Education  Ghana Project #41624

Books for Kids Ghana Africa

by Footprint
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Books for Kids Ghana Africa
Russian Volunteer Teacher; Ghana
Russian Volunteer Teacher; Ghana

6th Quarterly Report CSAG Footprint Books for Kids Org #68120

Summary: Our effort continues both with providing used books and trying to help CSAG in its effort to build a new library. In 2019 a detailed design was provided to CSAG along with drawings and a list of needed materials. This application is pending approval at the Japanese Embassy and the Covid19 disaster has not helped it progress. In the interim a temporary library facility was found and is being outfitted for the kids use. To date two shipments of 2200 books each (4400 books) have been sent and received. A 3d shipment of an additional 2200 books is pending.

  1. CSAG 3d Shipment Status; Fall of 2021 – Books for Africa again confirmed its willingness to send pallets of books to Ghana; this is a great benefit for all involved. The fall of 2021 is the target date for the next shipment. Two pallets are again planned. Fund raising has already started and Footprints has 52% of the funds needed to ship. More is required and efforts will be redoubled to get this done. A shout out to both GlobalGiving and Benevity for all their great help.
  2. TEMP Library Books for Kids Ghana - The current schoolhouse has been outgrown and the new library is not available yet. In anticipation of additional books and in need of a larger facility, a temporary building has been located.

    The temporary building is now abandoned but is being occupied and prepared to be used as a library and classroom. This will provide more room for the students as well as being able to store the books we are sending. Funding for this effort is extra to and in addition to the shipment of books…lots to do and more to think about…please help.
  3. From Russia with Love; for Books - Footprints is not alone in helping CSAG. A volunteer from Russia was available this past year. A teacher by training she was able to connect with the students using our books.  This was a great opportunity for the kids to be exposed to different teaching methods. We were very happy to see the smiles on the kids faces, the books in their hands and the assistance that came from so far away. Footprints does not support this effort directly, but its books are used by volunteers to teach the common language to them all; English. So, what we do makes a bigger impact than you think.

  4. Japanese Embassy Library Application; Status - More can be done and more will be done. The new Library application process with the Japanese embassy should start again. The Covid19 pandemic is easing and we are now in phase 2 of a five step approval process. Meanwhile the temporary building can be used. This will allow more room for teaching and storing books. With your generous support additional books can be sent. With the help of the Japanese embassy a new library can be built. Let’s all work together to get this done.

 

Check out our progress at; https://fb.watch/6futZFs_o_/

Library Abaondoned Bldg Temporary ; Exterior
Library Abaondoned Bldg Temporary ; Exterior
Library Abaondoned Bldg Temporary ; Furniture Lack
Library Abaondoned Bldg Temporary ; Furniture Lack
CSAG School Images Update ; Kids Love Reading
CSAG School Images Update ; Kids Love Reading
CASG Books Arrive Collected Port ; 2d Shipment
CASG Books Arrive Collected Port ; 2d Shipment

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210116 FPP CSAG 2d Book Shipment Distribution (1)
210116 FPP CSAG 2d Book Shipment Distribution (1)

1st Quarterly Report CSAG Footprint Books for Kids Org #68120

A. 2d Shipment Received – The Covid19 pandemic stretches around the world and has also impacted our affiliate NGO In Ghana Africa. Although the books were received over a month ago the children have been kept out of the classroom as is the case in many parts of the world. Finally the day came when they could come back, go to school, break open the boxes of books and start to learn. It was a great day with great smiles which you just can’t fake. A great tribute and thanks goes again to Books for Africa who has agreed to send less than container loads of used books. It is difficult to collect the funding needed to send two pallets. But, trying to send 20 or 22 would have been impossible. But thanks to Books for Africa we can send individual pallet loads of books. Each pallet can hold 1100 books, pamphlets and learning aids. 2200 books in two pallets goes a long way in any school.

