Sheila Leonard is an intern at GlobalGiving. This summer she traveled throughout West Africa and visited a number of GlobalGiving projects. On June 15th she visited "Help Orphans & Other Vulnerable Children in Ghana." When asked what she would tell her friends about this project, Sheila said: "Incredible: You need to see this!"
"On Monday, June 15 I visited an Adult English Education class in a small suburb of Accra, Ghana. Often on my site visits I am presented to the beneficiaries with immense grandeur and respect. Since classes had already started, he ushered me to a seat and I observed the twenty student English language class. After a few photos and awkward looks from the young children, offering to help and the project leader Philip shot me an incredibly thankful smile. I listened to an intermediate level student on her reading and pronunciation of workbook stores. About four levels of English were being taught in one classroom. As a former ESL teacher, watching people diligently learn the language of the 'first' world always brings tears to my eyes. The students were so eager and diligent with their work, but switched off laughing and chiding each other for mixed up words or forgotten tenses. The teachers were friendly but firm, and clearly saw the two hours as devoted solely to education and work. This too was a refreshing outlook on time for those of us accustomed to intense scheduling and efficiency. Paajaf took education and their students’ time very seriously and worked to maximize the benefit for students young and old in the one classroom with multiple teachers, workbooks, and studies happening simultaneously. After class, Paajaf presented me with a beautiful kente clothed, with the words 'Thank you Sheila Leonard from the Paajaf Foundation' sewn into it. After a month of long bus rides, people begging for money, harassment on the streets, heat, and sometimes unbearable hotel conditions, I nearly cried from this sweet gift and their pride. We all shook hands, took pictures, and as darkness settled in, Philip and five children from the classes walked me to the 'trotro' or bus back to Accra. It was my third to last day in Ghana and for the first time, I really didn’t want to go home.
"The best thing about Paajaf Foundation was their ability to work with their beneficiaries’ needs. The sun sets at 6pm the lack of electricity prevents teaching after six. However, many of the students work until 4 or 5 and can’t get to school until 6. Paajaf recently negotiated another classroom from a local church and began classes that immediate Wednesday from 6-8. I rarely saw results that quickly in West Africa (or at home for that matter!!).
"I was incredibly impressed with this organization and urge you to donate, or comment if you want to hear more. Phillip, thank you for your hospitality!"
Dear PAAJAF Donors,
On behalf of the PAAJAF Foundation I would like to inform you that the Accountability Report regarding the funds received during the Global Giving April 2009 Challenge is now ready.
We would also like to underline that our strivings to improve the lives of underprivileged children and women are constant and that you will be well-informed with regards to every development that follows.
We would like to thank our Donors for their generous contribution to the cause of international peace and development. The funds that we managed to raise during the Global Giving April Challenge are currently used to provide scholarships for the underprivileged children in Ghana.
Since accountability and trust are of major importance in every philanthropic activity, we would like to present you with the relative evidence of how the funds are used.
We would also like to underline that our strivings to improve the lives of underprivileged children are constant and that you will be well-informed with regards to every development that follows.
We would like to inform our Donors that the funds our Project received until now will be allocated as follows:
40% will be allocated to the Adult Education Project
30% will be devoted to the Sponsor-a-Child (Scholarship) Project
30% will be managed as a Passive Fund to respond to any urgent needs with regards to the Projects above.
Timotheos Mavropoulos is in charge of the Project Coordination and Communication
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