able to attend primary school

Our beneficiaries and their families are grateful for the generous donations PAAJAF has received to fund school fees for 7 poor children in Gbawe.  Each school term fee is $90 per child; from your donations, you made it possible for full payment of fees for 4 children and part payment of fees for 3 additional children.

The children we help are underprivileged and from poor backgrounds where families are struggling to make ends meet. Some are orphans or neglected with no other means of attending the overcrowded public school. PAAJAF checks the financial situation of the families and ascertain which children desperately need help and steps in to provide that assistance.

Payment of school fees has given the children below the ability to attend school for the first 2013 term. They continue to learn reading, writing, math and science subjects in their respective schools and have the courage to make friends and develop. From all of us – Thank You.

1. Erica -  School fees Fully paid
An orphan living with her Aunt, Erica continues to attend Empet Academy and has a uniform and school materials, this means no more threats of expulsion from school.

2. Nidaar – School fees Fully paid
Nidaar is from a very low income family, now she is able to attend kindergarten at The Pearls School

3  Lauren  - School fees Part Paid
Lauren’s father passed away and her mother had no other means of support, with your help Lauren attends kindergarten at Precious Jesus Int. School

4. Vira - School fees Fully paid
Vira’s mother raises her alone, with your help, Vira is attending Winners Family Preparatory School

5. Abigail – School fees Part Paid
Abigail previously had to frequently miss classes because her parents did not have a steady income. She is attending primary school at Acropolis Schools in Gbawe.

6. Ebenezer – School fees Part Paid
Ebenezer wants to train to be an accountant and is close to completion of final year exams at Presbyterian Senior High School.

7. Christpher – School fees Fully Paid
Christpher’s family earn very low income, he can now attend pre-school at Mercy School.

For more information, please contact info@paajaf.org – we continue to need support for children in Gbawe.

Vira likes to read and make friends
Vira likes to read and make friends

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Christpher
Christpher

We start the year with a big Thank You to everyone. The year 2012 was a great challenge but our collaboration with you as donors and volunteers enabled PAAJAF to sponsor 6 children’s school fees and provide welfare support to 2 additional children.

Without your help we would not have been able to reach our beneficiaries.  Please, let us celebrate the impact we have made.  

PAAJAF identifies children in desperate circumstances, orphans, neglected and poor children. $90 pays for one child’s school term, there are 3 school terms in an academic year. Your 2012 donations enabled us to settle school fees for the following poor children:

  • Gilbert and Ebenezer are senior high school students; they want to go to university to become qualified accountants. Ebenezer says...”I want to become an accountant and learn business, I am 7th born of my parents and PAAJAF have helped pay my school fees.”
  • Lauryn’s mother is a widow; with no form of income therefore donations have meant Lauryn can attend primary classes.
  • Vira was abandoned by her father and lives with her mother. Her mother works as a nursery teacher with monthly of income of $50. On her own, it is barely enough to pay the school fees.  With your help, Vira is now attending school.
  • Erica is an orphan and was frequently given school notices for her dress-code and threatened with expulsion from school. Now Erica is at primary school. Erica’s aunt is incredibly grateful to donors.
  • Christpher now attends pre-school, Christpher's mother Doris says " I am much grateful to the donors for Christpher's Education.  It is marvelous to see this. There was no hope but your donation has put smile to my face and my child's face."

In addition, we are grateful to sponsors contributing to the well-being of 2 year old Nidaar and 7 year old orphan Ben. This is providing food, clothes, vaccines and school fees. Thank you so much for your support.

Ben’s sponsor Mainak from the USA says “I’ve decided to sponsor a child in Ghana because it really makes a difference. I’ve chosen to sponsor Ben, 7, because I really want to help him to have a better life...”  We are very happy for Ben.

Regular contributions from donors, even $10 a month (less than a cup of coffee per day) helps improve a needy child’s life. It gives a child basic necessity – food such as rice and maize, a vaccine, a school book, durable clothing and improved living conditions. Additionally, donors help give a needy child emotional and mental comfort because he or she knows that someone cares for him or her elsewhere. Find out more about PAAJAF children

Please note Global Giving matches all monthly recurring donations. Please pass this message on to friends and family and spread the sponsor a child story. We are also grateful to Global Giving for raising awareness of this project on their website and in their social media.

Our goal for 2013, by the end of the year we want to be able to extend child sponsorship from six to twenty and resume other projects that are on hold due to lack of funding. We will keep you updated on our children’s progress!

How can we work together to attract wider support for this cause and help more children? Your ideas and suggestions are gratefully received - please email info@paajaf.org

Lauryn and Christpher
Lauryn and Christpher
Vira
Vira
Benjamin
Benjamin
Erica
Erica
Ebenezer
Ebenezer

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Nidaar
Nidaar

We are happy to report some great news - we have a new sponsor for Nidaar! A school in the Czech Republic is helping to sponsor Nidaar each year with a contribution towards her food, clothes, vaccines and school fees.

Nidaar is 2 years old. Her family income is only around $15 – $20 per month. Her father is a stone mason that only gets temporary work. PAAJAF have identified her as a child in need. With your sponsorship, Nidaar will have new opportunities to learn and grow. We want to provide Nidaar vaccines to prevent infant diseases, clean water and food.

The month of September we raised $102 in donations, this has helped to buy food and contribute to school fees of the children we help.

As we approach Christmas we are increasing our campaign work to find sponsors for 20 of our most desperate and needy children, contacting organizations and media.

We also need your help to spread the word – through Facebook, Twitter, email or fundraising activities, with your help we can support these amazing kids. Here are some fun(d)raising ideas to get you started: http://www.paajaf.org/free-resources/

Your recent contribution to our project has enables us to settle school fees for the following poor children – Gilbert, Ebenezer, Lauryn, Erica, Vira, Christpher to attend school.

Profiles of the above children can be found by clicking on the link provided: http://www.paajaf.org/recipients/

 

PAAJAF is appealing to you to support and help spreading the word to look for sponsors for our 20 children.  PAAJAF want to help pay schools fees, buy books, bags, shoes, and school uniforms.

Please, join PAAJAF in making a difference in the life of a poor child in Ghana.

 
If you want to join our campaign team, please contact info@paajaf.org

Thank you

Nidaar
Nidaar

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Organization

Paajaf Foundation

Mallam-Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
http://www.paajaf.org

Project Leader

Philip Appiah

Founder
Mallam-Accra, Ghana

Where is this project located?

Map of Help Underprivileged Children in Ghana