Paajaf Foundation

Provide education for orphans and other vulnerable children. Equip women and female youth with vocational and handiwork skills. Develop social support systems for orphans, other vulnerable children, and women. Foster prevention education about communicable diseases, such HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, as well as care and support for those afflicted with long-term illness. Research children's and women's rights, adult education, and literacy training. Investigate policies covering orphans,
Dec 17, 2012

Thank you and the role of the facilitator

Volunteer facilitators guide students
Volunteer facilitators guide students' learning

Adult illiteracy remains a major social problem in Ghana, preventing people from obtaining jobs, running businesses, even helping their children to learn. The aim of the program is still to assist 100 adults to attend literacy classes.

 We are fortunate to have a generous donor whose fundraising efforts are contributing to this project. We thank you sincerely for your support. We have identified members of the community who did not have the chance to attend school and would benefit from this program.However the project is currently on hold due to lack of funding for program facilitators. The plan is to resume this project in January 2013 and we call for your support to recruit 3 facilitators. A facilitator needs $60 per month.

In January 2013, PAAJAF is upgrading our website and have designed e-card gifts to help raise funds to support this worthwhile project. An e-card donor contributes to the Educate People in Ghana and receives a beautiful printed postcard. Even a donation of $10, will contribute towards paying a facilitator. 

What does a facilitator do? They will provide the training and teach adults to learn to read and write English and native Twi dialect. Many students want to learn how to open a bank account and read their children’s school reports. A facilitator is a great source of experience and learning. They give hands-on assistance to students in group work and through individual study. Students are taught basic mathematics and health skills which improves their daily lives.

Volunteer Facilitator Alex Nyani says "I am 57 years old and a volunteer facilitator of PAAJAF Foundation. The foundation has had a great impact on the lives of the adult population of Gbawe in Accra, Ghana. Most adults have been taught how to read English and also their own language (Twi)."

The feedback we received from previous students themselves was how much the Literacy Program helped students increase their self-esteem, and increase a sense of belonging within the community. PAAJAF is seeking your support for facilitators for this project.

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Nov 1, 2012

LIN Update - Women in Business

LIN brings together local business women
LIN brings together local business women

We're pleased to bring you an update about our meeting. The Lifelong Initiative Network (LIN) creates job opportunities particularly for women. Through LIN they will learn business skills and are given support to sustain jobs. Women will also be able to access the necessary stock and resources they need.

We have been meeting with a group of women in our community and giving them education about the LIN programme. We have contacted a micro-finance organisation based in Accra to help support the women.

The women are from poor backgrounds and are struggling to find employment. As of today we have 20 networkers. The current members range from age 25 to 50 and we are starting to fill application forms for those that want to join LIN.  

Meet some of the LIN networkers...

Juana is aged between 28 - 30 and is a second-hand clothing dealer with a month income about $50, she has joined Lifelong Initiative Network so that she can get support to expand her trade.

This is also the same for Millicent who sells fish on table as a petty trader and Doris, a jewelry seller aged 25.

Do you want to help a young woman like Juana grow her business? contact us at info@paajaf.org

Long-term goal

Our long term goal is to operate a thrift store. We generously receive items in-kind from abroad, to help us with our welfare projects. The thrift store would receive stock and sell items to local entrepreneurs in a micro-enterprise framework. All proceeds from thrift store sales will be invested back into PAAJAF education and welfare projects. Local entrepreneurs will be able to create jobs and sustain employment for local people. 

This is how the micro-enterprise framework will work;

1)    We receive donations in kind (clothes, shoes)

2)    The thrift store will sell clothing, shoes and other small household items at a very reasonable price to local entrepreneurs

3)    Shops establish a network - the Lifelong Initiative Network (IFIN) this will create jobs for local people, ending the poverty cycle

All the sales income will finance and sustain PAAJAF's projects and to support unemployed youth, women and local entrepreneurs.  It will also help to ship and pay handling charges of container of goods to PAAJAF and operating the thrift store. We will keep you updated on our progress towards our long term goal!

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Nov 1, 2012

60 books presented to Children's Network - Nkabom!

School prize presentation
School prize presentation

With help from generous donations we have presented 60 books worth $40 USD to pupils at the Gbawe Methodist School in Accra.  The items included much-needed exercise books and pencils as prizes to students for articles wrote about Human Rights during their After School program (Nkabom – Children’s Network) which supports 36 pupils.

8 students were presented with prizes. The next contest theme the children are writing about hunger and food and My Community, Gbawe - we look forward to providing you feedback on their articles!

Headmistress Mrs. Elizabeth Larbi who presented the books to students, said the book donation encouraged students to keep writing and motivated them.

Teacher Mr Alex Nyani of class Junior High School Class 3 at the Gbawe Methodist School expressed gratitude for the support given which helps pupils improve on their studies. The Children’s Network at the school which creates a safe after-school environment for pupils to do their homework and interact with their peers that enriches their lives and community.

Alex and Elizabeth say it helps students to share ideas and give them a supportive environment for learning.

Please watch the presentation podcast: http://paajaf.podomatic.com/entry/2012-10-25T11_16_41-07_00

So far, the story has featured in various online media, such as Vibe Ghana, Ghana News Aid and OnlinePRNews.

Prizes for writing Human Rights Articles
Prizes for writing Human Rights Articles

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