Help Underprivileged Children in Ghana

 
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Mar 21, 2012

Project Report

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children, teens,partners, schools,scholarship

Dear Friend of PAAJAF,

Once again, I would like to express our sincere thanks to you for helping us pay schools fees for your two of our children at PAAJAF.  We have conducted research and our intentions is to need to call for partners, sponsors, donors and volunteer fundraisers to team up to help build scholarship school in Gbawe community to give quality education for the underprivileged children and teens in the community. In view of this, I would like to share our findings with you:

The information obtained indicates that public schools in Gbawe are over-crowded. Some elementary schools have up to 65 students per class and there are up to 45 students per junior high school class. Teachers are therefore unable to give individual attention to pupils in normal school hours. Additionally, poverty prevents a significant number of children from staying in school and completing their education. The resulting lack of basic skills makes it difficult for individuals to secure employment. About 45% of Gbawe’s young residents are unemployed. Extreme poverty and low levels of education also impact upon health and ill health further impacts an individual’s ability to acquire and maintain employment. Additionally, people live in poorly structured and over-crowded housing. There is inadequate sanitation and potable water appropriate facilities in Gbawe are almost non-existent. Low education levels, lack of employment, ill health, inadequate sanitation, and over-crowded housing trap individuals and families in a cycle of continuous deprivation.

 

In addition to the aforementioned obstacles, traditional and cultural beliefs reinforce gender stereotypes that give preference to boys over girls with regard to access to education. Generally, girls share the role of primary care givers with their mothers and often have to work to generate household income, in addition to engaging in daily household chores. This prevents many girls from attending and remaining in school, particularly at the upper primary level.

 

The Ghanaian government conceived of an education strategic plan for 2010 to 2020 which seeks to:

  • eliminate gender and other disparities in the education system, and
  • include disadvantaged children in mainstream schools whenever possible.

Additionally, Ghana is pursuing the Millennium Development Goals (universal primary education and gender equality) to ensure that all children attend school and that enrollment for girls and boys is equal.

 

With the above background information in mind, PAAJAF decided to launch the Scholarship School Projects to provide formal education to deprived children, in addition to courses in adult literacy.

 

The primary component of the school project is providing scholarships for children at PAAJAF and in the impoverished community. PAAJAF plans to establish an educational institution from elementary to junior high school level that will create an enabling environment in which all children can develop their full potential. The pilot school is to commence at Gbawe as a day care center and elementary school (grades one to six and Junior High School). It is expected that in the first year, the school will support and educate 300 children. To avoid discrimination and ensure equality of access, the school will be opened to all. In the event that the number enrolled is higher than the places in any class, place allocation will be determined based on need and disadvantage.

 

In view of this, I would like to extend invitation to you for collaboration work to help educate neglected, orphans, and underprivileged children and teens in Gbawe.  We have our detailed proposal for the project at hand if it would interest you to have a look and see what you can do or could help us to find partners, sponsors, donors or volunteers to help on fundraising for the project, we would be much appreciated to you.

children, teens,partners, schools,scholarship
children, teens,partners, schools,scholarship
Dec 14, 2011

Project Report

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Dear Friends of PAAJAF,

We here at PAAJAF are much grateful to you for your generosity and selfless contribution and investment in the lives of underprivileged children at PAAJAF in Gbawe Community, Ghana. Your donations are making real changes in their lives - Erica, Abigail and Josephine.Please visit our website to read about these children and other children at PAAJAF: http://paajaf.org/recipients/.

The situation at Gbawe in Ghana.
Gbawe is the village of Accra, the capital city of Ghana with about 45% of Gbawe's residents are unemployed. There is a large number of young people in the area and youth unemployment is high. A lack of basic skills makes it difficult for individuals to secure employment and families continue to experience extreme poverty due to lack of education etc. Extreme poverty and low levels of literacy have had a negative impact on health. The rampant ill health is decreasing the ability of people to acquire and maintain employment and is trapping individuals and families in a cycle of continuous deprivation. Parents depend on their children in old age, so it is crucial that their children are educated to secure jobs in future. African women seem strong, however their social position is determined by their husbands and single women with families find themselves marginalised. If a child in the family succeeds then s/he will be able to help his/her family. But there is lack of support to these children. Without your support to these children at PAAJAF, please, let us imagine their future.

Thank you for investing in their lives and the concerns. We appreciate your support a lot. In January 2012, PAAJAF would be paying tuitions for the children at PAAJAF but no funding now. If you don't come in to support these children, they would be removed from school and this would be sad, I believe you would not like to hear this. Christmas is here and 2012 also is just at the corner. We would like to plead to you to share our project to your friends, co-worker, families etc. invest in the lives of children at PAAJAF. This Christmas, everyone will celebrate and thank the Lord for what he/she received in his/her life. Few will be thinking about the less privileged. I hope you and they are one of them. Merry Christmas!