 

Thank you as well to Ghana book trust. They are the primary NGO that receives the entire containers of used books. They were very gracious in receiving, storing and then helping deliver the books to CSAG. Let’s not end here. Let’s not stop with 2 shipments. I need help in getting a 3d shipment started. Please help send 2, 3 even 4 pallets of books this next time. Each book delivered with freight and duties and documentation to Ghana Africa from the United States is less than $.75. You could not buy these books new in the US at a bookstore for this price. Please help. Please donate. Specify that you want your donation to buy used books. Then check back and see how much good so little money did for so many children. Thanks.

 

B. MTU iDesign Program: CSAG Water Supply System – We are please to present the final design report (DSR) from Michigan Technological University (MTU) for the fresh water sourcing, transport, storage and distribution system designed for the village of Adjei Kojo, Ghana. The school and future Library are in an area without these services, which are basic to the good health and future of the children we serve. The DSR was provided in two packages which I explain;

MTU estimates Phase 1 of the project, to supply Zone 1, to cost $96,300. This would include the Dam pump station, intake structure, piping main, Zone 1 tank and distribution network. It also includes the entire village Ring Main. The other Zone water tanks, plus their distribution piping, would follow in subsequent Phases.

Only Zone 1 is detailed in the DSR with a full set of drawings. 400 homes are included in the Phase 1 DSR effort. Total cost of the project, with all 9 Zones, their Tanks and piping, is $833,000. This can be reduced by use of local labor. The DSR provides some steps that can be taken going forward. An important item is water Filtration. The network will pump raw untreated water. This water must be treated first before its potable. Options must be developed and finalized. The DSR provides some suggestions, such as point-of-use filtration.

210116 FPP CSAG 2d Book Shipment Distribution (5).
210116 FPP CSAG 2d Book Shipment Distribution (5).
210116 FPP CSAG 2d Book Shipment Distribution (6)
210116 FPP CSAG 2d Book Shipment Distribution (6)

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Memo: Quarterly Report CSAG Footprint Books for Kids Org #68120

Fundraising – Fundraising continues but at a much reduced rate; things are getting back to normal slowly.  But, we had a book shipment to send, so one last push was made for funding.  In total we entered the 4th Qtr with the account balance of $1637.25!  This allows funding for more books.  Books for Africa was contacted and they agreed once again to send pallet loads of books to Ghana for Footprint.  This avoids buying entire containers, is a great help and is much appreciated.  A pallet holds 1100 books and the final cost per pallet, door to door, has sadly gone up; pandemics it seems drive prices in both directions, some down and some up.  Last shipment we were able to land a pallet in Ghana for $515; new shipments will cost $700 which is 36% more.  This is not Books for Africa’s fault its just that during the pandemic trade and shipping is disrupted and prices for the few containers that move is higher…sad. So that meant we could not send 3 pallets as we had hoped, but two instead.  Even with this increase it still only costs 64 cents to send a book to Ghana!  Still a great value…thanks to Books for Africa, GlobalGiving and our benefactors…books on the way and delivery is set of 30Oct20.l9

 

MTU iDesign Program: CSAG Selection – Michigan Tech (MTU) has mobilized for the iDesign effort.  Working with the local community leader we are getting a design for water supply and waste water treatment ready.  This will go hand in hand with the Library that will be built, hopefully with Embassy of Japan funding (an update next quarter for sure).  But, the design is proceeding from Preliminary to Final and will be ready in November, 2020.  

The task for the students is significant; there are 16,000 inhabitants in the greater area of Adjei Kojo.  But, the design is modular and will encompass areas of the village organized in Zones having up to 2500 persons.  This will allow scaling of the project and progressive funding.  Building projects in modules like this also builds community spirit and makes ‘believers’ out of doubters.  But, step by step...MTU will provide the final design with Drawings, Specifications, Bill of Materials, O&M Manual, Schedule and estimated Cost.  Stay tuned.

Each Zone will have its own water distribution network.  Within each zone multi family septic tanks will also be constructed.  Elevated tanks will store water that is transported to the community via a new water main.  A ‘ring main’ will circumnavigate the entire area to provide water from all directions.   Water that goes into homes will be collected, treated and via biological filtration, returned to the water table.  Solid, proven designs.  Thanks!

