Help Underprivileged Children in Ghana

 
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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.

 

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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  

sponsored Children
sponsored Children

Dear Friends of PAAJAF,

Many thanks for your contribution to PAAJAF Foundation to run a project that response to the educational needs for underprivileged children at Gbawe community and in rural areas of Ghana.

The project strives to provide quality education for the children in needs, to improve their health and social conditions, attitude changes and increased self-esteem, an increased sense of belonging within the communities.  Although, the year 2010 was great challenged for us due to reduce of funding.  Two of the four children PAAJAF is sponsoring school fees were not pay and it is sad to announce this to you.   It is our prayer  that the year 2011 will be the year of grace and God’s favor for you (our donor) to excel in all things to enable you to embark on your generosity to reach out to children in need in Gbawe Community in Ghana.

The year 2010, is the year of projection to pay the arrears school fees that were not settled and pay the four children school fees for the year.  There is nothing that we can do without your support.  You can make a difference from any contribution; every donation makes a difference, please, tell your friends, family members, co-workers etc. to come to our aid to bring hope and make a difference in lives of hopeless children.

We here at PAAJAF wish you all a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Sincerely,

Philip Appiah

Dear Friend of PAAJAF,

This is to let you know that, the project Help Underprivileged Children in Ghana is ongoing . Due to the lack of funding last three months, we could pay two of the children PAAJAF is sponsoring, education tuition. And it is now outstanding and we are calling for your help.

We have three other projects at Globalgiving and would like you to know:

1. After-school programme for 70 children in Ghana 2. Non-formal Education for people in Ghana 3. Global Citizenship Youth Conference

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMME FOR 70 CHILDREN IN GHANA

The After School Program - is a Children’s Network that will provide a bridge between young people and their future. Specifically, it will be a necessary link between children and their community

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Currently, there are no clear after-school programs in the community. As such, school-aged children are unable to access the assistance that they may require for full development. Due to this, they suffer various setbacks, in terms of their academic, social, physical, and creative achievement.

How will this project solve this problem?

We are embarking on a new program to assist children in the community. Labeled ‘Children’s Network’, this after school program is geared towards elementary school children to help supplement and compliment their learning As this is the start of the pilot project, we are targeting the elementary school students of who attend a local public school in Gbawe. We understand that after school tutoring is expensive, especially for students from low-income families. We also understand that there is a void of programs that nurture positivity and creativity of children and thus the need for such a program to assist such students. The intended program is being designed in four areas in mind: academics, socialization, creativity, and health promotion.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project will be beneficial to children and Student tutors.By sharing knowledge and skills to the younger children they will learning valuable life skills that will assist their own lives academically, socially, professionally and the children.

As a way of motivating the participating children and also to provide some kind of nourishment, we aim to include a snack program into the program. It is with this component that we seek your assistance. We would appreciate your help with providing snacks for the children through any donation of snacks or funds that can be used to provide snacks for them. **************************************

NON-FORMAL EDUCATION FOR PEOPLE IN GHANA

This project is aimed to provide literacy education for 100 adults in Ghana. Students learn how to read and write English and Ghanaian language, basic math and basic health information.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Many people in our community did not complete school and that there are no places to access computers for free in Gbawe. Some of them also did not attend school. They seem been ignored in our society and this changing world. They find it difficult to identify English alphabet and even the local dialect, lack of basic health information and going to Bank to open account and access bank information is a big challenge for them.

How will this project solve this problem?

Creation of community centre to provide non formal education for our parents and youth who could not get chance to complete school and those did not go to school at all. We will use this community center to offer English, math and health classes.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project strives to provide knowledge that can improve people's health and social conditions, attitude changes and increased self-esteem, an increased sense of belonging within the communities.

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GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP YOUTH CONFERENCE

To bring the future world leaders together under one umbrella to network, share learning, and form partnerships that could boost the potential to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Recently, we have received a large number of requests from our project participants to expand our work internationally. The Paajaf youth have expressed a desire to learn about development and share knowledge with other youth around the world. This event presents the opportunity for them to develop a good cross-cultural understanding among youth internationally.

How will this project solve this problem?

This event presents the opportunity to reach and educate approximately 120 young people internationally, raising awareness the Millennium Development Goals and the importance of citizen participation in global development

Potential Long Term Impact

•To promote global citizenship. •To recruit participants into Paajaf’s upcoming Children's Network Programme, Teen Centre and Youth Journalist Programme.

We are in need of potential donors and partners for the conference and other projects in here.

Respectfully, Philip Appiah PAAJAF Foundation

English Class
English Class

Alex, the fifty-something, volunteer teacher for the Pajaaf Foundation, wrote on the board: When to use “has” vs. “have”? What is the difference between “pit” and“pet”? Make sure you can pronounce your “ar” sounds…car, star, bar…etc. About twenty students sit in groups ordered by their English proficiency. Alex goes around and addresses each group, helping pupils (ages eight to mid-forties) complete the appropriate assignments. While they work Alex stands at the front of the class the conductor of a beautiful cacophony of English.

The students that benefit from the Pajaaf Foundation’s English classes commit to attending classes three nights a week(Mon, Wen, and Fri). The Pajaaf Foundation rents the schoolroom, the English lessons are free and open to whoever would like to attend, and all teachers are volunteers. The Foundation has been offering these classes for three years to over 65 pupils; one can sense the camaraderie in the room that has developed over years of traversing the complex English language.

Alexis and I talked with Hannah and Madam Dina, two ladies that have been learning English from the Pajaaf Foundation for two years. Both wanted to learn English so that they could be more competitive in the job market. They were shy at first, but after a few minutes they were speaking splendid intermediate English. Hannah who looks like she is in her mid-twenties sells tea, and Madam Dina hopes to open her own business as well as one day visit her brother in England.

The Pajaaf Foundation also gives scholarships to vulnerable children for them to attend private school (school with under 50 students per class). We met two of the four children who the Pajaaf Foundation currently support. In this post I will introduce Josilene. She is an orphan; and lives with her aunt who has four children besides her. Josilene has a mischievous smile, which is even more adorable since she is missing her two front teeth. She kept poking me while I was sitting at the desk and then running to hide. I believe she is only five or six years old, and can already say many simple English phrases. It is important to see the community taking care of its orphans.

Both Alexis and I strongly endorse the Pajaaf Foundation. Philip, the Ghanaian co-founder we met, was inspired to start the foundation because he had to work three jobs to support his own way through school. When he got out of school he wanted to reinvest in his community and give children and adults the opportunity that he never had – a free, quality education. The Pajaaf Foundation is grassroots development at its best, an individual who sees their community in need, and then takes it upon them self to help meet the community’s needs. If you are looking to invest in a worthy grassroots organization with little to no overhead expense, look no further.

Lorraine and four other In-the-Field Travelers are currently in Ghana before they are making their way to Mali and Burkina Faso. They'll be visiting more than 30 GlobalGiving projects in the next month. Follow their adventures at http://itfwa.wordpress.com/.

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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