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Sep 14, 2011

Project Update

Abigail Nyani
Abigail Nyani

“I am 10 years old. I attend Melabet Academy at Gbawe in

Accra, Ghana. I am in stage six and my class teacher’s name is

Madam Millicent. I am a sponsored child of the PAAJAF

Foundation’s educational sponsorship. I like to read and listen to

music, and help out at home by sweeping and fetching water. I

am very grateful to PAAJAF for helping me to study.”

- Abigail, aged 10

 

Abigail is one of the beneficiaries that your donation to PAAJAF is helping to make a difference and add value into her life.   PAAJAF is still sponsoring/paying school fees for the four children at PAAJAF.  We intend to add another seven children for the year 2011. School has just re-opening and we have been able to pay the tuition for two children and we are calling for your help to reach to the other two and extend supporting hand to other seven children at PAAJAF.

Thank you

Philip Appiah

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Jun 13, 2011

Project Update

It is sometimes easy to put off things until tomorrow, but when tomorrow may bring illness or worse the meaning has a sense of urgency.  The people who are helped by donations to the PAAJAF face a tomorrow everyday where there just isn’t enough to go around.  Your support of this charity will ensure a child the right to live with hope for the next day.

Unfortunately, the school fees arrears of our current sponsored child still left unpaid and we here at PAAJAF is calling for help on their behalf.

Our client Group educational Circumstances

Children’s Education: Public schools in the area are normally very over-crowded. Due to the demography of the city (56% under 24 years) and the growing population (migration and natural increase), 24,500 new school places must be created in the basic school system (primary and junior high) each year for 10 years. Classes are generally twice the size of those considered acceptable in the Developed World. The teachers are therefore unable to give individual attention to any pupils in the normal school hours; this affects attainment levels. Whilst most Ghanaians have access to primary and some secondary education, there is a high drop out rate in primary school, especially for girls. The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 2006) stated that only 22.3% of females and 25.9% of males completed primary school in 2007.

 

Thank you to understand the impact.

Feb 22, 2011

Happy New Year

Dear Friends of PAAJAF,

Happy New Year!  The year 2011 has just commenced and PAAJAF wishes to express its gratitude to you for your generosity and contribution to our projects.   The year 2010 has marked three years of continuous struggles and commitments to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children, youth and women.

PAAJAF owes 2010’s achievements to your generosity that allowed us to pay the school fees for neglected children and provide literacy education (non-formal education) for adults who did not get a chance to attend school in Gbawe Community. 

For the year 2011, we are delighted to inform you that we will be carrying on PAAJAF projects and are depending 100% on your donations both cash, in-kind and partnership.  PAAJAF urgently requires an office space to coordinate a team of local and international volunteers and to manage programs of the foundation; an amount of $13,500 is needed.  Having an office will enable PAAJAF to: enlist local volunteers in a professional setting, meet with and support program participants, have contact with a variety of stakeholders engaged in PAAJAF work, use ICT and other equipment for global networking, and maintain an effective filing and storage system.

We appreciate that you take an interest in helping disadvantaged children, youth and women in Ghana to break free from the cycle of poverty through becoming empowered, informed, skilled and educated citizens. 


 
 

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GlobalGiving.co.uk’s ‘Top 10 Wins’ campaign

GlobalGiving UK will be launching Top 10 Wins Campaign which begins on 1st March to 14th March 2011. This campaign will award the 10 most successful fundraisers among PAAJAF with prizes worth £2,250.  Over the two week period of the campaign, PAAJAF needs to identify and reach out to its networkers and encourage them to get giving! Please support our project and help it towards one of the Top 10 rewards. 

Each participating project must raise at least £500 from 25 donors to be eligible for a bonus prize (for both top fundraiser and top donors prizes). It is crucial to get you informed and involved in this project, because without your help, the Paajaf organization will not be able to get anything done. The 1st Prize for the top fundraiser is £500 and top numbers of donors will additional get £25.

We would like you to mark this matching opportunity on your calendar and support PAAJAF to provide scholarship education for underprivileged children in Ghana.

Terms and Conditions:
Donations should be made at GlobalGiving UK website to the project below:

http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/pr/2700/proj2607a.html

 

GlobalGiving USA - Bonus Day: March 16!
On March 16, http://www.globalgiving.org/ (GlobalGiving.org USA) PAAJAF’s partner organization will be matching 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project!  There is $75,000 available in matching funds on March 16.  PAAJAF wishes to inform and encourage its networkers to know about this opportunity for PAAJAF and donate to its projects on that day – March 16th 2011.

In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving USA will offer $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors!
 
Terms and Conditions:
-    Matching will applied up to $1,000 per donor per project on March 16, 2011 between 12:01am and 11:59 pm EST (GMT-4) until matching funds run out;
-    There will be $75,000 available matching funds;
-    Only online donations (credit card or paypal) are eligible for matching to the following projects:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/vulnerable-children-in-ghana/

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/after-school-program-for-70-children-in-ghana/

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/office-for-paajaf-project-in-ghana/

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/office-for-paajaf-project-in-ghana/

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/global-youth-conference2010/

 

Thank you.

Philip Appiah

Co-founder/Executive Director  

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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