My name is Rebecca Kuntz and I am the Education Center Project Co-Manager. I just spent 4 weeks in Ghana planning, budgeting, and breaking ground on the Education Center with Light for Children! First off, everyone at Light for Children wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you! Without your support and help, the Education Center would still be a dream, and not actually becoming a reality.
After officially being granted the land for the project we took our ideas to a local architect who drew up our dream building and quantified all the materials needed to build it. He estimated it would take $20,000 to construct the physical structure. We estimated another $20,000 to install electricity and internet, buy computers, buy solar panels, build furniture, paint, and open the doors of the Center. We estimated another $10,00 for an operating budget for the first year and also an emergency fund. This creates a grand total of $50,000 need to build, equip, and open the Education Center. This is a large amount of money and we need your help now more than ever!
Thanks to your generous donations, we had enough money to mold the 1,500 cement blocks needed for the foundation of the building, and also start clearing the land to get it ready to dig foundation trenches. While I was overseeing the construction of the blocks, kids in the community would come up to me and ask what we were building. When I told them we were building a library and computer center they jumped for joy! They ran and told their friends, those friends called over their friends, and before long 50 children were standing in front of me, all wanting to hear what we were building and the programs we were going to offer. The kids would run around the site and pretend to sit in an imaginary chair saying “I am typing on a computer in the computer center” and “I am sitting reading a library book” and “I am painting a picture on paper”. The Education Center is this community's dream, and we can't wait to make it a reality.
If you are interested in holding a fundraiser, or want more information about the Education Center please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and best wishes from Ghana,
Rebecca Kuntz and Light for Children Staff
1st day of molding foundation concrete blocks