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Date: 12Jul20

Memo: 3d Quarterly Report CSAG Footprint Books for Kids Org #68120

A. Fundraising – Fundraising has bene difficult and made more so due to the COVID19 Pandemic.  Footprint entered the quarter with $504.00 in the account.  GlobalGiving crowdfunding has raised  $73.25, but Footprint was most pleased and honored to receive a $1000.00 grant from GG.   In total we now have in the account $1577.25!  This allows funding for more books.  Books for Africa was contacted and they are still in agreement to send pallet loads of books to Ghana for Footprint.  This avoids buying entire containers.  A pallet holds 1100 books and the final cost per pallet, door to door, is not known.  Last shipment we were able to land a pallet in Ghana for $515, so that means if costs stay the same for each $1.00 donated we can send 2 books!  With the grant and what has been saved up, we can look at sending up to 4 pallets, or 4400 books this year (with some supplies stuffed in the boxes).  Books for Africa has also been shut down due to the Pandemic, but think July-August, 2020 should be the timeframe for the next shipment.

B. Library proposal Japan - Child Survival Aid Africa (CSAG) has made its application to the Ghana Embassy of Japan for funding of a village library. Footprints is please to be CSAG’s technical resource.  CSAG has made it past the Phase 1 selection process for the Japanese Embassy and is now in Phase 2 of the selection process.  Footprint has worked with CSAG and has helped review and proof each application phase formwork package.  The process is slow, but phase by phase we are advancing.

C  MTU iDesign Program: CSAG Selection – CSAG was selected by Michigan Technological University for it iDesign program for the year 2020.  The program is an excellent opportunity for the organization and will provide finished design drawings with a bill of materials and description for a complete fresh water sourcing, conveyance, storage, treatment and distribution network.  The local Library does not have a source of potable water at this time and the currently draws raw, untreated water from a nearby river, which is moved on foot to the village.  The Library and community will benefit greatly from fresh, potable drinking water.  Once a design is in hand, a campaign will be needed to raise funds for this important work.


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200313 CSAG Books Africa Pallet Received (7)
200313 CSAG Books Africa Pallet Received (7)

07Mar20; 1st Qtr 20 Report.
A. Additional funds - Account balance a have been compiled. To date We had $135.75 balance accrued and available for additional purchase of book pallets. These were funds raised previously from OneToday and GoFundMe. Additionally $368.75 in funds have been raised on GlobalGiving. This provides our charity with a total $504.00 balance. A pallet, with 1100 books, costs $515 so we are almost to the point of ordering an additional shipment.
B. Adword traffic - traffic has increased dramatically. The web site has totaled 39,434 views with 4,386 unique visits. Our web site points back to GG so all this traffic has bebe of benefit for sure. With a visitation rate of 11.33% this is a successful advertising campaign.
C. Books arrived - our shipment has arrived. We are pleased to report that Books for Africa has confirmed that our 2200 books have arrived. These books were well received and are greatly appreciated. Books for Africa will commit to sending additional pallets. Pricing is based on a pallets share of shipping charges so our previous pricing may change. But what’s important is that as little as one pallet can be sent. Bu, let’s not limit our sites on one pallet! GlobalGiving allows us to grow that total to hopefully one day sending an entire container of 20 pallets. That would be a great day.
D. Library proposal Japan - Child Survival Aid Africa (CSAG) has made its application to the Ghana Embassy of Japan for funding of a village library. Footprints is please to be CSAG’s technical resource. A detailed design has been prepared and a bill of materials has been generated. Phase 1 of a 5 phase application process has been submitted. This pre qualification of our proposal is pending. Stay tuned for more progress on this application. It would be beyond words if our project is chosen. GlobalGiving would then be our platform to raise funding to fill each shelf with the books these kids need and want.

200313 CSAG Books Africa Pallet Received (8)
200313 CSAG Books Africa Pallet Received (8)
200313 CSAG Books Africa Pallet Received (10)
200313 CSAG Books Africa Pallet Received (10)
200313 CSAG Books Africa Pallet Received (16)
200313 CSAG Books Africa Pallet Received (16)
200313 CSAG Books Africa Pallet Received (13)
200313 CSAG Books Africa Pallet Received (13)

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