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Nov 3, 2010

Project Update

Hello Visitor and Sponsors,

We thank you all for the visit that you have paid to your page and your support. The Non-formal Education for people in Ghana is still on going.  We would give you more update stortly.  I would like to use this chance to inform you that PAAJAF Foundation has been selected to be in the Ford Focus Global Drive  challenge.  Please, visit the link below to read about the chellenge and vote for PAAJAF Founadtion.

http://www.facebook.com/fordfocus

 

Many thanks,

Sep 16, 2010

Project Update

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

Jun 21, 2010

Grassroots Education at its Best

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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